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Focal Local Bed and Breakfast

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289 Soi Charoennakorn 28 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600 Thailand
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#6 of 1,228 B&Bs / Inns in Bangkok
Location
4.1
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.9
Value
4.8
Focal Local is a boutique Bed and Breakfast located on Thonburi district in historic downtown Bangkok. Formerly known as the old capital of Thailand, Thonburi district offers the perfect getaway from busy city life without compromising on transport. The ideal location to visit a local touch of Bangkok, with local temples, daily markets and local food stalls. Focal Local is just 5 minutes away from the BTS sky train station and Chao Phraya River by Tuk Tuk [Thai Motor Tricycle Taxi]. Our different themed rooms are designed to match the diverse tastes of all our guests. In addition, the authentic Thai or Western complimentary breakfast is served upon guest's preference. We offer guests extra services including in-room WiFi, Internet corner, and free shuttle Tuk Tuk to BTS sky train or the pier. We can also assist you booking some tours in and outside Bangkok. We look forward to making your stay enjoyable.
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Property amenities
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Salon
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Shops
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
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Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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Residential Neighborhood
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Thai

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75Somewhat walkable
Grade: 75 out of 100
14Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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289 Soi Charoennakorn 28 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600 Thailand
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Bangkok Intl Airport17 miSee all flights
Don Muang Airport15 miSee all flights
Krung Thon BuriBTS Skytrain8 min
Wongwian YaiBTS Skytrain12 min
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Célia J wrote a review Aug 2022
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The staff is extremely helpful and nice. I have not come across thins kind of kindness in years. I highly recommend. + the complementary shuttle (tuktuk) to the subway station, for free, is incredibly useful. Thank you so much for your nice welcome.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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nishino2019 wrote a review Aug 2022
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The hotel is located in a safe and quiet old town area where you can experience the feeling of living in Bangkok. There are morning market, night market, convenience store and many restaurants in the neighborhood. The hotel is also close to Krung Thonburi BTS station and ICONSIAM, Bangkok's largest shopping mall. You can also use free hotel-arranged TukuTuku or motorbike taxis to get there. On cool mornings, you can stroll around the temples with their morning markets and along the Chao Phraya River, and on New Year's Eve you can watch the many fireworks nearby. The building and rooms are spacious and very clean, the breakfast is delicious, and the hotel staff are all very kind. I love this place and visit it often. I stayed here for a week this time. I always use a room on the first floor and relax on the terrace with a beautiful garden.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: A room with a private terrace on the ground floor is recommended.
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Response from , Owner at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded Aug 22, 2022
Thank you very much for staying with us. Accommodating you every year makes us feel like welcoming good friends. Your stay has brightened up Focal Local after the pandemic. We're glad you had a good time here as always. We will look forward to seeing you again on New Year's Holiday. どうもありがとうございます :)
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318182guy wrote a review Mar 2020
Toulouse, France45 contributions33 helpful votes
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The staff was over-the-top welcoming and helpful. The district is not "central" but for that same reason grittier and more authentic than many other similarly-priced B&Bs in Bangkok. The hotel itself is like an oasis of charm and cleanliness in a bustling working neighborhood. There is a great open market just four blocks away. It's a €2-3 taxi ride to many major sites and embarkation points along the river, and the hotel runs its own tuk-tuk, too. Our room was extremely comfortable and well-appointed. Housekeeping was top-notch. The value proposition here was unusually high. Most of all the gourmet breakfasts were the best we had in all Thailand this trip.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: We were on the top floor, which was quiet and had a great porch area.
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Response from Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded Mar 8, 2020
Thank you very much for staying with us and for your valuable review. We're glad you enjoyed everything at Focal Local and found that our location is great for many reasons. We'll be passing on your compliments to our staff and we'll keep it up. Hope we'll have a chance to serve you again in the future. Kub Kun Kub :)
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Mike N wrote a review Dec 2019
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I know just where to begin. The customer service my wife and I got was the best We’ve had in 32 years. The young team went out of their way to make our 32nd anniversary stay a personable and memorable one. From the nice flowers that greeted us with a happy anniversary card after midnight, yes they left the lights on just for us 😊, to the wonderful breakfasts they served with such care. Each morning, just as we finished breakfast, we were asked about our plans for the day and given very helpful insights into the best shopping and tourist locations and then always placed with care in a tuk tuk to get us to the sky train or water taxi to begin our daily excursions. This is a small B&B, quaint and nicely decorated. I’m definitely going to stay hear again when we come through on our way to Vietnam next year.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded Dec 30, 2019
Thank you so much for choosing us as a part of your anniversary trip. It's our pleasure having both of you here and we're so glad you loved eveything at Focal Local. Your compliment is the best reward for all of us. This keeps us running this little B&B with love and joy. Please take a good care, until we meet again. Very Happy New Year! :)
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Thailandfansa wrote a review Dec 2019
Nelspruit, South Africa442 contributions78 helpful votes
Once again we had a wonderful stay with Karan and the Focal Local team. Nothing more i can add which i have not posted in my previous reviews except that it is not far to the beautiful new Siam Icon Mall which has to be my new favourite mall in Bangkok. Will be back again next time we have a stop over in Bangkok Thank you.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded Dec 30, 2019
