Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Those looking to stay in one of Bangkok's liveliest areas should opt for one of the many quality options on Silom and Surawong roads. The nearby Chao Phraya riverfront, including the old European quarter, is also a popular and convenient choice.
Soi Ngam Dupli
Soi Ngam Dupli was home to Thailand's original backpacking scene but was long ago taken over by Khao San Road. What remains of it now is tired, weary and for the most part a little crusty. The closest BTS is Saladaeng, while a 15-minute walk away is Lumpini Park. This is a popular area with long-termers.
A rather swish surprise71/2-3 Soi Sri Bumphen, Yen-Arkart Rd
T: (02) 249 5858; F: (02) 249 5818
The Tivoli hotel is a modern hotel not far from Soi Ngam Dupli that offers great value for the money, even if it does have a slightly off-the-beaten path location. Rooms are modern and well ... Read the full review of The Tivoli Hotel.
A beautiful long term option34/17 Soi Sribumpen
T: (089) 496 5882;
Primarily aimed at long-term residents, this block of studio apartments makes a great home base if you are staying in Bangkok for a few days. The studio apartments are well decorated and come with ... Read the full review of Sanctuary House.
A sleek industrial design35/1-4 Soi Ngam Duphli, Bangkok
T: (02) 679 7777;
S1 Hostel‘s bright yellow frontage is hard to miss amid the rather crusty backpacker district of Soi Ngam Duphli. Converted from an old guesthouse and opened after extensive renovations in early ... Read the full review of S1 Hostel.
A 1970s guest house experience13 Soi Saphan Khu, Off Soi Sri Bamphen
T: (02) 679 7045;
Tucked in between Sala Thai to one side and Madam Guesthouse to the other, Lee Guesthouse 3 could not be more different than its companion Lee Guesthouse 4 around the corner. LG3 has bright, airy ... Read the full review of Lee Guesthouse 3.
A bright and cheery placeSoi Ngam Dupli, Rama 4 Rd
T: (02) 286 9492;
Spread over five floors, ETZzz Hostel opened in early 2011 and is a bright and cheery place in a relatively convenient location near Lumpini Park, with good connections to the MRT subway system. On ... Read the full review of ETZzz Hostel.
Good deals onlineSoi Ngam Dupli
T: (02) 659 2888;
This international chain offers smallish rooms with all of the mod-cons, including cable TV and room service. While it doesn't win any charm awards (every Ibis property seems to look the same), the ... Read the full review of Ibis Hotel Sathorn.
Good value, but simple27/23 Soi Sri Bamphen, Bangkok
T: (02) 679 9991-2;
Under the same management and sharing the same name as the internet cafe just across the way, Penguin House offers a more upmarket set of rooms further down the Soi Sri Bamphen. Large clean rooms are ... Read the full review of Penguin House.
A good mid-range spot17 Soi Ngam Dupli, Bangkok
T: (02) 287 0111; F: (02) 287 3420
A brief walk south down Soi Ngam Dupli leads to the main entrance of Pinnacle Hotel & Spa. Passing through the leafy car park into the large, elegantly faded lobby, it is obvious why this hotel fits ... Read the full review of Pinnacle Lumpinee Hotel & Spa.
Not very artful, but cheap27/39 Soi Sri Bumpen, Rama IV Rd
T: (02) 679 8438;
The Cafe des Arts Guesthouse has eight basic rooms on two floors, each with an exceptionally firm double mattress. Linens are worn, but the bathrooms are clean and have hot water showers. A shared ... Read the full review of Cafe des Arts Guesthouse.
A mellow place with a nice vibeSoi Saphan Khu 15 (off Soi Sri Bamphen), Bangkok
T: (02) 287 1436;
At the end of the Soi, sitting under towering palm trees, is Sala Thai Guesthouse. Staff here are friendly, if a little unenthusiastic when showing guests around the neat and tidy premises — you ... Read the full review of Sala Thai Daily Mansion.
Unusual atmosphere11 Soi Saphan Khu, Off Soi Sri Bamphen, Bangkok
T: (02) 286 9289; F: (02) 213 2087
Tucked away down this leafy backstreet, Madam Guesthouse fills the gap in the market for cheap, silent, fan-cooled rooms. As a converted house, staying at Madame has a very homely feel, requiring ... Read the full review of Madam Guesthouse.
Value for moneySoi Saphan Khu (off Soi Sri Bamphen), Bangkok
T: (02) 679 8116;
Down the quiet side street of Soi Saphan Khu lies Lee's fourth and final guesthouse. The small lobby of Lee 4 guesthouse is sometimes found silent, occupied only by a dozing elderly lady. If you have ... Read the full review of Lee 4 Guest House.
