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“Lovely B&B a bit outside but worth it” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 606 Bangkok B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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50 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lovely B&B a bit outside but worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

Lets face it: Its a B&B. Or let's call it hostel, but it's a fantastic one!
Rooms are clean, beds are big enough and comfy, it's full equipped with nice quiet AC, fridge, warm water, WIFI and nice deco. Best: the host. He knows everything, arranges everything and cares for everything. You will get tuktuks arranged and for free once a day, maps printed out, reservations made, tours arranged or he even has better ideas how to explore by yourself. Location is a bit off the typical tourist spots, but still next to the river, so stil fine. Neibourhood is very local, can get a bit noisy at times. Just one important note: DON'T walk from the skytrainstation with your luggage. Doesn't look far, but with a heavy bag in BKK heat it will feel far! I had a great time...

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 31, 2012
Thanks so much for your review, especially at the point about the distance from the skytrain. I've mentioned this on our official websites. However, lots of guests still got it wrong :D glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to see you again next time....Cheers :)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

Our third visit to Bangkok and finally we found this charming, small, comfy B&B to enjoy in a very different part of town. Karan, our host, was so helpful and welcoming. He cooked us a delicious breakfast each morning and always helped us to find a tuk tuk or taxi to take us where we were heading. The decor is tasteful and interesting and shows what a man of style Karan is. I look forward to spending more time at Focal Local in the future. Also really recommend the local Thai restaurants and massage spas. They were among the best we have tried. We strolled around the Sois and canal one evening and enjoyed the local neighborhood vibe. Overall a great experience. Thank you!

Room Tip: We enjoyed the Retro room. At back of hotel so less street noise. Firm but comfy bed. Small tv. Smal...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank C_Lam02
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 28, 2012
Thank you very much. We're so glad to make your 3rd time Bangkok visit different and memorable. We'll look forward to seeing you again :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

My daughters and I stayed here for 3 nights arriving very late the first night. Our host, Karan, met us at the door with a warm smile and cup of tea. Just what we needed after a long journey. The rooms are spotlessly clean and artfully decorated; the breakfasts were delicious and prepared by Karan himself(!) your stay includes a free tuk-tuk ride each day to the destination of your choice. My daughter had mistakenly left her carry-on bag in the plane in Hong Kong and Karan worked with Cathay Pacific to have it flown to Bangkok and delivered to the hotel. We returned to find the bag in our room with a sweet note! Focal Local feels like home in the middle of the huge bustling city of Bangkok.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SarahDuq
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 26, 2012
Thanks a lot, It's very nice to hear from you. Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again....Kob-Kun-Krub :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

another boutique choice in BKK in a wonderful house just over the chao praya. cosy, very convenient to reach via krung thonburi subway station and in a quiet residential neighbourhood. the lovely decorated rooms offer everything u need though they´re not very spacious. the staff is super super friendly and the really fresh and homemade thai breakfast is simply gorgeous. banks, pharmacies, eateries, seven11 are all next by and to be reached within a 5 minutes walk. wifi & a free internet terminal make your online life easy.

what they could change: a safebox in every room might be a useful addition. the walls are also a bit thin if your neighbour next room starts snoring. the windows could be a bit more soundproof too, since the neighbourhood gets up at approx. 7am.

all together a splendid & highly recommended choice.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank travellin_nick
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 26, 2012
Thank you very much for your review and the valuable suggestions. We'll definitely take them into account and keep everything getting better :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

We stayed only one night in this B&B and the room was very clean and really stylish, delicious Thai breakfast and amazing hosts who left a strong positive impression. The hotel is located in a residential and more authentic neighborhood, with good access to the Central Pier on the Chao Praya river and to the Skytrain (40Bath tuk-tuk ride) and with many true Thai food-establishments within walking distance. Strongly recommended to anyone looking for a pleasant stay and an authentic experience while in Bangkok.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bogdanbr
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 24, 2012
Thank you very much. It's good to hear that you had a good time at Focal Local and enjoyed the local experience that the area got to offer. Hope to see you again :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

Focal Local made my first solo trip convenient and relaxing. After a whole day of going around the city, going back to this B&B felt like I was coming back to my own home in Bangkok. The place is clean, artfully decorated and very cozy. It's a bit far from the main tourist places, but the free tuktuk ride to the BTS sky train or the river ferry makes going around easy. Plus, the neighborhood allows you to interact and live with the locals.

Karan is so very helpful! He helped me out plan my trips and recommended places to go. When I had problems with phone roaming, he offered his own phone so i can make calls/texts. He's also an excellent cook! I loved the Thai breakfasts he prepared. I also enjoyed our morning chats about food, scholarships, living abroad and on your own, taking risks, and life in general. Karan is a hotel manager, tour guide, chef and counselor rolled into one!

Thank you so much for making my Bangkok trip a great one!

Room Tip: Simply Gorgeous room really is one. Ideal for solo women travellers. Enough space to haul all the sh...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank vmco_mnlph
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 31, 2012
Thank you very much. I hope you got lots of good memories about Bangkok and definitely Focal Local :) Also thanks for the seveniour from Philippines. Hope to see you again :)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two nights (November 2011) at the beginning and two nights (December) at the end of our 5 weeks’ vacation. We decided to extend our stay in Vietnam and Karan went out of his way to make to accommodate our change of plans. On our request, he contacted our optometrist (Bangkok has very affordable prescription lenses and frames) to explain to her that we would only collect our reading glasses at the end of our trip. On our return, he arranged and received us in the very early hours of the morning. We would recommend this B&B to anyone looking to stay in an authentic Bangkok B&B. The rooms were really very clean; the bed very comfortable, the breakfast is typically Thai with their personal touch and interpretation. My portion was far too much for me and I often felt like asking for a take away to eat later - it was so delicious! We had 4 different breakfasts during our stay, which introduced us to the Thai way of eating breakfast. The chicken fried rice was my favorite. The fruit platter at the end is a very nice touch; the service from the kitchen staff is great.
As this is not our first visit to Bangkok, we did not need to be close to the main attractions. We looked for something different away from the huzzle and buzzle from Bangkok. We loved his funky website and appreciate his focus on giving every guest his best service and attention. Karan pays for tuk tuk (trip is around 10 min) to the sky train and the business card with the Hotel address will assist in getting back to the hotel. It is a bit too far to walk. On your first arrival, it would be advisable to arrange a taxi (900 baht) to take you to the hotel. We will most definitely be back here next year!

Room Tip: 4 rooms on the Higher floors are more private. Beautiful mini quart yard
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HandsOn_10
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 15, 2012
Thank you for choosing Focal Local and for your review here. we'll look forward to seeing you again. All the best to you and your Hands On :)
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Property: Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Address: 289 Soi Charoennakorn 28 | Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 606 B&Bs / Inns in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Focal Local Bed and Breakfast 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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