Our Remarkable Stay in Lub D Inn Siam Square Hostel
Finding an affordable hostel in Bangkok is easy as there are hundreds to choose from. Taking into consideration the value and location might take a rigorous research to find one. Fortunate enough, we planned our Bangkok trip more than 3 months in advance so we managed to score a great deal!The plan was to stay near a BTS Station so we could quickly get in and out of the hostel, as well as keeping in mind the places we will visit. It was Silom Area that popped immediately in my mind as there are a lot of good and inexpensive hotels & hostels surrounding the area.
But upon checking through Agoda and sorting the price from lowest, Lub D Inn Siam Square was one of the cheapest, just a few notches down from the most cheap. I have already looked up this hostel a few years back but the price was expensive for a hostel.
It was Friday Madness on Agoda and there were a lot of big discounts including Lub D Inn Siam Square. Right after I clicked on it, I could not believe the price of Early Booking Saver Rate at 50% discount! Without any more hesitation, I contacted Dianne about it and booked it right after she agreed. We got the dorm bed for 3.50USD per night/person. Sweet deal!
Since we were coming from Mo Chit Bus Terminal, we took the BTS from Mo Chit (Chatuchak) Station and didn’t have a hard time getting to the hostel as it is literally below the BTS National Stadium Station. We got there early at 8am, but since their staff were angels sent from above, they let us store our backpacks, use the toilet and access the theatre room!
The theatre room felt like a master bedroom suite – anything with a soft flat surface where we can fully stretch the body is heaven after our long journey from Phuket. We were the only ones in the room – had the TV to ourselves, savored the air-condition and basically just laid in the most comfortable bean bags we have ever laid on!
Come check-in time, everything was a breeze. They already had our vouchers and details upon having our bags deposited earlier, they handed our card keys and paid 100 Baht (3USD) each for the room deposit. I also asked for a bath towel and the fee was 50 Baht (1.50USD). Peeking through the dorm and room rates, I was surprised to see the price of the dorm room we had was for 700 Baht (20USD)! Bashful as I was with the price we paid, we walked up to our room with pride and feat!
Given it’s a dorm room and clutter is expected, the moment we opened the door, our eyes dazzled how neat the room was! We were the first ones to get to the room and since it’s a dorm room, we were the first ones to splash our own clutter! LOL! Right after we had placed our stuff in every corner of our little world, we made our way to the bathroom. Each floor has a communal bathroom. It was decent sized and pretty clean like the room, goes to show that they look after the hostel.
Each level has its own separate bathroom for men and women which is highly convenient so guests don’t have to run up and down the stairs. Everything comes in four – 4 vanity mirrors, 4 toilets and 4 shower cubicles accompanied with soap & shampoo dispensers. The bathroom has a small allocated space in the corner where they provide ear buds, cotton wool and hair dryer. Next to it is a drawer for ‘free stuff’ – stuff that past guests left, i.e. shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste. If you’re not a fussy and high-maintenance person then you would have no problem using it. As a traveller, I like hostels that provide basic toiletries so I can save mine for my next trip – budget travelling at its finest! Lol.
In the evening, we usually stayed in the lobby to have a better wifi signal. Our room was located on the 3rd floor so getting a strong connection was a struggle. We didn’t mind staying in the lobby since the daybed-like sofa was so comfortable but beware of mosquitoes feasting in the lobby! I believe they have 4 PCs as well which you could use to access the internet. Needless to say, the internet was fast and reliable.
We had 2 beautiful nights of sleep thanks to the comfortable mattress and cozy fleece blanket. The temperature gets really cold in the wee hours so better make sure the air-condition is not set to its coldest or suffer the shivering temperature of the room like we did! Dianne ended up having a terrible cold the following morning, serves her right for setting the aircon at its lowest temperature! Lol.
The hostel is right smack in the shopping district of Siam. Most major shopping malls are just stones throw away like MBK, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, Siam Square, Siam Paragon and a short walk further will take you to Central World Plaza, Gaysorn, Big C and all the way to Pratunam! But who needs too see these malls if you’re traveling on a tight budget and can only afford to stay in a hostel? Certainly not us! Lol.
The hostel doesn’t have a kitchen for guests but it’s not a biggie since it’s surrounded by 7/11 and other convenience stores, food stalls and cheap restaurants. If you’re a little lazy, they have a mini cafeteria too that sells food and beverages at a reasonable price (but not for us because we’re dirt cheap!). As soon as you step out of the hostel, you can see street vendors selling everything from grilled corn on the cob to fried chicken to fresh fruits to t-shirts to flip flops; you name it, they have it on the streets!
Dianne was running low on clean clothes (can you believe it?!!!) so she decided to do her laundry before heading to Siem Reap. The hostel has a laundry area – 3 washing machines and 2 dryers. 70 Baht from what I can remember for wash and dry and you have to provide your own laundry soap (if you don’t have one, you can purchase it from the reception).
On our last day, we had to wake up and check-out early to catch our bus to Siem Reap at 8AM. As they have round-the-clock receptionist, checking out at 6.30am was as fast as a snap! We literally just turned over the card keys and they handed out our deposit back, then off we went! But since Dianne is coming to Bangkok from Siem Reap after 3 days, she only brought the things she needed and left her overzealous backpack in the storage. It was free of charge and they could have your luggage stored for up to 60 days!
Overall, we were impressed how everything was well managed – from the amenities to the lovely staff! We were frantically raving about how wonderful this hostel was as we managed to come up with a review. This is one of the best, if not the best, hostels in Bangkok if you prefer comfort. However, if you are more of an adventurous seeker and enjoy the small friendly hostel hospitality, you might reconsider other places like Silom and Khao San area.
Disclaimer: This is not a paid nor an x-deal entry, but how we wish it was! Everything was purely based on our experience without any influence of a third party.