Sumptuous and soothing
The family who runs Loog Choob Homestay on the fringes of Bangkok’s old town took an ordinary old shophouse and turned it into a plush urban pad. The result is an intimate place to stay with no shortage of comfort or style.
The homestay occupies one of those not-so-attractive multi-storey concrete shell townhouses that were thrown up in endless rows all over Thailand in the 1960s and ’70s. But unlike its rundown neighbours, Loog Choob has made the most of this 50 year-old structure — and then some. The Thai words loog choob (or luk chup as we would transliterate them) are used for a colourful Thai sweet, but as a staff member told us, the same words spoken in a different tone mean ‘reborn child‘. In this case, the house itself would be the child.
Every inch was revamped with dark wood and grey tile, state-of-the-art appliances and furnishings, and thoughtful decor with a hint of edginess. Carefully placed works of art range from ghostly landscape paintings to hand-drawn pencil portraits of Gandhi, Einstein and other 20th century icons. The entire building is air-conditioned and impeccably clean, and a key-card is required to access the lift.
Common spaces include a fabulous lounge with LCD TV, DVD player and sofas; multiple shared decks, including a large rooftop area; kitchenettes where complimentary coffee, tea, croissants and fruit are offered; a ground floor library and reading room; a bathroom where guests are welcome to shower before or after checking in or out; and several corner nooks where you could easily disappear into a book or laptop connected to the free WiFi. If you don’t have your own, communal computers are offered free of charge.
While the common areas are reminiscent of a high-end hostel, each of the five guestrooms wouldn’t be out of place in a luxury hotel. The cheapest double rooms are bright and moderately sized, especially when you consider the wide private balconies outfitted with potted plants and comfortable furniture. These seem especially well suited to flashpacking couples.
On the highest floor, the 80-square-metre family suite boasts a living room that doubles as a master bedroom, a second smaller bedroom, two flatscreen TVs and a private deck -- and for less than 5,000 baht this pad is a bargain. The bathroom includes a tub tucked behind a curtain that can be opened when you fancy a movie to accompany your soak. The junior suite has a similar set-up minus the second bedroom. All rooms come with cable TV, fridge and safe. Ensuite bathrooms get high marks for elegant dark woods, multiple sinks and rain showers.
As for location, this stretch of Luk Luang Road doesn’t exactly burst with things to do, but Nang Loeng old market is a three-minute walk away and the Dusit palaces lie about 15 minutes to the north if going on foot. A 50 to 70 baht taxi ride can take you to Khao San Road, the BTS skytrain at Ratchathewi station, or many of Bangkok’s most popular attractions. Loog Choob is often full — reservations are a very good idea.
Address: 463/5-8 Luk Luang Road, Bangkok
T: (085) 328 2475; (089) 201 5937;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'53.25" E, 13º45'31.77" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||2,300 baht||2,300 baht|
|Deluxe double room||3,000 baht||3,000 baht|
|Family room||4,800 baht||4,800 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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