Corner of Pridi Banomyang Rd (aka Sukhumvit 71) and Pridi Soi 35, Bangkok T: (089) 103 1388
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Named after the non-touristy avenue where it’s located, Pridi Hostel offers the homely atmosphere of a bed and breakfast in a budget-friendly package. The location may be too far from the action for some, but if you’re looking for a friendly, classy and exceedingly comfortable hostel, Pridi is worth the extra five minutes in a taxi.
Set in yet another renovated shophouse at the corner of Pridi Banomyang Road and Pridi Soi 35, the hostel looks like a cosy cafe from the outside. In fact, it is one — the ground-floor reception area doubles as a small eatery with a few tables and a counter where ice cream and fresh coffee are served. Wander outside and you’ll stumble onto several hole-in-the-wall food shops and convenience stores. We found the “everyday Bangkok” setting refreshing after coming from the upscale, international atmosphere of Sukhumvit's more popular areas.
Instead of stuffing as many beds as possible into limited space, Pridi has created a cushy atmosphere amid neutral grey or deep crimson walls and hardwood or polished concrete floors. Artistic flourishes include vintage chandeliers and tall Chinese ceramic vases glazed with scenes of the ancient orient. Natural light showers through abundant windows, and the whole building is air-conditioned.
The second-floor common area feels like a family living room, with an inviting leather sofa, antique coffee table, LCD TV with English channels and plenty of travel books and magazines. It may not have brightly-coloured bean bag chairs or a billiards table, but we found this to be one of the more relaxing rainy day chill spaces in any Bangkok hostel. Pridi’s intimate size means that there should always be enough space for everyone. Should you feel the need to fix a snack, a full common kitchen is located downstairs.
Pridi offers three spotless dorm rooms in mixed, male-only and female-only varieties, each with four bunks on hardwood frames. The crimson extends to fresh Egyptian cotton sheets that cover thick, comfy mattresses. While each room has several windows and a chandelier, all bunks also come with private reading lamp, electrical outlet, towel and locker. At 450 baht per bunk, the welcoming, service-oriented staff also throw in a complimentary breakfast.
For 2,000 baht, Pridi also has a private quad room with four bunks and ensuite bathroom that’s suitable for a group of travellers. For couples, there’s a small and simple private double room that relies on the shared bathroom facilities for 1,000 baht. Speaking of the artistic shared bathroom, it boasts a tasteful Chinese-style blue-and-white ceramic basin sink against a fiery orange tile wall, with two hot-water shower rooms on either side.
As for location, Pridi might feel a world away from all of Bangkok’s delights, but it’s only a quick 30 baht motorbike taxi or 50 baht regular taxi ride to Sukhumvit Road and Phra Khanong BTS skytrain station. A shorter taxi ride or 20-minute walk takes you to Ramkamhaeng Airport Rail Link station or Khlong Tan khlong boat pier. The trendy nightlife of Thong Lor isn’t too far away, and reaching Suvarnabhumi Airport is a lot easier from here than from Khao San or Silom.
If you like this location but would prefer a more contemporary styled hostel that also has a small swimming pool, Refill Now! is hidden down a side street off nearby Pridi Soi 42.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.