Travel: Looking for a new stay in Taipei? Here’s one

While some travelers crave for a hotel that can pamper them during overseas trips, others prefer a cheap, functional room just to catch some sleep. Now, both groups can be satisfied at this gem we found in one of the hippiest area in Taipei city.

Located in the trendy shopping and dining “Shinjuku” district of Taiwan’s capital, Amba Taipei Ximending, opened by Ambassador Hotel in February 2012, stands out from run-of-the-mill hotels and exudes a mix-and-match hospitality experience of arts, accommodation, gourmet food and music.


Offering clean, minimalistic rooms and bold visual illustrations representing the location Ximending, Amba is named after the first four alphabets of Ambassador Hotel. Hence, the hotel space revolves around the word ‘ba’, which means ‘let’s’.

For example, reception is renamed as ‘wenba’ (let’s ask), main restaurant’s name is ‘chiba’ (let’s eat), dessert bar is known as ‘tianba’ (let’s sweet), etc.


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While the place is branded as a budget hotel, we think budget is clearly unsuitable. Apart from spacious and comfortable hotel rooms, the restaurant offers a hearty breakfast buffet, with a vast selection of juice, teas and open cooking stations where guests can choose from a wide range of dishes including eggs, porridge, waffles and much more.

What we love even more are deluxe bath products that are provided in every room and exclusively provided by socially responsible Taiwanese brand, Ginger. This writer and her friends really liked the products after trying it out, hence we decided to buy some of them at the hotel lobby.

All in all, Amba Hotel is an outstanding boutique hotel with excellent service and immaculate accommodation!

amba Taipei Ximending
Address: 77, Wuchang street Section 2, Taipei 10843,
Tel: +886 2 2375 5111