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“The best place to stay on Khao San Road”
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Buddy Lodge Hotel
Ranked #176 of 881 Hotels in Bangkok
Reviewed November 30, 2013

It's a bit pricier for a backpacker budget but this place is one of the best stay in the area. It's location is unparalleled and is bang in the centre of the Khao San action. It has nice clean rooms, great staff, one of the best gyms in Thailand and a cool rooftop bar and pool. A great place to stay if you don't mind paying a little extra for somewhere nice as opposed to a hostel/guesthouse. The manager was also a great help to us being new in Thailand. A great place to explore Khao San from and get some rest from all the hustle and bustle.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2013

Dear R65474,

Thank you very much for choosing the Buddy Lodge and for taking the time to post a review of your travel experiences on Trip Advisor.

We really appreciate your kind words and your positive recommendation to stay at our hotel.

As you mention the Buddy Lodge is perfectly located right in the middle of the Khaosan Road and is only a short walk or taxi ride away from lots of the main sights in Bangkok.

We hope you will return again in the near future.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
Group Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in buddy lodge based on a recommendation from a friend who was there a few years ago and I'm pleased to say it was as great at they remembered. It was a good price hotel (obviously hostels are cheaper but as Bangkok is a starting point for most people, do you really want you first night in Thailand in a mixed dorm of drunk, amorous strangers!?). The hotel is NOT buddy boutique hotel (which is at the other end of KSR). Look for a huge yellow sign high up outside the building (near D&D). You have to walk through what looks like a little shopping centre to get to the front door/reception. You'll walk past a McDonalds and a tattoo parlour (nicer than it sounds).

The hotel follows a colonial theme with cream cladded walls, green glass lamps, plantain style shutters. The check in was quick, just a copy of the passport and a deposit which we got back on check out. We had a twin room and the beds were firm as usual in Thailand. The room is big, very clean and feels really traditional. We asked for a room on the 5th floor which is the same floor as the pool. We were told it was quieter but with the protests going on, I imagine all rooms can hear something.

The location is great, KSR is a great backpacker location. Lots of reasonable bars, massages and shops. There's also a Main Street just behind KSR that's full of bars and restaurants. Grab a bucket for 250B, stop and have a foot massage for 120B and finish with pad thai for 80B amazing!!

I'd definitely recommend buddy lodge to both new to Thailand back packers, those traveling but not willing to stay in hostels and those looking for a good base to sight see in KSR.

The only thing is KSR is no where near any metro or sky train stations. But it's cheaper to get a tuk tuk to stations and get around on trains or go to the pier and get boats to places. ENJOY!!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank LauraJ84
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2013

Dear LauraJ84,

Our sincerest thanks for taking the time to write an on-line review for the Buddy Lodge Hotel. Our Management Team take great care in reading and reacting to helpful reviews such as yours.

Your compliments of the hotel are very well received and make us proud to have had the opportunity to welcome you here as a guest.

We also really appreciate your recommendations to all future travelers about the location and nightlife surrounding our city hotel.

We hope that you will have the chance to visit us again soon and we thank you once again for your review.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

A little more expensive than some of the hostel options, but well worth it. spacious room, very clean, great shower, and our room even had a balcony.

Great rooftop swimming pool and bar too, which is an added bonus.

Great location right on the khao san road.

A little noisy at night, but you can't complain about this if you stay on the KSR.

Would thoroughly recommend!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cbn88
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2013

Dear CBN88,

Thank you for choosing to stay at our city hotel for during your recent vacation to Thailand.

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and were able to make the most of our great location in one of the main party areas in Bangkok.

Our rooftop pool is a great way to relax and with it being high up on the 5th floor of the hotel you can almost forget it is right in the middle of a massive city.

We truly hope you will choose the Buddy Lodge once more for your next holiday.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
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Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Myself and my partner are currently travelling, a few weeks ago, my partners brothers came to surprise him.
On checking in to Buddy Lodge with all the excitement, we realised we had left one of the hand luggage bags in the taxi, which had everything in it, passport, phone, money, travel documents etc.
On realising our panic, the manager John and his staff were so so helpful and managed to contact the taxi company and we retrieved the left bag. Phew!
After this drama, we got to our rooms. Fantastic - cannot fault them at all, spacious, clean & tidy, bed comfy enough. We then checked out the rooftop pool which was awesome, spent a lot of time here to get away from the hustle and bustle of koh San road. Pool towels provided and there is even a pool bar! Magic.
Even managed to get use of the gym which again was brilliant.
All in all, wonderful hotel, without a doubt the best that we could see on koh San road. Will definitely be returning in 4 weeks when passing through Bangkok again.
Thanks again John to yourself and your helpful friendly staff. See you again soon.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
4  Thank DebbieNeil17
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Dear DebbieNeil17,

Thank you for choosing the Buddy Lodge Hotel for your short stay in Bangkok. We were delighted to be able to welcome you, your partner and his 3 brothers.

