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“Smiling Staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Focal Local Bed and Breakfast

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Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 604 Bangkok B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Seoul
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22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Smiling Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

I only stayed one night here so my opinion would not fully describe the place, but at least I can say every staff I met was always smiling and kind to me. Room was spacious and the bathroom was nice. Not to mention that the breakfast was pretty good, as well.

As soon as I arrived, Karen gave me a map of the area. It of course had the information about nearest Thai massage! Asiantique, which is one of the best location I found in Bangkok, was not too far yet not too close. Yeah, actually the location is not great, but there are many kinds of transportation you may try there at cheap rates if you bargain well. They arrange a cab for you if you ask one for.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 15 December 2013
Thank you very much for your review. Even though it was a short stay, we're happy to know that you had a good time here. We'll look forward to seeing you again. :)
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo, SP
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

We stayed for 5 nights at this BB and enjoyed a lot!
Delicious thai style breakfast, the service is very good, it's set in a residential area, but the road is still a little busy (so try not to stay at the rooms at the front - I had to wear ear plugs).
It´s away from the crowd but a walking distance from the sky train.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fernanda76
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 15 December 2013
Thank you very much for staying with us. We're glad you were not disappointed and enjoyed your stay here. I'm truely sorry regarding the street noise. We're having a plan for a mature renovation to fix this problem. Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again. All the best :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

Stayed in yesterday room from 24 Nov - 27 Nov 2013! This Room Faces away from road so it's quieter! Very nicely decorated! Very clean and furnished with all basic neccessities! Very friendly and helpful staff! Owner (Karan) was exceptionally helpful and brilliant cook! (He cooks all the breakfast!) The only down side for me and wife was the noise when people checked in late at night and the pillows were slightly soft for us! Other than these ... Excellent place to see Bangkok at local level!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ngweechung
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you very much for choosing Focal Local. It's our pleasure having you with us. We're glad you had a good time at Focal Local. We do apologise for the lumpy pillows. We've also investigated and now pillows in all the rooms have been replaced. Hope we'll have a chance to accommodate you again in the future. Take a good care :)
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

I loved this place! Our room was very clean and cute. The breakfast in the morning was always amazing and delicious. I loved the location of the guesthouse also. Set in a real neighborhood, but still close enough to transportation to the rest of Bangkok. The service is impeccable, and everyone was very willing to help with any questions or needs. We also loved the free tuk tuk ride per day. Awesome! I would definitely stay here again!

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you very much for your valuable review. We're happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We'll look forward to seeing you again. Kob Kun Krub :)
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

The Focal Local is a beautiful gem in a hectic city. Located in a road that could best be described as an alley, it beatifies what would otherwise have been just that.

The owner, Karan, is the most Friendly, helpful, and thoughtful of hosts. He makes himself available to guests day or night, and the breakfasts he makes are excellent.

The rooms are beautiful but only really cater for two people. Karan added an extra mattress on the floor for our two small girls, which meant the room was quite cramped, but still comfortable. The television in the room had some English cartoon channels which was good to keep the kids busy during quiet times. The only real problem we had was the business of the street. It was surprising how much traffic there was until late in the night. This made it quite difficult to sleep the first two nights until we got used to the noise.

There is a food market every evening a short walk just up the road which is a delight and a good place to buy supper or a sweet treat after a long day in the city. Karan will happily set up a table for you to eat anything you purchase at the market or elsewhere.

Down the road there is a 7 eleven with friendly helpful staff who even helped me setup the 3G on my tablet. The Skytrain is within walking distance but Karan will happily summon a tuktuk to take you there. This is included for free once a day during your stay.

The wifi was quite slow and I had better luck using the free wifi offered by TRUE mobile which seems to be available all over Bangkok.

Thank you Karan for a wonderful introduction to Thailand.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the road are quieter
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 27 November 2013
Thank you very much for your review. It's our pleasure accommodating your family. We're glad you enjoeyd your stay here, even though the street noises bothered you a bit. We're planing for a renovation moving the rooms to the back to avoid the noise. Hope you've arrived home well with memorable experiences. Take a good care. :)
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

Summary:
A great family owned guesthouse, providing fantastic service for low cost. Definitely recommended!
Detail:
We booked a 3 night stay at Focal Local on the basis of the great reviews on Tripadvisor and as usual the TA community did not let us down!
Before you book a stay at Focal Local (which I whole heartedly recommend you do!), please ensure you are aware of the following:
[A] Focal Local is not in the central hustle and bustle of the traditional Bangkok sights that most tourists want to visit. It is central enough to have access to the Express boat up the river and is also close to a tube station to be able to get to all of the places you want to get to in Bangkok, but please be aware it is west of the river in a real Thai neighbourhood.
[B] Focal Local is a small, family owned guest house - it's not the Mandarin Oriental or the Marriott, so please don't expect 5 * quality, especially as you are not paying 5* prices! The service is definitely 5* though!
If you are comfortable with the two points above, then Focal Local is the place for you!
Kaaran and his father were wonderful hosts. Upon arrival we were given a refreshing glass of lemongrass tea and shown to our room (Siamese) which was lovely and clean with great air conditioning.
Kaaran also took the time to give us an overview of the area including a small map with local bars and restaurants as well as a card with the address in Thai in order for us to present to the tuk tuk driver when we wanted to come home.
Breakfast was nice and simple – Thai or international with lovely fresh fruit.
Kaaran and team offer one free tuk tuk ride per day either to the river or to the local underground station (Krung Thun Buri).
We hired a car on our last day as we were leaving early the next morning to drive to Kanchanaburi. Kaaran’s father very kindly spoke with the next door neighbours to allow me to park the car next to the guesthouse.
Thank you Kaaran and team. We couldn’t have wished for a better place to start our holiday!

Room Tip: 1. Focal Local is hard to find! If you intend to arrive via the underground I definitely recommend g...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 27 November 2013
Thank you very much for choosing Focal Local and for the detailed review with lots of useful information. That makes TripAdvisor travellers see the true pictures of Focal Local as we've wanted. We're glad you enjoeyd your stay here as a start of your holiday. Hope you had a pleasant journey through Thailand. We'll look forward to seeing you again. Kob Kun Krub :)
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North Ferrisburg, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

We have visited Bangkok many times and have finally found the perfect place. The whole staff at Focal Local is helpful, kind and willing to go the extra mile to help. We loved being in a real Thai neighborhood and appreciated the recommendations from Kaaren about where to go. I agree 100% with the praise from the other reviewers. This is the place to stay for an authentic Thai experience.

Room Tip: The rooms on the front are near the road which could be a problem if you are a light sleeper. Howeve...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sandid3
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Focal-Local, Manager at Focal Local Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 15 November 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We really appreciate knowing that you had a good time at Focal Local, even thoguh you've visited Bangkok many times already. We'll keep up the good works and will look forward to seeing you for your next Bangkok visit. Kob Kun Krub :)
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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 #3 of 604 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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