Welcome to the Wow Tainan Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Tainan, Taiwan. This stunning island off the coast of mainland China has a lot to offer. Whilst the staff at Wow Tainan are keen to introduce you to their home, we at Hostelgeeks are delighted to show why WOW is a super-cool budget accommodation.
What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Wow Tainan
2. How to book and compare rates
3. Neighborhood and location
Grab yourself a bicycle from the cheap bike rental, explore the beaches and historical attractions before returning to the laid-back atmosphere of Wow Tainan. Here you can appreciate the collective art of locals, enjoy yummy Taiwanese food and unwind in the yoga studio, or by stretching out on the super comfy beds.
We are Hostelgeeks, and we award 5 Star Hostels around the world. We are your independent shortcut to the worlds unique hostels with character and personality. WOW Tainan Hostel is the second 5 Star Hostel in Taiwan, right after With Inn Kaohsiung. In the heart of Taiwan, in Puli, you can find the Puli Center Center Hostel, another certified 5 Star Hostel.
Is your head spinning with excitement of so many possibilities? Ours too, and that is just a taster! So without further ado, let us share with you why Wow Tainan Hostel has become our 5 Star Hostel in Taiwan.
WOW Tainan is a 5 Star Hostel, because …
1. Sustainable – local run and… Heat pump!
It’s always good to know that you are supporting your carbon footprint by simply staying at a hostel. By staying at Wow Tainan, you will be doing just that! Throughout the building are installations of water saving toilets and faucets. In the bathrooms you can forget plastic waste that one-time toiletry packages produce, and instead enjoy shared shower gel and shampoo facilities.
And don’t panic, if you realize you left your trusty toothbrush on the side at home, you can grab a new one at the honest corner shop nearby.
The hostel has also found an efficient way to keep the place warm and cosy. You’re probably thinking solar heating system? Close! Instead they use a „heat pump“ technology – an air to water boiling system which keeps the temperature consistent.
This 5 Star Hostel is also run by locals from Taiwan and Tainan itself ,which is fantastically sustainable and supportive for the area.
2. Artistic folk design
Do you consider yourself to be a bit of an artist? Then you will love Wow Tainan hostel, for sure! Over the past few years talented artists and illustrators, from both Taiwan and other parts of the world, have come together to leave their personal mark in, on and around the hostel – literally!
The owners decided to offer these artistic folk the entire hostel as a blank canvas to work on. As a result, the walls reflect memorable times spent in the hostel and in the charming city of Tainan. Some of the artists even helped the hostel to launch their own walking map and postcard collection!
The owners have stayed in many hostels around the world, and have gone above on beyond to make their own hostel comfortable for guests. This is evident as soon as you sit on the beds. The bunk beds are tailor made by local craftsmen to make sure guests of all shapes and sizes will be satisfied with their space. Well, it’s 200 x 85 x 20 cm, so maybe not Hodor!
Every bed comes with universal outlets (no need for converters), personal reading lights and curtains. Each guest has use of a coded locker that can easily fit a 10-year-old (not advisable though)! In fact, a lot of guests have said that they had the best night sleep of their hosteling experience in Wow Tainan.
3. Wow-hostel and Yoga Studio
If you thought Wow Tainan is just a hostel, you were wrong. It’s a 5 Star Hostel, and not only that… It has a yoga studio! Lessons are taught everyday by experienced tutors in the quiet surroundings at the back of the building. Special discounts are offered to hostel guests who want to join, and when there are no classes going on, guests are welcome to use the space to stretch out and relax.
If you need that one last thing to convince you to embark on the round-island trip – whether it’s by motorbike, bicycle or by foot – then how about this: You get more discount at the hostel!
In fact, the longer you take to travel round the island, the more discount you get. In our opinion, it is the best motivation for travelers to take their time and see the beauty the island has to offer.
4. Unplugged concerts, games and custom parties
We have said it time and time again: what is a hostel, more importantly a 5 Star Hostel, without memorable social vibes? The common room at Wow Tainan is a lively space, perfect for hanging out with old friends and new. Ice can be broken over a trusty board game and you can learn how to play the Asian classic game of Mahjong.
Or perhaps you fancy your hand at mini table tennis? Wow Tainan offers also a weekly evening event called „Inn-keepers Cinema“ which features a curated screening schedule.
Alongside all of this, the staff organize unplugged concerts, educating talks, custom parties and even the odd flea/craft market.
Sometimes it is hard to make up your mind. However, thanks to the newly re-designed, digitalized walking map you can check the auto hotspot generator (try out the interactive map here) and find cool places to explore in the nearby surroundings.
Also! Check out the section on their website named This Now Tainan. It’s a constant renewing calendar advising people of the happenings in the city, so you won’t miss out during your stay.
In the common room there is a newly acquired commercial espresso machine. The staff are working hard on their barista skills, soon to serve up tasty morning coffee in the near future. Their barista friends join forces occasionally to host coffee workshops, and lessons can be arranged if guests are interested to learn.
5. Staff with a genuine love for the travel essence
The staff at Wow Tainan are from different parts of the country, and have extensive traveling experience. Which means they are the perfect people to ask for advice! Their genuine, deep-hearted love for the unique essence of Tainan is evident, and it is the reason they decided to settle in this historical city.
Alongside the regular staff, the hostel welcomes 2-4 exchange helpers staying with them. Arriving from all over the world, they bring with them amazing travel stories to share. The staff often have ‚cook-offs‘ and invite guests to enjoy cuisine from different cultures.
It is a laid-back environment whereby staff and guests bond easily. So it is easy to believe why outings are often organized between everyone.
The staff here have deservedly won Certificate of Excellences two years in a row (2015 & 2016) and on other online booking platforms the staff review hits an impressive 9 (from 10)!