Simple hostel on a busy corner
Corner of Ratchaprarop and Sri Ayutthaya Rds (next to Ratchaprarop LRT station), Pratunam, Bangkok T: (02) 640 0550 , (081) 900 5026
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In the shadow of Ratchaprarop Airport Rail Link station, Link Corner is a tried-and-true member of Bangkok's always-growing hostel club. While it probably won’t knock any socks off in terms of design, it's an overall quality hostel with cheaper dorms and private rooms than elsewhere in the lively Pratunam part of town.
We received a warm welcome from the English-speaking receptionist as a crew of stylish young backpackers joked around in the bright lobby/lounge. A staff member offered a pair of already checked out travellers the opportunity to take a shower — a telling sign that the staff go above and beyond to ensure their guests have a good experience.
Link Corner goes for functionality over funkiness. Although a few black walls are painted with designs that look like a laser light show, the interior is mainly defined by loads of natural light, glossy white tile floors and simple wood furnishings. Cleanliness seems very well looked after — all guests must exchange their shoes for a pair of indoor slippers before heading upstairs.
A second-floor hangout zone features a couple of communal computers, LCD TV, lounge cushions and a few sit-on-the-floor tables spread over a green shaggy carpet that looks like a putting green. Other shared facilities include a kitchenette, coin-op laundry, book exchange and bulletin board with info on exploring Bangkok. The whole building is air-conditioned and WiFi is free.
Dorm rooms come in six- or eight-bed mixed or four-bed women-only varieties, with an additional four-bed room offered to groups. The six-bed room that we checked out was a little tight on space, but mattresses were soft, sheets fresh and each bed equipped with personal reading lamp, outlet and two lockers — a fairly large one inside the dorm room and a smaller one in the ground-floor “shoe room." Shared bathrooms are simple but modern, spacious and spotless.
Privates are also available in either a tiny windowless single for 500 baht or a larger double with a big window for 980 baht. Both rely on the shared bathroom facilities and don’t include any extras apart from air-con and a wash basin in the double. Though the single should be fine for a solo budget traveller who isn’t keen on sharing their sleeping space, the larger room is perhaps overpriced considering it doesn’t have an ensuite bathroom; for 120 baht more you could get a fully kitted out private room at nearby Lemonseed Rooms.
As for location, Link Corner is a good choice if you want to be swept up in the energy of central Bangkok. It’s at the bustling intersection of Ratchaprarop and Sri Ayutthaya roads, around the corner from Bangkok's second tallest building and an easy walk to the shopping mayhem of Pratunam. Cafes, bars (not the seedy variety), sit-down restaurants, including several serving Indian fare, and street food abounds.
With the Airport Link station next door, Link Corner also offers convenient access to/from Suvarnabhumi International. With that said, the Airport Link is a lot slower than the BTS skytrain and MRT subway. You can sit around for 20 minutes and wait for it to take you to the far more reliable BTS at Phaya Thai station, but you’re probably better off walking or taking a taxi as it’s only 1.5 kilometres away.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.