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POD Hostel Cafe Designshop
Ranked #527 of 1,283 Speciality Lodging in Bangkok
Reviewed 6 May 2014

The POD hostel looked like a warehouse and everything in the room and common area are simply constructed, but it is clean, decently comfortable. Good for short stay and we have chosen this place due to its location near to Victory Monument area where we wanted to catch the van to Ayutthaya and Hua Hin. Around POD you can find many local food stalls around - cheap and delicious. We booked a double bed air condition room, so everything is okay except we are the first room near to the main road which is noisy at night. The common showers/bathroom/toilets are rather cool in their design which provides privacy yet is open to all, no concern about peeping toms.

Room Tip: Do not chose room near to the main road as it is noisy
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

booked a private room but when arrived they said it was already booked so had to stay in the dorm, which for a dorm, are very nice with aircon, and quite private, not say like a bunk bed, you get your own "pod" which is a good design and the showers are really cool too, other than that though it doesn't have a great deal going for it, wifi only works in the café downstairs which is a pain, location is great if your just staying there to catch a minibus in the morning from the victory monument, the victory monument has a market on in the evenings which is cool but other than that there is nothing to do in that area, its ok for one night at a reasonable price for the area

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

The POD Hostel is a very well-designed hostel very suitable for backpackers. We used both the twin room and the dorm.

Its main strengths are:
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1. Location, Location, Location: At the Victory Monument area merely 50 meters away, you can catch intra-city buses, inter-regional buses, vans, and taxis to almost the whole of Bangkok and the surrounding regions. Also, the Victory Monument BTS station is only about a further 150 meters away. Our taxi trip to the old airport (Don Mueang) costs only 140B during the non-rush hour of noon time.

2. Convenience: A 7-11 is just two doors away, and then there are literally hundreds of local restaurants, street food stalls, and fast foods, you will never be out of food choices at any hour of the day. The shops and stalls around the roundabout are also very interesting. In fact, we bought some clothing here and we think they are nice and cheap (means low cost).

3. Dorm (they call it pods): The best that I've seen. In the dorm, each person is given a cube rather than just a bed, each of these cubes is partitioned on the five sides except the one for you to enter. The whole thing is built using wood, just beautiful, really. This design is also giving you the most privacy that I've seen in dorms, as almost nobody can stare at you except the one opposites you. It's a bit like those Japanese "coffins" except that the pods are bigger (with a queen size bed in it) and it's open at one end which won't make you claustrophobic. At 400B, it is good value.

4. The cafe on the ground floor makes good coffee at around 50B.

Some minor points on the negative side (in order of priorities):
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1. Security: There is a stairway on which you can enter the secnd floor (and on to the whole building) from outside the front door. Though the staff stresses that they will lock it past a certain time at night, we still feel a bit uneasy because the dorm doors do not have locks.

2 This place is new, but the mattresses used (especially in the twin rooms) doesn't feel like new ones, in fact, I can feel the bed sinks and individual springs poking at my back. I hate to say it: the bed quality could ruin the otherwise superb design of this establishment. For the pods, this is less obvious mainly because the mattress is bounded by the wooden walls of the pod, therefore it sinks less. I advice people with back problem to test the beds before committing.

(these first 2 points will knock out one star out of five.)

3. It might help to install an insect killer at the bathroom/toilet area (same but a bit less so in the dorm), as mosquitoes are a bit annoying mainly because the area is not well ventilated and a little dark.

4. The stairway, bathrooms and toilets should be painted with some lighter colours and lit with brighter lights, it'll make the experience more pleasant and invigorating.

5. The dorm should use air-con of the ceiling type, rather than the split units, this would distribute cold air more evenly. Currently the top bunks hardly get cooled. Also, one or two fans might help in air distribution and also would help to reduce power bills when in use together with the air cons (since you don't need to power them to the max if the fans are on).

6. The switches for the main lights of the dorm should be placed INSIDE the dorm itself, not outside away at the staircase, so that the the dwellers can turn them off when they are going to sleep.

It seems that we are making a lot of complaints but really, we love this place, and we might use this place again if we return to the city. We hope the management could look into our suggestions seriously.

Lastly, we feel that this place is well-designed, if the problems mentioned could be addressed, it would be the best hostel in inner-Bangkok.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Casey_KL
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

This hostel is depressing. It feels like a warehouse hostel. Everything is dank and in different shades of grey. The wall are all unfinished grey cement and the the art on the walls is in black and grey. They leave the lights on in the communal POD sleeping room all night!! They only air-condition the reception room and the POD Community Room ( as well as the private rooms I asume- I didn't see those) so its deathly HOT without much air circulation when your in the bathroom, or just walking up and down the flights of stairs (5 floors).
There are also mosquitos! I was bitten up a bunch when I was trying to sleep, so make sure you wear your mosquito repellent to bed.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed 6 June 2016
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled solo
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Thank olesaran
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Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 January 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 156/3 Phahonyothin Road | Samsennai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Phayathai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #527 of 1,283 Speciality Lodging in Bangkok
Price Range: £20 - £22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — POD Hostel Cafe Designshop 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With art and design as its inspiration, POD Hostel & Designshop offers semi-contemporary art gallery ambience of private or shared accommodation very close to Bangkok's landmark Victory Monument. This hostel has a cozy cafe, night bar, design shop, common room with cable TV, air-conditioned rooms and free Wi-Fi. Additional local restaurants and community mall can also be found within a 5-minute walk. Exploring Bangkok is convenient as POD Hostel & Designshop is situated between Victory Monument and Sanam Pao BTS Skytrain Stations with only 7-minute walk from either one. Being in one of Bangkok's busiest and most vibrant district, transportation to places are easy, it is a 5-minute drive to Phayathai Airport Link,15-minute drive to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market (JJ Market) and 20-minute drive to the Grand Palace. Beds in Sleep Pod (dormitory-style room) feature a queen size bed, reading light and lockers. Guests have access to a shared bathroom with hot shower facilities. ... more   less 
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