The Phoenix Catcher

Leisurely Townhouse Capturing Tainan's Quotidian Life


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  • Converted and revitalized century-old house
  • Surprising design elements including high ceilings, split-level attic, and skylight garden
  • Generous space suitable for a group of friends to book and enjoy the entire building
  • Close to Hai’an Road and the Ximeng Roundabout shopping area

Our Stay

Discover the wonder of the lodging.

Leisurely Townhouse Capturing Tainan's Quotidian Life

At dusk, time seems to slow down as the golden sun sets over downtown Tainan. Ready to call it a day, you bypass the Ximeng roundabout and head down a winding alleyway and arrive at a wooden door. The short townhouse wears a pinch of green, and an elegant fuchsia bougainvillea proudly greets you. Dancing in front of the Bagua window, sunlight and shadow delineate the outline of a phoenix spreading its wings. This is The Phoenix Catcher guesthouse, hidden down a nostalgic alleyway where you remember playing hide and seek as a child, capturing the quotidian life of Tainan.



Encounter the legendary king of birds

You turn the doorknob and gently push open the door. In contrast to the nostalgic ambiance of the alleyway, the interior of the guesthouse conveys a refreshing mood with a combination of white and wooden accents and a touch of Japanese style. High ceilings and a skylight in the living area allow ample natural light to flow into the space. Your shoulders naturally relax as you sit down on a row of cushions with your friends. The butler approaches with a kind smile, and leads you into this converted century-old house, providing an introduction as you go.


“Did you notice that you drove upwards and downwards over undulating terrain on your way here? There are quite a lot of hills in Tainan.” The butler points out the various ridge lines on a topographical map of Tainan. To your surprise, you notice that the ridge lines connect with each other to compose the shape of a phoenix spreading its wings! The butler further explains that, according to local folklore, a phoenix once stopped here bringing good fortune to the residents of Tainan. In order to maintain the properosity bestowed by the phoenix, residents began to build the town into the shape of a Bagua, an octagon plan resembling a net to enclose the phoenix inside. This legend reveals the origin of the name of The Phoenix Catcher, which also demonstrates the sincere aspirations of Max, the guesthouse host, who hopes that such interesting folktales can help all travelers get to know more about Tainan.


Meet the quotidian life of Tainan

Replicating the old canal of Tainan, the long, narrow corridor leads you to the rooms with dim light under your feet. The Hai’an and Shennong rooms maintain the same simple color tone of the living area, yet present more unique impressions of Tainan. The split-level attic design reminds you of an exclusive secret site that accommodates all your laughter and records every fragment of your wonderful memories.


Stepping into the room, the scent of wood permeates the air, and rays from the skylight softly fall into the room. You and your besties enjoy your favorite movies, playing with each other as if transported back to carefree times. Or maybe you prefer to spend some time alone, bathing in the sun on the small balcony of the Shennong Room, or appreciating the dance of branches and leaves outside the window of Hai’an Room. You notice a piece of decorative tile on the wall, and realize that the simple color scheme is not only a treasured craft from olden times, but also captures the quotidian ambiance you expected to encounter on this trip.


Witness a new chapter of old Tainan

Wearing casual polo shirt and shorts, Max, who was born and raised in Tainan, bears an honest smile in keeping with the hospitality of southern Taiwan. With enormous enthusiasm toward Tainan’s history and culture, he has renovated several old houses into guesthouses and established Trip Hospital, a travel and culture website centered on Tainan which aims to bring the lovable side of Tainan to all travelers through the sharing of information and the publication of magazines.


The great bougainvillea reflects the sunset at dusk while the daytime heat is whisked away by an evening breeze. You linger in the neighbourhood, moving at a leisurely pace. While other tourists hustle and bustle, you encounter the placidity of Tainan in these alleyways. You take a bite of a mango popsicle handmade by the butler. Tasting the simple, fresh sweetness awakens happy summertime memories, capturing the simple, carefree beauty of life.


