Under the radar of most U.S.-based travelers, Taipei boasts a lively LGBT community and one of the friendliest receptions in Asia. Explore it like a local with W Hotel concierge Joyce Hsu and other gay friendly hotel Taipei. Though it’s under the radar for many travelers, Taipei, Taiwan offers plenty of reasons to visit—including its thriving LGBT scene.
Taiwan Pride is the annual LGBTQ pride parade in Taiwan. The parade was first held in 2003. Although joined by groups from all over the country, the primary location has always been the capital city of Taipei.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern metropolis with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings. The skyline is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper, with upscale shops at the base and a rapid elevator to an observatory near the top. Taipei is also known for its lively street-food scene and many night markets, including expansive Shilin market.
Taiwan is definitely worth visiting, though to be fair how much you enjoy it depends on your interests. Taiwan’s natural scenery can’t compete with the Tibetan Plateau, but it is very impressive and beautiful nonetheless, especially if you’re willing to do multi day hikes
The best time of the year to visit Taipei are the months of April. One of the best time to visit Taiwan is in late spring in April. This means the weather is dry and not so humid, and you can expect clear skies for most of your stay. Other months are September to November during the fall and Spring (March to May).
Ximending is also the main gay district of Taiwan, with a host of many clubs and pubs surrounding the area and here you can find gay friendly hotel Taipei.
Wanhua is the oldest district of Taipei, home to many historic buildings, such as the Longshan Temple and the Red House Theater. Ximending is the “harajuku of Taipei“, a shopping neighbourhood centred around teenager fashion
The gay scene is wild and vibrant. Combine tropical weather with gourmet food, stunning shopping experiences and a rich history of culture and art, Taipei is a city oasis that never ceases to surprise. Add in a cruising gay beach, gay hot springs, circuit parties and the hot and muscled native Taiwanese guys.
Top attractions to visit in Taipei
- Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival
- Miniatures Museum of Taiwan
- Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
- Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail)
- Dalongdong Bao An Temple
- Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour
- Full-Day Private Custom Taipei City Tour
- Taipei Half-Day City Tour
- Jiufen Village (Chiufen) and Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour from Taipei
- Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei
1. Gs Gay Hotel – Taipei – Gay Friendly Hotel Taipei
Gs Gay Hotel – Taipei is situated in the Songshan District district in Taipei. If offers free coffee and soft drinks at the lobby. You will find plenty local food options in Raohe Night Market in just 500 m distance.
The hotel is very accessible to public transportation from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. First I rode a bus to the Main Station and took the Green Line and the hotel is just few steps away from the Station
Room is quite small but clean. The shared bathrooms is always kept clean and the steam room on site was an added bonus.
The hotel is themed after a very famous clothing company know for having great marketing photos which cover many walls of the premises.
No breakfast provided. Only some snacks with unlimited supply of coffee, tea, chocolate drinks, and soft drinks.
How much does a room costs at Gs Gay Hotel Taipei ?
2. Inhouse Hotel Heritage Taipei – Gay Friendly Hotel Taipei
Our second recommendation for a gay friendly hotel Taipei is a excellent 4* hotel. Inhouse Hotel is located a 5-minute walk from Ximen MRT Train Station, and a 5-minute drive from Taipei Railway Station. It offers a restaurant and rooms with free wired internet access.
Location wise, hard to fault as it is a few min walks away from Ximen station and also is a well-known place for hangout; bars, shopping and food all within reach.
Hotel Inhouse is within a 10-minute drive of Longshan Temple and the famous Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. It is a 24-minute drive from Songshan Airport, and a 1-hour drive from Taoyuan International Airport.
Wanhua District is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, street food and night markets.
The room is well decorated and functional, with ceiling to floor curtains, which stretched along the window wall from the bed head to the toilet/shower; the room can be as bright as you want it or just pitch black thanks to the total blackout blind.
The complimentary breakfast is more than just cold cereal and toast. If you like local foods, they have at least 4 hot items each day, and not the same one day after day. Plus always a soup and congee with optional fixings. Some local touches like braised meat rice are available as well.
Hotel is highly recommended for solo travelers or young travelers or tourists who are looking for action & excitement in Taipei.
How much does a room costs at Inhouse Hotel Taipei ?
Prices start 90$/night for the Standard Double Room . The Villas Room is 140$/night and a super breakfast is included. The villa comes with a minibar, an iPod docking station and a flat-screen TV with DVD player. It features a bathtub.
