If you’re looking for a place to stay in Bangkok, here’s one option for you: The Motley House.

Since I was in charge of planning the perfect travel itinerary and searching for the best accommodation for our trip, I had to find a hostel that is accessible not only to transportation but to popular tourist attractions as well. In short, I needed a centrally located, budget-friendly hostel. At that time, the only place that met my requirements was this hostel and the other ones I was eyeing on before were already booked on the dates I checked.

Honestly, I was surprised when they still had rooms available on such short notice. Mind you it was days before our flight and they had very reasonable room rates so it was a bit unexpected really. Also, I wasn’t that happy with the room I booked at Cacha Hotel. I kept seeing negative feedback from their customers on TripAdvisor despite the good rating they got on Agoda. That made me think twice and it eventually led me to cancel my reservation and went for this hostel instead.

Here’s what I think about The Motley House:


THE GOOD
VALUE FOR MONEY
– I was able to book a room (standard bunk bed) for 2 people and only paid 5,401 pesos (106 USD) for 5 nights stay.
– It was a bonus when we got upgraded to standard twin room for free. We got more room space for our big luggage.
– All rooms do not include free breakfast, but I can understand since they charge lower than most hostels around the area.

LOCATION
– The train or Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) is only 5 minutes away. It’s probably the best thing about the hostel.
– From Suvarnabhumi International Airport, you only need to ride the Bangkok Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai station.
– Since the hostel is situated on the main road, it’s easy to hail a taxi cab. It’s also easy for Grab/Uber drivers to spot the place.
– There are malls, restaurants, and convenience stores nearby. Some street vendors set up their stalls in the afternoon.

HOSTEL/ ROOM CONDITION
– Our room has a flat-screen TV, small fridge and split type aircon.
– The staff also cleaned our room and made our bed every day.
– They provided towels and toiletries in the shared bathroom.
– They gave us slippers to wear and keys for the shoe lockers.
– They will let give you an electronic key card to access your room.

THE BAD
A few things to take note of:

  • There’s no kitchen or shared dining area. If you want to use a microwave or get hot water for your coffee, you also have to ask the receptionist if they can get you some. They were surprised when we asked for hot water for our noodles.
  • Although they have a common area for guests on each floor (which is just 2 pieces of furniture btw), it’s not a comfortable place to hang out. It seems they haven’t dusted the place because my nose felt stuffy every time I pass by there.
  • The fire exit doors are kept open during the day. I know its for safety purposes, but I just didn’t like the idea that it was so conveniently placed next to the women’s shared bathroom. Seriously, anyone can enter the building from there!
  • You’ll hear muffled voices through the thin wall. If you’re someone who wakes up at the slightest noise or easily gets annoyed with the noise other guests make, this hostel is not for you.
  • There’s no elevator. So, if you are given a room on the 4th floor (like what happened to us), you’ll have to carry your own luggage all the way up. The staff will not offer to help unless you ask them. I guess the hostel’s only good for backpackers.

 

Overall, I found The Motley House quite decent despite few setbacks. I’m okay with hostels having no in-room bathrooms and elevators (I understand since it’s a hostel, plus it’s not a requirement for me really), but I’m not okay with staff who are oblivious to its guests. I have stayed in numerous hostels around Asia, but this was the only place where I felt like the staff lacked initiative. I still gave them a good rating on TripAdvisor and Agoda but ranted on the things I was disappointed with. I hope they take note of the feedback so they can improve for the better.

I would recommend this hostel only when you’re budget-constrained. However, I suggest looking for another hostel if you extra cash to spare. I believe there are better ones around Siam and Silom area.

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THE MOTLEY HOUSE
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Address: 35/17 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai,
Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
E-mail: fo@themotleyhouse.com | Phone: +66 2 010 0900