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Silom Art Hostel

Over-the-top funkiness

What we say: 3.5 stars

Silom Art Hostel probably wins the prize for the most colourful accommodation in a city known for its bright and vibrant nature. It’s a solid choice if you prefer your hostel to be over-the-top funky but also quiet and secure. Just be sure to assess all of the different room options before booking, as some are quite good while others leave something to be desired.

No shortage of distractions here.

No shortage of distractions here.

Upon entering the lobby you’ll be met by a large mural of what appears to be well-dressed patrons at a cocktail party, if the cocktails were made with a few drops of LSD. Equipped with an upright piano, a small billiards table and furniture with legs fitted into Converse All Stars and cowboy boots, the ground-floor lounge feels like a young art student’s crash pad. Head upstairs to find chain-link hammocks, a 20-foot long daybed and a few shared computers. A small TV room, book exchange, laundry facilities and rooftop chill space round out a solid list of common spaces.

Your seat might get up and walk away.

Your seat might get up and walk away.

Beyond the quirky decor and furniture, the building has one of the most unusual interiors that we’ve seen in any Bangkok accommodation. An elevator with windows for walls takes you upstairs via an exposed elevator shaft. Look straight up from the ground floor and you’ll notice a beer-bottle chandelier dangling from the fourth-floor sunroof. Wall-size windows help keep much of the building bright and cheerful.

A fine way to recycle.

A fine way to recycle.

The cheapest mixed dorm room has no window and is outfitted with five single mattresses placed less than a foot apart on slightly raised platforms; if going this route expect zero privacy and close quarters with strangers. The pricier women-only dorm is much better, with wide windows, decent mattresses placed on standard bunkbed frames and even a shared desk and old barber’s chair to lounge on. There’s also a simple two-bunk (four bed) room with private bath — as a solo traveller we were offered this one for just 900 baht.

A triple room.

A triple room.

All dorm beds come with personal reading lamps, outlets and small lockers (bring your own lock). Separated by sex, the spacious, clean and modern shared bathrooms are outfitted with wood or brass sinks and plenty of hot-water shower stalls to go around. All guestrooms are air-conditioned, but the bathrooms are not. WiFi is free and guests can use dishes, a fridge and microwave in a small kitchenette.

We give the owners props for being different.

We give the owners props for being different.

The Art Hostel also delivers small yet flash private rooms that are similar to what you’ll find at nearby Saphai Pae Hostel, but cheaper. These come with wall-size windows, comfy beds, tiny desks and LCD TVs on walls adorned with drippy purple hearts. In the room we most recently checked out, the ensuite bathroom was divided into two little rooms on either side of the bed, one for the shower and the other for the toilet and sink.

The privates aren't too shabby.

The privates aren’t too shabby.

The Art Hostel lacks the social scene of places like Lub d and HQ; on a few visits we’ve never seen more than a few guests and they’ve always been buried in a book or laptop. It’s a family-run place, with an older woman and her exceptionally helpful son running reception during the day. They’re both welcoming and have always been quick to show us around, though some guests have reported bad experiences with a night receptionist.

Silom Art Hostel is tucked down Silom Soi 14 and stays relatively quiet despite being so close to the lively nightlife and food scene of Silom. With Chong Nonsi BTS station a five-minute walk away, the location is optimal both for its immediate surrounds and as a base for exploring the city. A few little eateries are found right across the street, though we’d head over to the Silom Soi 20 street food market for a better selection.

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198/19-22 Soi Silom 14, Silom Road, Bangkok.  T: (02) 635 8070-2 F: (02) 635 7825  
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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 1,200 baht 1,200 baht With king-size bed and TV.
Triple air-con private b'room 1,500 baht 1,500 baht
Quad air-con private b'room 2,000 baht 2,000 baht Negotiable if less than four people.

Added to Travelfish on: 29th January, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 16th November, 2015

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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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Silom Art Hostel
198/19-22 Soi Silom 14, Silom Road, Bangkok. 
T: (02) 635 8070-2 F: (02) 635 7825

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