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Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 667 Bangkok B&B and Inns
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“home in bangkok”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

The moment we came in from our 20+ hours of travel, Karan made us feel welcome and alive again! The cool lemon drink helped, of course, but it was mainly his genuine smile that did the trick!
As we found out during the days of our stay, Karan was one of the reliable Thais.. :) He warned us against the hustlers and was helpful with every question or service asked. We ended up booking more nights than originally planned, for Bangkok and its heat were quite overwhelming in the beginning and Focal Local just felt so good coming home to.
The home-made Thai breakfast is a must. Very tasty and made with love!
Rooms are unique, modern and very clean. Make sure you get a room on the top level if you want to do some siesta's or sleep in.
Karan helped us get 'real' taxi's, flights and all we wanted. He is the best; thanks Karan!
A big thumbs up for this place!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you very much for staying with us and for your review. We're glad you enjoyed staying with us. We appreciate being a little memorable part of your Thailand visit. Hope we'll have a chance to accoommodate you again in the future. Take care :)
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Parry Sound, Canada
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Our first foray to Asia together and we were so very happy with the staff and accommodations at Focal Local. We were away from the noisiest streets but close enough to walk where ever we wanted. The room we had at Focal Local was beautifully done and very clean and our staff was more than happy to help with all our questions. Our breakfast of chicken, fried vegetables and white rice was delicious and more than enough to fuel us along for the day of trekking we had planned. We liked Focal Local's proximity to markets, ferry taxi's and the different palaces. Every day we were given one free tuk tuk ride and that helped alot.
Our room was the Seabreeze room and we are excited to see what our next room will be when we return to focal local next week.
If you want to feel like your at a home away from home, try Focal Local.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you so much for your valued review. We appreciate making you feel like home at Focal Local. We'll look forward to welcoming again when you're back in Bangkok. Have a safe journey :)
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Parry Sound, Canada
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We are staying in and out of Focal Local 4 times in our 2 month stay in Thailand/Vietnam. The staff there are wonderful and helpful. Karan will help you with whatever you need to know. We especially liked that it was in a residential area and out of the tourist chaos of downtown. We stayed in the Sea Breeze room which was small but very cozy and clean. The breakfasts that are included are wonderful, Thai not traditional western breakfasts but very delicious. Usually rice with a meat/veggie dish and always fresh fruit for dessert.

Every day you get a free tuk-tuk ride to the river or skytrain. Both are very easy to navigate and fun to do. We took the local boat downtown to the Grand Palace and not the tourist boat, much cheaper, look for the orange flags on the boat. It was raining one day so we took the skytrain to the Siam and the MBK malls. Siam mall is like any other modern chain mall. MBK was fun and has a really big section that is like a flea market with a lot of tourist goods.

We would highly recommend staying at this B&B....try it you will love it!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you so much for your review and for booking with us 4 times. It's our pleasure having you here and showing you the non-tourist part of Bangkok. Looking forward to seeing you back. Kob Kun Krub :)
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We, a family of four, stayed at this superb B&B Sept' 2012. 5 nights
Everything was perfect and above our expectations. Wonderful hosts. Spotlessly clean rooms and lobby. Great breakfasts.
Even though not centrally located very easy to get to the closest sky train. The management orders, on their account, a Tuk-Tuk ride, which makes it even easier. Also always willing to suggest local sites and help with the maps.
To summarize, excellent value for money, without compromising on service. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay here and found that our location is not a problem getting around Bangkok. We're delighted to let you enjoy another side of Bangkok. We'll look forward to seeing you again. All the best :)
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Belmont
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

It was my first time to Bangkok and I had no idea where to stay, so based on the reviews on here, I booked 4 nights at the charming Focal Local.
I was picked up at the airport, which I must admit I don't think I organised, but it seems it was all part of the service.
Focal Local is located in, I suppose what would best be described as, a local surburban area. Its quite a way out of the busy touristy stuff. But that is not bad, as its nice and quiet. Plus the Skytrain is not far from the guesthouse and they will organise a compliementary tuk tuk to the station. If you prefer to walk, its about 10 minutes by foot.
On the Skytrain, its 7 stops to Siam and then another 3 or 4 to Nana and Asok.
The rooms (I was in Chic) are clean, spacious, the beds are comfy and the bathroom all you need. There is also a fridge, television and safe.
I must point out, I'm a solo traveller, but I reckon there is a more than enough room for 2 people.
Breakfast is normally Thai, however they will make scambled eggs on request.Tasty and a great start to the day.
Karan and the staff are friendly and only to willing to help. I had an early check out (4.30am) and a breakfast bag was prepared and left for me in my room the night before.
Focal Local is great value, all be it a little far out, but it does give you a feel of being local, which just adds to the experience.
When I got home, I received an email postcard from Karan and staff thanking me for staying. Nice personal touch.
Fantastic stay and I would have not hesitation in recommending Focal Local.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Thank you very much for choosing Focal Local for your first time in Bangkok. We appreciate knowing that you enjoyed expereincing local lives and busy city lives at the same time. We'll look forward to seeing you again. All the best :)
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 4, 2013

This was a really cosy, cute bed&breakfast in an authentic part of Bangkok. Clean, cosy, very delicious typical Thai breakfast - new, exotic fruit every morning. And Karan the owner is really halpfull and kind. Quite a few interesting sight seeing around. We would definately visit again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. It's our pleasure having you here. We'll look forward to seeing you again. Kob Kun Krub :)
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights. A great experience for us first timer in Bangkok. Karan welcome us with a warm smiles and provide us with a simple map around the hotel that we can explore. Local restaurant, market, 7-elevens, massage places, guide address in Thai language for taxi or Tuktuk to get back at the hotel, all within walking distance of 15mins. Thai breakfast was great with fresh dragon fruit for desert. The staff and even the hotel owner go out and find us a Tuktuk for the daily complimentary TukTuk to get us to BTS station or River pier was just beyond our expectation. The room was clean and comfortable. Karan also suggested to us which shopping mall to go for shopping. The boat river ride was exciting to cruise along the Chao Phraya river and only cost us 15 Bhat per person. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. A great stay for us and definitely a recommended hotel to stay in Bangkok.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Thank you so much for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your trip in Bangkok as well as your stay at Focal Local. This little B&B will always welcome you for your next holiday in Thailand. 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
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Ranked #2 of 667 B&Bs / Inns in Bangkok
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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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