Booking accommodation for our 3-night stay in Bangkok was, if the truth be told, a little daunting. It was my first trip to the city, we had a lot planned, and wanted to make sure that we were staying somewhere both comfortable and practical location-wise. Initially swaying between somewhere in the city centre near the temples and palace, or a place in shopping-heavy and transportation-friendly Pathum Wan, we eventually settled on Pathum Wan and Chao Hostel.
Conveniently located on the BTS Silom line, just a few minutes walk from the National Stadium station, Chao Hostel is based on the 8th floor of the Siam@Siam building. There are both dormitories and private rooms on offer with free WiFi, and the hostel also offers a light bite buffet at breakfast times. We were booking quite late, but still managed to bag ourselves a double room with a private bathroom for 5600THB/£128 for three nights (about 934THB/£22 per person per night).
From the entrance and communal space down to the bathrooms, the style and atmosphere of Chao Hostel is sleek and modern industrial with lots of exposed concrete and metal fixings, but also warm and comfortable thanks to the abundance of dark wood fixtures and orange tones. The entire hostel, including our room, is set on different levels, something that I love and creates a cosy atmosphere.
In our private room, the bed (just a mattress) was set up on an open mezzanine with the head against a large window with a view of the surrounding area, and the bathroom was also on an upper level. We had two shower towels and two hand towels in our room when we arrived, as well as toiletries in the shower, two bottles of water and a few other little snacks. Everything was very clean and tidy, and sheets could be changed once during our stay.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, answering our questions about places to eat locally, the best way to get to the night markets, and sorting out problems with our room…that we hadn’t even noticed! (No seriously, we came back from exploring one day and were told that our bathroom sink had, unbeknownst to us, been leaking and that it would be fixed within 30 minutes, and it was). The door staff from the hotel on the ground floor were also very helpful, always getting us taxis and giving us directions, a pleasant plus.
Being situated in Pathum Wan, Chao Hostel is ideally situated for anyone who wants to have good access to the BTS train (good for going to Chatuchak weekend market and Asiatique The Riverfront) and also for anyone who enjoys shopping – there are at least five significant shopping centres within a ten-minute walking radius of the hostel, including the MBK Center, Siam Paragon and Central World.
My entire experience at Chao Hostel was a very pleasant surprise! I’ve not had very good luck with hostels before (though I can’t compare experiences too much because each time before this one I’d been in a dormitory), but my stay at Chao Hostel was incredibly positive. The feel of the place was great, I felt very safe, the location was ideal and the staff were fantastic. I recommend this hostel for anyone with a standard budget looking to treat themselves to a stay in somewhere stylish yet affordable.