At our hotel we like to put a lot of emphasis of providing a high level customer service. We were also very relieved after we manged to help you get your travel documents back after they had been left in the taxi you took from the airport.

Our Fitness Centre and Gym is available for all our guests during their stay and is equipped with everything you might need for an early morning work out, prior to exploring Bangkok.

It was also nice to see you again at the end of your trip when you returned for one more night, just before your flight home.

Hope to see you again next year.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
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Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Nice, clean, helpful & bonus english man was very approachable & offered good advice. Great location, pool is nice spot after hetic khoasan! Rooms good, felt safe, mossy net and safety box! All you need would deffo return & reccomend. We was on sixth floor so could here no noise!

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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2013

Dear HSH92,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay at the Buddy Lodge Hotel.

We are pleased to read you had an enjoyable experience and were impressed with our large colonial style rooms.

It was a pleasure having you stay here and we hope we will be able to welcome you back to our hotel again in the near future.

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John Pettengell
Group Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

i have just returned from an excellent stay at buddy lodge this hotel is perfectly situated on khaosan road with all the facilities that you could need and expect from a hotel in a much higher price bracket clean and safe with beautiful decor ,the staff go out of their way to make sure you have all the info and help you need whether your trip is for business or leisure plus the bar in the hotel is an excellent place to go and have a cool beer. i cannot recommend this hotel enough!

Room Tip: the rooms on the third floor with patio balcony are excellent
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Richard D
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2013

Dear Richard D,

Thank you for taking the time to write a Trip Advisor review of your recent stay in our boutique hotel on the famous Khaosan Road.

We are glad you liked your room and found it to be well equipped with all the necessary facilities needed in a modern hotel.

We are pleased that overall you felt our hotel represented good value for money and that you were happy with the quality of service offered by our team.

We hope you and your family will be able to return again next year.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
Group Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed November 14, 2013

I arrived on Khaosan road with no address, this was no problem as very friendly local people knew where it was and it was very easily located and had very clear signpost.
Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and helped with our heavy back packs.
Our room was outstanding very clean, nice touch of elephant arranged towels. Mini bar had everything you could possible want. Elevators to all floors. Shower hot, bathroom clean with lovely free bathroom essentials. Also had robes in our rooms. Had a tv and everything operated with a touch on the bedside control panel.
The pool is excellent. Very clean and beautiful and good views of the city. Staff are lovely and polite, towels are given. Bar has good price on beverages.
The gym is fully equipped and staff are very helpful, it also has a boxing/ fighting ring.
Very conveniently located shops, bars, restaurants on the doorstep. Bonus of no noise from the street was heard from the room.
I really enjoyed my stay here and would reccomend it to anyone! I love it.

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Thank Kylieed
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CRM_officer, Guest Relations Manager at Buddy Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2013

Dear Kylie D,

Thank you for your very generous review. Our management and staff are always pleased to hear from our guests about their experiences here as this gives us the opportunity to make improvements to the services we provide.

It was a pleasure to be able to accommodate you during your recent vacation to Thailand and we were delighted you took advantage of the hotel's strategic location and amenities’.

We hope that you will have the chance to visit us again soon.

Kind Regards

John Pettengell
Group Guest Services Manager

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Address: 265 Khaosan Rd. Taladyod Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#140 Business Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: $46 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Buddy Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located within the shopping and entertainment streets of Khaosan Road, Buddy Lodge is your best refuge of a cozy hotel where guests can return to a quiet relaxation away from the entire bustle of the tourist street market. The historical core of Bangkok where most of the tourist attractions are found just around the corner and one can walk to visit Bangkok’s most popular tourist attractions, The Grand Palace, The Golden Mount, The Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), The Temple of The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), The Democracy Monument, and many other cultural sites in the Bangkok City Old Town. Buddy Lodge offers the most convenient location and comfortable facilities for travelers to the popular Khaosan Road and visitors to the famous historical places of Bangkok. ... more   less 
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