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Silom Art Hostel

Over-the-top funkiness

What we say: 3.5 stars

Opened in 2012 on a sidestreet off lively Silom Road in Bangrak, Silom Art Hostel probably wins the prize for the most colourful accommodation in a city known for its bright and eclectic nature. If you prefer your hostel to be almost over-the-top funky but also comfortable and secure, the Art Hostel should be just the ticket.

Silom 14 just got a lot more colourful.

Silom 14 just got a lot more colourful.

Upon entering the lobby you’ll first see a quirky mural of what appears to be a well-dressed cocktail party, if the cocktails were made with a few drops of LSD. The friendly young man working reception readied himself in a flash to show us the rooms, but the many odd bits of curio in the lobby/lounge distracted us for a good five minutes.

No shortage of character here.

No shortage of character here.

The ground floor feels a bit like the dorm room (albeit an extra large one) of a heavy-drinking twenty-something art student who usually skips class in favour of crafting ‘works of art’ out of any old thing found lying around. A metre-tall hookah peeks its head over love seats with legs outfitted in torn jeans, skate shoes and cowboy boots. A painting of a broken heart occupies one wall as an old broken remote control dune buggy appears to have got stuck while climbing another. Industrial steel drums converted into stools sit near a blue pool table, and there’s even an upright piano off to one corner.

Plenty to keep yourself occupied.

Plenty to keep yourself occupied.

Collages made from soda/beer cans and bottles are a theme throughout the hostel. We were especially taken with the enormous ‘bottle chandelier’ that hangs from the highest celing and is visible through an open shaft through which you can see the fourth floor roof from the ground floor pool table.

A medium that requires being emptied of beer before it can be worked with.

A handy medium that requires being emptied of beer before it can be worked with.

Designed by a group of youthful Thais who obviously had a blast while doing it, the unusual and intentionally cluttered common areas remind us a little of some of Bangkok’s hipster bars, but with giant front-facing windows and modern facilities, the Art Hostel is also bright and comfy.

Once the receptionist did finally get us into the space-age see-through elevator to check out the rooms upstairs, we were impressed by flash privates with soft beds, flatscreen TVs, tiny desks, spotless bathrooms and a drippy purple painting for a touch of that artistic atmosphere. Privates go for 1,150 baht per night — about what we’d expect for these digs in this part of town.

It's probably a good thing the bottle melanges don't extend into the rooms.

It’s probably a good thing the bottle melanges don’t extend into the rooms.

Air-con dorms come in mixed or women-only varieties, with the former consisting of basic but soft bunk-beds in cosy rooms that are perhaps a tad dark. The women’s room, also with bunk beds, is brighter, more spacious and has desks and an old barber’s chair for relaxing on. All dorms come with lockers and shared bathrooms, which boast ample and brand new facilities to go with tasteful wooden or bronze bowl sinks, bright modern art and exposed brick walls. Price-wise, dorms are also on par with other hostels in the Bangrak area: 380 baht per person for mixed or 450 baht for ladies only.

A peek at the mixed dorm.

A peek at the mixed dorm.

Aside from the lobby/lounge that’s sure to get the creative juices flowing, a second-floor chill-out loft features a few communal computers, a book exchange, a somewhat scary looking steel chain hammock and long, lounge style beds for getting some reading (or napping) in on a rainy day. WiFi is free and seems to work well throughout the building.

Steel chain hammock -- you're going to want those pillows.

Steel chain hammock — you’re going to want those pillows.

Silom Art Hostel is tucked down Silom Soi 14, so it stays relatively quiet despite being so close to the lively nightlife and food scene of Silom Road itself. With Chong Nonsi BTS station a mere five-minute walk away, the hostel’s location is optimal both for its immediate surrounds and as a base for exploring the city. Especially suited to creative younger travellers looking for a fun place to stay away from Khao San Road, Silom Art Hostel provides some real competition for this area’s other hostel mainstays.

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Contact details:

198/19-22 Soi Silom 14, Silom Road, Bangkok.  T: (026) 358 0702 F: (026) 357 825  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 380 baht 380 baht Mixed dorm, 450 baht women only
Dbl air-con private b'room 1,150 baht 1,150 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 29th January, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 15th January, 2014

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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