Thank you so much, Michelle. It's always our pleasure having you and your family back at Focal Local. It's just like accomodating our good old friends. We're glad you felt like home and enjoyed your stay as always. We definitly look forward to seeing you again. Take a good care and Happy New Year! :)
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utah_lilly wrote a review Oct 2019
Tooele, Utah40 contributions47 helpful votes
This was my favorite place to stay during my three weeks in Thailand. It's location was perfect, only 1.5 km from the BTS and a few km from the river transportation. There was coffee shops, bars, malls and local food stalls and stores all within a few kilometers walk. We never had to pay for a taxi, we took the BTS, MTR and river boats the whole time all over the city. This was the only place that provided a local map which was so helpful. It was in the middle of a residential area so there no tourists which was what my husband and I were looking for. The staff were so very helpful and accommodating. The room was very clean and the ac was such a nice break from the heat. Although you were smack in the middle of the city the beautiful natural materials and designs of the building and the garden area made for a relaxing environment. They were only place we stayed at the offered a thai breakfast option, which we took appreciatively so enhance our experience of the culture. They were also accommodating for my vegetarian diet (thank you!). We will definitely be staying here again when we come back.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: The rooms on the lower floor face the garden and are more peaceful
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Response from Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Thank you so much for staying with us and for your valuable review. We're glad you found that our location is perfect to get into town as well as to enjoy the local neighbourhood. And we're so happy you loved everything at Focal Local. I'll be passing on your kind review to all our staff. This is a real support, your happiness will keep us running this little place with love. Hope you've arrived home well and settled after a long holiday. We will look forward to seeing you again. Kob Kun Krub :)
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nanotechusa wrote a review Aug 2019
Fort Collins, Colorado77 contributions45 helpful votes
We recently stayed for 4 nights. We has fantastic stay. The place is located in local neighborhood, not too touristy, but that was the best part. The rooms are clean and spacious. The breakfast is fantastic, every day something new to try! The propels who work there are the kindest!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Focal-Local, General Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded Aug 14, 2019
Thank you very much for staying with us and for your kind review. It's our pleasure having you all here and we're glad you love Focal Local. Your compliment is the greatest support and it keeps us running this little place with love. Kob Kun Krub :)
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CliodhnaZtoical wrote a review Jun 2019
London, United Kingdom32 contributions65 helpful votes
This was my third stay at focal local & I hope not my last. I felt like I was visiting old friends. Comfortable rooms, great breakfast, super efficient and helpful staff. Location is great, away from the tacky tourist areas it easy transport links nearby to get you around the city. Would rate 10 stars if I could
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jun 25, 2019
Thank you very much for becoming our frequent guest. It's always our pleasure having you here, we also felt like accommodating our good friend. Also thank you for recommending us to your friends. We're delighted to be your home away from home. Take a good care, until we meet again :)
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juliar0sesmith wrote a review May 2019
Eastbourne, United Kingdom41 contributions17 helpful votes
Loved it here, peaceful after a hot day out in the city. Karan and his staff are so kind and sweet always helping with good advice on where to go etc We had two days here and would recommend this little B&B it’s fab.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded May 21, 2019
Thank you very much for staying with us and for your kind review. It's our pleasure having both of you here and we're glad you enjoyed. Your compliment is a great support, we'll be passing on to all our staff. Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again...Kob Kun Krub :)
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Christina G wrote a review May 2019
Seattle,4 contributions1 helpful vote
The Focal Local was a comfortable and the staff were amazingly kind and helpful. The room was clean and a great deal for the price. The breakfasts were delicious - Thai meals with fresh juice and fresh fruit. And they had a filtered water cooler we could use to refill our water bottles throughout our stay. The neighborhood gave us a feel for a less touristy community, and it was near enough to the attractions we planned to visit. We especially liked the free tuk-tuk ride to the ferry terminal - we found navigating Bangkok via the river to be much easier, cheaper and more relaxing. The best part of our stay was interacting with the staff who went above and beyond to accommodate us. After booking for three nights our plans changed and we needed to only two nights. I could not get a refund from the third-party website so we took the loss and did not check out of our room till the afternoon. While checking out I had trouble explaining this to one of the staff, and she asked us to pay. I could not find my document at the moment to confirm that I had indeed paid, so I trusted her when she said that we must pay. When we got to the airport I realized we had actually paid twice for the room. I emailed the hotel and Karan, the manager, made everything right and then some. He reimbursed us the amount we had already paid AND reimbursed us for the third night. I did not expect that reimbursement but he was insistent that if we did not stay that night we should not have to pay. I would recommend the Focal Local to anyone traveling to Bangkok. In more ways than one it provides a relaxing refuge in a hectic city.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Response from Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Responded May 5, 2019
Thank you very much for staying with us and for your thoughtful review. It's our pleasure accommodating both of you here. Even though we're not really in the center of Bangkok, we're glad you found it's not difficult to get around at all, plus you had a good time here. We'll keep up the good works and hope we'll have a chance to serve you again one day. All the best :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Focal Local Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Wat Suwan (0.3 miles) and Harbor Land (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Focal Local Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bake A Wish, Song Pho Chana, and Good Thymes.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Thai.
Are there any historical sites close to Focal Local Bed and Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Grand Palace (2.5 miles), The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat) (2.6 miles), and Phra Sumen Fort (3.2 miles).