We arrived at Ximending District in Taipei past midnight. We were dropped off in front of our apartment building. We went straight up to our unit and got the keys from a drawer. With a few key turns, we were in. Easy breezy. It felt like coming home when we first stepped in. This was our first Airbnb.
Prior arriving in Taipei, we were in constant communication with Mimi of Renny’s Home via WeChat. With politeness and broken English, she sent me the exact address in Mandarin for us to show to our taxi driver. She even sent photos as pictograph on how to get into our unit, like clues, we were in search of a hidden treasure.
Our Airbnb is strategically situated in one of the busiest districts and night market in Taipei — Ximending Night Market — just a 10-minute walk. It is also accessible to convenience stores, fast-food chains, MTR and bus stations, and other commercial establishments.
Our Airbnb unit is quaint, yet decent and clean. The walls are adorned with quirky decors from artworks to quotes. It has a spacious bathroom with hot and cold shower; washing machine with dryer; and essential toiletries. Mimi provided towels, linens, slippers, and WiFi as well.
We really wanted to use the washing machine since we were soaking wet when we came home one night from our tour in Jiufen. Just like the air conditioner, instructions are all written in Chinese. Though I do have a Chinese surname, unfortunately, I don’t speak the language. So, we ended up hanging our dripping clothes to dry.
Lucky for us, we chose Renny’s Home for a couple of reasons — price and, primarily, location. Our first experience in using Airbnb was a good one as compared to others who had bad experiences during their stay. I’m sure these are just a few isolated cases and not the majority of the hosts.
Will I recommend Renny’s Home? Yes. Very appropriate for a small family of three with a toddler or a kid. Or a couple with a third wheel, perhaps.