Let us introduce you to Beimen WOW Poshtel of Taipei, Taiwan. There is no better introduction than the one provided by the owners themselves; “Beimen WOW Poshtel is the home we built to host the world. Taiwan is our home and we know how suitable it is for everyone.” Run by local people with local passion, this 5 Star Hostel has wonderfully transformed an old hotel into a green, locally-centred hostel in the heart of a vibrant and culturally sound environment.
What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Beimen WOW Poshtel
2. How to book and compare rates
3. Neighborhood and location
It comes with a small and a big wow. If you are looking for a fabulous hostel in Taiwan, you have just found the right place to be. The 5 Star Hostels, including Beimen WOW Poshtel, are awarded by Hostelgeeks, an independent platform designed to bring you the world‘s greatest hostels.
Based on transparent criteria, the 5 Star Hostels are budget accommodations with character and personality.
Across Taiwan, there are plenty of outstanding hostels we love to introduce you to. In Taipei you can find as well Ximen Wow Hostel, whilst in Tainan we are big fans of Wow International Hostel. East-coast located Hualien is home of Hualien Wow Hostel, another unique hostel and hidden gem.
In South Taiwan you can stay at the smallest 5 Star Hostel in the world, the With Inn Kaohsiung.
When a hostel incorporates the word ‘Poshtel’ you know it is going to be full of character. A poshtel refers to the posh facilities, a common term for upscale hostels. Find an overview of all 7 types of hostels here. No doubt you are wondering about the transparent criteria.
The Story of Beimen Wow Poshtel
We love to share stories of all the 5 Star Hostels. The best way to share the story of Beimen Wow Hostel is their original and creative video with Stop Kidding Studio. Have a look at the magic happening there – literally.
Here you can find +22 more hostel videos of the 5 Star awarded hostels.
There is only one thing left to do; put on the kettle, sit down and have a read.
Beimen WOW Poshtel is a 5 Star Hostel because…
1. From a 60s Hotel to a 5 Star Hostel
Beimen WOW Poshtel has been transformed from a 40-year-old hotel – Meitai Hotel – to a comfortable and attractive 5 star hostel. The original hotel had experienced the ups and downs of a rear-exit neighbourhood of Taipei, now known as Taipei Main Station.
The road which the building stands on (Taiyuan Road) used to be the hub for wholesale business, and during the 60s hotel business was booming thanks to the up rise in economy and competition for jobs in the area.
Unfortunately, once the train station was moved and underground rails were introduced, the hustle and bustle died down and the area faded by the waste side.
However! Fast forward to 2016 and the WOW crew saw the potential in this old building. Thanks to creative interior designers, within a few months Beimen WOW Poshtel gave the old hotel brand new life. Now, travellers can come together to embrace and experience the true Taipei history and Taiwanese culture.
2. Loft design (and lot of space)
The main concept of Beimen WOW Poshtel is to retain the original structure of the old hotel, without introducing excessive decoration. When you walk around, you will see that they have managed to achieve this very well!
Being “Green” has always been one of the main core values of the “WOW” hostel. What does that mean exactly? Well, factor in the use of recyclable and environmentally friendly materials and you have yourself a hostel that really cares for the environment.
We give their “Green” effort a big thumbs up.
Withholding a bare design of the building, whilst adding American industrial loft design, helps retain the old Taipei architectural elements. Not only has this given the old hotel new life, it also pays tribute to the old times of Taipei and the surrounding area.
So let’s go back to the interior design of the hostel. Custom spring mattresses and custom-made independent barrel beds are used within the rooms. Here is an overview of all different hostel room types. The team hope this allows travellers to enjoy clean, comfortable accommodation at an affordable price, with the added bonus of privacy.
Privacy within a shared room really does give travellers the best of both worlds, wouldn’t you agree? All rooms come as well with secure lockers so your belongings stay safe. We dedicated a full article about the safety at hostels.
The owners at Beimen WOW Poshtel stood in true-traveller shoes as they designed every corner, facility and equipment available at their accommodation. Their hope is to “provide travellers with the most convenient accommodation alongside the superb caring service!”
3. Perfect Mix between old an new
Let’s see, what makes this Taiwanese hostel unique: Did you notice that the term ‘Poshtel’ appears in the name?
It is in fact the first hostel in Taiwan to use this quirky word to describe what to expect. Also, during the design process, they deliberately kept two rooms with Taiwanese style bathrooms from the 60s. This is where the old and new mix perfectly together, allowing for a fun time-travel back to old Taipei during your stay.
Moreover, custom-built beds within the dorm rooms are a perfect option for the budget traveller. Check out the interactive wall-painting designed by a very clever 3D artist too – he has based it on the famous sites around Beimen WOW Poshtel. Here is a guide to all sights in Taipei.
Of course this creates many selfie opportunities and is a fun way to get to know the area before you head out and explore properly. As for the common area and kitchen, well, this one happens to take up an entire floor!
This way, you and your new found friends can enjoy a relaxed space without being bothered constantly by the check in/out process.
Once heading over to the city, enjoy it at its best with the following blogs:
FYI, there is a ‘Do-It-Yourself Brekkie’ station in the common area as well. If you’re feeling peckish during the day, check out the honesty store where you will find tasty Taiwanese snacks and beverages on offer. Ecomama in Amsterdam as well offers the honesty system. We are huge fans of that!
4. Getting involved in events – the vibes
Taiwan is great if you enjoy a traditional festival or two. Here at Beimen WOW Poshtel, you will be encouraged to get involved in events surrounding these holidays if you happen to stay at the ‘right’ time.
For instance, during Mid-Autumn festival you can get involved in making the delicious iced moon cakes. This is, after all, a festival well-known for trying a variety of moon cakes, so you can’t feel guilty for joining in!
For the keen walkers amongst you, be sure to speak to the Posh Crew about a FREE walking tour along the Dadaocheng area of Taipei.
In the near future this 5 Star Hostel hopes to team up with local hand-craft stores. In order to truly experience the old and new Taiwanese handicraft culture, they’d like to provide opportunities for travelers to get involved with making their own souvenirs.
In turn they hope this will create a genuine love for the place which resembles that of the staff themselves.
5. Posh crew, the best scenery of Poshtel
The staff here like to be called the Posh Crew, and why not, for they should be proud of that name.
They love questions, especially when it results in talking about Taiwan, its people and the culture. As many of the members are bilingual (some are even multilingual), don’t let language get in the way and start chatting!
They have many travel stories to share with their guests and of course they love to hear all about your adventures as well!
Talking about stories, here you can find all our hostel stories.
Reception is open 27/4 so if you like to rise early and make the most of the day, a member of staff will always be at hand to give you advice and tips.
People often say: the best scenery of Taiwan is Taiwanese people, and this is no exception at Beimen WOW Poshtel.
You see, Beimen Wow Poshtel is a special hostel. The vibes of all involved people at that special design-conscious ambiance, that is something we at Hostelgeeks really appreciate. And so will you, enjoy!