Taipei

Dandy Hotel Da’an (丹迪旅店): Great Boutique Hotel

This wasn’t our first time staying at a Dandy Hotel in Taipei and it certainly won’t be our last.  In our previous visits we stayed at the Tianjin Branch and found it to be nicely designed, young and comfortable.  For a change, we decided to stay at the Da’an branch for our short Christmas trip, The location of the Da’an branch is superb.  Sitting on Xinyi Road Section 3 but with its entrance facing Lane 31, it is a good…

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Dandy Hotel – Tianjin Branch

For us, Dandy Tianjin is proof that you don’t need a 5-star hotel to have a very enjoyable stay. Of course, if you look for luxurious rooms, jacuzzi, seaview, huge rooms, swimming pools or spas, you will be disappointed. Yet, the very friendly staff and neatly designed rooms (some with special designs!) more than compensates for the lack of luxury. This was our second stay at Dandy Tianjin (yes, we liked it so much last time that we decided to…

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Hotel Eclat Taipei: Decent hotel with a few drawbacks

Located on the corner of Dunhua Road and Xinyi road, Hotel Eclat occupies a very convenient location. A block away is a 24-hours eslite bookshop and the alleys behind the hotel houses a decent collection of restaurants ranging from the local noodle shops to rather hip and pricey Japanese and Italian restaurants. Getting a taxi right outside the hotel hasn’t been any problem although the nearest underground station was quite a few blocks away. THE ENVIRONMENT: Design was in general of…

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Homely hotel with friendly staff: Dandy Hotel Tianjin Branch (丹迪旅店)

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Dandy Hotel Tianjin Branch. Initially, finding the hotel was a challenge despite having looked up its address on Google Maps, since the hotel is located on a back street away from the trunk roads. This, however, turned out to be a blessing as that also meant the location is quieter. At approximately 5 minutes walk from an underground station access was easy. The front desk staff were friendly, courteous and efficient. Whilst we…

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Hizen-ya (肥前屋): Excellent eel rice outside Japan

肥前屋 has one of the best eel rice I’ve had outside Japan. This the locals know only too well, as evidenced by the persistently long queue outside the shop, which at times has over 60 waiting customers and stretches to the next block, despite the rather out-of-the-way location of the restaurant on a back alley off Tianjin Street. The dilemma of this shop is that for tourists (like us), the only way we can easily find it is by locating…

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