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Nitan Hostel

Cushy dorms right off Khao San

190/9-10 Khao San Rd, Bangkok T: (095) 498 1441

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Nitan Hostel

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Sporting a stylish design, cushy dorms and helpful staff, Nitan Hostel is one of the only true hostels found within steps of Khao San Road.

Set down an easy-to-miss alley that cuts south from the east side of Khao San Road, the small two-floor hostel greets you with an oversized daybed and sleek wooden floors in a common room that doubles as reception. At the back stretches a long communal table and kitchenette where you can use a microwave or make a pot of coffee and munch on the free cookies and snacks.

Relax here.

Relax here. Photo: David Luekens

Just beyond the kitchenette is where you’ll find the shared bathrooms with brushed concrete sinks and mosaic-tile walls in a blue-and-white palette that extends into much of the hostel. The facilities are divided by gender and clean shower stalls include rain showerheads with soap and shampoo provided. The disadvantage is how the bathrooms are situated on the ground floor, meaning that you’ll have to navigate a spiralling staircase when nature calls at night.

The smartly designed 10-bed mixed dorm features comfy mattresses on bunks set up length-wise, each with an electrical outlet, reading lamp and privacy curtain. Wooden dividers ensure that you won’t have to look at your neighbours feet or head, and small lockers are provided inside the room.

While the standard mixed dorm is a lot more inviting than your average dorm, you could spend 50 baht extra for a 10-bed “deluxe” edition with slightly more space and lockers stowed within each bunk. There’s also a four-bed dorm for women who prefer to avoid the mixed gender rooms. The rooms are immaculate, with newish air-con units and linens changed daily.

Watch your step late of the evening.

Watch your step late of the evening. Photo: David Luekens

Overseen by staffers who speak clear English and were very polite when we popped in anonymously, the hostel has a cosy vibe that’s conducive to low-key conversation but not much else—the website explicitly states: “we are not party hostel.” Of course, you could always let loose on Khao San and just come back here to sleep.

Nitan does not offer private rooms and the dorms often fill up in advance. We’ve never quite understood the “luxury dorm” craze in an area where you can still find private air-con rooms with shared bathrooms for less than 500 baht, at places like Honey Place and Lamphu House. But Nitan is certainly a quality option if you don’t mind shelling out this kind of cash for a dorm.

If Nitan is full, you could keep walking away from Khao San and then turn right on Trok Mayom, which leads to simpler but also clean dorms for 400 baht at Laksameenarai Guesthouse. Otherwise you could venture north of Khao San to find loads more choices. Suneta Hostel is a similar option with comfy pod-style dorms; Khaosan Immjai also offers comfort with a homely vibe; and Mad Monkey is a better option if you’re looking to party on site.

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Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
500 baht
500 baht
550 baht for “deluxe” and 570baht for female only.
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes: 550 baht for “deluxe” and 570baht for female only.

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Where is Nitan Hostel

Nitan Hostel
190/9-10 Khao San Rd, Bangkok
T: (095) 498 1441
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'48.9" E, 13º45'31.93" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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