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“Avg Room, Good Service, Poor Location”

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Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 615 Bangkok B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Anaheim CA
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Avg Room, Good Service, Poor Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

My title kind of sums it up.

The room is too small. The room is not as convenient as other rooms of comparable price.

The location is inconvenient, just to get to the main road is a long walk. Hassle to grab a taxi or a tuk tuk. Yes, the management will get you 1 free tuk tuk a day... but who wants to bug them about that. And what if you need several trips during the day.

Nothing is an immediate walking distance away.

But the service is good. The hosts are nice and communicative.

While in this hotel, I opted for the floating market tour. It's very underwelming. In fact, it sucks. Not recommended.

The room is right next to the road, so it's NOISY at night.

The breakfast is "OK". Not great, not bad. Prefer to eat out.

Wifi connection in the room was off and on.

The area is also far from the major city activities.

I did lose weight walking around alot in the hot sun exploring this part of town, hoping to find something interesting....

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 22, 2012
Thank you very much for your detailed review. It would help other travellers to know about us more. Also thanking you for describing about our location. The travellers who love to stay close to major tourist attractions would consider another place. However, we appreciate knowing that our service is acceptable for you....Kob Kun Krub :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Focal Local! Karan and the staff do everything to make you feel home. The rooms are great and clean, breakfast is thai and excellent. Also is it possible to book some tours @ the b&b. The staff and proud owner Karan are very helpfull when you have questions about transport, sightseeing or shopping. This is the best hotel we visited in Thailand. Staff and Karan see you next year!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you so much. Your enjoyable stay keeps us doing good works. See you next year :)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

My boyfriend and i stayed at FL B&B last may for 2 nights. Since it was our first time in thailand and on a budget, we needed to be accurate on whereabouts, fares and whatnot so the day before heading to BKK i called FL to ask for directions and stuff coming from phuket. Karan, the owner (i believe) and her asst. was pretty helpful , patiently giving us details, options, fares and things to avoid and practically everything. And did I say he's more than willing to help out on your travels and food trips everywhere. he knows BKK very well.

The room overall was very good. Clean towels, clean beddings, clean toilet, and hefty breakfast (for us) at a very affordable price.

Thumbs up for FL B&B, karan and your team. I will definitely come back on my next visit to BKK.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you very much. We're glad to be a part of your very first trip in Thailand. We'll look forward to seeing you again...Take care :)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

We arrived at this hotel very late in the evening but we were warmly received by the young gentleman at reception. The room is big enough, clean and with all the necessary amenities. The breakfast was good with a main dish, juice, water, fruits and tea.
The hotel also provide tuk tuk service to the BTS nearby once a day.

Room Tip: do not choose siamese, very noisy in the morning. We believe the noises come from the fans at recept...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 14, 2012
Thank you very much for your review. Even though your stay was short, but we hope you enjoyed the local touch here. I'm sorry about the noises at Siamese room, I think most of the noises are from the street. Howvever, we'll check the fans at the reception if it makes such a noise through the room...Kob Kun Krub :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

Our stay lasted 5 days at this hotel. Our stay was perfect. Staff were friendly, helpfull and spoke english. Nice , big enough, clean rooms, warm shower and very comfarteble beds, which you will need after a long day in bangkok :-) The -once a day- tuk tuk service to the nearest station/piere was good service ; from there you can go anywhere ! Not to forget ... Perfect breakfest ... This is not the place if you want to spent your time at Khao San road, but if you want to explore bangkok ( tempels, khlongs, park and nice thai food ) THIS is the place to be !

Room Tip: Splash room was colorfull
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Thank you so much. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our little B&B and also the hidden side of Bangkok. We'll look forward to welcoming you again. Kob Kun Krub :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

The place is in the residential area of Bangkok. You can easily find local food and living necessities. The room is not big, but just about the right size for two. TV set, fridge, hair dryer are all there. The hosts are very friendly and speak good English. Don't miss the wonderful breakfast! Transportation is a little bit tricky. But with the host will get a Tuk Tuk for you once a day to the ferry or the BTS station, which make the whole thing a lot easier. If you are looking for some luxury hotel experience, this may not be a good place for you. But if you are a budget traveller traveling alone or in couple, this is one of the best choice.

Room Tip: Rooms on the other side of the lane on the second floor is quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us and for your review here. Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again. Take care :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

This was our first trip to bangkok and we chose to stay at focal local because of the great reviews we found of them online. and suffice to say, we had no regrets staying there. as soon as we arrived, we were made to feel at home by the great service and friendly attitudes of the staff. the rooms were cozy and comfortable and gave us the feeling of a home away from home. i have slept in many hotel rooms and often have problems falling asleep but not here. the rooms felt so homely that i dozed off as soon as my head touched the pillow. i really recommend staying here if you are in bangkok. really great place to stay. the breakfast was awesome too, we missed the first day's breakfast as we got up late. but our second morning, we loved it. tasted of home cooking, made with care and love. i wouldn't mind coming back here just for r & r. don't have to go anywhere in the city but just stay in the hotel. thanks karan and the people working at focal local for such an awesome experience! all the best and keep it up!! hope to come back again someday if you have room for me!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 6, 2012
Thank you so much for your review. We're glad to be a part of your memorable first Bangkok visit and really appreciate hearing that you loved our homy B&B. You're most welcome for your next holiday here. Take a good care :)
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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 #2 of 615 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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