While visiting Tainan we stayed in the Yi Pin Yuan Hotel. It is an interesting hotel that has quite a bit of personality. The facilities are rather worn so it might not be suitable if you want some shiny new Tainan accommodation. However if you want an affordable room with a few quirks it is worth a look.
We walked to the Yi Pin Yuan Hotel from the Tainan train station. It is around a half hour walk but the sidewalks are well maintained and most of the way is in the shade. There is also the chance to pick up a snack or a drink along the way if you are in no rush. We also walked back to the train station when departing Tainan to continue our trip around Taiwan.
Breakfast was fine. A buffet with some Chinese breakfast options plus toast if the local options were not appealing. It was not great quality or variety but it was enough for us to fill our bellies and kick start our exploring.
Both the room and the lobby are quite tired. The whole place could do with renovating. On the upside that means that the prices are very reasonable. We can put up with a hotel being worn around the edges if the price is right.
The room's decoration was unusual. Columns, some rather romantic artwork plus a love heart shaped bath. Once upon a time this may have been a glamorous honeymoon suite. Alternatively, maybe this is where couples would go for some alone time. Regardless of the history we found the room quite entertaining. We did however decide against using the love heart bathtub and made do with the shower head over the bath.
From the Yi Pin Yuan Hotel it is around a 50 minute walk to the Anping Old Fort and the Anping treehouse. It is a little long but you have the option to either check out Tainan city streets or to walk along a canal. We headed out with the intention to explore all day so not being able to conveniently duck back to the hotel was not a problem.
I am not going to tell you that the Yi Pin Yuan Hotel is the greatest place we have ever stayed however it has its merits. Its location was reasonable, sitting between the train station and the various attractions in Tainan. The room was quiet. The staff were friendly. If you want a budget friendly place to stay in Tainan take a look at the Yi Pin Yun Hotel.