We stayed for 8 nights in the deluxe double room with shared bathroom and absolutely loved it. We chose Niras because we were looking for somewhere quiet and small to relax, yet somewhere that was still close to the main tourist sites of Bangkok.
The service at the hostel was fantastic - the staff would always check up on us and ask if we need any help with transport or if we had any other queries. The hostel has a cafe at the front which serves breakfast to the guests and is also open to the public until 10:30PM. The cafe area was also used by guests during the day. Because we had a deluxe double room booked, we received a complimentary breakfast every morning and also a small bottle of water each. The breakfast was simple but they were willing to tailor it to your preferences (fried or scrambled eggs, a sausage or not). The coffee was great, especially since we hadn't drank strong espresso coffee for a long time. We also tried the cakes they sold at the cafe and would highly recommend the cappuccino mousse cake.
The hostel is in an old shop style building that has been tastefully restored. Our room didn't have a window but did have a skylight. We also had a fridge, cable TV and a table with chairs. The shared bathrooms were the nicest shared bathrooms we've come across yet with 24 hour hot water and good water pressure. I don't think it's worth paying the extra for a room with an ensuite since the bathrooms were so nice and the staff kept them very clean.
There is a TV room / lounge behind the cafe for guests only and they have a good range of DVDs available to watch. However, this room is small and we found that it was occupied by people waiting for their onward transport. The cafe was normally empty enough to grab a table though.
Niras was the most expensive hostel we stayed at in SE Asia. However, we didn't regret spending the money because the hostel was exactly what we're after. Keep in mind that it's not a party hostel and it's also not in the thick of the backpacker district. There are cheaper options available closer to Khao San Road but we weren't the biggest fan of this area; it was mostly filled with tacky market stalls, over priced Western style restaurants and a lot of touts. Niras is in a more 'normal' Bangkok neighbourhood. Across the road from the hostel there are many stalls selling excellent cheap food at night, including Pad Thai, fish ball noodle soup, wanton egg noodles and fried rice noodles. Most dishes were 30-70 Baht depending on whether they included seafood or not. During the day there are also a few other stalls selling noodles too. We tried most of the stalls in the area and didn't have a bad meal at any of them.
Niras is conveniently located about 15mins walk from Khao San Road, about 20mins walk from Chinatown, 15mins walk from the Grand Palace and about 5 mins walk from the canal boat station Phan Fa Lilat. We found that the easiest way to get to the main shopping area (around MBK, Siam Paragon etc) was to go via canal boat for only 9 Baht per person to Hua Chung. From Hua Chang it's only a 5 minute walk to MBK. When the canal boats weren't operating at night we took a taxi to town instead for 60-70 Baht.
We would definitely come back next time we're in Bangkok and recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet, friendly hostel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Genuine Local Experience (A perfect place for travelers who love culture) -The Country Winner of Hoscar Awards 2009 by Hostelworld-The World’s Best Boutique hostels 2009 by guardian magazine - To experience A Perfect Location The origin of the great city of Bangkok today is located 'Koh Rattanakosin' where Niras Bankoc is in the middle of which is close to many HISTORICAL and attraction places especially like Giant Swing and Golden Mountain. Other nearby places like Wat Po, The Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha, Democracy Monument and even Khaosand Road ... etc. you can travel JUST by WALKING! The hostel is located in peaceful neighborhood with several local food stalls and shophouses. The real escape from busy backpacker area and touristy places.- To experience A Unique Style Living in the old house which age is over 100 years. Until now, it has been declared as the cultural and conservation building. Feeling the charm of origin and experiencing the genuine local living way and homey atmosphere: Plus Lovely antique coffee shop offers premium gourmet coffee and beverages.- To experience A Warm Welcome We are not part of big chain hostelwith limited numbers of guests; we put more care in detail of all guests, consider everyone like a member in the house & help guests enjoy BKK even traveling alone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Niras Bankoc Cultural Hotel Bangkok