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Buddy Lodge Hotel
Ranked #181 of 887 Hotels in Bangkok
Reviewed 11 January 2007

I stayed at the the Buddy Lodge my last night in Bangkok. The staff, especially those who work in the Buddy Travel Agency in the lobby are very friendly and helpful. I had my wallet stolen, in a different area of town. I was really worried I didn't have enough money to get to the airport. The Buddy Travel Agency Staff helped me get to the airport on time and made sure I had enough cash to get there. They we're life savers!

The hotel rooms were clean and cute. The pool and the breakfast were nice. The price and the location could be better. But I still reccommend this hotel. Even if you don't stay at the hotel, use the travel agents if you are in the neighborhood. You can book a shuttle to the airport with them that is very cheap, only 150 Bhat ($4) versus the 400-600 Baht for a taxi.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 January 2007

My boyfriend and I stayed a couple of nights at the beginning and 3 nights at the end of our 3 week backpacking hol round thailand in May 2006.
It was fab,haven't got a bad thing to say, obviously its not the Ritz just a really nice reasonably priced place to stay for a few days to relax whist seeing the sights of bangkok. Located right on Ko san Rd but set back enough to remain quiet. lovely clean room, big comfy bed clean bathroom and mini bar with a few drinks and snacks good air con, we had the delx room though so not sure how the standard rooms were.
Theres a pool on the roof with a few sun lounges which were great, a welcome relief to jump in the nice pool after trekking around temples and shops! Breakfast was good, fruit, toast eggs etc. The staff on the desk were really friendly internet access downstairs. Will stay here again on next trip to thailand.

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Reviewed 1 December 2006

spotlessly clean room, sheets changed everyday, lovely pool. only 2 little gripes, front desk staff hardly spoke any English so difficult to get any tourist type info and breakfast finished too early for a hotel like this, even extending it to 10:30 would make a difference.

But would I stay here again - absolutely, was great to be in the heart of Ko San Road but in comfort with no cockroaches,hot water and a pool.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2006

We have just returned from the Buddy Hotel in Khao San, it has changed a fair bit since my last visit a couple of years ago - it used to be the betst on the road but unfortunately it has been left to run down a bit, it def needs a bit of a make over, our deluxe room was quite tattya dn dirty with holes in the bedding etc, also the aircon unit just fell from the ceiling in the night and they just left it like that for our whole stay. We stayed in a standard and deluxe, dont be fooled by any differnece, the deluxe just has a bigger balcony apparently , not that this is required on the back streets oh Khao San . Location is great right on the road but I dont think the cost reflects the hotel now- Needs a good clean up and then it can be justified.

Stayed: November 2006
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Reviewed 19 November 2006

The Buddy Lodge is one of the few hotels on Kho San Road. There are plenty of guesthosues and hostels. We stayed here for about $50 US a night simply because of location. It is close to a few landmarks (the Grand Palace and Wat Po). It is also directly on Kho San Road which has tons and tons of backpackers, but a long with it, tons of ATM's, shopping. You have to be prepared to deal with the ton of these people walking around along with the noise that comes it. I'm saying I wouldn't recommend it to Grandpa for example.

The hotel itself looks like in old building which has been beautifually redone into an art-deco type hotel. The rooms are decently appointed and contain a mini-fridge and safe. They give out some tolietries and there is cable TV with a few english channels. I was very happy with the room itself with the exception of the shower. There was hardly any water pressure and there is not a consistant water tempurature. A breakfast buffet is included which was decent. There is also a nice pool on the roof which can be used to cool off from the hot Bangkok weather. Two free bottles of water were provided daily.

The service from the front staff was great as well as the house keeping people. They would help whenever they could. I would tip the housekeepers well.

The biggest problem with this hotel is that there is construction of a new building next door which is EXTREMELY LOUD between hours 6AM-6PM. If you are like us, you will like to sightsee in the AM and come back to the hotel from 11AM-3PM when it is extremely hot and shower and take a nap. That was IMPOSSIBLE. The noise is unbearable. When we complained, they switched us to a room across the halll the next day and that was pleasant, but you could still hear the noise from across the building.

Therefore, with the large amoutn of housing options in the Kho San area I would avoid the Buddy Lodge until construction of that new building has been completed. By the looks of the construction progress, I would suspect a year. The foundation hasn't even been done yet!

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank TravelSpicy
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Reviewed 24 October 2006

If you don't know where to go when first getting into Bangkok, then this is a good start. Located in the heart of the backpackers ghetto in Banglamphu on Koh Sahn Road, you'll get safe, decent rooms with a fantastic 5th-floor swimming pool. A warm shower is a luxury, but the beds were firm and everything else okay. And it's easy to reach from the airport, either by taxi (they all know this road) or airport bus. Taxi should be about 350 Baht including airport fee & tolls.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2006

We stayed at Buddy Lodge for 4 nights at the beginning of our trip. The location and rooms were great. We arrived after midnight following a long flight. KSR was in full swing and I wondered if I'd made the right choice. We had two rooms near the back of the hotel and they were quiet and clean -- better than I had imagined. Our teenagers had an adjoining room. The small pool was a nice plus for an afternoon cool down. Despite all the negatives written about KSR, we enjoyed the atmosphere and availability of services, shopping, people watching, etc. Would be happy to stay there again in the future. Easy 15 min. walk to the Grand Palace and Wat Po.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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Address: 265 Khaosan Rd. Taladyod Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#140 Business Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: £39 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Buddy Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located within the shopping and entertainment streets of Khaosan Road, Buddy Lodge is your best refuge of a cozy hotel where guests can return to a quiet relaxation away from the entire bustle of the tourist street market. The historical core of Bangkok where most of the tourist attractions are found just around the corner and one can walk to visit Bangkok’s most popular tourist attractions, The Grand Palace, The Golden Mount, The Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), The Temple of The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), The Democracy Monument, and many other cultural sites in the Bangkok City Old Town. Buddy Lodge offers the most convenient location and comfortable facilities for travelers to the popular Khaosan Road and visitors to the famous historical places of Bangkok. ... more   less 
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