I have been coming to stay at Gongkaew a couple of times a year for the past few years. It's a great location as it is in the old town within the city walls. It's very clean and peaceful at night, and I feel very safe staying here. The staff are friendly and I love the family atmosphere. I recommend this guesthouse to anyone. The space inside around the guest rooms is open and green with plants everywhere. And, there are some very cute, friendly cats and dogs. So, whether you are a back packer, long term resident of Thailand, or a family, this place is for you.
My favourite part of this hostel was the setting: there's a large garden with mini pools, wooden benches/tables, a bookcase, board games. It's a lovely place to just chill in and was really nice walking through this each morning as we left. The staff were also very friendly and helpful when we wanted to book tours, letting us use their phone to call tour agencies and giving us general advice on visiting Thailand. The reception is manned pretty much all the time and I believe it is run by a family who live on site. There's also free breakfast which was very filling and cooked fresh by the family (I recommend the fried rice). There's also free bread and condiments with tea/coffee available at all times which was a lovely extra. Also the family owns cats and a pug which can be seen sometimes in the garden! We had the 4 bed dorm room (2 bunk beds, private bathroom, good A/C) which was pretty decent. Nice extras included a thin duvet each which made the sleep so much better because of this and a free water bottle. 100% recommend staying here because it's a chilled environment with all the amenities for a comfortable stay! Downside would be it's not a well-known location so Grab drivers/tour agencies often get lost trying to find the hostel, a tip would be to direct them to the temple at the end of the road. Also lots of mosquitoes around post-6pm.…
The garden was very pretty with cats jumping around and our room (private double) was a very reasonable size but had a very bad smell when we arrived and throughout our stay and attracted a lot of ants. The shampoo in the shower was rancid (but the staff did change it when we brought this to their attention). The staff are very friendly and sweet but not particularly good at giving advice about the local area. The free breakfast was yummy and there are some cute cafes etc nearby. Finally the general vibe was just not quite what we were hoping for, mostly elderly people sitting around but at least it was very quiet for sleeping!
Very reminiscent of another place: Clean and Comfortable. The room I had had four bunk beds, a western toilet and a shower. A/C and TV are included. Bare concrete floors, no chairs and a bird bath to put your stuff on. Plumbing was suspect with ants coming up from the sink. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Amenities included free wifi, laundry (150 BHT same day) and a very nice but simple breakfast provided free.
Average hostel in Chiang Mai. As some people mentioned, this hostel is for the backpackers and hippies. I stayed with 3 friends in a private room - Beds were really uncomfortable and the room was full of mosquitos. Luckily we had a mosquito net. Shower was not great, as the water was usually cold. Air con was working fine. Breakfast was good, with different options and toasts / coffee available 24 hours. Location was good as well.