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What we say:
An eclectic mash-up of traditional Thai touches, long bamboo-thatched corridors and a policy that encourages guests to write on the walls, Suk 11 remains one of Bangkok’s most popular guesthouses, especially for young travellers. You’ll find decent rooms, memorable atmosphere, lively location and, unfortunately, some staff members with bad attitudes.
On the ground floor of an old house with rusted tin roofs perched atop faded brown wooden walls, Suk 11?s quirky lobby is often set to the sounds of Radiohead and always filled with paper lanterns, old clocks and spirit houses among the many bits of curio. A spiral wooden staircase takes you to a long, cave-like corridor with vintage furniture on either side. A small common area with sofas, flatscreen TV and DVD player occupies a dimly lit corner.
All rooms come with air-con, comfortable beds raised above hardwood floors and dark curtains with traditional Thai designs draped over large windows. While furnishings are minimal, the rooms are spacious and well kept. Each room type comes with choice of ensuite bathroom or small but adequate shared facilities. With no dorms to speak of, Suk 11 isn’t a true hostel.
Rooms come as singles, doubles, triples or family and are reasonably good value in a pricey part of town. If you’re wondering about the seemingly arbitrary numbers, rates include a precisely calculated 7% tax.
With an inviting floor-cushioned lounge, well-put-together menu featuring similarly well-done regional Thai dishes and a laid back atmosphere that’s great for meeting other travellers, Suk 11?s restaurant is a highlight. If you want to learn to prepare some of the dishes yourself, they also run a cooking school.
The guesthouse is located on a side-alley just off the soi (side street) after which it’s named. Sukhumvit 11 is one of Bangkok’s premier nightlife strips, offering everything from roadside VW bus bars to thumping nightclubs. One of Bangkok’s quirkier dive bars, Cheap Charlie’s, is right around the corner. Also home to loads of international restaurants, the area is especially popular with Middle Eastern and Indian travellers.
Just across Sukhumvit Road lies Nana Plaza on Sukhumvit Soi 4, home to dozens of neon pink girly bars and the not-so-wholesome behaviour that goes with them. In short, it’s one of Bangkok’s seediest areas. While Soi 11 is more of a straightforward nightlife spot, it sees a fair share of sleazy overflow, including some very annoying touts who shove pornography in the faces of passing men. Families will probably want to look elsewhere.
Along with overly nit-picky exclamations like “Smoking in guestrooms is a CRIME”, signs posted throughout Suk 11 Hostel inform guests that sex tourists will not be tolerated. We commend the owners for taking a strong stance against the sex industry, but they may go too far by reportedly turning away middle-aged male solo travellers due to a (sometimes) mistaken assumption that they’re sex tourists.
Though we weren’t denied the opportunity to stay when inquiring about rooms twice over the last two years, we did find that some of the staff members can be quite rude. An older woman was not-so-welcoming during our first visit, and more recently, a young lady was curt and unfriendly. On the other hand, a young man who we also dealt with was polite and helpful.
If you’re willing to risk it with the potentially unsavoury staff, Suk 11 is most certainly a popular, comfortable and distinctively artsy spot in a vibrant location with great access to public transport.
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Contact details:1/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11 (Soi Chaiyot) (behind 7-eleven), Bangkok. T: (02) 253 5927 F: (02) 253 5929
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Sgl air-con share b'room||535 baht||535 baht|
|Dbl air-con share b'room||749 baht||749 baht|
|Sgl air-con private b'room||695 baht||695 baht|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||963 baht||963 baht|
|Triple air-con share b'room||963 baht||963 baht||1284 for ensuite|
|Quad air-con private b'room||1,712 baht||1,712 baht|
|Quad air-con share b'room||1,498 baht||1,498 baht|
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Last visited or updated on: 16th March, 2014
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Rated 3.5 out of 5
Based on 17 ratings and 17 reviews
Good place to crash in a convenient area
The lounge area has a unique atmopshere and the staff working the day that I arrived in July 2013 were perfectly friendly. The rooms are simple -nothing special, just a place to crash. Not at all a place to bring a family or a pickly GF/BF to. The only thing I didn't like was the extra long and dark hallways upstairs that lead to the rooms.
