In my recent trip to Taipei last month, I managed to book a private bedroom accommodation at Steve and Phoebe Airbnb (SandPbnb). It was sometime back last year, my New Zealand-Taiwanese friend, Steve Leggat and his wife, Phoebe Lu had listed out one of their apartment’s bedroom as an Airbnb accommodation. Without thinking twice, I made my reservation as I had always wanted to experience what’s like staying at a Taiwanese friend’s home. Together with the fact that I was traveling alone and I don’t need much space to stay over, so this small guestroom of Steve’s place would do.
The living room and dining area
The window area of the living room
Photo from Steve’s Instagram @sleggat
Here at SandPbnb, you are provided with a queen sized bed, and basic bathroom essentials such as bath and face towel, shampoo, hair dryer and clothe hangers. The apartment has WI-FI and the living room is a common area to chill out with a laptop friendly work space. Even though the apartment is air-conditioned, the air-con was switched off because it was the winter season when I went to Taipei. The winter temperature outside do gets cold especially at night or when it rains, so thicker blankets are always available upon request if you should ever need one.
Both Steve and Phoebe are very friendly people that can strike up a casual conversation and they recommend you places for food or visits around Taipei. Steve, being a fan of underground and indie music, he might even recommend you various awesome Taiwanese bands to check, especially if you are into hardcore, punk, metal, alternative or indie.
Located at Ningbo West Street of Zhongzheng District in Taipei, SandPbnb is just a 10 minutes walk from Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Metro (MRT) station on the Songshan-Xindian MRT line. Around the neighborhood it is accessible to various places within walking distance such as the Chiang kai-Shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂, Taipei Botanical Garden 臺北植物園, National Museum of History 國立歷史博物館, Nanmen Market 南門市場, and 228 Peace Park 二二八和平公園.
Some photos of the neighborhood.
Guling Street 牯嶺街
Chiang kai-Shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂
Liberty Square 自由廣場 at Chiang kai-Shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂
Besides these places within the neighborhood, Revolver Bar, a bar/gig venue/art house is located just within walking distance from SandPbnb as well. As a fan of underground music, Revolver was where I spent and ended my nights at during the trip, also Steve and I attended 2 gigs at Revolver on my first and second night. Not only that, I made new friends and caught up with friends over at Revolver as well.
Overall I would very highly recommend SandPbnb if you are traveling alone due to the small space, looking for a quieter accommodation in a local residential district away from the crowded tourists and shopping districts, or a history enthusiast due to the location being close to the various historical museum and parks. Fans of underground and independent music are highly recommended as well due to it being near Revolver and if you are lucky, Steve might follow you to a gig at Revolver. For more information, visit Steve and Phoebe’s Airbnb listing here.