Buddy Lodge Hotel

265 Khaosan Rd. Taladyod Pranakorn, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the พระนคร area of Bangkok, is near Khao San Road, Lumphini Stadium, The National Museum Bangkok, and Phra Athit Road.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsBuddy Lodge Hotel Bangkok

    Reviewed by ssodhi

    Location Location Location

    Reviewed Jul 21, 2013
    by (3 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    At the center of Khao San Rd, the location of this dive couldn't be much better for partiers. However, they were a little sloppy with the reservation.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by charmiki

    Good hotel after 1 day of traveling

    Reviewed Jul 16, 2013
    by (1 review) , Ireland Flag of Ireland

    Patrick and eve recommended this hotel as they stayed there too last month. It was in the middle of Khaosan road which was great as it was easy to access it from the airport in the taxi. We booked our Chang Mai trip and travel arrangements with the travel agents across from the hotel. Lovely hotel and well deserved after a long trip from Ireland!!

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by ryan_and_vicks

    Bangkok Hilton

    Reviewed Jul 27, 2012
    by (9 reviews) Milton Keynes , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Let's be honest, if you're staying on the khaosan then you know what you're in for, or certainly should do.

    Upon checkin the lady at the front desk stood and argued with me telling me that I wasn't due to book in until the following day. Even when I showed her the confirmed booking with the dates on she still argued, then to top it off even her OWN paperwork and system also had the same date, yet still still argued that I was wrong. Eventually she gave us a room, not at any point acknowledging that she had made a mistake.

    The rooms are VERY worn out, DO NOT take the pictures on the website literally. I'm sure when it was originally built it was a great place, but they just haven't done any maintenance since day one and now it's all rather worn and tatty. The electrics in our room completely knackered. There's a central control panel for everything in the room, however on ours when you switched on the bathroom light the TV would come on, and none of the plug sockets would work unless you switched the lamp on.......all very comical but it does make you wonder how safe the place actually is. The in room safe was also not attached to anything, so you could just walk off with it.

    We were moved to an alternate room which was a little quieter, although not much. On the noise front though I don't feel that anyone can complain, as after all you are choosing to stay on the party road of Bangkok.

    We found the attitude of more or less all the staff to be that of disdain rather than welcoming. It really was like they didn't want you there at all.

    In summary, I wasn't expecting the Ritz but I wasn't expecting Bangkok Hilton either if you know what I mean.

    Would we stay again.......absolutely not. You can get places which are either equal or better for less money, try the Rikka for instance. They really are trading off of this image that they're better than the competition, when in fact they're far from it.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by leanneandjp

    Three Nights in Bangkok

    Reviewed Jan 16, 2011
    by (1 review) Donegal , Ireland Flag of Ireland

    Initial thoughts on Bangkok are positive, the airport was great! We arrived into Bangkok on the afternoon of Monday 17th. We managed to book onto a bus that took is into the middle of Bangkok- I think we must have been in the middle of rush hour traffic because the journey that was meant to take thirty minutes ended up taking just over two hours- it was 'total gridlock'.

    The bus ride was interesting as it took us past a large section of the city east of the river. There are skyscrapers everywhere, and not as bland as others we've seen in western cities. I was expecting slums, pollution and dirty footpaths - however in Bangkok that is not the case at all. The sidewalks are wide enough for several people to walk on; the city is vibrant and pretty clean for such a population. I'm sure like every other big city it has its slums and ghettos, but glad this time not to see a whole lot of that. We eventually got to the famous Thalon Khao San where we were checking into Buddy's Lodge aka the 24hour Mulligan's Irish Bar and McDonalds all rolled into one.

