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Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 606 Bangkok B&B and Inns
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Denver, Colorado
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68 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Wanda - "Like coming home in a strange city!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Following botched plane reservations, we arrived at Focal Local at 2 am to be met by Karan's smiling face. His creatively painted rooms; delicious, artfully arranged breakfasts; and warm hospitality were a wonderful introduction to Thailand. After a few days in Bangkok, we spent the next three weeks traveling around Thailand. Returning to Focal Local before flying back to the U.S. was like coming home in a strange city.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Wanda C
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 February 2012
Thank you so much, your stays made Focal Local very lively. You're always welcome at this little home anytime you're in Bangkok...Take care :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

This place is a very nice and confortable place to stay in Bangkok. Karan, the manager, is the most helpful guy you can have in a hotel. He tells you all the best places to see, tells you the prices for the transport for any locations so you don't get ripped off by the drivers, and most important he pays you the tuk-tuk if you want to get to the pier, I've never seen that before!
The breakfast is very good (thai food), even if Europeans are not used eating rice in the morning (what happened to us after two weeks in Laos).
And plus this place received a price (which you can see in the lobby) on the effort made on the rooms themes!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lahozeu
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Thank you very much. We'll look forward to seeing you again :)
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

I was led to Focal Local B&B by the reviews on Tripadvisor and it was everything, if not more, than advertised. It was my first trip to Bangkok and while the city was overwhelming at times, Karan and the staff continued to help me stumble through the adventure. From arranging tuk tuks and taxis, to writing down instructions and addresses in Thai for drivers, to helping us book our bus tickets out of the city, they helped at every chance with a smile. The Splash room had a very comfortable bed and was the perfect escape from the heat and chaos of the city. I haven't decided whether I like Bangkok or not, but if I do give it another try I will definitely stay at Focal Local.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fernando_DLG
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 10 February 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us. Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again in the future :)
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

We were recommended this guest house by a friend. We stayed 2 nights, our first night on arrival to Bangkok and our final night in the city after a trip to Koh Samed.

Situated in a local neighbourhood, it's a really nice building just down a lane with lots of small shops and people going about their daily lives. We stayed in two different rooms, the Splash and the Siam. Both rooms were fantastic; clean, very comfy with nice big beds and crispy white sheets. They have plenty of light, with really good curtains to block out the light in the morning if required ;)

We wandered the streets in the vicinity one evening and found some amazing Tom Yum soup that I will never forget, so I highly recommend checking out the local restaurants down the road Karan provides a map with these marked on them. He is super helpful and great for a chat, going that extra mile to help with whatever it is you need.

After zipping around the city for the day exploring, we enjoyed returning to Focal Local by Tuk Tuk; we crossed the river to the Thonburi side and saw plenty of things we had not seen before en route. Karan had provided a key for us to get in late at night, so we could come back whenever we pleased without feeling like we were disturbing anyone.

I would definitely go back to stay there and I highly recommend this guesthouse. I will be passing on info about this place to my friends when they are thinking of traveling to Bangkok.

Finn

Room Tip: I recommend the 'Siam' or 'Splash' room, both very pleasant
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank finn w
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
Thank you so much. It's our pleasure having you as the guests here. I'm glad you enjoyed staying in this hidden side of Bangkok. Hope to see you again :)
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

Lets face it: Its a B&B. Or let's call it hostel, but it's a fantastic one!
Rooms are clean, beds are big enough and comfy, it's full equipped with nice quiet AC, fridge, warm water, WIFI and nice deco. Best: the host. He knows everything, arranges everything and cares for everything. You will get tuktuks arranged and for free once a day, maps printed out, reservations made, tours arranged or he even has better ideas how to explore by yourself. Location is a bit off the typical tourist spots, but still next to the river, so stil fine. Neibourhood is very local, can get a bit noisy at times. Just one important note: DON'T walk from the skytrainstation with your luggage. Doesn't look far, but with a heavy bag in BKK heat it will feel far! I had a great time...

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Izzy111
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 1 February 2012
Thanks so much for your review, especially at the point about the distance from the skytrain. I've mentioned this on our official websites. However, lots of guests still got it wrong :D glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to see you again next time....Cheers :)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

Our third visit to Bangkok and finally we found this charming, small, comfy B&B to enjoy in a very different part of town. Karan, our host, was so helpful and welcoming. He cooked us a delicious breakfast each morning and always helped us to find a tuk tuk or taxi to take us where we were heading. The decor is tasteful and interesting and shows what a man of style Karan is. I look forward to spending more time at Focal Local in the future. Also really recommend the local Thai restaurants and massage spas. They were among the best we have tried. We strolled around the Sois and canal one evening and enjoyed the local neighborhood vibe. Overall a great experience. Thank you!

Room Tip: We enjoyed the Retro room. At back of hotel so less street noise. Firm but comfy bed. Small tv. Smal...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank C_Lam02
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 29 January 2012
Thank you very much. We're so glad to make your 3rd time Bangkok visit different and memorable. We'll look forward to seeing you again :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

My daughters and I stayed here for 3 nights arriving very late the first night. Our host, Karan, met us at the door with a warm smile and cup of tea. Just what we needed after a long journey. The rooms are spotlessly clean and artfully decorated; the breakfasts were delicious and prepared by Karan himself(!) your stay includes a free tuk-tuk ride each day to the destination of your choice. My daughter had mistakenly left her carry-on bag in the plane in Hong Kong and Karan worked with Cathay Pacific to have it flown to Bangkok and delivered to the hotel. We returned to find the bag in our room with a sweet note! Focal Local feels like home in the middle of the huge bustling city of Bangkok.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SarahDuq
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 26 January 2012
Thanks a lot, It's very nice to hear from you. Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again....Kob-Kun-Krub :)
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Property: Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Address: 289 Soi Charoennakorn 28 | Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Phone Number:
Region: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 606 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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