Ao Nang’s chill-out hostel
Look no further than Glur Hostel if you’re after a comfy bunk or private room in a quiet setting with lots of shared spaces—and you don’t mind staying 1.5 kilometres from the beach.
Unlike Slumber Party and several other hostels in Ao Nang that come with a party scene, Glur is a place to kick back and chill. Sporting a palette of light blue, white and the grey of brushed concrete, the property expanded since our last visit and the spacious common areas are a benefit of staying off the main drag. Doubling as a breakfast room, the main open-sided chill space comes with a widescreen TV, DVD player with a bunch of movies, free WiFi, book exchange and some guitars to strum on.
This room extends to a shared kitchen and coffee station near the ping-pong table (note: it’s not a beer pong table), where spectators can plop into a hammock to root on the competitors. There’s also an organic garden, several tables set outside and a plunge pool for cooling off. Soft-spoken staffers have been consistently helpful to us on several visits since the property opened around 2010.
Dorms come in a mixed gender room with eight beds and a four-bed women-only room, both with bunks positioned lengthwise on one or both sides of the rooms. They bag you a quality mattress, electrical outlet, reading lamp and lots of storage space, and some even have little windows overlooking the pool. With extra open space at the foot of each bed, these are some of the cushier bunks we’ve come across this side of Singapore.
Some private rooms have two bunks and rely on the same large and clean shared bathrooms with hot water as the dorms, which are divided by gender, while others sport queen beds on raised platforms to go with fridges, small ensuite bathrooms and roofed patios out the front—a bit dark but clean and worth the rates. Semi-private patios with rattan hammocks and greenery front the pricier private rooms, which were added since our last visit. There’s also a family room that sleeps four and has a separate living room.
Note that, while it’s all one property, the newer private rooms are sometimes advertised under the name Blae Guesthouse while dorms come under the property’s original name of Glur Hostel. It’s all one connected property overseen by the same staff, so we’re not sure why they use two different names. The same group also runs a hostel in Bangkok.
Glur pops up rather unexpectedly on Ao Nang Soi 11/1, a sleepy side street that continues east before bumping into towering cliffs—hop over them with your jetpack and you’d be in Railay. The main drag with its beach-bound songthaews is only a few hundred metres away, so it’s not as though Glur’s location is completely isolated. If you think it’s too far but you don’t want to stay in a party hostel and you don’t mind a cramped space in the heart of town, Mini Boxtel is a decent alternative on Ao Nang Soi 6.
Address: 22/2 Ao Nang Soi 11/1, Ao Nang
T: (075) 695 297; (082) 494 4664;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º49'58.57" E, 8º2'0.49" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||320 baht||500 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom|
|650 baht||1,200 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||780 baht||1,200 baht|
|Family room||1,440 baht||2,200 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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