Add Home Hostel, Bangkok – Review


Address: 82/1 Song Prapha Road, Don Meung, Bangkok, Donmuang, 10210 Bangkok, Thailand


Type of room I stayed in : Standard Single Room


My Review :

It has a lot more facilities than you think it will offer for the price. I stayed in single room and it’s right up stair. The hotel only has 3 rooms at the main building, one behind receptionist and two rooms up stair. There is one bathroom can be used by the two rooms. My room has TV, Clothes rack, laundry basket, sofa, a fridge, two complimentary mineral water, sandals. The bed, pillow, and blanket were comfy. Mirror for the room is the only addition I need. The bathroom also has separate slippers to wear. There are toiletries given and towel is provided as well. What I love most is the location. You can just walk from Don Mueang Airport, take exit of gate 1 ad walk to the right side, cross the street in the airport, then walk to go outside of the airport to see the walking bridge right beside Family Mart, cross the street from there with the two conjunction and you will see the food stall and 7 Eleven right across the street. Walk a little from 7 Eleven, around 200 meters and you will see add home hostel sign, enter the narrow street and you will find the hotel on your left behind the first building of the main street. There are still a lot people past midnight so it feels safe to walk there.


Seo Seo Galbi, Jakarta

Address: Ruko Crown Golf blok A no 31, RT6/RW2, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Kamal Muara, RT.6/RW.2, Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14460, Indonesia
What I ordered : Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap, Mango Juice
I came here first asking whether the meals served is halal and one of the waitress said that beef and soups here are halal but pork is not. I usually not eat unless they have halal written on the menue but I decided to trust her and eat here. Bismillah. She showed me where to sit and give the menu.

I wanted to try Korean BBQ but thinking how big the portion will be and whether I have to grill it myself and kinda worried how the taste will become if I cook it myself (like I see Koreans in TV) so I decided to taste something ready cooked and ordered Dol Sot Bi Bim Bab. I didn’t know that the waitress grilled the BBQ for us, I should’ve tried the BBQ then.

What I like here is that they put a bottle of cold ocha (taste like a light tea) for free so I can refill as much as I want (I drink water a lot). Then they put 6 different banchan (side dishes) for free: panjeon (vegetable pancake), sweet potatoes, kimchi, salted cucumber, pickled raddish, and one green vegetable (I don’t know what it is called). I like panjeon the most.

I really appreciated they told me when to break my fasting as there is no adzan in PIK. And I can hear the lady told them to give me banchan fast so I can eat it first while waiting for my order.

Not long after (the service is quite fast), the mango juice and Bi Bim Bab came. And miyuku soup (Sup rumput laut in indonesian) as a complementary dish (A birthday here would be great). They give the sauce to mix with Bibimbap separately. It was served on stoned pot so it was sizzling hot for quite a while. I like it because if not, usually the meal would cool off fast and if we take a while to eat, we end up eating cold dish. Overall the taste is quite fine. At the end they give an ice cream as dessert (free again).

As the entertainment they have SBS live on TV broadcasting the kpop music performances.

For the generousity, service, and price I give it 5 stars. This is the most generous restaurant I ever been. And value for money is excellent.


For the taste I give it 4 stars. There is room for improvement.

My first suggestion would be to put a logo of halal in certain dishes which are really halal (whether the beef which is imported is really halal is questionable for me). I know pork is not halal but other dishes could be not halal if they are cooked with the same pan used to cook pork. If logo halal is written, it could gave muslim guests a peace of mind. As the largest community in Indonesia, it would be great to target the muslim consumers also especially because the hallyu wave is spreading much.

Secondly, it also would be great if this place could accomodate single guest. For example by making small portion choice on each of the menu. Even Bibimbap portion is too big for me (I forced myself to eat more but ended up too full to finish the meal). I would also want to try the Beef BBQ if there is small portion (but then again am worried about halal as the grilled pan is the same for pork).

Overall, I had a good time here.


