amba Zhongshan Hotel Taipei Review

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amba Taipei Zhongshan is a cool, funky, eco-friendly boutique hotel I had the pleasure of staying in recently. If you’re not familiar with this brand, amba was created by Ambassador Hotels in 2012 and supports the local Taiwan neighborhoods and businesses. After staying at amba, I felt a good appreciation of the Zhongshan neighborhood and what Taipei had to offer.

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Address: No. 57-1, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Phone: +886 2 2565 2828

Check-in was quick and easy, no problems whatsoever. There’s a small front desk on the ground floor next to the hotel’s ACHOI restaurant. I received a medium room on the 3rd floor facing Zhongshan Road with view of the trees and street activity.

amba: my medium room

amba: my medium room

amba: my medium room

amba: my medium room

amba: my medium room

amba: my medium room

The medium room is decently large around 250 sq ft and very functional. Of course you get your normal toiletries such as coffee/tea/toothbrushes, etc. As a plus there’s some personalized coffee mugs and flip flops instead of slippers. There’s plenty of outlets to plug in all of your mobile devices, and there’s even a wifi access point (in every room) and wifi speaker for streaming all of your favorite music. Not sure if I need a wifi access point directly in the room, but I did appreciate the speedy internet!

By the way, all of the items such as the flip flops and tea is all locally made and sourced. The hotel likes to support local community businesses and I certainly appreciated that. Nice to see a change from all of the Made in China items.

amba: wifi speaker

amba: wifi speaker

amba: wifi access point

amba: wifi access point

amba: cute mugs

amba: cute mugs

amba: flip flops

amba: flip flops (brown ones are larger.)

amba: flip flops

amba: flip flops

The room overall is eco-friendly (including the flooring which is made of recycled woven-vinyl) and functional. You get all of the amenities at this price range, and more, such as the wifi-speaker and local tea. Room was comfy and there were even electronic blinds that can be controlled via remote. I slept well, but if you are very sensitive to noise, I’d suggest asking for a room facing the side or rear of the building, as you do hear minimal traffic noise facing Zhongshan road.

The hotel hallways are interesting, as there are gathering areas on each floor to hangout with your friends. It feels as though there’s a living room outside your hotel room, which is convenient for groups. There’s also luggage locker storage available if you need to leave your belongings for a few days.

amba: Living room

amba: Living room

amba: Living room

amba: Living room

amba: lockers

amba: lockers

There’s a few kitschy art/games in the hotel, such a Bua Buei. It’s a local fortune telling type game, similar to the Magic 8 ball. Keeps everything light hearted and entertaining, while introducing you to local Taiwan culture at the same time.

amba: bua buei

amba: bua buei

amba: bua buei

amba: bua buei

amba: mountain game

amba: mountain game

In the morning I enjoyed breakfast at the ACHOI restaurant on the ground floor. It’s designed in Western style, but they offered both Asian and western items for breakfast. Breakfast selection was pretty standard, but there’s certainly enough to choose from where you won’t go hungry. I ended up eating more congee than anything else. I do like my salted eggs!

amba: ACHOI restaurant

amba: ACHOI restaurant

amba: ACHOI breakfast

amba: ACHOI breakfast

amba: ACHOI breakfast

amba: ACHOI breakfast

amba: my breakfast

amba: my breakfast

If you get a chance, take a look at the exterior too. There’s a bit of art and since this building was a conversion, they reused some of the materials from the original commercial building in their entrance area.

amba: exterior art

amba: exterior art

amba: exterior art

amba: exterior art

I did have a chance to look at a few other rooms too, they’re all basically the same, with window direction and size being the main differences. The balcony room has a HUGE bed, probably California king size.

amba: corner room

amba: corner room

amba: corner room

amba: corner room

amba: balcony room

amba: balcony room

amba: balcony room

amba: balcony room

If you’re staying for awhile and need some laundry done, there is a handy laundry room available on the 2nd floor. FREE too, including detergent. Nice touch there, and the machines are of high-quality western size. So you’ll be able to fit a lot of clothes in one load, unlike the tiny HK machines.

amba: laundry room

amba: laundry room

Overall, I really enjoyed staying at amba Zhongshan. The location is great, near the metro and shopping. Staff at the front desk was friendly, Joy helped me quite a bit with directions and how to get to the airport by bus (Bus 1961 is closest, 90 NTD.)

The hotel has a homey, fun, boutique feel to it. Certainly a nice change from your usual bland boxy 3 star hotel. If you want a local Taipei hotel at a reasonable room rate, check out amba Zhongshan on your next visit to Taipei. There’s two other properties in Taipei as well, one at Songshan, and another at Ximending.

By the way, if you’re looking for a drink at night, check out the speakeasy downstairs, MUD.

amba: MUD speakeasy (not yet open when I went)

amba: MUD speakeasy (not yet open when I went)

amba: MUD speakeasy (not yet open when I went)

amba: MUD speakeasy (not yet open when I went)

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Address: No. 57-1, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Phone: +886 2 2565 2828

This stay was provided by amba. All content and opinions expressed are true and original to the author.

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