An impossible dream for the discerning traveller becomes a reality - budget accommodation and design come together in bustling Bangkok
In the past, the word ‘hostel’ and the thought of travelling
on a budget in Bangkok conjured images of flea-ridden mattresses and sweaty
HQ Hostel offers a new boutique accommodation. With all the
standard elements in place – handy location, 24/7 check-in and check-out, free
internet and breakfast – the emphasis on design is a standout feature.
The architects set out to create a unique experience for
travellers, within the context of a commercial building that maintains the
harmony of the street façade.
In essence, the hostel operates as a large, temporary home,
with both public and private spaces and all the considerations for the complex
social dynamics that shared living requires. Great attention was paid to the planning
of space and circulation, the building’s drilled aluminium composite façade
creating privacy during the day and moving beams of light at night.
Rather than try to deny or disguise the fact that hostel
design must consider space efficiency, HQ celebrates this as a positive
aspect, with the internal planning and colour palette inspired by the traditional
The interior finishes are simple and feature robust
materials honestly exposed, such as cement, brick and steel, which are combined
with thoughtful details such as quality cotton bed sheets and pillows, to
create a more valuable experience for the discerning traveller on a budget.
A range of dormitories and double rooms are available, all
with different design elements, to accommodate for Design Hunters™ of all
5/3-4 Silom Soi 3 (Soi Phiphat), Silom Road, Bangruk,
(66) 02 233 1598