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Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 643 Bangkok B&B and Inns
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Sarasota, FL
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“Fantastic food, staff & sleep!”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

I love love love Focal Local! They really have a good thing going there. The rooms are cute (we stayed on the first floor in Chic which has super cool damask wall paper) and they're certainly big enough--what do you need a big hotel room for, you're in Bangkok! The air conditioning was cold and the wifi was fast--my two big litmus tests : )

And the food! The Thai breakfast they serve is absolutely delicious; they were very accommodating and wrangled some tofu for me instead of the chicken and pork that my husband had (which he said was amazing). And you get a breakfast dessert! We had mangosteen a few mornings--so good.

But what really made it special as a landing pad in Bangkok was the helpfulness and sincerity of the staff. Karan, the owner, and his father are incredible people and wonderful hosts; always quick with a suggestion or guidance, they are a great resource. What's more, they include 1 free tuk-tuk ride to the SkyTrain or the pier--who does that?! Brilliant! Just brilliant. And getting a taxi back from the SkyTrain stop is only a few minutes and ~40 baht. (Don't believe the map--it would be a loooong walk.)

I can't recommend Focal Local enough; it reminded me of Adler's Hostel in Singapore, another one of my favorites. Karan did a phenomenal job here. (All I have to say is, *2* pieces of toast ; ) Thank you for a wonderful time!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your valuable review. We really appreciate it. It's our pleasure having you two here and we're glad to be one of your favourite accommodations. We really hope to see you again some days. Kob Kun Krub :) ......(I couldn't stop smiling at "2 peices of toast" :D)
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Very nice B&b in an upcoming neighborhood on the west side of the river. You feel indeed very local there! Close to BTS, free tuktuk a day or you can walk through nice little streets. Small room, but clean, new and modern. Good breakfast with fresh fruit and fresh orange juice. If you don't like Asian, just ask for eggs. And like every one else is saying; great staff! We would definitely recommend to friends.

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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Thank you very much for staying at Focal Local. We're glad you were not disappointed and you've seen the real local lives. We'll look forward to seeing you again. All the best :)
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We had a great stay at focal local. We stayed in the Living Nature room for three nights. The room was very clean and the A/C worked well. The staff was very helpful with tips and great advice for exploring Bkk. Each morning we had a very tasty breakfast prepared for us of a traditional thai variety that was typically a rice or noodle dish and then a plate of fruit. It was always done well and the service was excellent.
Each morning a complimentary tuk tuk ride provided to get us started on our day.
The only downside was there was some street noise, but I expect you'll get that anywhere in bangkok.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. It's a great fuel to run our small Bed and Breakfast. We're glad you enjoyed your stay here. And we're sorry about the street noise, we've replaced the new windows with the thicker glass. It is a little better now. Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again next time. Kob Kun Krub :)
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Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

The room was small but very clean with a/c, fridge, tv and very good shower. Thai breakfasts were delicious and the staff very friendly and helpful, giving this small guesthouse a very pleasant atmosphere. It's location is a boat ride or skytrain ride away from most main attractions (it's a 5 minute tuk tuk ride to the boat pier or train station). This makes getting around a bit of a chore. However, the area around the guesthouse is great for seeing a different, more 'local' side of Bangkok away from the tourist hordes. There's great local restaurants and street food and also a night market just around the corner. We liked focal local so much that we've already booked to stay there again at the end of our travels around South east Asia

  • Stayed April 2013
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Thank you very much for choosing Focal Local. We're happy to know that you had a good time at Focal Local and enjoyed the surrounding local atmosphere. Even though we're away from the main tourist attractions. Looking forward to seeing you again at the end of your trip :)
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We loved the local area, market, vibe and especially the detail of the rooms. We stayed our first and last night in Thailand here, in the Siamese and the Simply Gorgeous. Even though we arrived and left in the wee hours the staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. Wishing we had stayed a few more nights at the beginning or end of our trip here. Clean, cute and excellent ac to beat the heat!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thank you very much for choosing Focal Local to start and end your Thailand trip. It's our pleasure being a little part of your memorable holiday. Wish we could accommodate you longer next time. All the best :)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2013

My sister and i spent 4 night's here in May and loved it, Karen and staff we always smiling and happy. The breakfast they provided us with was delicious and on the days we were out early they made a packed lunch for us. We had the siamese room and thought it would be noisey because you are right over the street but it was so quiet. The Air con was wonderful, you almost forgot how hot it was outside. Wifi was good also, i don't have a bad thing to say about this little place. Everything was fantastic

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thank you very much for staying at Focal Local. It's our pleasure having you and your sister here. We'll look forward to seeing you again. Take a good care :)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in April 2013 in the Living Nature room. The room was clean, comfortable and had a relaxing/peaceful vibe. The A/C worked great, which was a nice relief from the Bangkok heat. Karan made us feel so welcome - he was extremely friendly and helpful with his recommendations. The free tuktuk ride every morning was a great touch since the location is a 10-15 minute walk from the skytrain and river boat stop. Karan also lent us an umbrella, which was a great way to stay shaded/cool during long days walking around in the heat. We also successfully had train tickets delivered to the hotel and Karan held them for us and made sure we received them. The thai breakfast was different everyday (we had fried rice and stir fry chicken) and was served with fresh fruit and juice (there is also a western option). The food was delicious! We had a wonderful stay and highly recommend the Focal Local to anyone!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you very much. We really appreciate knowing that you had a good time and relaxing stay at Focal Local. Even though Bangkok weather was very hot :) Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again next time. Kob Kun Krub
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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
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Ranked #2 of 643 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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