Traveling far away from home in most cases means staying in some sort of hotel, hostel, or guesthouse. In Taiwan there are many accommodation options you can choose from.
If room rates don’t matter, and what you are looking for is the best service and quality, a room in a 5-star hotel (五星級飯店；wuxingji fandian) will most likely be your optimal choice. Smaller in size, yet often equally high-standard in terms of room quality and service, is the boutique hotel (精品飯店；jingpin fandian). Less fancy, but offering all the things a tourist usually needs, is the tourist hotel (觀光飯店；guanguang fandian). Backpackers often prefer youth hostels (青年旅舍；qingnian lushe), though perhaps the best combination of high comfort and affordability is provided by the many B&Bs, called “homestays” (民宿；minsu) in Taiwan.
Making room reservations (訂房；dingfang) is most often required, whichever type of accommodation you choose. As options, you usually have single rooms (單人房；danrenfang), double rooms (雙人房；shuangrenfang), triple rooms (三人房；sanrenfang), quad rooms (四人房；sirenfang), suites (套房；taofang), and dormitories (宿舍；sushe). One room type you rarely get in the West is Japanese-style (和式；heshi), meaning that mattresses or futons are placed on the floor (sometimes laid out with tatami mats, as in Japan).
Here are some other useful words and phrases related to staying in local accommodation
Breakfast included (包含早餐；baohan zaocan)
Railway station/airport pick-up/drop-off
Free Internet access (免費上網；mianfei shangwang)
Hot-spring bathing (溫泉泡湯；wenquan paotang)
Tourist map (觀光地圖；guanguang ditu)
If you opt to stay in a homestay (民宿；minsu), you will be spoilt for choice, since there are several thousand now in operation, ranging from the luxurious to the very basic. Make sure that your guesthouse meets approved standards by searching on the website of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (taiwanstay.net.tw). Al homestays vetted by the Bureau have an official plate (with serial number) mounted in a conspicuous location on the premises, featuring this visual image:
Hotels listed on the website are also rated with stars, with 5 stars being the top rating, making it easier for travelers to determine the quality of those hotels. Among the listed homestays are several hundred that have been specially selected by the Bureau as “Taiwan Hosts” (好客民宿；haoke minsu), for being especially warm, friendly, clean, sanitary, and safe. These homestays will have the following logo: