Hey traveling peeps!

Planning a trip to Bangkok? Here’s a review of our stay at @Hua Lamphong Hostel in Bangkok.

There are a few strategic locations in Bangkok that allow you easy access to many places – one of these is called Hua Lamphong, the area around the same named central station. Within only 10 minutes you can reach eccentric Chinatown or take the metro from the station right in front of the hostel or jump on a bus that connects to places all over Bangkok.

@Hua Lamphong is a relatively new hostel that opened just back in 2009 and sits right oppose the central station. It’s actually more like a mix of hostel and small modern city hotel that caters to different types of travellers. We’ve stayed already twice here and thought it’s time to give an honest review for you travelling peeps!

Let’s take a look at the rooms and facilities:

Rooms
We stayed at a Deluxe Double room that had a balcony with view over the central station and its front court. The beds are comfy while the room has an exceptional size for a hostel. AC, TV, fridge (2 free water per day), closet and ensuite bathroom with shower are all part of the room’s facilities. A menu with excursions is available, but no telephone. They have also mixed dorms with 4 and 6-beds.

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Facilities
A restaurant / café is next to the reception, however, its prices are above average which is a minus point. There is no reason to pay 70-80 THB for a coffee if I can get a fresh one at the café next door for 50 THB or even less at 7-Eleven (yes, they have freshly brewed coffee there).

A recreation room on the first floor offers a kicker-table, TV and several sitting pillows. Wifi is available for free throughout the hostel. Several desktops can be accessed in the lobby area (for a fee).

A lift is available but at a speed that lets every turtle win. Even freight elevators move faster.

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Service
Overall good, but there is room for improvement. The staff speaks English and you can easily communicate but it seems that their knowledge of the surrounding isn’t up-to-date: as we planned to go to MBK, we were told to take a bus from the stop opposite of the hostel. Well, thanks to a little map we carried along, we figured that the skytrain is actually faster (take the metro to ‘Siam’ and change to skytrain; exit at ‘National Stadium’). The bus would have taken around 45 minutes in addition to –most likely- no air condition and available seats.

Airport Shuttle is available upon request at 500 THB.

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Surrounding
A 7-Eleven is right around the corner (leave the hostel and turn left, 2-3 min walking). A coffee shop sits 10m away on the right side (just next to the neighbouring hotel) and several food vendors sell snacks in the morning. Access to the metro is right in front of the hostel. The metro station also serves as underpass that connects with the central station. You can easily walk from here to Chinatown. Buses can be taken to places around the city such as Wat Pho & the Grand Palace or Khao San Road.

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View from our balcony

Conclusion
@Hua Lamphong is arguably the best accommodation around Bangkok’s central station. The convenient location allows you easy access to public transport plus Chinatown is just around the corner. Moreover, the hostel is clean, modern and reasonably priced. Book your stay now here > @Hua Lamphong Hostel

P.S.: This is not an endorsement as we paid for our room. We tried the hotel next door as well, but were disappointed in many ways.
Have you stayed here? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

Smart Travels,

Kian & Sri

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