    Khao San road was much smaller than I expected, and seems to cater exclusively to tourists/travellers. Most people go to Khao San for the cheap hotels, a chance to eat some Western food, in addition to the banana pancake places, Starbucks, McDonalds and Burger King, and to buy cheap goods. The counterfeit knock off culture is alive and well with phony branded clothes, DVDS, CDs and general tat. There are more hawkers, ladies dressed in Andean costumes prowl the streets with jewelry and carved frogs, which make a kind of croaking sound with the back is rubbed, which of course they do endlessly and men walk around flashing laser pens. It seems that many people don't leave without having a least one tattoo- I was very tempted.

    At night it's all very loud. Music blares from bars; people thrust placards in your face, cheap drinks, and strong cocktails. People walk about with beer bottles in their hands. Men in Fez's try to persuade you to visit their Moroccan restaurant.

    One common placard is for a fish massage, called icthyotherapy. This is where you put your feet in a trough full of small fish who then nibble your feet and eat all the dead skin, apparently it tickles. We both had a go at it. It took me about 10 out of the 15 minutes to work up the courage to actually put my feet in the freaking fish tank but was glad I did in the end.

    We did see a lot of local teens/young adults who seem to come out to check out what's happening at night. The street location is great as it's pretty much at a centre point for most things of interest in Bangkok, including, the Grand Palace, several of the Wats, transport links, river boats and the museums. The street is lined with so many stalls selling everything from clothes, to food, to silver, to bric-a-brac, to suits. John Paul got countless offers to get a tailored suit.

    The hotel was really nice, traditional Thai design, clean and had AC and a TV too! The best though was yet to come- we had breakfast included and a roof top amazing pool which really blew us away especially for the €10 per night that we had paid. Despite being above an Irish Bar we were off to bed for some much needed shut eye.

    The next day we took a tuk tuk ride around Bangkok and because it was a special Buddhist day in the country the government were paying for the petrol of tuk tuk drivers that took people around the city showing of the many sights in an attempt to promote their endless and amazing Thai silk. However, after 45 minutes on a Honda engine swerving in and out of the traffic and being thrown off at endless temple's JP was Buddhaed out and we decided to call an end to our first tuk tuk experience. If you're wondering what this is it does a similar job to the taxi and is so named because of the sound of their engine, these are motorized rickshaws which absolutely no safety what so ever and high levels of pollution pumping from there Honda engines, essentially a lawnmower with seats... We also sorted out our visas for Vietnam as they take two days to process and it cost around $52 each.

    On the Second day we booked a day adventure to go elephant riding and to visit a tiger temple. Wow what a day we had ahead of us. First port of call was a stop at the World War II and Jeath War Museum- sort of interesting but we were looking forward to the elephants and tigers. We then got to stop at the Bridge over the River Koi where you get to look around at all the little local shops and walk across the bridge- just as we started walking over the bridge JP tripped and his flip flop fell between the tracks-I laughed allot at this but thankfully it didn't fall into the river Koi (well not really because I probably would have laughed twice as much).

    So of we go again on our bus and this time were headed to the Elephant farm where we all got on an elephant and take a trip around the countryside and into the river. However to get down to the river is a very narrow hillside path which is almost vertical and very very scary. The baby Elephant followed us around- cute as a button. We then got into a long boat on the river and we taken about 2km to where we got onto rafts made of bamboo and float down the river or for the more adventurous- jump in. After some traditional Thai food (I had to eat it- I was famished but it actually wasn't bad) we were on our way to the tiger temple and got to stop at a waterfall on the way- it was truly a fab sight.

    We landed at the Tiger temple and they made us sign a consent saying that if anything happened they were not responsible- Ooo Ooo we thought. When we entered there was wild animals i.e. cows, horses, boars etc etc walking around everywhere. The tigers were tied to chains and the staff take you around to get loads of photos of them, JP got an amazing one with a tiger who was roaring- I on the other hand got to hold one's tail- Yikes. We saw a few baby tigers being trained by Budhest monks' who let them loose and let the visitors play with them. Then as we were heading off the staff decided to fed all the animals (thousands of them) just beside where we were standing- they throw about 100 bags of potatoes of the back of a lorry and there is a stampede of wild animals running for their dinners, of course we are standing in the middle of all this action and it can only be compared to something out of the wild wild west- I as you can imagine am not too impressed.