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HomieStay, Jakarta

Address: Town House Cordoba no 16. Bukit Golf Mediterania. Pantai Indah Kapuk, RT.7/RW.2, Kamal Muara, Jakarta, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14470
Type of room I stayed in : Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
What it had :
Bed Room:
Air Conditioning
Linens Provided
Blanket/Bed Cover
Small Lamp
Two Electric Socket
Two Pillows
Common Room:
Dining Seats (10)
Internet Access
Living Room Seats (10)
Shower Rooms (1) Shared
Towels Provided (with additional price 10000 IDR + deposit 50000 IDR)
What I like here :
I like the price and the comfort in bed and the bed cover/blanket because without it the room will feel too cold, the AC works so great. There are two electric sockets above the bed and rack to put some of necessary stuffs.
Lockers are near the property’s entrance where you could store your belongings if you’re worried about leaving them in the room and you could borrow a pad lock for the locker by leaving a deposit of 50000 IDR, they would return it to you after you return the lock during check out. If you forgot to bring a towel, you could rent it for 10000 IDR + 50000 IDR deposit.
The breakfast is self serve from 6:30 to 11:00 consists of cereal and milk, bread and jam, or noodles without egg.
There are various shops and restaurants near the property. You could walk to the bus station or order car or motorbike from mobile apps to pick you up in front of the property. I suggest you to let the driver take the toll road because if not your journey would take so long and complicated. Toll road fee in Indonesia is very cheap (7000 until 16000 IDR) compare to other city i.e. Bangkok.
The property provides bath soap, shampoo, hand wash, and tissue, so you could bring other products you need (face wash or tooth brush/paste, etc). You can use indoor sandals they provide.
Overall, for the price you could get enough comforts you need during your stay.
What I don’t like here :
The bed room doesn’t have lock from inside. My suggestion is probably to put a lock for the room. Since some would be worried of intruders coming inside while we’re sleeping. Without the lock, we only depend on trust among the guests.
The room is small but I didn’t require a lot of space anyway and the bed is wide enough for me. But it’s kinda difficult to do a prayer inside the room. The only possible option is the common room but amidst some guests around.
The stairs is narrow and a bit straight so it’s hard to climb bed above. Luckily, I didn’t get the top bed so I don’t need to climb the stairs.
For noodles, there is no egg. The breakfast will be perfect if there’s egg but I completely realized that for the price they offer, the breakfast option is varied enough.

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Warung Leko, Jakarta


Address: Jln. Pantai Indah | Rukan Cordoba Unit F19-20 PIK, Jakarta 14420, Indonesia


What I ordered : Iga Bakar, Cah Kangkung, Jus Alpukat
I always search for the best Iga Bakar that could come close to the one I taste in Rotterdam but once again this is not the one. Despite the soft texture, Iga Bakar here lacks the strong taste, which could only be soothe by sambals they provide but what I want is the taste within the meat itself. Cah Kangkung is delicious. The place is fine and clean. But the price is a bit expensive.


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Audah Guesthouse Syariah, Jakarta

I stayed here three times, all because of the location which is close to the venues I was visiting and it’s three different venues at different locations. So I guess you know what I mean by great location.
For all my stay I choose a single room, there’s an air-con, a bed side table, a cupboard, a table in front of the bathroom, hook to hang clothes, and a mirror. It’s pretty much as seen in pictures here.
The room is not spacious but convenient.
There are ATMs on the front yard. All around you could find places to eat and taxis roam around the street so it’s not hard to grab a taxi. Taxi in Jakarta is not that expensive as in other cities or countries, such as Phuket, Thailand.
The third time I came here, they ask for Deposit money, which I dislike, but luckily they offered an option to leave my identity card instead. It’s always my first priority to choose a hotel without deposit money. I’m always careful with mine or other people’s stuff and it’s not like I’m going to steal anything so I always think such a thing as Deposit money is unnecessary.
They have a locked room for storage so you can leave your luggage after check out which is really nice and I always do that. Since my flights were at night and I often had activities at some venues until noon so I checked out in the morning, leave my bag at the hotel. Then in the afternoon, I went back to this hotel from the venues to grab my bag and just went straight to the airport. That’s the great thing of having a hotel near the area of your activity.
One downside of this hotel is the Wifi doesn’t work that well and the signal for mobile phone is weak, so I couldn’t use my own internet quota.

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D’Primahotel, Jakarta

Address : Jl. Gunung Sahari, right across WTC Mangga Dua, North Jakarta.
Type of room I stayed in : Standard room
What it had : Single Bed, Private Bathroom, Air-Conditioned rooms, Safety Deposit Box in each room, Free WiFi connection in room or public area, Elevator, Car Park, water heater, complimentary mineral water, coffee & tea, instant noodle, a Coffee or Tea + a snack (croissant) in the morning as a breakfast at Starbucks.
What I like here :

– The room will be cleaned everyday so they don’t have sign please clean my room or don’t disturb that you should hang by the door. It can be a plus or a minus because sometimes you want a privacy and don’t want to be disturbed. At least they have manner and knock until you open the door and they don’t open the door themselves if you’re inside the room.

– Good service from the staffs, they open the door for you, help you with your luggage, and by the time you finish your check in registration, your luggage has already in your room, and they don’t ask for a tip. I guessed they’re well-paid.

– Accept debit card for payment. This is important for me because sometimes I don’t have enough cash or I don’t want to reduce the amount of cash I hold.

– Clean and comfortable bedroom & bathroom. All the facilities are clean and new so it’s nice to live here.

– The TV and the WiFi are good.

What I don’t like here :

– The shampoo and soap liquid don’t have a written tag, and they look similar, so you’re kinda confused whether you’re bathing with shampoo or shampooing with soap. Luckily, I bought my own shampoo and soap.

– They don’t have a hand soap at the wastafel. So you should go to the shower room to get a soap and get back to the wastafel to wash your hand. Or you could just wash your hand at the shower room.

– The hotel don’t have a restaurant. There is only Starbucks at the lobby. So that’s explained why you could only get a breakfast with a simple croissant and it could be boring to eat the same thing over and over if you stayed for a couple of days.


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