Long-running and popular
12/18 Naresuan Road Soi 1 T: (035) 252 578
Set upstairs from the popular restaurant/bar at the heart of the backpacker strip, a consolidation of several wooden houses at different levels offers something to suit a range of styles and tastes.
Well thought-out rooms range from simple fan editions to a mini-condo complete with music system, fridge and stylish lounge. All fan rooms now have private bathrooms while the pricier rooms are quite swish and tastefully designed with soft queen beds, TVs, desks, a mix of dark hardwood, flush white and exposed brick walls, Buddhist inspired paintings, soft lighting and sumptuous bathrooms. Among these there are plenty of common spaces to hang out and relax, and downstairs is one of the most happening restaurant/bars around, complete with a pool table. Staff can be on the impersonal side but WiFi is free, and the restaurant has a good choice of Thai and Western food with a selection of vegetarian dishes. You would expect this area to be noisy as it's party central, but the air-con rooms seem to stay quiet thanks to the design and proximity from the street.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.