Clean and efficient, great local experienceI got the private room without bathroom. This room had a great view of the runway 23L of the airport and it was a treat for me to watch planes taking off in the morning. Being at this property also means you get to hear planes early in the morning and up to 12 am. The shared bathroom had small towels and toothbrush. There is a common area with a fridge and water dispenser. There is no oven or laundry. The owner picked me up for free from the airport and offered a free ride to the MRT station after 9.30 am. It wasn't necessary as there are frequent buses (bus 1841) to Taipei (~50 mins journey) that stop near the hostel. There is a bus GR that leaves from Kengkou MRT and it seems that departures of bus GR are timed to coincide with the arrival of the MRT. There are food outlets down the road but you need Chinese/hokkien speaking ability most of the time. There is a smelly beancurd shop! It gave me a great experience of local life and the people are very friendly. There are stores open for breakfast and stores open after dinner. Or else you can get food at two convenience stores. The first Taoyuan bus to the airport, 5059 does not arrive early enough for me to catch my 7.30 am flight. Thus, early morning airport shuttle can be arranged by the owner for TWD 250, you get a bell in the room and when it rings, you go to the gate. In my case there was some confusion and the bell didn't ring, but I went to the gate anyway and found them waiting there for me.
Heaven Sent!I got bumped off from my flight and did a last minute research with some affordable place to stay near the airport. I tried my luck at backpacker's hostel (without any booking at all) and it was the best decision ever. Location is very near the airport and the staff are super accommodating and nice! They will do the extra mile just to help you with everything. I was super stressed with all the hassle that happened to me in the airport but they showed nothing but compassion towards me. I'm so lucky! They picked me up and welcomed me! I got the private room and it was very clean and spacious! The wifi connection is really good too. Toiletries are available, hair dryer and fridge. Truly worth your money! I super recommend this hostel! Thank you so much backpacker's hostel for taking care of me and my son! I didn't check out yet but I'm already writing this review. Super satisfied guest here!