I’ve stayed in two quarantine hotels so far (see below for reviews). I’m quarantining at Yusense Hotel next month because of their rave reviews on Google and will follow up afterwards.
Les Suites Taipei (Ching-Cheng); Rating: 3/5 stars
I spent my 14-day/15-night quarantine here back in August 2020. The primary reason I chose this hotel was because of the great online reviews and its tremendous value for room size (e.g. junior suite, corner suite). If I am going to be locked away for 15 nights, space is very important. The service was absolutely excellent, and they were very responsive to LINE messages. I could request additional milk or Nespresso pods, and they would bring it quickly. Breakfast and lunch were from their hotel kitchen, and for dinner, you could choose from a short menu of meals from two local restaurants which changed every day. They also allowed food deliveries (e.g. Uber Eats/Food Panda), which came in handy when there were a few lunches that I didn’t love. I was also able to borrow a yoga mat and two dumbbells to work out.
The reason why I am giving three stars is because of the room itself. It is in need of a complete refresh. The furniture was old and was not particularly comfortable. For being a business hotel, the desk chair provided was not ideal for working. The seat was so deep that I had to put a pillow behind my back for support. The chair’s arms also hit the desk, preventing me from moving closer to the desk. The junior suite’s layout was also not ideal, since the living room/desk area was far away from the windows. This made the living/work space dark, even during bright sunny days.
Despite my criticisms, I would still recommend staying here for quarantine. The daily meals, customer service, room size, and price were good. If I return to Taipei for another quarantine, I would consider the corner suite (more windows/light) and ask for a different desk chair.
Amba Songshan; Rating: 4/5 stars
I stayed here recently in the Extra Large River View Room for my 15-night mandatory quarantine (March-April 2021). Overall, I would consider staying here again for another quarantine.
- The hotel itself is located in the upper levels of a high-rise, and the 21st floor is dedicated to quarantine guests. This means incredible views and no outdoor street noise.
- With no other buildings blocking the sun and huge windows (basically wall to wall, floor to ceiling), the room got tons of sunlight.
- Clean and modern (no carpet) with nice amenities (e.g. smart TV with YouTube and Netflix app - need own log-in; bluetooth speakers - although had tape covering and muffling the sound)
- Large space to lay out a yoga mat and work out
- Lots of fresh fruit included with breakfast
- There was no free early check-in. An early check-in fee was applied based on my flight’s arrival time. Because my flight arrived at 6am from the US, the hotel required an extra night’s payment. So instead of 15 nights, I paid for 16 nights. When I stayed at another Taipei hotel for quarantine in August 2020, they allowed free early check-in
- The food wasn’t my favorite. I chose the “bento package”, which meant I had food that was all made in-house, but I also felt like there wasn’t enough variety for a two week stay. I ended up ordering Uber Eats seven times to replace some lunches/dinners I didn’t find appetizing. For breakfast, you could choose between three types - American, Japanese, or Chinese. Lunches and dinners were primarily Chinese.
- Window cleaners suddenly appeared outside my window one day, and it would have been nice to have been told beforehand