I can't speak highly enough of this hostel and its staff.
After an administration hitch upon my arrival I was given a free upgrade for my entire stay to a private twin room. This wasn't necessary, but gratefully received. This kind of hospitality and service continued from all the staff throughout my stay.
The rooms are beautiful. Spotlessly clean and floor to ceiling windows mean that light floods the building. There's something really nice about gazing out at the stars as you doze off to sleep and watching the sun steadily rise across Bangkok in then morning.
The pool and garden area is idyllic. A great place to sit back with a book and soak up some sun in a relaxed and hassle free environment. The attached restaurant and bar is great. Really nice chilled atmosphere, and fab cocktails. It is no exaggeration when I say that the food from this restaurant is among the best I have had during 2 years in Asia. Yes, some might argue it is expensive for Bangkok (about THB200 per meal), but the shrimp fettucini I devoured last night was simply incredible, and compared to western standards it was great value for money.
The only, yet major downfall of this place is location. Arriving at 5.30am, my taxi driver didn't have a clue and we were relying on googlemap app to guide us the way. Of course, it was wrong. Nevertheless, we found it eventually. Refill Now is hidden away on a little street far away from the main road and about 5 miles away from Bangkok city centre, so the description "located in the heart of Bangkok" is a little misleading. The tiny streets in which the hostel is hidden are perilous to walk: speeding motorbikes and cars along the little alleys. I'm amazed to have only seen 2 accidents in 3 days. When you reach the main road, it is about THB50 (depending on traffic) in a taxi to the SkyTrain station where you can leap aboard a train, and 20 mins later you'll hit Siam Square. Get a Rabbit Card if you intend using the train a lot, but even then, the cost of travelling to and from the city will more or less double the amount you're paying to stay at Refill Now. When I realised that greatness off Refill Now was not a match for the amount I was spending on transport I checked out, and now I'm staying somewhere much more central.
I think that if I was travelling with a group, the travel costs would have been somewhat dissolved, but as I'm travelling solo, I was really feeling it. My advice would be to stay here if you with a group, but steer clear if you're alone.
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- Also Known As:
- Refill Now! Hotel Bangkok