A top Sukhumvit hostel pick
Fu House Hostel manages to be bright and homely, warm and cool, all at the same time. Set in a restored 50-year-old house down a fairly quiet side street, the small hostel puts you within easy walking distance of the public transport, nightlife, dining and other conveniences of Bangkok’s modern side. This might just be our top hostel pick on Sukhumvit.
After looking at countless hostels set in characterless concrete buildings, this two-floor white wooden house with ocean-blue trim was a refreshing break from the expected. Polished to an almost Zen-like minimalism before opening in 2014, it feels more like the home of a local who happens to have very good taste. There’s even a curious pet cat, Mimi, whom the owners rescued off the streets.
Fu House’s air-con dorms come with a lot more space than we’ve come to expect from most of Bangkok’s hostels. Both the mixed room upstairs and a women-only edition on the ground floor are outfitted with six cushy mattresses on thick wooden bunks built into hardwood walls, each with private outlet, reading lamp and large locker. A couple of windows allow sunlight to flow in.
In the mixed dorm that we checked out, two of the bunks were set in a separate nook that could provide a pair of travellers with a measure of privacy. We were enthused by the spaciousness: the young and helpful owners could have stacked up to 12 bunks into these rooms, but instead they left large portions open for guests’ enjoyment.
While both of the dorms rely on clean shared hot-water bathrooms on the ground floor, a couple of similarly spacious private rooms come with their own ensuite bathrooms. These bag you comfy queen-size beds, one with a four-poster frame, along with soft lanterns and windows overlooking the street. Given all of the sunlight that pours in, it’s easy to see how immaculately kept the interiors are.
The cleanliness extends to a first-floor hangout space that keeps it simple with a sofa, a few chairs, a shared computer, a bookshelf and bulletin board with info on exploring the city. WiFi is also on offer. A large table is set up outside, where a guest paused from his reading to welcome us. Fu House seems to draw stylish travellers looking to avoid the grungy backpacker scene. There’s only the one common space and making friends is easy, but this is not a party hostel.
In terms of value, Fu House is a solid option in a pricey part of town. The dorms are equal to, maybe even better than, what you’ll find in “luxury hostels” like Refill Now, and the rates are similar. Privates are also larger than the similarly priced rooms at nearby 3Howw Hostel, among others, though you will find cheaper private rooms at guesthouses like MHC. The excellent location off lower Sukhumvit and the service-minded staff help to make Fu House exceptional. Simple complimentary breakfast is a bonus.
Fu House is situated towards the end of Sukhumvit Soi 8, a side street that has a cluster of restaurants and bars near the main road but doesn’t come close to approaching the sleaziness found on nearby Soi 4. Bountiful (and mostly non-seedy) nightlife and food options are found on nearby Sukhumvit Soi 11, and Nana BTS Skytrain station is a 10-minute walk away. Soi 8 also puts you within walking distance of the bustling Asoke area, home to Terminal 21 and an interchange to the MRT subway line.
If Fu House is full, the newer Shane Hostel is an adequate alternative set in a narrow shophouse down a side alley off Soi 8, closer to Sukhumvit Road. Otherwise you could head over to the industrial-chic themed The Blocks Hostel on Soi 10. If you’re in a jam, you could do worse than the Sawasdee chain hotel located a stone’s throw from Fu House.
Address: 77 Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok
T: (098) 654 5505 ; (098) 182 5552;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º33'21.6" E, 13º44'6.71" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||420 baht||420 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||1,650 baht||1,650 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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