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Hey Bear Capsule Hotel Review – New Taipei City

Hey Bear Capsule Hotel Review – New Taipei City

The first time I saw and knew about capsule hotels was on a travel show on TV. They featured the capsule hotels in Japan and my first impression was “Can you really sleep comfortably in that very tight space? It’s like a coffin.” But at the same time, I thought it to be a very cool experience and will someday like to try that.

Well, we just did it in Taiwan. I knew about Hey Bear capsule hotel from the travel group I am in. A member posted pics and said that they only paid P400 for a bed. Cool and cheap. We now have a place to stay in Taipei.

If you’re a follower of our blog, you do know that we have 3 criteria on choosing an accommodation. Location, cleanliness and price. Let’s discuss each criteria and see if Hey Bear fits the bill.

Read: Taiwan DIY Budget Travel Guide 2D2N 

Location

Hey Bear Capsule Hotel is located in SanChong District in New Taipei City. Don’t be confused with New Taipei and Taipei City. It’s two different cities but are very close to each other. Now, even though Hey Bear isn’t located in central Taipei, it is very much accessible due to the close proximity of the nearest train station, Taipei Bridge MRT. So close that you just have to cross the street to get there! How’s that for convenience!

Taipei Bridge MRT is just 5 train stops away from Taipei Main station and 2 stops away from the Tamsui-Xinyi red line where most of the tourist spots are located.

Address: 8F, No.1, Sec. 2, ChongXin Rd., SanChong Dist. New Taipei City, Taiwan

Hey Bear Capsule Hotel map

Hey Bear Capsule hotel map

How to get there from Taoyuan airport

The train from the airport to Taipei Main station is now operational. Click here for the time table. Unfortunately, it only runs from 6am to 11pm. So if you’re arriving past midnight, you won’t be able to catch the last train. You’d either go for the bus ride or sleep at the airport and wait for the first train going to Taipei. You can take Bus 1819 operated by Kuo-Kuang Motor. It’s a 1hr ride from the airport to Taipei main station for 125 NTD. Click here for more info about the routes and fare.

If you arrive in Taipei main station at past midnight, then you have to take a cab going to Hey Bear. But if not, then you can take the train and alight at Taipei Bridge MRT station then cross the street to get to Hey Bear.

Sometimes we really like staying in hostels that are out of the main city because you get to see more of the country’s culture besides concrete buildings and commercial establishments. Hey Bear’s location is a mix of both. There are residents living nearby and lots of small eateries where locals eat and cheaper too. If you’re interested, they have a food map in their website. Check it here.

Street near Hey Bear Capsule Hotel

Street near Hey Bear Capsule Hotel

Rating: 4.5/5

Cleanliness

Let’s discuss about the capsule beds first. We booked two capsule beds in a 4-bed mixed dorm. One capsule bed is spacious and can actually fit me and my wife so we just put our things in the other bed and slept together. I think this is ok as long as you pay for your own bed and you don’t do things that would disturb your roommates. You know what I mean right? Just sleep soundly 😀

Hey Bear Capsule Hotel

My capsule bed with blue backlight

The capsule is complete with a 32″ LED TV, big fluffy pillows, warm blanket (good enough for two), security box, air-conditioning and electrical /usb outlet. The capsule have a cool control panel and you’ll feel like you’re in a spaceship especially when you turn on the blue backlights.

Hey Bear Capsule Bed Blue backlight

Capsule bed with blue backlights

Hey Bear Control Panel

Insert your card to power up!

The pillows, blanket and bed sheets are all whitey clean, no stains and very comfortable. They’ll provide you a headset to plug in when you want to watch TV so you won’t disturb people who wants to have a quiet and peaceful sleep.

Hey Bear Capsule Bed

Book your stay here through Agoda!

Hey Bear Capsule Hotel

The room’s clean (a trash can is provided inside the room) and well maintained. The toilet is clean too considering it’s a shared bathroom for all the guests in your floor. They do provide shower gel and shampoo in the showers. Sometimes, just like any other shared bathrooms in hostels, you’ll encounter people who just don’t know how to use a toilet properly. Don’t be that dude.

Hey Bear Capsule Rooms

Rooms

Book your stay here through Agoda!

Hey Bear Capsule Hotel bathroom

 

Hey Bear Pantry area

Hey Bear Pantry area

Rating: 4/5

Price and How to Book

Considering the location, amenities, cleanliness, service and a cool capsule bed, the price is awesome! For just P500 net (including hotel service charge) or around 310 NTD per bed per night in a mixed capsule room, it’s a sweet deal. No breakfast included though but that’s ok! Lots of cheap options outside.

We booked through Agoda and I suggest you book there too. Just don’t walk-in and book through the reception because the cost will be higher than booking online. If you don’t want to book in advance, you can do the booking in the reception area. They provide a computer there for you to book. We did this for booking our last night there.

Hey Bear reception area

Hey Bear reception area in the 8th floor

If you’re a lady (especially solo travelers), you can book a bed in a female dorm room but expect it to cost a little bit more than the mixed room.

Book here through Agoda.

Book your stay here through Agoda!

Hey Bear Capsule Hotel

If this is not what you’re looking for, check out these recommended accommodations:

Taipei Sunny Hostel
Taiwan Youth Hostel & Capsule Hotel
Next Taipei Hostel-Ximending

Or search and compare accommodations in Taipei here

Rating: 5/5

Overall, it was a very pleasurable stay. We had a calm, peaceful sleep that we often don’t expect in dorm rooms but in Hey Bear, it’s really different. I also like that the guests are respectful of your personal space. If Hey Bear is a bad hotel, we wouldn’t book for another night but since all of it are nice, we extended our stay.

This hotel is highly recommended!

Hey Bear statue

I look sad because I want to stay for one more day lol.

Hey Bear Capsule Hotel

Address: 8F, No.1, Sec. 2, ChongXin Rd., SanChong Dist. New Taipei City, Taiwan

Website: www.heybear-hotel.com/Home

Email: ebooking@heybear.com.tw

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. We’re not affiliated with Hey Bear Capsule Hotel nor do they paid me to write this review.

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