The main draw of Guest House TaiwanMex is of course the price and also the excellent location. Once you find it -- which can be a challenge -- and check in, you will enjoy the convenience of having everything close by.
It's very difficult to find. You can easily spend half an hour walking around trying to locate it. The hostel should advise clients that it is tucked deep in the narrow street directly opposite the main road opposite the Starbucks by the subway stop and has a tiny sign that is easy to miss unless you look very carefully for it. It does not help matters that if you ask people in the businesses around the area -- they have no idea where it is. Once you reach the main gate you have to use the intercom to call them if you arrive at night. Once they buzz you in you have to walk past the gate into another narrow alley shared by other homes and businesses and then walk upstairs to the main door.
It's a liittle bit small and dated inside but hey, it's a hostel. The guy who runs it is a great guy, helps with everything and does not hesitate to assist you with any directions or concerns you may have. The subway station nearby makes traveling around a breeze but if you arrive late you have to take the bus and it's within walking distance (five minutes) of the hostel. Also there's a nice night market (must-see) with all sorts of exotic foods just a ten-minute walk from the hostel as well.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Rooms are super tiny (more like individual cubicles) but excellent for privacy. A nice fan and outlets for all your devices are available. The bed is super comfy. Bathrooms are nice and clean. Shower water is hot and no issues with water pressure. Plenty of hooks and space to store clothes while you shower.
The main space is quite small but has nice sofas and a PC for free internet access. Wi-Fi is strong and fast and it's a real pleasure to use especially after a long day worth of traveling. The kitchen is tiny too, but hey, this is Taipei. This hostel has a very cozy common area though, which makes it perfect for meeting fellow travelers.
This is a great hostel, and it's run by a manager who's a great guy that goes out of his way to make you comfortable.