Room Type and Price

Room Type


The Phoenix Catcher—Whole Building
2 ~ 4 guests

NTD 2,800 ~ 5,400/building


Breakfast not included, 2-story building, 2 2-person room with ensuite bath, 2 double beds, 2 bathroom(s), Single-person bathing pool, Booking of entire building includes beds for 4 people while 6 extra person(s) can be added with maximum occupancy of 10 people (more)

Price List

Price List

Booking Info

  • Breakfast not included.
  • Regular days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Holidays: Saturday, Consecutive Holidays and Chinese New Year
  • Extra person with extra bed: single mattress, sofa bed, pillow, cover and personal toiletries included, Extra person rate: NTD700 per person on regular days, Holidays: NTD800 per person
  • Travelers with large luggage or disabilities please note that the lodging is not equipped with an elevator.
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Cancellation and Postponement Policy

  • Refund for canceling your reservation due to personal reasons will be transferred according to the following rules:
    • 100% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 14 days prior to reservation date.
    • 70% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 10 ~ 13 days prior to reservation date.
    • 50% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 7 ~ 9 days prior to reservation date.
    • 40% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 4 ~ 6 days prior to reservation date.
    • 30% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 2 ~ 3 days prior to reservation date.
    • 20% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 1 days prior to reservation date.
    • No refund will be made for canceling on reservation date or no show.
  • Postponement should be informed 14 days prior to the reservation date (not counting the check-in day).;The postponement will be reserved for 6 months. ;In the event of postponement, the deposit is transferable to another party.;Room rate will be charged at the rate of the actual check-in day. (subject to charge for balance or refund for overpayment).
  • In case of natural disasters (such as earthquake, typhoon, etc.) and other circumstances of force majeure, when the local government announcing office and school closures,the full refund will be transferred
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Lodging Info

By car

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Public transportation

  • Distance between lodging and nearby transportation spots:
      • Tainan Airport: 7.4 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 臺南航空站.
      • Tainan Train Station: 1.8 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 台灣鐵路管理局.
      • West Gate Minquan Rd. Station Bus Stop: 0.5 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 府城客運.
      • It is recommended to transfer from Tainan train station by taxi: about 7 minutes, NTD100 (time and fare are for reference only).

After booking is confirmed, please contact the host for transportation details.

No. 11, Ln. 296, 海安路2段, 臺南市中西區, Taiwan

Facilities and Services


  • Taxi booking
  • Travel information
  • Booking service for rental car, Scooter and Car Charter
  • Infant and toddler care essentials provided on site, such as: Baby bathtub, Children’s stool (by reservation)
  • Foreign language service including: English
  • Postcard mailing
  • Free bicycle rental service

House Rules

  • Check-in time: 15:00 ~ 18:00. As you are required to schedule your check-in time in advance, please arrange with the lodging 1 day(s) beforehand. please inform the lodging for late check-in time upon booking
  • Check-out time: before 11:00. Please follow the check-out time stated in the house rules
  • For ensuring the quality of stay for all guests, pets are not allowed in the lodging. The lodging reserves the right to cancel the accomodations without refund for bringing pets into the lodging.
  • Please make bookings in advance as we are unable to accommodate same-day booking.
  • For the energy saving and eco-friendly purpose, please bring your own Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Towel and Bath towel
  • Due to the age of the lodging, sound insulation is poor, please walk quietly and lower your voice.
  • In order to maintain a quiet environment for all, please step lightly and lower your voice.
  • Please inform the lodging of the correct number of guests in advance, and no extra person is allowed on the check-in day. The lodging reserves the right to refuse adding extra persons in the event of a violation.
  • In the event that guests showing up with less people than booked, fees will still be charged for the rooms and rates as the original booking.
  • We only accommodate guests with reservation and not open for visiting to ensure the privacy of our guests.
  • In order to maintain a quiet environment for all, please do not let children run around or make loud noises unattened.
  • Please bring your personal ID or passport for check-in.
  • Please keep your valuables safe as the lodging is not responsible for the loss of or damage to valuable items.
  • Please turn off the lights and appliancess when not in use.
  • NTD300 will be charged for key lost or damaged.
  • Smoking is not allowed indoor; please go to outdoor areas for smoking.
  • The following behaviors are not allowed: Drug using, excessive drinking, gambling, making loud noises, causing disturbances, setting off firecrackers, and any illegal acts. The lodging reserves the right to cancel the accommodations, charge for anything damaged or lost, and report to the police in the event of a violation.

Contact Info

No. 11, Ln. 296, 海安路2段, 臺南市中西區, Taiwan

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Contact Hours
09:00 - 22:00