    Our final day in Bangkok is spent at the roof top pool- it is like something out of paradise. Jp got a haircut from a little Thai lady (no Michael Quigley but she did a good job for the €2 she charged) and I got a well deserved manicure and pedicure. We decided to have a few drinks to help us sleep as we are spending the night on a train travelling to our next destination- Laos and of course I end up getting a little tipsy because the beer here comes in Pint Bottles, is very strong 6% and less than a euro- Jp opts instead for some moijtios. We pick up our visas, passports and get a tuk tuk to the train station for our next adventure.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Buddy Lodge Hotel Bangkok

    Great Stay, Great Location

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    Great stay in the Buddy Lodge on Khao San Road. Excellent location and right in the middle of it all.

    We had a deluxe room which was great for the price, spotlessly clean and everything was within walking distance.

    Breakfast was of a good quality with lots of options for European and also American guests(Pancakes!)

    Staff were extremely helpful and pleasant. Also made use of the Spa with a treatment which was wonderful.

    Would highly recommend Buddy Lodge for your stay in Bangkok. You will be hard pushed to find the same quality for the price.

    At the centre of the tourist universe....in Bangkok, anyway!

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    Location is all, and this is right in the main street for everything needed to support tourist life while in Bangkok. Also close to the river, so getting about on the excellent river taxis is an option, and within reasonable walking distance of the Grand Palace. Lots of taxis outside so you can get anywhere in the city for a couple of dollars. Drawbacks? A bit noisy until about 1 pm.....a club on the ground floor, and general street noises, but no real problem. Reception desk was excellent, rooms are fine. Recommended.

    Great little boutique hotel - Won't break your budget!

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    This was a welcome surprise. I stayed here twice this summer on my way to and from Delhi. This was my first time in BKK since 2000 - my first trip back since I've outgrown my $2.50 hostel days.

    This is a small boutique hotel that really lives up to expectations. I found the hotel reception helpful and friendly and the room to be very clean and comfortable. Each room has a courtesy fridge stocked w/beveriges (at an inflated price, but in BKK inflated price means that beer costs $1 instead of $.50) and there's plenty of room to fill w/leftovers or your own drinks from the 7/11 across the street.

    There is a day spa at the hotel where I had a most enjoyable massage and the hotel serves a complimentary international (Western & Thai) breakfast every morning.

    I got a deluxe room just because I had 17hr direct flights from Newark and felt that I deserved the splurge.

    All in all, the net time I go to BKK I will definitely stay here without hesitation.

    Luxury Khao San!

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    The buddy lodge is a welcome addition to the Khao San Road. Having been before and stayed in basic guest houses, this place feels like a bit of luxury. Ok, four star it isn't, but for that you have to stay in Sukhumvit and travel in cabs everywhere. For young people Khao San Road is where you want to be - and how many guest houses have roof top pools?? I definitely recommend this to anyone having a holiday on a budget (although not a backpackers budget perhaps) who wants to be surrounded by cheap restaurants and lively surroundings.

    A Fire

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    I would not recommend this hotel. I think for the same $ you could stay at a better place in a more quiet part of town. We spent four nights there and during out stay a serious fire broke out in one of the rooms. The whole hotel filled with smoke and the room was burnt out. NO fire alarms went off and no fire trucks were called...it seemed very sketchy how casually the staff treated a serious fire. We are in Thailand but it would seem they'd take the safety of the guest more seriously. The rooms are pretty small and for the lowest rate you get two twin beds...there are NO double beds for the lower rate...

    Perhaps we were unlucky

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    I had fairly high hopes for Buddy Lodge after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, but was really disappointed. Perhaps we were unlucky as all those other people can't be wrong, but I won't be giving it a second chance.

