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Buddy Lodge Hotel
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

If you want somewhere that's right in the thick of it but comfy and quiet then this is the place. 10 minutes after I arrived I found myself sipping a beer with the manager out front. He gave a quick run down on the surrounding area and I was set. I was only going to stay in Bangkok a couple of days but ended up spending 5 nights at the Buddy Lodge. Swimming pool on the roof and easy access to everything this part of town has to offer.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank AndyB75_13
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2013

Dear AndyB75_13,

Thank you for staying at the Buddy Lodge Hotel in the heart of the ‘Old Town’ of Bangkok.

All our staff appreciate your kind words about our hotel and your praise for our customer service.

We are glad to know you enjoyed the pool area during your stay. Since your stay last month our rooftop swimming pool has received a brand new facelift and now looks better than ever.

Our whole team are looking forward to your next visit in the near future.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
Group Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

I have stayed here a few times and always found the rooms incredibly comfortable especially the bed great sheets and pillows. I was really impressed by the lovely manager John who went out of his way to help me with my bags as it was the bell boys day off. The room size is great and the room is lovely and light. Great gym and also pool area is lovely for swim at the end of a hot day.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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3  Thank JessicaSchomberg
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2013

Dear Jessica Schomberg,

Thank you for your very nice review and for choosing to stay at the Buddy Lodge Hotel a number of times over the last few years.

Our whole team were delighted to learn that we are your hotel of choice when you travel to Bangkok.

It was a pleasure meeting you earlier this month and we are looking forward to your next visit, later this year.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
Group Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Great location right on Khao San and plenty of tuk tuk and taxi to get you to other places. Was very disappointed when we arrived to see that the pool was closed for maintenance- we had chosen the hotel for the pool and were given no prior warning. You got free use of a sister hotel pool but was not within walking distance and had to pay for taxi there. As compensation they were offering a free night tour of the old town but happened to be 'unavailable' on the nights we stayed. Not impressed!
However, the staff here were very kind and happy to help. The rooms were OK, basic and a bit mouldy in the bathroom but nothing too bad! Overall a good hotel right in the action.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank oliviab33
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2013

Dear OliviaB33,

Thank you for choosing to stay at our hotel and for taking the time to post a review of your experiences on the travel website, Trip Advisor.

We would like to express our thanks to you for your kind words regarding our staff’s high level of customer service and the hotel’s central location.

We are sorry the upgrades to the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool disturbed your stay here. We did attempt to provide as much information as possible to our guests prior to the closure taking place. Our marketing team sent information out to all our web partners and we also posted a notice on the hotel’s website and Facebook pages

Unfortunately, from time to time we do have to upgrade our facilities to improve the Buddy Lodge Hotel and get our service to the required level we want. Most of this work takes place during the low season so as to minimalise the impact it has on our valuable guests.

Throughout the renovation work the swimming pool at the Hotel De Moc has been made available to all Buddy Lodge Guests. All through the day time we have been providing a free shuttle service between the two locations to make the transition easier. The Hotel De Moc is only a short 10 minute walk from Khaosan Road.

We hope that you will choose the Buddy Lodge again in the future and come back and try our new improved swimming pool.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

First off, let it be known that you should not stay here if you have small children or are looking for just rest and relaxation - this is not the place for you.

This hotel is in the heart of Khao San Road - literally you walk out and are immediately amidst the tourists, markets, bars, and restaurants. This is where you stay if you want to enjoy the young, lively crowds and atmosphere, but still have a decent place to lay down at night (or morning depending on how much partying you do!)

The hotel is basic, nothing too fancy or anything that really stood out to me - Okay beds, rooms were a bit musty and not much of a view at all - we overlooked a tin roof.

Not much to be said for the staff - the only standouts were the kind gentlemen who would always open and close the main door for us. Front staff was nothing exceptional, the usual "here's-your-room-now-leave-me-alone" I expect in a North American motel. Definitely the least friendly of all the staff I encountered at the 6 hotels I stayed at during this trip.

One comment I will make is that I found it odd that I had to pay to make a local call, and from what I recall, it was fairly expensive - and I was also told two different prices when I asked to make a call at two different times. I provided the number and it was dialed on a cell phone and I was told not to walk away, so I couldn't even have a private conversation.

On bonus of this hotel is that there are two travel agencies inside the hotel to help plan trips as well as a mall underneath. The best part was that there was a McDonalds INSIDE the hotel, making morning breakfasts super easy to get, coffee included!

All in all, a good stay at the hotel, but well worth it for the time you will spend on Khao San and the ease of rolling home after a fun night out!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank l0vinglife4
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2013

Dear Lovinglife 4,

Thank you for choosing the Buddy Lodge Hotel and for taking the time to write a review of your recent vacation to Thailand.

The Buddy Lodge is smack bang in the centre of the famous Khaosan Road area of Old Town Bangkok. We are within 10 minutes walk of many different city landmarks including, Democracy Monument, The Grand Palace and The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.

We are sorry to read you had a bad experience with our reception staff. Our Front Office Manager is already working hard with our staff to improve their customer service and knowledge of Bangkok. At the Buddy Group we understand the need for our staff to be able to freely communicate and provide assistance to our valued guests and are looking to improve in this area.

We appreciate your comment concerning the mix up over the local phone calls. This incident has been internally investigated and we have provided our staff with clear guide lines regarding telephone charges so this does not occur again in the future.

It is nice to know that overall you enjoyed a good stay at our hotel and would consider returning again in the future.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
Group Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Nice place, cool roof top pool when you're so hungover you can barely breathe. Rooms pretty cool, be noted this is in the heart of party central. Don't complain it's noisy, sort of like having a picnic next to a sewer and complaining it smells. If you want lash, this is the place for you

  • Stayed: December 2012
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2  Thank LukoB
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2013

Dear LukeoB,

Thank you for staying at the Buddy Lodge during your recent holiday to Thailand, we really appreciate you taking the time to write this message to advise future travelers.

It looks like you had a great time on Khaosan Road and enjoyed being right in the middle of one of the most vibrant areas of this incredible city.

We look forward to your next visit to the Buddy Lodge Hotel.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
Group Guest Services Manager

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