Where to stay in Taipei, Kyoto, Osaka, Hong Kong, Korea? AirBnB and Guesthouse recommendations

  1. Taiwan, Dayuan District AirBnB
  • 15 minutes from the Taoyuan Airport and 46 minutes away from the city
  • Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13929443    
  • Good for 4 pax
  • Price: 1000 pesos per head per night for 2 pax. Additional 500 pesos per head per night
  • Rating: 5/5

About the place:

It’s a two-bedroom condominium located near the airport. It has a mini kitchen, a living room, TV, queen sized bed, iron, etc. It has no bath tub however the place was really new and well maintained.

Review:

I only stayed here for a night because of my long layover. During that time, Uber was still legal so it was easy for me to find the place. The host was very accommodating as well so she kept checking up on me if I got there safely. If you plan to go around and tour the city then I don’t recommend this place because it’s really far. This is only recommended to those who have a long layover or need a place to stay near the airport. I really enjoyed my stay here because it was super huge, new, and clean. For the price, it was really worth it!

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  1. Osaka, Nishi, Osaka,Osaka Prefecture, Japan AirBnB
  • Located next door to Nishi-Nagahori subway station and 15 minutes walk to Shinshaibashi
  • Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2161130
  • Good for 4 pax.
  • Price: 1400-1500 pesos per head per night
  • Rating: 5/5 (THE BEST!!!!!!!)

About the place:

The place is a loft and can fit up to four people but it can be tight because of the ladder. It has a washing machine, mini kitchen, mini bath tub, pocket wifi, TV, and etc. you can check out the link for more information. If you’re claustrophobic, it has a balcony as well.

Review:

What I love about the place is that its location is so accessible. It’s near the train station and Namba. I remember walking to Dotonburi on my first night. It wasn’t that far though so you get to save transportation money. The host was really nice because we couldn’t find it at first but he responded quickly. He picked us up and brought us to the place. We were really supposed to be 3 people but one of my friends decided to join us last minute. He didn’t charge us extra for her. The place was really clean and it had everything we needed. This was the best AirBnB I stayed in ever! I highly recommend it. It’s SUPER WORTH IT!

  1. Osaka, OSAKA-CITY IKUNO-KU,Osaka-fu, Japan AirBnB
  • 11 minutes to dotonbori by train, 12 minutes to Namba station by train
  • Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8412293
  • Good for 3 pax
  • Price: approx 1400 pesos per head per night
  • Rating: 4/5

About the place:

The place came with a bunk and sofa bed. It was very decent however it was not as new. The place came with a pocket wifi, TV, refrigerator, towels, mini bath tub, and etc. The place was surprisingly big for me. However, it did not have a balcony.

Review:

What I loved about the place is that it was really cozy. The pillows were really soft and the sheets were so clean. I found it really spacious for me as well. The only thing that I disliked was that it was really far from the train station and there weren’t a lot of restaurants and convenient stores nearby. However, I found the price really affordable so if you’re looking for a decent place and on a budget then I highly recommend it.

  1. Kyoto, Guesthouse Soi

About the place:

The guesthouse has a breakfast area in the ground floor. You can ask them to cook breakfast for you for an affordable price. They have bikes for rent and a lot of maps and brochures. The room we got was not that big. So if you’re with two people, it can get a bit cramped. The room came with a small table and a tea set. There were no beds too so we used foams. Also, we did not have our own bathroom but it was okay because there was a common bathroom (can accommodate 5 people) that had all necessities.

Review:

The place wasn’t huge however it was very clean and new. The staff was really friendly and accommodating. The owner of the guesthouse taught us where to go and what to do. She basically was a big help to us. I liked our room even if it was small because it reminded me of a Japanese home. The bathroom even if it was shared, was really clean and decent. I’m very choosy when it comes to bathrooms but I really liked it. It had a blower, shampoo, soap, tissue, and etc. My only concern is that the train station was pretty far from the place but there was a bus stop 5 minutes away. I highly recommend this place because it’s very affordable, new, cozy, and the hosts are very welcoming.

  1. Hong Kong, Kowloon side AirBnB

About the place:

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The apartment has 3 bedrooms, a living room, and a mini kitchen. It was really spacious given that most of the apartments in HK aren’t that big. The description says that it is good for 6 to 10 people however I think that it can get really tight if you go over 7 people. it only has 1 bathroom though which can be a hassle if you are a lot.

Review:

I liked the location of the apartment because it was so convenient. It was near the MRT, convenience store, and shopping places. The only thing that I did not like was that there was only 1 bathroom for everyone. Also, we had problems checking in because the host wasn’t replying to us so it took us a long time to find the place. Overall, the place was great. The rooms were clean, the living area was really spacious, the dining area was big enough to fit 6 people, and the location was superb. I recommend this place if you’re on a budget and would like to stay in the TST area.

  1. South Korea, Come On Guesthouse Myeongdong

About the place:

The guesthouse is located in the Myeongdong area. It has different types of rooms. For those rooms that do not have its own bathrooms, there is a common bathroom but it can only accommodate one guest at a time. The rooms were very small and the private bathrooms were not really decent (shower on top of the toilet). The common bathroom was surprisingly cleaner, more decent, more spacious, than the private bathroom.

Review:

My trip to Korea was really spontaneous because Air Asia gave me free tickets. I was really on a budget so as soon as I saw this place I booked it right away. I only recommend this place if you’re on a super tight budget because I found it very uncomfortable. It was too small for me and the private bathroom wasn’t decent. However, in terms of location, it was actually very convenient. It was near a lot of restaurants, it was walking distance to the Myeongdong shopping area, and near the N-Seoul Tower. I suggest though that you try looking for an AirBnB because it might be more affordable and more comfortable.

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Tips when looking for accommodations:

  1. Always read the reviews because it would help a lot. Especially if you plan to go to unsafe countries.
  2. Sometimes it’s okay to book new listings especially in countries like Japan because it’s really safe however, it is a gamble.
  3. Always read the cancellation policy because sometimes they are strict so you cannot refund the fee anymore.
  4. When booking an AirBnB the host has to approve your request first. It is good because if ever you need to ask questions about the place then they can answer it before you book. Remember that once a host approves the request, it means that you’re already booked. So you really have to be sure about the place because like I said, the cancellation policy might be strict.
  5. Research, research, and research before booking!
  6. Always read the description of the place to know how many people are really allowed, if it has the items you’re looking for (blower, washing machine, pocket wifi, etc.), the check in/check out time, and the like. You might get disappointed if you arrive and don’t find the things you’re looking for or you might be wasting your money if the check in/ check out time is not ideal for you.
  7. Always be good to your AirBnB host because he/she is required to write a review about you. Be honest if you’ll be adding more people. You can also ask them if you want a late check out and/or an early check in. Tell them your itinerary and all the needed information.
  8. If you don’t like the place or your host, never ever lash out on them. Just rate them low and explain everything in the review. ALWAYS BE GOOD TO PEOPLE.
  9. Always look at the pictures closely and carefully. Pictures don’t lie so if you’re very picky when it comes to bathrooms then this is a MUST. You don’t want a shoilet (Shower on top of the toilet) right?
  10. Double check the location of your accommodation. Don’t get fooled at the title of the listing especially if it says, “20 mins away from the ____” You have to carefully read the description and check google maps because sometimes it can be pretty far from the city or it might be in an area you dislike.
  11. Always make sure that the place is near a train/bus station because you will be spending more if it isn’t. Like I said, READ THE DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY.

Hope this helps! Heard a lot of horror stories regarding AirBnB but so far so food. I highly recommend it because it’s affordable and you get to immerse yourself in different cultures.

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