Not a bad choice2/10-11 Soi Sri Bamphen, Bangkok
T: (02) 287 1756;
Just off Soi Ngam Duphli is the no-frills Moon House guesthouse. If you're easily claustrophobic or are above average height, the small dark stairwells at Moon House will probably put you off. ... Read the full review of Moon House.
Silom and Surawong Rd
Silom Rd is the heart of Bangkok's business district and there's plenty of typical tourist hotels in the area -- including properties by Holiday Inn, Le Meridien and Sofitel -- but there is also a growing scene in flashpacker hostels. So if you're a backpacker wanting to spend time in the Silom and Surawong area and not wanting to hump across from Khao San, don't fret -- we've found some budget digs for you.
Great value dorms in a vibrant area36/4 Pan Road, behind Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Silom, Bangkok
T: (02) 635 1212;
Part of a recent surge of hostels to emerge in Bangkok, Mile Map opened at the tail end of 2012 and offers simple, spacious dorms and privates in one of Bangkok’s most sought-after areas. With ... Read the full review of Mile Map Hostel.
Flash bunks in the business district35 Surasak Road, Bangkok
T: (02) 238 2322 ; F: (02) 238 2323
One of Bangkok’s best all-round hostels, the well-equipped Saphai Pae has a great reputation and convenient location in the Sathorn business district. The Thai name translates as “backpacker,” ... Read the full review of Saphai Pae Hostel.
Good value for money in an expensive neighbourhood5/12 Sala Daeng Rd
T: (02) 637 5533; F: (02) 636 2600
The Inn Saladaeng offers great value for money for its location a few minute walk from Silom Road. The rooms are spotlessly clean and stylishly decorated, with flat screen TVs, refrigerators, free ... Read the full review of The Inn Saladaeng.
Industrial flashpacker hostel5/3-4 Silom Soi 3, Bangrak
T: (02) 233 1598, (083) 496 0915; F: (02) 233 9657
With a slick black-and-white urban theme, HQ Hostel is one of several newish spots in Bangkok to aim for trendy, tech-savvy twenty-somethings. The name stands for “headquarters”, and the vibrant ... Read the full review of HQ Hostel Bangkok.
Relaxed and comfortable72-74 Naradhiwas Road
T: (02) 635 0169;
If looking for a relaxed and comfortable place to stay with more of a guesthouse feel than the big hotels that dominate the vibrant Silom part of Bangkok, Om Yim Lodge is worth a look. Although they ... Read the full review of Om Yim Lodge.
Over-the-top funkiness198/19-22 Soi Silom 14, Silom Road, Bangkok
T: (02) 635 8070-2; F: (02) 635 7825
Silom Art Hostel probably wins the prize for the most colourful accommodation in a city known for its bright and vibrant nature. It’s a solid choice if you prefer your hostel to be over-the-top ... Read the full review of Silom Art Hostel.
Slick flashpacker hostel4 Decho Rd, Bangrak
T: (02) 634 7999; F: (02) 634 7510
Opened in 2008, Lub d Silom was one of the pioneers of Bangkok’s trendy hostel craze. While a select few of the city’s less hyped hostels offer an (at least) equal experience for less cash, Lub ... Read the full review of Lub d Silom.Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
Refurbished and good mid range value118 Surawong Rd, Bangrak
T: (02) 266 8268-72; F: (02) 266 8096
For the location, at the eastern end of Surawong Rd, just a short walk from Silom Rd, the refurbished Rose Hotel is a good value mid range property, with surprisingly comfortable, well put-together ... Read the full review of Rose Hotel.
Friendly and central, pack earplugs920-926 Rama 4 Rd (near the corner of Surawong Rd), Bangrak
T: (02) 637 0015, (02) 637 0016;
Popular for its pop-art private rooms, well-equipped dorms and exceptionally helpful staff, Take a Nap continues to compete in Bangkok’s ever-expanding hostel scene. While nothing about it blows ... Read the full review of Take a Nap.
Once lined with old mansions and colonial villas, Sathorn Road has been well and truly given over to the motor vehicle. Although there are footpaths, you'll need a mask if you're panning on walking a long way. A couple of Bangkok's top hotels are on this road, and the western part is served by skytrain.
Simple rooms, colourful street45 Charoen Rat Soi 3, Bangkok
T: (02) 675 5915;
Set in a pair of stately heritage houses on a hidden-away street, FAB Hostel (formerly Baan Sathorn Backpacker) bucks the sleek and trendy hostel trend by going with a more classic Thai design. The ... Read the full review of FAB Hostel.
