I booked the Cooper Bangkok hostel on our last day in Cambodia. The website looked nice and I was looking for a comfortable place to crash once we cross the Cambodian/Thailand border.

Little did I know that I will be denied entry to Thailand and the day will turn into a travel nightmare. To cut the long story short, we managed to cross the border eventually and were on our way to our beloved Bangkok much later than planned.

The 5 hour journey seemed pretty long. We were exhausted from the unexpected events and I prayed for the hostel to be nice and clean and still have a room for us. We were running very late and couldn’t contact the place. Sometimes hostels give rooms away if you don’t show up until late.

First Impressions of the COOPER Bangkok

Coming back to Bangkok felt like coming back home. We knew Silom Road pretty well and located the hostel without much trouble. Tucked away nearby the impressive Sri Mariamman Hindu temple, the hostel looked neat and tidy from the outside. The alleyway looked quite funky too with two more hostels opposite the Cooper hostel.


We were about to ring the bell when Charlie noticed a brown envelope with his name on it taped to the front door. Inside was a key and a sweet note from May, the owner of the hostel. It felt like the nicest thing that happened to us since we left Cambodia. We let ourselves in.

The Cooper Bangkok Hostel

I loved the reception instantly. It was spacious, clean and tastefully decorated. The dimmed lights over the large table were very welcoming and the fresh purple flowers on the table created a very homely atmosphere. I was so relieved.

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Image credit: Cooper Bangkok

The large table in the communal area is very handy not only for breakfast but also as a great working station. We spent many hours working away on our blog at this table and the plug sockets installed in the middle were very handy.

Sometimes, I find, pictures on the website can be misleading and do not represent the true face of the place, but Cooper Bangkok was exactly as I hoped it will be.

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Image credit: Cooper Bangkok

We booked a private double room and found it crisp clean and fresh. The ensemble of ‘Hello’ poster and stripy black and white pillows made my day. We couldn’t sleep much that night due to pure exhaustion, but the bed was very comfortable. Substance and style all the way.

There is also a rooftop terrace with chairs and tables if you fancy a cold beer up on the roof!

Breakfast at Cooper Hostel

Breakfast at Cooper is continental and included in the room rate. The spread is simple, but fresh with a variety of fruit available. There’s also fresh coffee and tea, always a good start to the day.

The Staff

May, the owner, is the face of the hostel. She’s extremely helpful and friendly and will always go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and conformable. We felt like we were at home.

May speaks perfect English and happily chats away if you ask her any questions. She knows the city very well and will give you the best possible answer to your queries about Bangkok and things to see in the area.

The Location

Located in downtown Bangkok, just off Pan Road, the hostel sits in a prime location for discovering good street food, local attractions and the largest park in the city.

TOP TIP: Make travelling in Thailand super easy with the super friendly 12GoAsia website. Book online and there’s no need to print your tickets, just show them to the station staff before you board on your smartphone. No running around looking for a place to print anything. Nice!

We’d just like to clarify that we haven’t been paid to review this hostel. We were taken by May’s hospitality so much that we wanted to share our experience with our readers.  

Have you been to Bangkok? Where did you stay? Let us know in the comments below… 

COOPER Bangkok Hostel on Google Maps:

COOPER Bangkok, Stylish Boutique Hostel on Silom Road

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