Quiet and sophisticated
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Udee Bangkok should fit the bill for flashpackers and budget travellers seeking a quiet and sophisticated hostel in a working-class neighbourhood. Look elsewhere if you want to be in the middle of the action.
Accessed by stairs, a spotless mixed dorm with eight beds and a six-bed women-only edition offer thick mattresses on wood-frame bunks placed against pink or lime-green walls over brushed concrete floors. Each bunk comes with a private reading lamp, electrical outlet and locker; privacy curtains would be nice, as the beds are stacked close together. Shared bathrooms are spacious and clean. The dorms don’t quite match Bangkok’s flashiest (think 3Howw Sukhumvit or Yim Huai Khwang), but Udee is definitely an upscale hostel.
The cool and modern design continues in a range of private rooms, including some with bunk beds that will do the trick for families and groups. All privates come with windows, good-quality beds and clean hot-water bathrooms, though extras like TVs and desks are lacking. Ask for a room on the ground floor if you’re not up for climbing a flight of stairs or two.
Occupying a large white concrete building, the hostel has an airy, minimalist feel throughout. A second-floor loft with tables and computers is a good place to chat with Mum (WiFi is free) while a rooftop terrace is the place to relax after a day of exploring the city. We also dig the ground floor deck with floor cushions placed near umbrellas, bamboo trees and fishponds. In the lobby you’ll find marble-top tables, a TV with DVD selection and posted maps and info to help you make the most of Bangkok. Complimentary breakfast is served here.
The whole property is accessed through a deep-crimson door that wouldn’t look out of place on a historic Chinese palace -- it sets the tone for what is really an elegant hostel. The polite English-speaking man who runs the place does a good job of answering questions but otherwise blends into the low-key atmosphere. This is definitely not a party hostel.
One potential drawback is the location: from the hostel it’s a bit of a hike down narrow Pradipat Soi 19 to reach bustling Pradipat Road, from where it’s another 10-minute walk to Saphan Khwai BTS station. The neighbourhood has loads of street food and Chatuchak market is one stop up the skytrain line, but don’t expect a traveller scene. Right next to Saphan Khwai BTS station, Adventure Hostel is a better option for younger backpackers looking to meet and mix.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 23rd July, 2016.