A chic oasis in a busy city27 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 625 3333; F: (02) 625 3300
Simply put, The Metropolitan is beautiful. In a big, hot, crowded city it feels amazing to walk through the doors into the cool lobby. The staff are attentive and well trained, and the rooms are well ... Read the full review of The Metropolitan Bangkok.
A beautiful take on Thai-design aesthetic13/3 Sathorn Tai Road
T: (02) 344 8888; F: (02) 344 8899
The Sukhothai is built around ponds and gardens, with restaurants and rooms mimicking the placement of houses on canals. It makes for a peaceful respite on Sathorn Road. The rooms at the Sukhothai ... Read the full review of The Sukhothai.
Stunning building21/100 Sathorn Tai Rd
T: (02) 679 1200; F: (02) 679 1199
Certainly one of the most spectacular buildings in Bangkok, the Banyan Tree boasts a stunning roof-top bar that has some of the best views in Bangkok and great cocktails. The business-orientated ... Read the full review of Banyan Tree Bangkok.
Charming50/27 Pan Rd, Bangkok
T: (093) 596 2465;
At the end of an alley just off Silom Road, the charming Cooper Hostel opened in late 2014 to offer a range of rooms for under 1,000 baht a night. Perhaps better described as a guesthouse due to the ... Read the full review of Cooper Hostel.
Excellent value23 Soi Charoen Wiang, Bangkok
T: (02) 630 9015;
With a Thai name that we’d translate as “House Down a Lane,” Baan Glang Soi offers 10 spacious rooms on a colourful side street with easy access to the river boats, the skytrain and an ... Read the full review of Baan Glang Soi.
A steal for groups and families77 South Sathorn Rd (behind King Royal Garden Inn), Bangkok
T: (092) 419 9205;
For the price of a double room at one of Bangkok’s upscale hotels, you could rent out an entire three-bedroom villa within 100 metres of the skytrain at an excellent Sathorn location. Occupying a ... Read the full review of Littlest Guesthouse.
Terrific midrange value222 Silom Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 627 2222 ; F: (02) 627 2300
The stylish and very cushy rooms at Triple Two Silom represent terrific midrange value in an excellent location, especially if booking online. You probably won’t do better than this if seeking ... Read the full review of Triple Two Silom.
Solid value in a pricey area60/1 Sathorn Soi 4, Bangkok
T: (02) 235 8681-2; F: (02) 235 8680
Situated on a quiet side street within easy enough walking distance of both Sathorn and Silom roads, the Mirth Sathorn offers good-size rooms with a classic Thai design. Though it’s not without ... Read the full review of Mirth Sathorn Hotel.
Faded rooms but great location245 Sathorn Tai Road, Bangkok
T: (02) 675 8120;
If you’ve got less than 1,000 baht to spend and are looking for a centrally located, spacious air-con room near a BTS station in Bangkok with a solid array of in-room amenities plus a swimming pool ... Read the full review of King Royal Garden Inn.
Hidden away in central Bangkok14/33 Soi Phai Sing To (off Rama IV Road), Bangkok
T: (086) 887 4028, (086) 332 0909; F: (022) 594 027
De Talak’s modest claim is that it’s “The Ordinary Hostel“. It’s situated in a very “local” and ordinary Bangkok neighbourhood that’s off the tourist trail, and it doesn’t rely on ... Read the full review of de Talak Hostel.
Chao Phraya riverfront
The area between Charoen Krung Road and the Chao Phraya River is home to some of Bangkok's flashest and most expensive hotels, including the Shangrila and Oriental, but that's not to say there are not a couple of more moderately priced digs worth seeking out.
No ugly duckling - great value!31 Soi Charoen Krung 36, Bangkok
T: (02) 235 9271; F: (02) 630 9199
For location and price, the Swan is hard to beat in the Silom area. A u-shaped building set around a swimming pool, the double rooms are well sized, light and airy, and though the singles feel a bit ... Read the full review of Swan Hotel.
Funky and fresh53/15 Soi Charoen Krung 37, Bangrak, Bangkok
T: (02) 639 5707; F: (02) 639 5808
One of many fresh and funky new hostels to hit the Bangkok scene over the last few years, The Chilli Hostel is anything but ordinary. Tucked down a narrow alley away from the tourists but close to ... Read the full review of The Chilli Hostel.
Great budget option1216/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 630 6994; F: (02) 237 1102
Hidden away on Charoen Krung Road at the river end of Surawong Road, the New Road Guesthouse has a stack of backpacker friendly rooms spread across two properties that represent excellent backpacker ... Read the full review of New Road Guest House.Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
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