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Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 641 Bangkok B&B and Inns
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“Unexpected pleasure.”
Reviewed 2 December 2011

Focal Local should delight even the jaded traveler with it's unique fusion of chic style and non-tourist neighborhood. It's a five minute walk to the BTS (but you need to use Google Maps to find the short cut or ask the owner). The breakfast room/lobby is a bit noisy and you will dodge the tuktuks on this little soi. But that is part of the charm. Add a gourmet prepared breakfast and an owner fluent in English and you have a winner in the B&B category.

Room Tip: Rear rooms are very quiet. Just ask and Owner will accommodate.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 4 December 2011
Thank you very much. It's our pleasure to accommodate you at Focal Local and It's good to know that you love this hidden area of Bangkok. You really made your trip like locals. Hope to see you again...Kob Kun Krub :)
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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2011

Focal Local is a charmingly decorated B&B. I stayed there for a month while I was looking for permanent apartment and I could not have chosen better. The B&B is two storeys with each room decorated differently. Karan, the owner is fantastic person as everyone else has written on Tripadvisor. He is pefect for the hospitality business - friendly, knowledgeable, and ever helpful. The rooms are spotlessly clean, beds comfy, everything works. And Karan even makes your delicious (and big) breakfast - it is sometimes Thai, sometimes Western. He is a good cook too! I really highly recommend this hotel if you are after a warm, welcoming, comfortable family run business - it gives you a different insight into Bangkok that you will not get in a larger hotel or staying somewhere like Sukhumvit. So,thanks Karan & the Focal Local staff! Hope to see you again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 11 November 2011
Thank you so much. Your review is meaningful to us and will keep us running our little business with confidence. I know, you'll be around Bangkok, so I'll definitely see you sometimes...Take care :)
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 28 October 2011

First off, I should say that my girlfriend and I did not actually stay at the bed and breakfast (which is why I didn't submit ratings for "value," "sleep quality," or "breakfast"). We moved to Bangkok in search of teaching jobs in the second week of October 2011, and, before settling into a long-term lease, found a one month lease for a property, of which the contact/landlord runs Focal Local. In the two and a half weeks we've been in Bangkok and had Karan as our "landlord" of sorts, he has been nothing but helpful, and has filled us with an enormous gratitude. With the city full of panic and uncertainty due to the flooding, he has made several trips across town to bring us drinking water (which is currently scarce in Bangkok), called and arranged with the local laundry people to pick up and drop off our clothes, personally met with our internet service providers, and just been an all-around incredible person. He also brought us to the B&B to fill bottles of water from his purifier, so we've had the amazing fresh-squeezed passion fruit juice and seen how incredible the rooms are (all of which he painted and decorated himself, so don't let his modesty fool you), We've talked often about how lucky we, two westerners with absolutely no contacts in Bangkok, have been to have landed with Karan as our first contact, and we have every intention of setting our parents up at Focal Local when they come to visit from America.

We feel we have made a true friend in Karan, and if you visit Focal Local, you will not be disappointed. Thank you so much for all your kindness and generosity!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 30 October 2011
Hi Evan & Kendra, Thank you so much for your review, I was really surprised and appreciate it :)
Actually we didn't do much and we're happy to do so. I'm sorry for you for coming to Thailand at this time where a big crisis is going on.....stay safe and see you soon :)
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

I stayed at Focal Local for 2 nights and I liked it a lot. The B&B is located in a local street (soi) that is full of character and not far from the river from where you can easily get to all the attractions in Bangkok via train or boat. The place is very welcoming and decorated with taste and fun. The breakfast is good and substantial. Last but not least, the owner, Karan, is very helpful and a very nice person. I would definitely recommend this place!

Room Tip: Each room has its own personality. I stayed in the room named "yesteryears". It was nice.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 4 October 2011
Thank you so much for a review. Hope to see you again on your next holiday in Bangkok. Perhabs you could try another themed room :)
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

My wife and I were very happy we chose Focal Local for our first two nights in Thailand. Karan was incredibly helpful! We especially appreciated the amazing breakfast – they can make vegetarian or vegan meals to order if you have any dietary restrictions. Though the location is a little far from the sightseeing in Bangkok, they'll pay for the tuk tuk ride to the Skytrain, which then gets you anywhere pretty quickly and is easy to navigate. Great experience overall and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 8 October 2011
Thanks a lot for your review. It's our pleasure to have you stay with us. Wish you a safe and fun journey. Please check the flood situation before travelling. Hope to see you again :)
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2011

What a great find. We arrived very early after our long haul flight and they already had one of our 3 rooms ready so that we could take a shower and change. The other 2 rooms were also ready long before standard check in time.

The young man Karan that runs the place is very friendly and most helpful. Anything you need to know just ask and he will advise you.

The rooms are exactly as shown on the website, very different and nice and clean with soap and shampoo supplied, drinking water and nice fresh white towels every day. Breakfast every morning is a different Thai dish with good fresh fruit juice all very yummy and filling.

The think we love most about the place is that it is set in a residential area not to far to the skytrain by Tuk Tuk and not on one of the tourist strips, so you get to see the local way of living, with a morning and evening market within easy walking distance. If you want lots of nightlife and action you may not like this place if you want to mingle with the locals then it is GREAT.

We will be back on our next visit to Bangkok and would recommend to anyone we know coming this way.

Thanks again Karan was a pleasure to meet you, and thanks for all you friendly help and advise.

Harry Michelle Rudi Nicole Sandy Jasmine and Little Duncan

Room Tip: All nice try for one upstairs at the back.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 3 October 2011
Thank you so much Harry, Michelle, Rudi, Nicole, Sandy, Jasmine and Little Duncan :)
You all are the first biggest family that Focal Local has ever accommodated. It's our pleasure having you as the guests. We are glad to be a little part of your family quality time. I could feel the warmth around Focal Local. Hope to see you again...Take care :)
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Colombes, France
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

I stayed only a short night at focal local but it was one of my favorite place from my thailand trip. Karan, our host was so nice and helped us to get everything that we need: tuk tuk to the station, taxi meter to the airport at 5:00am, recommendations for places to eat... The room was nicely decorated and the quality of the bed and pillows were excellent. I just slept like a kid. We Will go back NeXT Time with our friends.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Thank weitchi
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 8 September 2011
Thanks a lot for your review. I'll look forward to seeing you again :)
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Property: Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Address: 289 Soi Charoennakorn 28 | Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 641 B&Bs / Inns in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Focal Local Bed and Breakfast 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Focal Local is a boutique Bed and Breakfast located on Thonburi district in historic downtown Bangkok. Formerly known as the old capital of Thailand, Thonburi district offers the perfect getaway from busy city life without compromising on transport. The ideal location to visit a local touch of Bangkok, with local temples, daily markets and local food stalls. Focal Local is just 5 minutes away from the BTS sky train station and Chao Phraya River by Tuk Tuk [Thai Motor Tricycle Taxi]. Our different themed rooms are designed to match the diverse tastes of all our guests. In addition, the authentic Thai or Western complimentary breakfast is served upon guest's preference. We offer guests extra services including in-room WiFi, Internet corner, and free shuttle Tuk Tuk to BTS sky train or the pier. We can also assist you booking some tours in and outside Bangkok. We look forward to making your stay enjoyable. ... more   less 
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