3. Hotel Midtown Richardson – Gay Friendly Hotel Taipei
Midtown Richardson Hotel is located in the main gay area of Taipei -Ximending, close to many pubs and cool restaurants.
Hotel Midtown Richardson is just a stone’s throw away from Ximending shopping area where guests can find a range of dining and entertaining options. The property is 1 metro stop ride from Taipei Main Station and 7 metro stops ride from Taipei Songshan Airport.
Each room here provides guests with air conditioning and a 50-inch flat-screen TV. A mini fridge, tea bags, electric kettle and slippers are also offered for convenience. The private bathroom includes bath or shower facilities.
Beautiful place to celebrate Valentines. Good place to stay for couples.
Rooms are very affordable and they have rooms and room sizes suitable for all types of travellers from singles, couples to families in large group. Rooms are modern and with a decent bathroom with showers. Only larger family size rooms or suites have bathrooms.
Breakfast buffet area gets busy and crowded around 8 am plus and there are not enough seats. So better have your breakfast earlier. The buffet spread had quite a decent variety.
The hotel staff is friendly and helpful, but not everyone could speak English confidently – you should have no problems getting the help you need. As it was rather wet during our stay there, what really helped was that they were willing to loan umbrellas for free :).
How much does a room costs at Hotel Midtown Richardson Taipei ?
Prices start 90$/night for the Standard Double Room. The Villas Room is 140$/night and a super breakfast is included. The villa comes with a minibar, an iPod docking station and a flat-screen TV with DVD player. It features a bathtub.
4. Ximen Taipei – DreamHouse – Gay Friendly Hotel Taipei
Our next choice for a gay friendly hotel in Taipei is a budget guesthouses. Ximen Taipei – DreamHouse is a cosy property situated only a 10-minute walk from Ximen MRT Station.
Placed in the heart of the lively Ximending, the hotel is conveniently located a 5-minute drive from Taipei Train Station and 20-minute drive to Songshan Airport. 101 Shopping District is 25 minutes away by car while Taoyuan International Airport is an hour away by car.
Budget hotel with basic amenities, tiny lift, tiny room but nice, clean and comfortable. Hot and cold water for drinking available at every floor.
Fairly new, clean and compact, basic toiletries and towel are provided. They provide bottled water but not coffee/tea. Electric kettle, hair dryer, bedroom slippers, a safe, refrigerator, lcd tv and a place to hang clothes. Great hot shower with good pressure. There is no heater in the room even if outside is quite cold.
How much does a room costs at Ximen Taipei – DreamHouse ?
Prices start 40$/night for the Basic Double Room . The Basement Rooms with no Window is 35$/night is located at the basement, this air-conditioned room comes with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, minibar and en suite bathroom with hairdryer and shower facility. Room features 2 single beds for 2 guests. Room has no windows. 3G signals can be weaker than ground or upper rooms.
5. Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotel Taipei
Our last choice for you for a friendly gay hotel is Taipei is a luxury and a 5* hotel. Offering 5-star luxury in the city centre, the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel houses a day spa, fitness facilities and an outdoor pool. It provides 9 dining options, concierge services and free Wi-Fi in all areas of the building.
Located beside Shantao Temple MRT train station, Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel is a 3-minute train ride from the high-speed rail to Kaohsiung. It is 500 m from Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and 2 km from Snake Alley.
The room in general is good but quite some partition and many wood.
The room has all of the usual things you expect: a king size bed (actually two beds pushed together), a wide screen TV, minibar with some drinks, espresso machine with four coffees, writing desk, very nice bathroom with bath and separate shower, and most of all – free wifi Internet that is very good and access no questions asked (not even a password or login required), without any restrictions. The wifi is throughout the hotel including the lobby. The executive room also gives (minimal) complimentary laundry service, and ample space for clothes.
There are a couple of pretty good restaurants in this hotel. They have a nice Thai restaurant and the Antoine Room is a nice place for upscale dining.
The shower provides a good strong flow of water jet stream. But, the temperature fluctuates during the shower, which is a bit annoying.
Breakfast buffet downstairs was very good with nice selection and always a queue for the famous french toast. They make all their own breads too which is great.
The gym was fairly good, although would get crowded in the limited space available in the weights area, but plenty of cardio equipment
How much does a room costs at Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel
Prices start 200$/night for the Superior King Room . The Premier King Rooms is 250$/night.This modern Oriental-style room enjoys views of the city. Features a flat-screen TV and a spacious bathroom with separate bath, shower areas and bidet.