Budget hotels for a romantic getaway

They say variety is the spice of life, but if you've already found your one and only, perhaps what you need is a change of venue. If your romantic boulevard seems more like a bumpy road as of late, or if you simply feel like the spark has somewhat dimmed, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to plan a getaway. A change of scenery may be just the thing to rekindle that passion that made you fall in love in the first place.

Even for the locals of Taipei, no one knows every corner of the city, not to mention those who come from elsewhere. So why not plan a trip within the capital city? You don't need a five-star luxury hotel to bring back the romance; budget hotels can do the trick as well.

Amba Taipei Ximending, situated in Taipei's hottest pop culture district, offers creative rooms with smart facilities and simple decor. A panoramic view of the hustle and bustle in Ximending is offered with the Balcony Room, while the Loft Room is furnished with contemporary loft-style designs. Chiba, the hotel's restaurant, is also designed in a loft style, featuring an open kitchen where organic and fresh produce is prepared at affordable prices.

If a quiet urban atmosphere is more your style and you happen to be a berry lover, then keep in mind Hotel Cozzi. Recognized by TripAdvisor, Cozzi implements wooden furniture and natural illumination to build an amicable and relaxing ambiance. Catching up with strawberry season, the hotel's Cozzi Kitchen allows you to indulge yourself with afternoon tea and set meals featuring all kinds of berries. Set meals are priced at NT$980 (S$43) each and the afternoon tea set can be had for the same price for two. All prices are subject to a 10-per cent service charge. Enjoy a romantic stroll with your loved one on the outskirts of the city, and see what magic the night has in store.

Just Sleep is a budget hotel chain under the FIH Regent Group. Aside from its National Taiwan University location that is exclusively for faculty and students, it also has another two locations on Linsen and Ximending. Just Sleep's rooms have a modern and chic design, each with a function wall that combines utility and design using limited space to the fullest. Humorous decor will trigger your laughter and the vibrant atmosphere will boost your energy for the long-awaited getaway trip.