Review: Loftel 22 Bangkok
First things first: Bangkok is not cheap. I think those days where you could snatch up a bunk bed for 2 $USD are well and truly over. From what I can see, prices are similar to those in London – meaning 10 days in Thailand left us spending way more money than we intended.
Apart from two nights of treating ourselves to a serviced apartment for Ben’s Birthday, we wanted to find cheap, but good, hostels for the remainder of our time in Bangkok. If I stay in a hostel, I spend quite a big amount of time reading reviews, as I don’t want to sleep in bedbug infested places nor spend the whole night lying awake because a group is singing ‘We are the champions’ in a drunken state in front of our dorm room doors.
It has to be a hostel with class. One with lockers, my own light, clean bedding and preferably a comfortable mattress and pillow. I’m a posh kind of hostel person. I admit it. I have my hostel standards! So, when I researched for places on hostelworld.com, I liked the look of Loftel 22. Loftel was right slap-bang in Chinatown which is an area I wanted to visit.
amazing coffee, breakfasts & desserts
great for Chinatown explorations
storage (locker just above the bed)
party atmosphere (people stay up late)
WIFI in the rooms.
What I liked about the place instantly: it has a really cool cafe (and lounging area) with an amazing coffee, frappe and tea selection. They also have yummy breakfast options to choose from. During our three days at Loftel, we spent hours lounging at their cafe and order delicious drinks, such as Chocolate Java chip frappe (to die for!), iced thai tea or fruit smoothies – all very good.
I loved how they have their own branded cardboard sleeves – it really comes across like a professionally run place and the coffee is as good – if not better – than places like Starbucks, at the fraction of the price. So, coffee lovers – this is the place to be – even if you just feel like a nibble and a delicious frothy caramel cappuccino without actually staying at the hostel overnight.
The rooms had a very elegant feel to them. The beds for big (for bunk beds) and the mattresses were very comfortable – so were the pillows. You have your own locker, big enough to store a laptop and a camera inside of it, a lamp attached to the wall and even a small shelve to store anything else (less valuable) that you might need to have dangling over your head during your stay.
This could have potentially been a place for some really good night’s of sleep. But, unfortunately, we stayed right next to the rooftop area, which has been converted into a communal area. There were a lot of youngsters who got drunk and remained sitting there until the early morning hours – much to our demise, as the walls were so thin – we could hear everything.
The owners, kudos to them (!), hung up signs to remind guests to be considerate of others and keep the noise levels down, and reacted very quickly to solve this issue. This seems to have done the trick and we managed to sleep the following night. I think the issue with the noise levels have been remedied in the meantime, so if it wasn’t for this aspect, I would definitely stay with them again.
Chinatown has a lot to offer. You can either wander around and get lost or grab a free map downstairs at reception (or the cafe) for a guide on different walking itineraries. There are also bicycle tours that the hostel can organise for you. From 7pm, wander down to the busy street food area, where you’ll be able to choose from endless delicious thai and chinese dishes for affordable prices. Lumphini park is also nearby, where you can go for a free exercising class or just enjoy a good book whilst stitting on the many beaches dotted around.
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***I received a complimentary stay at this hostel – but opinions are my own and not biased in any way.