Pros:I stayed at Liz Inn hostel from December 25th to 27th. The staff were more than helpful, especially Emma, who had great advice on how to get to places. I had a bad cough, and she took initiative to find me a doctor’s office nearby that was open on the weekend, looking up and calling several until she found one. In the lobby while I was relaxing in a chair and texting on my phone, I observed her spending a long time helping a man find a hotel with an available room for the night. His flight had been cancelled, and Liz Inn was booked, but Emma called around different hotels until she found a vacancy. I slept on the top bunk in a 4-person mixed room with 3 Taiwanese strangers (2 men, 1 woman). All of us were traveling alone. In the room, there was a locker for each guest, a refrigerator, a water heater, tea, and a bottle of water for each guest. The bathroom had 4 matching toiletry sets, including razors and shaving cream. Fresh towels were provided for each guest for both nights. The lobby had free apples and oranges to eat in the morning. There’s also a 7-eleven right across the street, where you could sit by the window with a beer and still be able to use the hostel’s wifi. To get there, just head east on Nanjing road from Zhongshan Station through one major intersection, and at the next major intersection, walk across to the McDonald’s and take a right down Linsen N. Rd. As you're headed south, mind the address numbers on the buildings. If the numbers dip below 107, you’ve gone too far. Once you’ve found Lane 107, walk east down it for a minute and you’ll see 7-Eleven to your left, Liz Inn hostel to your right.
Cons:REMINDER: Check the orientation of the maps in Taipei, instead of doing like I did and assume North is at the top. The map in Zhongshan Station had North at the bottom and South at the top. After more than half an hour of walking the wrong way and back in the rain, I revisited the map and saw the arrow with the letter N pointing downward. After correcting my orientation I had my bearings again and found Liz Inn hostel easily.