Cool spot in the old town
The designers of Here Hostel turned a Sino-European heritage house into a traveller hangout zone with cushy dorms and one of the coolest common rooms we’ve come across.
From the street, the hostel blends into this historic area thanks to preserved textures and faded paint on old wood and mortar surfaces, windows and doors—only the sign and glass entryway hint at a modern style. Loads of work clearly went into the interior, where guests can feel like kids as they scoot from the second floor down to the lobby via a wide (and fast!) slide. But this place doesn’t need a gimmick to make it noteworthy.
Take off your shoes, pass a tasteful wall painting and take the stairs up to a large common room with sofas, tables and a vintage arcade game. One side is open to the air and lined with benches overlooking a back garden that was being worked on when we stayed. On the ceilings, wood boards in faded turquoise and brown left enough room to fit a semi-private loft with floor cushions, books and board games. Darth Vader looms above beside a trio of storm troopers.
During our visit, many guests were actually talking to each other rather than staring at their phones. This is not really a party hostel and the helpful but firm staffers actually say, “no sex in the dorms”, as part of a spiel of rules when guests check in. But unlike at the nearby Once Again Hostel, beer is available and the atmosphere conducive to meeting people. WiFi is free and a small breakfast is included in rates, but there’s no proper bar or cafe.
You can choose from at least six different dorm rooms, from a 12-bed mixed gender edition to rooms with as few as four beds available in mixed or women only. Some rooms have hardwood floors and others sport brushed concrete leading to a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the garden; we found the lack of a curtain on the window in our room strange. Each bunk comes with a reading lamp, electrical plug, privacy curtain and firm mattress that we found comfortable. Every corner we looked in appeared clean.
The cleanliness extends into two large white-tiled unisex bathrooms which are shared among guests. Hot-water shower stalls with handheld and rain showerheads are fully enclosed and spacious enough to hang clothes and towels without soaking them while you wash. Some travellers will however be uncomfortable with using the same facilities as members of the opposite sex; we suggest heading over to Once Again Hostel if that’s the case for you.
Here Hostel also offers a handful of cramped private rooms with double or twin beds; all but one or two of these rely on the shared facilities and reached by a narrow hall decked out in brightly coloured streamers. The privates come with nothing but a mirror and hanger, and we’ve heard that walls are thin in this part of the building (dorm we inspected had thick concrete walls). If seeking an affordable private in this part of Bangkok, you might be better off at Innspire or Baan Dinso Ratchadamnoen.
As for location, a great selection of street food lines nearby Dinso Road and Mahachai Road; Wat Ratchanatdaram and Wat Saket are a stone’s throw away; Khao San Road is a manageable 15-minute walk to the northwest; and you can catch a canal boat at nearby Phanfah Leelard Pier for a fun cruise over to Siam Square and the BTS Skytrain. More popular sights like the Grand Palace are two kilometres to the west, and walking to them could take you through interesting neighbourhoods like Phraeng Phuthon and Trok Mor.
In addition to the aforementioned Once Again Hostel, which has slightly cushier bunks and more of a keep-to-yourself scene, you might also consider the nearby D Hostel for its clubhouse-style vibe and friendly staff.
Address: 196/3-8 Soi Damnoen Klang Tai, Bangkok
T: (090) 987 7438;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'13.04" E, 13º45'20.29" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
550 baht for a four-bed dorm
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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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