Suk 11 reviewed by gregmccann1 (Total published reviews: 3) on
Good Place Not-So-Good Attitude
Much of the interior design at Suk 11 is just brilliant. The lobby is very cool; the upper floor hallways give an illusion of walking though an old Chinese village at dusk; the upstairs common areas are quirky and interesting. Our en suite double (963 baht) wasn't as striking but it was spacious, attractive and comfortable. As many another reviewer has said, though, the hotel staff are less than welcoming (the restaurant waiters, however, were very likeable). And the constant reminders of their rules get quite annoying. Most of the rules are sensible enough (I support their desire to keep sex tourists away, but why they care whether I have a drink in my room is beyond me). But the constant iteration is obnoxious. You have to agree to accept their rules to make an on-line reservation. Then when you check in, you have to sign an agreement that you understand and abide by the rules. Then they're posted on the hallway walls and again in your room. I also didn't love the notice in the TV/internet room complaining about people leaving the air-con on when they left the room. They said they turned it off for 5 years because of this. Now they had it on again, but if it happened 20 more times they would remove the a/c forever. It also seems to me that in their price category they might provide free WiFi, but, no, they want you to pay to access the internet. I've stayed in 250 baht places in Thailand with free internet; why does Suk 11 need a few extra baht? Good place that could be better with an attitude transplant. One final note; the restaurant, while a little pricey is excellent. The green curry/cocnut milk with chicken was the best I've ever had anywhere. I also appreciate the fact that they've got my favorite, sticky rice. Their lunch menu is short, interesting, and very affordable.
Suk 11 reviewed by sullivanmarc (Total published reviews: 37) on
Good value for the area
We stayed for 5 nights in July 2010 and paid 950b for a double room with ensuite. The place is definitely charming and the breakfast was nice with good bread, fruits etc. The only thing that annoyed us was the water pump broke on day 3 meaning we couldn't use the ensuite. These things happen and they fixed it quickly, but it broke down again in the evening. The fact they make you pay up front means that in a situation like this you have no other option than to just take it. On a positive note, the shared facilities we ended up using that day were nice enough and clean. All considered though, pretty good value for an expensive area... If you're on a tight budget I would definitely stay in a different part of town.
Suk 11 reviewed by Sarah23 (Total published reviews: 19) on
Nice look, dreadful staff
The owner of this place has the worst attitude I have encountered in over six months of living in Thailand. I was accused, on separate occasions, of being a liar and of trying to sneak into a room, both claims being utterly baseless. Indeed I had a train ticket back to Surat for the night I was supposedly trying to sneak in! On top of this the owner point-blank refused to give details of the place to a shuttle company so my partner could get to the airport after checking out.
If the hostel was amazing I wouldn't be quite so angry but it's not. It's a mediocre hostel with minimal facilities. To be fair thhe vibe of the place is quite original, with the corridors made to look like city streets. It's also quite cool on the upper floors due to all the air-con in the rooms. However, there are many better-equipped places in Bangkok with lower rates and better attitudes.
From now on the first thing I will tell people when they ask me what to in Bangkok will be to say ''Don't stay at Suk 11!''
Suk 11 reviewed by CannonballJones (Total published reviews: 2) on
Great atmosphere and value
loved my stay at Suk 11. That's in spite of the guy wearing glasses at reception who never cracked a smile. Overall the staff are fine. They are generally busy that's all. Has a bit of the Tardis about it. A diminutive entrance leading to a sprawling multi level guest house. Corridors that stretch out forever, dripping with teak adding to the charm.
My room was comfortable with a view of the lane way outside. Got a room with an ensuite toilet and outside shower (on balcony) even though I only paid 500 baht for shared facilities. That was a pleasant surprise. I had problems booking online but they honoured my booking even without me paying a deposit. The amazing thing about the room was it was so cool (in a literal sense) that I turned off my air con before hitting the sack. A first for me in Bangkok.
I loved exploring this place. There's an interesting roof top area which worth checking out plus a big screen TV room with VHS videos and DVDs plus cable TV. There's also a small laundry and lots of chill out areas tucked away on ground floor.
I'm not a big fan of Bangkok but I am now a big fan of Suk 11. Thoroughly recommended.
Suk 11 reviewed by dougmp (Total published reviews: 6) on
It Is what it Is
I last stayed @ Suk11 in April 2008 and have booked back in for this year in april 2009. I have noticed a slow creep in price, and, I guess thats the price of popularity. I Have been using Suk 11 as a base every year for the past 5 years and , YES the big guy at the desk can be unfriendly, but he can also be very helpful, I guess we all have our days. I like how it allows no non-guests above the ground floor and their stand against sex tourists. I just find it so convenient, clean and the people I have met there are unreal. Another plus is Cheap Charlies bar on the lane way corner. Rooms are always clean and linen fresh.
