When choosing accommodations, location is a big priority for me. Because of good location and good reviews, I chose to stay in Mercy Hostel for my two days in Chiang Rai. It was only a 400 m walk from the Old Bus Station and 300 m from the Clock Tower. But what really sold me on this hotel was the swimming pool. It’s not every day that you see a hostel with a pool! 😀
Getting there and checking in
From the Old Bus Terminal, the way to Mercy Hostel was pretty straightforward. I opened my Google maps and followed the directions. What I didn’t expect was that the hostel was in a residential neighborhood and is quite tucked away.
The reception area and the hostel can be reached after the driveway and the separate restaurant. The checking in process was pretty fast and I was instructed with rules and amenities available.
Mercy Hostel Dormitory Room
I stayed in an all-female dormitory room which is equipped with good air conditioning and sturdy double beds attached to the wall. The wooden panel that serves as the headboard also provided a little privacy. Not like the dorm rooms I stayed in before which had open bunk beds. I still prefer a little bit privacy even if I’m staying in a dormitory room.
The bed was really amazing and cozy as well as the pillows. Near hotel quality, I must say!
Mercy Hostel Facilities
The shared shower (for female use only) was clean and spacious. There is a separate cubicle for every shower and toilet. Hair dryers are also available, which is very very rare for a hostel. The WiFi was fast and available throughout the hostel. There’s also a billiards/snooker table in the common area as well as a shared lounge and kitchen.
There are free water and coffee in the shared kitchen and you are also allowed to cook or use the fridge if you want to. There is also a separate laundry area at the back.
As for the pool, well I can’t technically say it’s a pool because it was so shallow. But when I got there, a few westerners were dipping in it probably because it was so hot and humid that time.
Overall, the facilities are clean and well-maintained. Not surprising that they get high reviews because of it.
The reception staff was also very kind to help me with directions and maps are available for free too. Even if I only stayed there for a night, staying in Mercy Hostel was still a good value for money.
1005/22 Jet Yord rd. T.Vieng A. Muang, 57000 Chiang Rai, Thailand
Have you tried staying at a hostel before? Where’s your favorite hostel?