This review is a bit late, but Hua Lamphong Hostel is such a Gem, I can't go without sharing our experience there with others. I thought I had written this review earlier, my husband and I travelled to Bangkok in January and February 2011 as part of a journey through South East Asia.
We stayed at Hua Lamphong at the beginning of our trip and again at the end. We seriously could not have asked for anything better! The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming, always greeting you with a smile and happy to help you find your way through the maze of Bangkok.
We booked a private room with an en suite bathroom. The shower is typical SE Asian styles meaning it drains onto the floor of the bathroom; wasn't hard to get used to at all and surprisingly the water was relatively contained. The room was great- comfy bed, TV with international news, desk for writing back home, Wi-Fi and even a little balcony looking out to the street. Traffic was crazy but we didn't hear a peep through the sliding doors.
There's a restaurant on the main floor of the hostel, SUUUUPER good food, we still rave about it to this day (yes, 2 years later). When we were there, the food was prepared by a nice Thai lady who also cooked and fed her family there (so you know it's good!). Beautiful little garden patio for eating outdoors with an eclectic collection of furniture and books in multiple languages. They also serve cold beer for a price we couldn't beat anywhere else in Bangkok. Public computers with reliable internet connection on the main floor for very reasonable rates. Location is ideal; a few feet away from the metro (public transit) and right across the street from Hua Lamphong train station for train journeys elsewhere in the country. Very close to the Chao Phraya river as well.
We recommended this cute boutiquey hostel to a few friends who have since travelled to Thailand and they had excellent experiences as well. If we ever go back to Bangkok, it's safe to say we'll be staying again at Hua Lamphong! Thank you for a WONDERFUL stay :D
Kap Koon Kah
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