Suk 11 reviewed by Straytez (Total published reviews: 2) on
Best location, chaep and clean rooms. What do you want more?
Suk 11 reviewed by happy_traveller (Total published reviews: 6) on
Convenient location, but not too friendly!
Suk 11 is tucked behind a few restaurants and businesses on a busy street.Originally we reserved a triple room but because we had so much stuff they gave us a Family room wish was HUGE, 1 queen bed and 3 full beds with a coffee table and separate toilet and shower, oh and we had 2 sinks! This place is super cool, the ambiance and decorations are really neat. The people at the front desk were slightly rude and unfriendly but the location in excellent. 2 minuets walk to the new rail so there is no need to use a taxi too often. There are lots of decent places to eat and shop in the area too! The common areas were kind of cool, TV, Computer, books etc. Overall it was pretty good.
Suk 11 reviewed by sputnik0 (Total published reviews: 2) on
One of the better values in Bangkok. The ambience is a little strange and the room decorations are bare-bones, but everything is very functional and clean. The abundance of sex tourists in the Sukhumvit area is definitely off-putting, but there's also tons of great food and it's a perfect base for exploring Bangkok -- with the Skytrain and metro nearby, we didn't have to take a taxi or tuk-tuk the entire time we were there. We accidentally left some stuff in the lobby before we left the country and one of the staff members was kind enough to mail it to us (at our expense, or course, but it was refreshing to see that sort of dedication from the staff at a budget place).
Suk 11 reviewed by vernon108 (Total published reviews: 1) on
Well they must have lost the friendly staff. We checked in and checked out within 10 minutes because of the rude obnoxious guys at the front desk.
Suk 11 reviewed by brendonscholtz (Total published reviews: 12) on
Clean and pleasant
Stayed there in January: the place is very nice and has a lot of character. The room was clean and overall quite pleasant and the bathroom was nice as well. Breakfast is also included in the price. There's a nice atmosphere, plus is conveniently located very close to skytrain stop (Nana). I'd definitely stay there again.
Suk 11 reviewed by silvia (Total published reviews: 7) on
They don't answer for email
I tried to contact Suk11 to find out if there was a room available. They answered me once, and when I replied and asked to book the room they didn't answer at all. I sent them another mail a week later and still no answer.
Suk 11 reviewed by Efrat (Total published reviews: 2) on
We'll be back
Clean and spacious rooms with air-con, friendly staff who speak good English and easy to meet other travellers. Very close to lots of restaurants and bars and the SkyTrain. 7-eleven around the corner where you can buy beer and sit outside the hostel and meet other travellers. We'll definitely be back!
Suk 11 reviewed by Pand0ra23 (Total published reviews: 1) on
Could find better
Stayed there at the beginning of December 2005. It's good: bed comfortable, hot shower, people friendly, beautiful decoration, but for that price, I'd rather stay around Khao San Road.
Suk 11 reviewed by michoui (Total published reviews: 4) on
Another fabulous stay
I stayed at Suk 11 again in December and have to say it was just as good as ever. Excellent location near sky train and helpful staff. Where this nonsense about it being dirty comes from I don't know on all the occasions I have stayed it has been spotless.
Suk 11 reviewed by cedezlepassage (Total published reviews: 8) on
My favorite place to stay in Bangkok
I enjoyed my stay so much at Suk 11. You not only get a room, but an experience as well. The place has so much culture and the staff are very helpful. This is a wonderful place to stay and meet other travellers.
Suk 11 reviewed by jonajona (Total published reviews: 2) on
A lot of character
Stayed with my family (five pax) in a quadruple at Suk11. The place has lots of character, and is a nice hideout if, for some reason, you want to stay in this part of Bangkok. Only problem is that we found it dirty. During our one month holiday in Thailand, this was the only place were we had to wear shoes in the room.
Suk 11 reviewed by ratspray (Total published reviews: 2) on
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Good place to crash in a convenient area
The lounge area has a unique atmopshere and the staff working the day that I arrived in July 2013 we...
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1/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11 (Soi Chaiyot) (behind 7-eleven), Bangkok.
T: (02) 253 5927 F: (02) 253 5929
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Good place to crash in a convenient area
By gregmccann1, 19 October 2013
Good Place Not-So-Good Attitude
By sullivanmarc, 28 March 2012