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“Good location and funky look!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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SOHOstel
Ranked #197 of 787 Specialty Lodging in Chiang Mai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good location and funky look!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights here at the Sohostel. Overall it was ok, the rooms are not quite as cool as the main reception area that draws you in. Priced a bit high as well, much cheaper around Chiang Mai.

The location is very good for most things in Chiang Mai and the rooms are clean with great Air Conditioning. The bathrooms are not that clean and the wifi is very annoying.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

My friends and I were staying somewhere else in Chiang Mai but walked past this place a couple of times and it looked so nice that we booked in. Bad idea.

Yes, this place looks funky. The decor is all red and black and modern. But I quickly realised that the cool styling was about the only thing going for this place.

The main issue was the bathrooms. There are no doors to the bathroom, and so people walking down the corridor can see in. Not a problem if you can just change in your shower cubicle, right? No chance. The shower cubicles are so small, with only a tiny hook above the concertina door to hang anything. No shelf or dry space to put your toiletries or room key, let alone clothes. There is only one drain for all the showers, so if you're in the stall with the drain, you're going to get everyone else's suds and hair pooling around your feet. Nice.

There is also no shelf, chair or space in the main bathroom area to leave your clothes while you shower. I was in a mixed dorm so didn't want to change in the room.
The bathrooms are also always wet, very dirty and grubby.

The entire place is so full of Mosquitos. I know you can't always help it, but there was an excessive amount and I'm sure they could spray for them.

The staff are rude, uninterested and unhelpful. Never once saw any of them smile.

There is a rooftop area but this was locked for my entire stay.

The lift is very slow. I used the washing machine and dryer. The dryer said minimum 30b spend, but after I'd put in 20b it started working and was more than enough to dry my clothes, which makes me think they just want you to spend more by applying an arbitrary minimum spend.

The computers are 20b for 15 minutes which is ridiculous! The speed is very slow too. There's an Internet cafe in the next street that charged me 30b for 2 hours!

I was so disappointed and would never stay here again. Very overpriced for what you get.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is a modern, clean, well-priced hostel in a good location (although it appears to be a red light district). It has a fantastic common area and kitchen and has good amenities (wifi, laundry service, good bathrooms etc.). However, we collectively found the staff to be quite rude. They were extremely reluctant to help with any queries or questions about the tours which they offer. It's a pity because apart from the staff's attitude this is a great place to stay in Chiang Mai!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

PLUS:
- best location, near to night bazaar - offers a day tour, transportation and a room package with a good price - clean, comfy, safety - kitchen & tools provided - great price and discount

MINUS:
- small and tight shower/ toilet

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Nice rooms with a chic boutique hotel feel. Not a lot of soul to the place, but full of backpackers and a location that is central. Everything is new. Overall, a good place to stay, although on the more expensive side for Chiang Mai it seemed.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

So Hostel is really modern which is good, the staff aren't overly friendly but it's a big backpackers so that's not that important. Rooms are good and the air conditioning works well. Bathroom cleanliness is a slight issue, clumps of hair in the showers and the toilets had cigarette butts in there for days before being cleaned. Price is good and location is excellent, I would consider staying here again

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

Quite a new building with new facilities. Staff are fine just not the overly friendly Thai hospitality we've become used to. Stayed in a 6 bed dorm (travelling in a group of 6 so had the whole room to ourselves) and it was clean, comfy beds and air conditioning was good. Shared bathroom is ok, the showers are quite small which will be the only downside. Best location... Half way between the old town and the market areas.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: SOHOstel
Address: 64/2 Loy Khro Rd Chang Klan, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
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Ranked #197 of 787 Specialty Lodging in Chiang Mai
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Hotel Class:2 star — SOHOstel 2*
Number of rooms: 43
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