The word "homestay" may mislead some people into thinking of a hostel like experience. Loog Choob is far from this. Elegant, tastefully decorated, private in every way, Loog Choob is more like getting to stay in your friend's posh flat while they are away. I am torn between telling everyone about this hidden gem or keeping it a secret so that it doesn't become "touristy" and commercialized. However, I think the gracious hosts will never let that happen.
Situated in a local neighborhood, you get to experience Bangkok residential life, away from the commercial hustle and bustle and tourists. Within walking distance there are plenty of street food vendors, a local market and several 7 Elevens in case you need essentials.
The family owners are very hospitable yet unintrusive. If you need their guidance or advice they are more than willing to help in any way. Yet if you are looking for privacy, be assured that you will have a peaceful, restful time.
The rooms are perfect and the entire house has been decorated with attention to every detail.
The 4th floor has 3 twin rooms, a small kitchenette and a sitting area. The 5th floor has two suites, a large dining and sitting area with large screen TV and a kitchenette. Each room has a balcony where you can sit out. The house is non-smoking however there is a lovely roof top hang out area for those who smoke or just want to socialize with the rest of their group, perhaps even sunbathe.
There is an elevator so there is no need to worry about carrying your luggage up flights of stairs.
Although they do not serve any meals, each room has a fridge and the kitchenette has a microwave and you can request an electric stove and frying pan if you need it. Besides the local roadside food stalls, you can also order home delivery from several major fast food restaurants (McDonalds, pizza etc.). The nearby 7 Eleven has milk, juice etc.
In reality Loog Choob is comparable to an expensive hotel. They service your rooms each day, change your linens, provide bedroom slippers, shampoo, soap, bottled water etc. There is a TV and DVD in every room and electronic key cards for each room.
There is even a washing machine which is most helpful for families, or if you've been on the road for awhile or just want to pack super light. You can hang your clothes to dry on your balcony and they usually dry overnight.
If you are a couple or single and worried about being bothered by families, rest assured, you will feel like you are the only ones there. While we were there, there was a large family group on the floor above yet we never heard them.
You are able to come and go at any time with your personal key card, so you can stay out late without feeling like someone is waiting up for you. Completely safe, the entrance and elevator are only accessible to guests with a key card.
This trip was a family vacation and Loog Choob was exactly right for us. Yet, I would not hestitate to go back and stay as a couple or alone.
My only regret was actually not having enough downtime to just relax and enjoy Loog Choob itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Do you want to experience the real lifestyle of Thai people but to stay in a place as comfortable as a luxury hotel in a much cheaper price? LooG Choob is a perfect answer for you. Loog Choob is a unique designed homestay, renovated from shophouses, a common residence for Bangkokian. Our well-furnished facilities definitely make you feel the most relaxed after roaming around the busy Bangkok. It is in a quiet residential area with a view of canal side. Local markets, foodshops, and shophouses are plenty in the neighborhood. Moreover, the major attraction tourist sites are very easily to be reached by walk or taxi. "Feel like a 5 star hotel with lots of family touches." ... more less
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