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Shanti Lodge

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Bad experience...
Well, I ended up in Shanti Lodge after a recommendation received in Lampang. I arrived at night, abo...

By deniseinasia

What we say: 4 stars

A well known, popular and longstanding guesthouse, Shanti was one of the first guesthouses back in the late 80's to go 'cool' with lattes, Vivaldi, vegetarian food and no smoking. These days it seems its popularity has waned but it certainly has an excellent location. It looks tiny from the outside but is a lot bigger inside. The rooms are a real hotchpotch ranging from 80's Khao San era (the guesthouse scene from The Beach could have been filmed there) hardboard walls and not enough room to swing a cockroach type rooms to nicely decorated, plush penthouse ones with some oddly decorated suites in between. The food is certainly above standard guest house fare but going at standard prices. There's a designated yoga area if that's your scene and there are in-house masseuses on hand to iron out those knots and cricks. Location is one of its best points — down a relatively (well, for Bangkok), quiet soi and very close to the bustling Thewet market and express boat stop. There are also good bus connections and Shanti is only a 20 minute taxi ride (traffic permitting) to the nearest skytrain station (Phaya Thai). Khao San is a 15 minute walk, or 5 minute bus ride away and there are a few decent cafes and even a couple of bars on the way down there along that part of Samsen Road. Overall a difficult one to call – some people love it and some are put off by what may be perceived as a slightly contrived 'coolness'. You may also find yourself struggling to get the attention of the somewhat indifferent staff, who have earned a reputation for rudeness in recent years. (Note Shanti is in 2 different locations some 10 m apart on Sri Ayuthaya Road with the Sawatdee Guesthouse sandwiched in-between.)

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37 Sri Ayuthaya Rd Soi 16.  T: (02) 281 2497 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dbl fan share b'room 500 baht 500 baht
Dbl air-con share b'room 600 baht 600 baht
Dbl air-con private b'room 950 baht 950 baht
Sgl fan share b'room 400 baht 400 baht
Sgl air-con share b'room 500 baht 500 baht
Dbl fan private b'room 850 baht 850 baht
Deluxe Suite 2,950 baht 2,950 baht
Family room 1,100 baht 1,100 baht 1,300 baht for air-con

Added to Travelfish on: 21st July, 2003
Last visited or updated on: 22nd December, 2011

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Bad experience...
By deniseinasia, 03 September 2011
2.0  stars

Mixed feelings
By ilyas, 24 February 2010
4.0  stars

By jojow25, 17 September 2009
3.0  stars

Do not go to Shanti Lodge, they are rude and is expensive for what it is.
By Viajeromundial, 12 October 2008
1.0  stars

not very good
By snok, 14 March 2008
2.0  stars

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