    Having emailed the hotel the day before our arrival to say that we would arrive at the hotel at about 5.30 pm, we were a little disappointed to arrive at 7.00pm (tired after a delayed flight) and be told that our room wasn't ready and we would need to come back in half an hour. No apology or explanation/ no offer of a drink and not even a smile! The reception staff were not particularly welcoming or friendly.

    We booked a deluxe room at a cost of about £25. It was not worth it. £25 buys you a lot in Bangkok and we could have stayed at a 4* hotel in a nicer end of town for a few pounds more. It was the fact that we wanted to experience the Khaosan Road that brought us here but it was not value for money.

    I stayed on the Khaosan Rd as a backpacker 5 years ago, and loved it. It's certainly not the posh end of town but it is bustling 24 hours a day with street vendors and backpackers and when you are only paying £3 per night for a backpacker's place, you don't expect luxury. HOWEVER, you must bear that in mind when booking this hotel. Most of the accommodation in the area is dirt cheap and no-frills and people are there to party. We emailed in advance and were assured that our room would not overlook the road and we wouldn't be disturbed by the nightlife but it was not true. With hindsight, it should have been obvious, the road is noisy and busy 24 hours, and so is the hotel. We had a terrible nights sleep.

    In addition, the room was tired and grubby. The window shutters had a thick layer of dust on them and the bathroom looked like it needed a good bleach! Once again, you don't mind this when you are paying backpacker prices, but Buddy Lodge holds itself out as a luxury hotel - and it is not!

    The only saving grace was the small pool on the roof - we didn't use it but it looked very nice. However, do yourself a favour and spend just a couple of pounds more and stay in a nicer hotel in a different area of town and visit the Khoasan Road for a night.

    If you are adamant that you want to stay on this road, then this is probably the best hotel there - but that is purely because of the extremely basic accommodation in this area with which to compare it, and is not an endorsement of this hotel!

    Was very pleased

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    Hi,

    It was my first time in Thailand and I stay in 4 different hotels. Buddy Lodge offered the best value, convenience and facilities of the 4 hotels. Highly recommended!

    Best value in Bangkok

    from

    Buddy Lodge gets my vote.

    We were there in August 2002 and it is definitely the best place on Khaosan at any unbelievable price for what you are getting.

    The staff was very accomodating and the rooms clean and (when we were there) brand new. The place had just opened a few months before. Glad to see from another review the Japanese restaurent is still there. The food there is good and reasonable and compliments nicely the Buddy's restaurent (on the second floor overlooking the street).

    Do not get room facing the street if you want quiet at night however. The back rooms have no view but you will not be disturbed by noise.

    The best location for the price in Bangkok.

    You can take a bus from the airport for a very reasonable price but will be let off at the end of the street opposite to Buddy (so you have to walk the length of Khaosan to get the Buddy (less than 1 km I think), or take a tut-tut if you have luggage.

    Rob

    No 1 on Khao San

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    After rudely being told we couldnt stay longer at the D&D Inn we thougt we would splash out on this place which was about 20 pounds! They were very helpful and even sent a porter to walk down Khao San with his trolley to get our bags! This is a really great hotel in a superb location right on Khao San Road - backpacker heaven! Ive stayed on a lot of hotels on this street and this is the poshest there! I was there in 2003 and at the time they were building a pool, not sure if thats gone ahead but if it is it will be even better. The rooms are really nice, I would even go as far as saying luxurious and for Khao San thats very rare. Theres even is a great japenese restaurant by the lobby.

    I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay right in the madness of it all but maybe if youve spent too long in that beach hut in Phangan and need to recharge yourself then this is the place!

    LOVE IT!!

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    If you like action, Buddy's lodge is the place to go! It is on an amazing street with tons of night vendors, bars, restaurants, street food, etc. It is very clean, has a mini-fridge, and all the usual western amenities. It has little porches in the back that make it homey. For around $30 - it is great! There are places that cost around $5 - but this is worth it!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Buddy Lodge Hotel Bangkok

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent
     

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