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HQ Hostel Bangkok

Industrial flashpacker hostel

What we say: 4 stars

With a slick black-and-white urban theme, HQ Hostel is one of several newish spots in Bangkok to aim for trendy, tech-savvy twenty-somethings. The name stands for “headquarters”, and the vibrant Silom location makes a great base for exploring the city. It’s not the biggest or cheapest hostel in town, but HQ isn’t a bad choice for those wanting to experience Bangkok’s modern side.

The central location translates to tight spaces.

Unfortunately, the central location translates to tight spaces.

In an area where real estate is among the priciest in Thailand, it’s no surprise that HQ makes do with relatively cramped space. Occupying four industrial-chic floors that incorporate no shortage of polished concrete and messages like “YOU ARE AWESOME” stenciled onto stark white walls, the hostel aims for a sleek, minimalist design that lacks any hint of cosiness. Beware if you’ve had a few drinks or are just hopelessly clumsy; the stairs are a bit slippery and low-hanging concrete passageways warrant “watch your head” signs.

All dorms come with thin mattresses on wooden bunks that have been painted white, with random strips of colour to contrast flush white walls and more polished concrete. Cleanliness is very well looked after. Each bunk comes with its own reading lamp, electrical outlet, digital lock box and small drawer for storage. White stained glass windows with no curtains allow the morning sun to filter inside. While the cool atmosphere will be a blessing on scorching hot days, there’s not a lot of space to move around.

Dorm rooms come with a choice of 10 beds for 380 baht a piece, six beds at 535 each, and a four-bed room that somehow fetches 630 per bunk. At time of writing, bunks in the 10-bed option were being offered at a discounted rate of 350 baht. We were told that a female-only room is available, though it wasn’t clear which one it is. Immaculate shared bathroom facilities have several shower rooms with rain shower heads to go with modern sinks and toilets. All rooms are accessed with a key-card and equipped with air-con.

For 1,300 baht, a small double private room has only a narrow desk to accompany a bunk bed for two travellers, and it relies on the shared bathroom facilities. The slightly larger 1,800 baht private has a peculiar setup that relies on a long, white curtain to separate a double mattress on a raised polished concrete platform from the disproportionately big ensuite bathroom.

Compared to other hostels in this area, rack rates for both private rooms are way overpriced, but a seemingly never-ending stay-two-nights-and-get-the-second-free promotion makes them more reasonable. During our visit, we were actually told that we could buy one night and get a second free. This sounds like an incredible bargain, but in reality, it would put the nightly rates right in line with the competition.

When it comes to common areas, HQ makes the most of limited space. The focal point of a shared bean bag lounge is a wide LCD TV with several English channels and an impressive DVD selection. Downstairs, a small cafe/chill space has free WiFi, a couple of communal computers, book exchange and tour desk. On an upper floor landing, an out-of-place but perfectly welcome exercise bike and elliptical machine sit in the corner. The stylish young staff fit seamlessly into the contemporary theme, and we found them friendly enough.

Motorbike taxi sold separately.

Motorbike taxi sold separately.

HQ is a five-minute walk from Chong Nonsi and Sala Daeng BTS sky train stations, as well as Si Lom MRT subway station. Siam Square, Hualamphong train station and an interchange to the Sukhumvit line of the BTS system are all two stops away, while the central Chao Phraya express boat pier is three stops in the other direction. Frenetic at any hour, the immediate vicinity hosts an abundance of food and nightlife, and nearby Lumpini Park provides respite from the bustle.

Though the tight spaces and slightly higher-than-average rates will be a turn-off for some, HQ’s fantastic location and smart, stylish ambiance will be a good fit for others. If you like the slick design and Silom location, you might also give Saphai Pae, Mile Map, Take a Nap or Lub d a try.

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5/3-4 Silom Soi 3, Bangrak.  T: (02) 233 1598, (083) 496 0915 F: (02) 233 9657  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 380 baht 380 baht 10 pers. 535B 6pers, 630B 4 pers.
Dbl air-con private b'room 1,800 baht 1,800 baht
Dbl air-con share b'room 1,300 baht 1,300 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 8th February, 2009
Last visited or updated on: 27th February, 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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HQ Hostel Bangkok
5/3-4 Silom Soi 3, Bangrak. 
T: (02) 233 1598, (083) 496 0915 F: (02) 233 9657

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