Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
One Skytrain stop (or a short walk) west of Siam Square proper, “National Stadium” refers to a sprawling athletics facility and the adjacent BTS Skytrain station. On the northern side of Rama I Road and dotting sois Kasem San 1 and 3, you’ll find some interesting accommodation running from boutique hostel to old-style guesthouse and upscale hotel. It’s a very convenient area with loads of shopping and some interesting cultural attractions within walking distance, including Jim Thompson’s House and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.
Refreshing rooms and a poolSoi Kasem San 1, Rama I Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 612 4799; F: (02) 612 4795
The Happy 3 is an all-round winner for those seeking a modern-minimalist room. You also get a breezy rooftop terrace and mid-size pool with a large awning overhead. Rooms are designed in a fresh ... Read the full review of Happy 3 Hotel.
Upscale-modern-heritage400 Phaya Thai Rd (corner of Soi Kasem San 1), Bangkok
T: (02) 217 0777; F: (02) 217 0707
Blending the old with the modern in a way that befits its location across from a Thai princess’ heritage palace and next to the Skytrain line, Hua Chang Heritage Hotel is an excellent upscale ... Read the full review of Hua Chang Hotel.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Luxurious and creative865 Rama I Rd (corner of Soi Kasem San 3), Bangkok
T: (02) 217 3000;
High-end hotels aren’t hard to come by in Bangkok’s ritzy Siam Square shopping district, but most are run by corporate chains like Novotel, Four Seasons and Amari Watergate. The eight-year-old ... Read the full review of Siam@Siam Design Hotel.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
One of Bangkok's first boutique hostels925/9 Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 612 4999 ; F: (02) 612 4449
One of two sister properties that helped pioneer Bangkok’s trendy hostel craze, Lub d Siam sports an industrial-chic design in a prime location. Not long after opening in 2009, it was one of only ... Read the full review of Lub d Siam.
Convenient and affordable36/2 Soi Kasem San 1, Bangkok
T: (02) 214 1149; F: (02) 612 3487
Set in a convenient spot near a Skytrain station and canal boat pier, Wendy House blurs the line between old-style backpacker guesthouse and flashpacker-range bed and breakfast. No matter how you ... Read the full review of Wendy House.600B to 1,500B 18 votes Flashpacker
Refurbed retroSoi Kasem San 1, Bangkok
T: (02) 215 0026-7, (02) 612 3096-7; F: (02) 215 3430
Built in 1962 and once a favourite of American servicemen on R&R, the Reno Hotel‘s endearingly retro facade gives way to refurbished rooms that look a lot fresher than they used to. While certain ... Read the full review of Reno Hotel.600B to 1,500B 5 votes Flashpacker
Ratchathewi and Phaya Thai
A few interesting hostels and one artsy hotel are found along Phaya Thai Road, within steps of the same-named BTS station, and also a bit further south on Phetchaburi Road as it shoots west from Ratchathewi BTS station. While there’s little more than some good street food in the immediate area, it makes a strategic base near Siam Square and Pratunam and with easy access to the rest of Bangkok via the Skytrain and khlong boats. It’s also convenient if coming from Suvarnabhumi Airport, as the Airport Rail Link terminates at Phaya Thai.
Good value for artistic flashpackers156/5-9 Phetchaburi Rd (corner of Banthat Thong Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 216 8950-3; F: (02) 216 8954
Opened in 2014, Cacha Hotel is yet another splash of paint in Bangkok’s hipster-art renaissance. Wall murals were created by some of the finest Thailand-based street artists around, making the ... Read the full review of Cacha Hotel.
Clean and convenient486/157 Phetchaburi Soi 16 (near the corner of Phetchaburi and Phaya Thai roads), Bangkok
T: (02) 611 0950, (094) 695 6161;
A one-minute hop from Ratchathewi BTS station, Monomer Hostel occupies a converted shophouse with modern facilities and a welcoming staff. Though not as big as neighbouring Bed Station Hostel, ... Read the full review of Monomer Hostel.
