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“Rainbow Khaosan Hostel - not recommended”

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Rainbow Khaosan Hostel and Guesthouse
Ranked #770 of 1,186 Speciality Lodging in Bangkok
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Rainbow Khaosan Hostel - not recommended”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

I stayed here for one night in early May. Air con dorm (6 beds) - 200 Baht a night (one of the cheapest in Bangkok).

Pros:
Great location (less than a minute walk from Khaosan Road and 15 mins walk to the Royal Palace).
Friendly but useless staff

Cons:
Air con only works at night
If you touch anything on the aircon remote - the aircon will stop and it won't be able to come back on until the next evening.
Poor wifi (only works in restaurant downstairs)
Beds as hard as stone.
Tiny security lockers.

Conclusion:
I would recommend spending a bit more for a comfy bed and aircon.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

Wasnt that easy to find as the sign is covered by overgrown leaves!
Arrived at the hostel and the staff were very welcoming, interested in my home town and very friendly. Was shown to my room, although would have been nice to have a little help with my. As as was on the third floor.
Room was very average. On top bunk - extremely squeaky and movable bed! Was afraid to turn in the night incase I woke the room! ROCK SOLID beds! Not comfy at all!!
Dirty sheets - cigarette burn and the towel I paid extra for was stained!
Next to a main road so pretty loud at night but it's next to khaosan road so what do you expect!
Bathrooms were disgusting! Don't think they're regularly cleaned and never any toilet paper!
Food in the restaurant looked pretty good but saw a rat in the kitchen! Pretty smelly walking up the stairs.
In the end I guess you get what you pay for!
Moving to a twin room in a clean guesthouse today which costs even little then a dorm bed!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

We made the mistake of booing this online for a week as we were tired of moving around all the time. I would recommend it for a few nights only. I am a bit claustrophobic so this didn't help as there are no windows. People had written all over the walls which to some people may be cool but I didn't like it. The staff are really nice and friendly so can't complain there and the food is yum but the room was not for me. If you are ok with no windows etc then it's ok otherwise maybe just as a base before you move on.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2013

There was no window even I have reserved more expensive room and didn't get any information about such a possibility. Because of that and the restaurant under the hotel rooms there was total lack of fresh air. The room was so tiny, that almoust claustrophobic. I'm a student and the most often I chouse budget hotels but still it was the dirtiest and the most disgusting place I've ever been. Huge fungus on the ceiling, specially in bathroom. Holes in the walls, broken door lock and bed mattress made from paper cartons. I lost the fee for my reservation and found another place to stay. I recomend to stay away form this place.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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i stayed there with my friends from 9th-14th April 2013.we went to Bangkok for its Songkran festival.the hotel is located just few minutes walk to Khaosan road and about 20mins walk to the Grand Palace (please dont take taxi or tuk-tuk if you stay near Khaosan road and if you can walk).the bed is rock hard!for your own safety,get a pad-lock for the door.dont worry,no room service for this hotel.staffs are warm,friendly, and helpful.lastly,remember to try its Indian restaurant.its yummy!!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

I have nothing bad to say about Rainbow. It is a clean, comfortable and well managed guest house in the dynamic backpacker district of Bangkock. You don't get the peace and quiet of the Isaan at Rainbow. You do, however, get: good value, a quality restaurant and bar, and the privilage of socializing with other Thais and international travelers like yourself. To summarize, Rainbow delivers a dynamic Khaoson experience.

By the way, Rainbow has a juice bar that makes awsome frozen mixers.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

If your familiar with the Khaosan road area, you know that there are a number of bars, playing very loud music very late into the night. That's not a problem if you are at those bars. The location of this hostel makes it a sixty second walk to some of them. If you are looking for a party, it's a great place to stay for a great price. However, if your looking for a good night of sleep, this is probably the wrong place to stay. I have stayed in hotels that were probably 4x as much that are only a street or two down, and they are beautiful air-conditioned rooms that don't have the loud music late into the night. So decide what you want. Do you want a dirt-cheap place with okay beds and loud music all night, or comfort and peace? Everything in Thailand is fairly inexpensive, so it just depends on how you want to budget each day. I highly recommend this hostel if you are looking for the cheap and party filled experience.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Rainbow Khaosan Hostel and Guesthouse

Property: Rainbow Khaosan Hostel and Guesthouse
Address: 43 Thanon Chakrabongse | Banglumphu, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #770 of 1,186 Speciality Lodging in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow hostel in Bangkok provides budget rooms in the Khaosan Road area. We have more than 30 aircon dorm beds. All our dorm beds are aircon. We also offer some double and singled private rooms. Free wifi throughout the building. ... more   less 
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