A sign of hospitality changes in Taiwan, a five-floor building in the light industrial part of Taipei has been transformed by a local interior designer for 15 million Taiwan dollars (US$459,000) from a run-down building housing a few flats to a hip low-budget hotel for backpacker-type travellers from around Asia.

The block has 15 modest guest rooms for about $45 per night, low for Taipei, sees mainly Japanese guests between ages 20 and 40 and is normally 70% occupied.

Boutique hotels like this also became popular with travelers from mainland China when they were first allowed in 2011 to visit Taiwan on their own rather than in groups. Although numbers are starting to fall, inexpensive hotels remain popular with travelers who reach Taiwan on some of the 400 possible budget flights.

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