If you’re after a dorm with some serious style in a modern slice of Bangkok, Cloudy Hostel should do the trick. The owners showed off their good taste when transforming the shophouse-style building into a cool urban-themed space in 2014. We feel it’s one of the better-value non-party hostels in a city with no shortage of them.
Stepping through wall-size glass frontage, you’re met by a fresh air-con lounge with dark-brown hardwood floors, muted grey walls, a communal table and an eye-catching panoramic photo of a storm closing in over the Bangkok skyline. Guests can relax here on a long cushioned daybed or head upstairs to a more intimate living room. There’s also a small kitchen and the free WiFi works well. Books, maps and info on Bangkok are provided by the laidback young staff.
A narrow stairway takes you up to mixed or female-only dorms available in 12-bed or four-bed varieties with hardwood floors and windows. The actual bunks are identical in each, with firm mattresses placed smartly on long platforms spanning either side of the long and narrow rooms. While you don’t get a privacy curtain, wooden panels are placed between each bunk and along the sides, next to where your head would be, resulting in more privacy than at many hostels.
Each bunk comes with private reading lamp and outlet to go with large personal locker just outside in the hall. The air-con was pumping and a guest snoozing when we peeked into the mixed dorm at noon. Ample shared hot-water bathrooms come with rainshower heads in partially open-air stalls. Given the thoughtful setup, spotless facilities, tasteful decor and very reasonable rates, Cloudy’s dorms offer fantastic value in a pricey part of the city.
The hostel also has a range of private rooms, some with the same dark-grey/dark-wood design in the main building and others set in a neighbouring building with black-tile floors. The triple that we checked out surprised us with a fairly large ensuite bathroom, desk with a potted cactus, kettle, microwave and even a few dishes. We were told that the slightly more expensive quad room has a separate living area and TV, while another triple opens onto a private rooftop terrace.
Though meeting other travellers is certainly possible, Cloudy is more of a keep-to-yourself kind of hostel that appears to draw a lot of young Asian travellers. If you’re looking to meet and party, hop across Phaya Thai Road and opt for Siam Journey. The nearby In A Box Hostel is similar to Cloudy, while Monomer and Bed Station, both a stop down the Skytrain line near Ratchathewi station, are also solid options if you don’t mind spending a bit more cash.
Cloudy is a five-minute walk from the interchange between the BTS Skytrain and Airport Rail Link at Phaya Thai station, providing easy access to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The bustling Pratunam, Siam Square and Victory Monument areas are all within easy striking distance. The hostel itself is situated down a quiet col-de-sac just back from Phaya Thai Road.
We had a little trouble finding Cloudy on the first try. From Phaya Thai BTS station, take the stairs down at exit 2 and head south on Phaya Thai Road. Just after passing the Department of Livestock Development on the left, look for a twin pair of lanes fronted by a gate and a defunct red circular fountain. Take a left in here and you’ll see Cloudy’s unassuming sign a short walk in on the left.
Address: 69/25 Soi Pratumwan Resort, Phaya Thai Rd, Bangkok
T: (091) 760 5060;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º32'1.37" E, 13º45'18.05" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||350 baht||350 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||1,500 baht||1,500 baht|
|Quad air-con private bathroom||2,400 baht||2,400 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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