For 10 nights in Bangkok we stayed at the brand new Bed Station Hostel in the Ratchatewi district of the city. Just off the main road we had wandered past on our first night in Thailand and noted that it looked rather nice and super convenient. So we popped in the next day to find that it had yet to open. The lovely folks there invited us back for a drink in the evening – we happily obliged and enjoyed an hour or so of chat with our soon to be hosts.
The following day we packed our bags and wheeled them back down Petchburi Road to Soi16 and arrived as the very first guests at Bed Station Hostel on their opening day. Probably one of the best decisions we have made so far.
As you walk into Bed Station Hostel you are greeted with a double-height foyer clad in industrial-chic decor. You soon find that every inch of the hostel is a well-thought out exercise in interior design detail. From the concrete, grey and steel materials through to the warm wood contrasts, the vintage-inspired accessories and the graphic IKEA furniture, this hostel resonates sophistication that your appreciation grows with us you spend time exploring the place.
The hostel contains four floors of dorms, all of differing sizes – from 4 to 8 beds. There are a couple of private room as well which contains an en-suite. However, with a whole floor dedicated to bathrooms you won’t necessarily need a private one.
The rooms themselves are clean and utility-inspired. Each dorm bed comes with clean bedding, towels, a privacy curtain, electrical sockets, a private reading light. The are large lockers for storing your stuff – just bring a padlock. The rooms are accessed by keycard which is reassuring for security.
The bathrooms are large with 5 showers complete with rainfall shower heads (bliss!), loads of sinks, a mirrored bench area for the ladies to do their makeup, hairdryers, a few toilets, and some cute details like spare cotton wool, earbuds and shower caps. Each shower includes free shampoo and soap, a unique blend of jasmine and rice produced especially for the hostel.
Downstairs in the foyer area is a beautiful foyer area decorated with a pretty gold leaf pattern on the brick wall behind the reception desk. There is a large bar ready to serve drinks, including beer and cocktails. There is free tea and coffee available all day along with a a few jars of biscuits and crisps for the guests to help themselves to. There is a super-long bench style table, a sink area and fridge for storing any food you buy.
Free breakfast is included which so far has been most welcome indeed. It’s included cereal, toast, fruit and cake along with fresh juices, tea and coffee.
Most importantly for this blogger they have great free WIFI, it runs at a brilliant speed and has allowed me to continue blogging and vlogging on the go.
On a mezzanine level above the foyer is a chill-out area replete with bean bags, computers, television, library and more decorative details. Perfect for relaxing and kicking back after the hecticness of Bangkok and travelling in general.
Phew! I think I’ve captured it all.
One last thing to mention. The people! On top of all these great facilities and beautiful decor are the most welcoming and lovely staff. As we’ve spent a decent length of time here we’ve got to know the owner and staff really well. They have been welcoming, kind, helpful and constantly trying to feed us. We’ve had the opportunity to try all kind of local food, share their meals, practise our Thai and they practise their English. It’s been such a lovely time.
With prices starting from 450 baht a night, including all the facilities mentioned above, it’s a pretty sweet deal and has proved a great place for us to start our travels.
We’ll be sad to leave but wish Phen, Chai and all the team the best of luck with their new hostel. I’m sure it will do really well.
Bed Station Hostel, 486/149-150 SOI 16 Pethchburi Road, Ratchethewi, Bangkok