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My husband and I stayed for a week at Hotel Papa Whale this September. We liked everything about the hotel - from the industrial theme interiors of the lobby and hotel rooms, good quality toiletries, to the buffet Japanese breakfast. Most of the hotel attendants were helpful. They even helped us book a table at Starbucks Taipei 101. We just encountered one particularly rude hotel front desk personnel, Ms Sherry Chen, whom we spoke to several times and had a condescending tone whenever responding to our queries (and mumbled in Chinese in a mocking tone). We would definitely plan to book this hotel again but avoid this rude hotel personnel.

Lobby is instagrammable. The rooms are quite small. I don’t think two western will fit in the double room. Walls of the room are quite dirty. Privacy is zero. You can hear people laughing, coughing or chatting in the corridor — same as they could hear what your talking about when on the corridor. Good thing is that it is quite near in Ximending around 10min walk. Towels and bathroom are clean. The best thing about the hitel is the lobby design. The rooms are quite overpriced for the size and cleanliness

4/5 due to minimal space but would still go back and recommend to friends. Hotel is a 5min walk to Ximen station, and conveniently located near Ximending Night Market. Staff are very patient with our email inquiries prior to our booking and stay. The room is well kept, no foul smell, have internet access, have toiletries, temperature can be adjusted, well airconditioned, and have universal power outlet.

Like our last trip to Taiwan, this is another “new” boutique hotel. Again very basic, but functional. Room was very “industrial” looking but comfortable. It had a fridge, a safe, large flat screen tv and separate toilet and bath. Aircon was good and cold. I didn’t try the restaurants below as we were more interested in going around. Lobby decor were old TVs, cash registers which didn’t follow the whale decor that greet you as you enter the hotel.

Hotel PaPa Whale is conveniently located at the fringe of Ximending, about a 7 - 10 minute walk to the Ximending Main Street. This means if you need a late night snack or if you are heading back after a long day, it is rather convenient. It is not located very near an MRT station, but a reasonable walking distance away. The room is compact and comfortable, with good air-con and a huge TV. There are windows in the room, but the windows are tinted/covered and sealed. Having a washing machine and dryer in the hotel was also very convenient for us as we were in Taipei for about 6 days and needed to wash our clothes. For completeness, we stayed on the 3rd floor of the hotel.

The hotel is located in the center of Ximending and it is very accessible to 7 eleven and very near to Mcdonalds if in case you arrived early you can explore around though some shops will not be open but you can have a light breakfast at Mcdonalds. Though check in time is 3pm and they are really strict on this and with late check out as well. The hotel itself is in industrial interior so the hotel itself seems very dark and don’t expect much with their windows, we booked a room including the breakfast thought the breakfast is so so since i’m not a fan of hotpot meals during breakfast but the taste is very good. We would like to thank all the staffs for being helpful since we had a little bit issue during our booking. I would like to mention the staffs (wade, aaron, jackie, harvey and Mr. Kevin) also to the hk who cleaned our room everyday i just didn’t recognize her name.

Chic design hotel for instagrammer, you can take a photo in every corner of the hotel. In walking distance ( ~7 minutes ) from Ximen station and near everything you need ( Mala hotpot or bubble milk tea ). Room is quite small, not suit for large luggage ( even family room ) but fully equipped with all amenities you may need. Only minus score is for they don't have bidet like in Japan.

Send my Wife and the Kids to Taipe for four days.Hotel Rooms outdated but clean. Staff not really friendly.Bad English speaking. Breakfast not for foreigners tastes.I would not recommend this Hotel anybody.We booked the rooms with two twin size Bed.They give only one Queen size Bed.Complain was useless.Price not for value.

Was in Taipei for a meeting. Papa Whale has a good balance of the industrial/carpark looking design with Vintage film set and wood. High ceilings, stunning hanging light fittings, stunning steel pipe-looking handles, gorgeous monsoon shower, and MOST importantly, a firm, comfortable bed and aircon. The breakfast is a hotplate with all of the produce required for a delicious soupy breakfast. It feels clean to eat this at breakfast time despite the heat. Very healthy. Is close to the cinema strip, and as a film scholar, this was a delightful bonus! Equally close to a number of young, funky eating places, stores and markets. Am STOKED to have stayed here and would LOVE to come again.

What works the most for this hotel is the excellent location, it’s just across ximpending and so you are never away from action. Also the price is very reasonable.very safe as well. Also the lobby is very instagrammable with their layout and collection. Rooms are very basic - feels like army barracks, no windows, small space, bed really not enough for two large people, limited breakfast options and coffee shop closing by 0900 pm with no options post that... but then you can always step out for options.

46, Kunming St., Wanhua Dist. Taipei

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to National Taiwan Museum
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Located in Ximending within a short walk of National Taiwan Museum, HOTEL PAPA WHALE is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Huaxi Street Night Market. This 356-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi.


Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. For your convenience, a local cuisine breakfast is available for a fee.


All 356 air-conditioned accommodations feature a separate bedroom. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport down comforters. Electric kettles, free bottled water, and safes are also standard.

Property features

HOTEL PAPA WHALE features free WiFi in public areas, a library, and laundry facilities. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for TWD 1300 per vehicle one way. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a vending machine, a reception hall, and a water dispenser.

Room options

Superior Twin Room, 2 Single Beds, No Windows

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Elegant Triple Room, No Window

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Family Room (6 adults), No Windows

Full 3 | Sleeps 6

Superior Quadruple Room, 2 Double Beds, No Windows

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

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