Eco Hostel

Eco Hostel

Clean and cheerful

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Eco Hostel is a clean and cheerful spot offering dorm and private rooms set in a narrow four-storey shophouse in Phuket Town.

Travelfish says:

Odd items get a new lease on life as the cafe's furniture set.

An odd array of items get a new lease on life as the hostel’s cafe furniture.

Phuket Town has long been the go-to location for budget travellers on Phuket, and Eco Hostel is a recent addition to a growing number of places offering good design as well as good value. Built in an otherwise bland shophouse with no historical value, Eco Hostel is a stand-out with its chic wood-panel facade and entrance with a water goddess fountain and hanging plants.

Rooms are set over three levels, with two different styles of four-bed, air-con dorm rooms. Each dorm has two sets of single bunk beds, with beds wedged into pod-style cubby holes in the smaller, cheaper dorm. Eco Hostel refers to these as “sleep boxes”, which, yep, that’s exactly what they are. At the end of the corridor is a set of lockers and a shared bathroom with a hot-water shower.

You'll have the window all to yourself in the dorm sleep box.

You’ll have the window all to yourself in the dorm sleep box.

The hostel’s two private rooms, each with a double and single bed plus a small retro TV set, are found on the top floor, with the slightly cheaper room set up in a loft space with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. The loft room is offered at a lower price because its bathroom is not ensuite – you need to go down the stairs a level to reach it.

Being in an air-con concrete building, it doesn’t at first appear to live up to its “eco” tag, but the furnishings and materials used in the hostel are mostly from recycled or repurposed items including chairs and tables made from metal barrels.

Space for a pair and a spare in the private top-floor room.

Space for a pair and a spare in the private top-floor room.

On the ground floor is Eco Cafe, also air-con, with a well-priced menu serving breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, organic coffee and herbal teas. We expect that the Sleep Box guests especially spend a fair bit of time in this bright and eclectically furnished area, where they’ll be able to sit up! Free WiFi is available, too.

Apart from its nifty design, the hostel’s strong point for us is its cleanliness – on our visit the rooms were sparkling and the soft duvet bedding was blinding white. The maid we talked to said she was the only housekeeper on staff – if so, she’s probably due for a raise soon.

On the up and up. They made the most of this super-narrow, otherwise unremarkable shophouse.

On the up and up. They made the most of this super-narrow, otherwise unremarkable shophouse.

One downside of Eco Hostel is its location at the dreary east end of Phang Nga Road. It’s a 10-minute walk to Robinsons shopping centre and the street markets, and within a kilometre of many Phuket Town attractions and good dining spots, but the immediate area is the pits. It’s not rundown or unsafe, just dull and concrete-y. Most of the shops nearby are small offices or computer equipment sellers.

Those seeking a more appealing location at the same price level might want to check Ai Hostel in the Old Town area instead. But overall, though its setting is not ideal, Eco Hostel is a solid choice if the travel budget is tight. The prices provided are the same year-round.

Contact details for Eco Hostel

Address: 156/44 Phang Nga Road, Talad Yai, Phuket Town
T: (076) 212 652; (083) 505 3334;  
Email: ecohostelphuket@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ecohostelphuket.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º23'52.1" E, 7º52'58.43" N
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Room rates: Under 600B

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm air-con
Pod style; normal 340 baht
300 baht 300 baht
Triple air-con private bathroom
Loft room bathroom on different level; 1200 baht for other
1,100 baht 1,100 baht

Reviewed by

Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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