Every Corner of This Hostel in Taipei Is Instagram-worthy
It doubles as an art gallery.
(SPOT.ph) Hostels are budget-friendly aside from being great places to meet solo travelers, so it's no wonder they're popular among backpackers. To keep their prices low, most hostels offer only the basics—a bed (well, basically that’s it). But Flip Flop Hostel Garden in Taipei, Taiwan proves that budget accommodations don’t have to be plain and boring. It doubles as an art gallery with paintings, sculptures, and installation art featured in every corner, making the place Instagram-worthy.
This overall vibe matches the creativity of the whole Datong District where one can easily find murals on firewalls and pavements and sculptures in public parks. Flip Flop Hostel Garden also stands right in front of the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, helping the artistic experience come full circle.
Artworks by Attilio Arts
A huge installation by Attilio Arts by the entrance greets guests of the hostel. It is part of a series called “Give Me A Kiss,” which explores the act of kissing and what it means as an expression of love. You can find more kiss-themed paintings in the common areas, along hallways, and even right beside the laundry room.
The open-air courtyard features “TourMeAway,” a mural by Xavia Chen that not only lays out a map of the city but also other images that symbolize Taipei. Matching the industrial style of the 1970s building, it’s a good spot to take your photos.
Other artworks include the “Travelers Taiwan Map” by Qmore, which emphasizes the multitude of places that you can visit in Taiwan despite the island’s small size. You can find this on the first floor, a shoes-off space where guests can just lounge around on colorful bean bags, make some music with the guitars, or watch movies on the large flat-screen television. Look up and you'll see handmade clouds by Time Studio that not only serve as light fixtures but also give the place a dreamy feel.
The long table in the dining area encourages guests to chat. Hate small talk? Food-themed paintings on the kitchen walls are fool-proof conversation-starters. After all, Taiwan is big on its street food so that’s always a safe chit-chat option.
Flip Flop Hostel Garden also prioritizes get-togethers among guests. There’s always an activity for those willing to make the most out of their Taipei getaway: cooking lessons on Mondays, biking tours on Tuesdays, game nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, language classes on Thursdays, and music nights on Fridays.
Four-bed Dormitory, Ladies' Floor (N.T. $600/bed)
Standard Double Room (with private bathroom, N.T. $1,900)
Now, the rooms at Flip Flop Hostel Garden are altogether different from the rest of the hostel—the opposite, in fact. Minimalism is practiced in their design, which is a welcome break after the bright splashes of colors you see from the entrance to the corridors. You’ll also be relieved to know that this hostel avoids single-use disposable items as much as possible, which means that shampoo and bath soap are stored in dispensers and toilet paper comes from recycled materials.
With the number of places you can visit in Taipei—from the busy night markets to the tourists spots, a laid-back hostel where you can kick your shoes off (and wear flipflops!) is definitely an experience in itself.
Flip Flop Hostel Garden is at 122 Chang'an West Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan. Rates start at N.T. $550 (approx. P930). For more information, visit Flip Flop Hostel Garden's website.