Seriously stylish69/25 Soi Pratumwan Resort, Phaya Thai Rd, Bangkok
T: (091) 760 5060;
If you’re after a dorm with some serious style in a modern slice of Bangkok, Cloudy Hostel should do the trick. The owners showed off their good taste when transforming the shophouse-style ... Read the full review of Cloudy Hostel.
Artsy hangout164/68 Soi Nomchit (off Phaya Thai Road), Bangkok
T: (02) 612 0620;
The tiny Siam Journey Guesthouse opened in 2011 and has become popular with creative types looking for a cheap bed somewhere other than Khao San Road. We were told the guesthouse “attracts a mix of ... Read the full review of Siam Journey Guesthouse.
A 20-minute walk north of Siam Square, the lively Pratunam area draws busloads of tourists, especially Asians, taking advantage of the area’s budget shopping. It’s well served by public transport, with an Airport Rail Link station, khlong boat pier and Ratchathewi BTS station all within walking distance. If you’re looking for luxury, try the Novotel or Glow Pratunam, or battle with the tour buses for a room at Baiyoke Sky in Bangkok’s second tallest building.
Cushy pod dorms and more39/4 Phetchaburi Soi 15, Bangkok
T: (02) 656 2828, (02) 656 4199; F: (02) 656 4288
Boxpackers is a modern pod-style hostel located next to The Period, a small boutique hotel with spotless private rooms. Managed by the same group, the pair shares a single reception desk in The ... Read the full review of Boxpackers Hostel and The Period Hotel.
Simple, friendly, yellow595 Soi Petchaburi 11, Bangkok
T: (02) 653 6910; F: (02) 653 6912
Down a side street and a stone’s throw from some of central Bangkok’s best shopping, Lemonseed Rooms reminded us of a small town guesthouse. With a relaxed atmosphere, great service and spacious ... Read the full review of Lemonseed Rooms.
1960s style hotel with a pool16 Phetchaburi Soi 11, Bangkok
T: (02) 252 4031, (02) 252 4032; F: (02) 253 5360
During the 1960s and ’70s, Bangkok’s building boom gave rise to a stable of hotels catering mostly to Western tourists and US servicemen on leave from the war in Vietnam. The Opera Hotel is one ... Read the full review of Opera Hotel.
Simple hostel on a busy cornerCorner of Ratchaprarop and Sri Ayutthaya Rds (next to Ratchaprarop LRT station), Pratunam, Bangkok
T: (02) 640 0550;
In the shadow of Ratchaprarop Airport Rail Link station, Link Corner is a tried-and-true member of Bangkok's always-growing hostel club. While it probably won’t knock any socks off in terms of ... Read the full review of Link Corner Hostel.
Just east of Siam Square, Chit Lom BTS station accesses the Ratchaprasong shopping district that runs from Rama I to Phloen Chit roads and the beginning of Sukhumvit. Expect lots of shopping malls, skywalks and easy access to the Skytrain and khlong boats. If you’re looking for an all-women place to stay, check out SAB Guesthouse on Chit Lom Road. There’s also AK House Hostel, which we found inferior to some of the other hostels around Siam Square but still not a bad choice if you like Chit Lom.
Comfy spot removed from the action5/3-6 Wireless Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 655 5501; F: (02) 655 5502
The Moonite gets the job done as a smallish midrange option with creature comforts and an attentive staff. The four-storey light grey building is rather plain, with nothing very “boutique” about ... Read the full review of The Moonite Boutique Hotel.
Located along Ratchadamri Road within walking distance of Ratchaprasong, Siam Square, Lumpini Park and Silom Road, Ratchadamri BTS station mainly serves high-end condos and hotels like the Hyatt, Four Seasons and St Regis. Look to nearby Langsuan Road for an interesting midrange pick with independent management.
Minimalist midranger82/8 Lang Suan Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 684 1111; F: (02) 684 1115
If you’re after a modern-style room in a ritzy part of Bangkok for a lot less cash than you’ll part with at the area’s big-name hotels, Luxx XL Langsuan is worth considering. A safe bet for ... Read the full review of Luxx XL Langsuan Hotel.
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