REVIEW: Oxygen Hostel
When I booked my ticket to Taiwan for my first solo travel, I knew that I would finally be able to try staying at hostels. I would rather spend my hard-earned money on other things than expensive hotel rooms I will not inhabit the whole day. A nice bed where I can sleep peacefully at night and a place to keep my belongings safely was good enough for me. Although I initially wanted to stay in a much colorful or fancy looking lodging, I realized that I made the right choice in booking Oxygen Hostel.
In this post, I will rate Oxygen Hostel based on the seven main factors I usually consider when choosing a place to stay.
1. Ambiance: 4/5
The first floor serves as the restaurant and reception desk of the hostel. It turns into a bar at night when parties and performances happen. It is usually calm during the day and early evening, though. There is a good yellow lighting from the entrance to my little corner which radiates a warm and cozy feeling. The pub may tend to get busy during the night, but the rooms are always quiet and private. Even though it is situated right in the middle of the city- just a few feet above a busy bar- I think that it is still a relaxing place to stay in.
2. Comfort: 4/5
The mattresses are soft. The light is bright enough to read books and magazines. The traditional capsule orientation of beds (coffin- like) may not be comfortable especially for claustrophobic people. It could simulate the feeling of undergoing an MRI procedure, so it is better not to turn the lights off to avoid midnight panic attacks. However, other rooms have more communal space and have a wider entrance to the bed as they are aligned horizontally.
3. Location: 5/5
It is near Taipei Main, Ximen, and NTU Hospital MRT Stations. All stations are within walking distance. You can easily walk to the Bus Station, check out squirrels at the 288 National Peace Park or shop and eat like crazy at Ximending. A lot of things can be done within the area without spending a dollar for transportation.
4. Cleanliness: 5/5
The place looks very fresh. The sheets smell good and new. There are slippers and plastic bins that guests can use when in the shower. The crew is always busy cleaning the rooms and bathrooms between check-in and check- out period every day.
5. Amenities / Facilities/ Features: 5/5
Each guest gets a cabinet initially containing the comforters and bath towels. You can easily fit a carry-on suitcase and shopping bags on the cabinet and leave them locked when you are out for the day. Each cubicle has a regular and USB integrated socket outlets, two lights, and dress hangers. The WIFI signal is excellent even if you are already inside the capsule. The common lights inside the room are sensor activated, so it is convenient during the night time. The shower areas have free shampoo and conditioner. There are also basic bathroom necessities like hair dryers, cotton, and cotton buds available for free. The toilet cubicles have bidet and toilet paper. There are also cubicles for the disabled needing more space to move around. Showering after checkout is also allowed for a reasonable charge. The hostel has a lounge with paid washing machine, water dispenser, and utensils if you want to eat since eating is not allowed inside the sleeping rooms. The lounge is a shared area where people can get together. They also hold small parties there as scheduled. The restaurant on the first floor serves breakfast and all- day food. It transforms into a bar (which can also get pretty crazy sometimes) in the nighttime until 2 in the morning.
6. Service and Crew 5/5
The hostel is open 24 hours which allows guests to check in and out at any time of the day. They have amazing crew members, too. They willingly obliged to my request of changing my bed from the lower bunk to top bunk and back to the bottom bunk. They also booked my reservation for Starbucks at Taipei 101. Since there was a typhoon during my stay, they even reminded me not to stay too late outside and to bring an umbrella.
7. Rate 4/5
It is not the cheapest available place to crash if I will compare it against other hostels but it is worth the price. It is near three MRT Stations, new, and spotless. They have the necessary things I needed in staying in place to live comfortably.
8. Overall Rating 4.6/5
Staying in this hostel set the bar too high for my future hostel bookings. I think it is perfect. I certainly recommend this to solo and even group travelers.
Oxygen Hostel is located at No.100, Sec.1, Chongqing S.Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City, Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan 10045. The Nearest MRT Station (5- minute walk) is NTU Hospital Station, Exit 5. You will have to go through the 228 Peace Memorial Park then walk a whole block until you reach the Starbucks Coffee beside the hostel.
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