No frills, clean
33 Soi Chana Songkhram (entrance on Soi Rambutri), Bangkok T: (02) 282 9267
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The popular Merry V is a large and basic guesthouse representing solid value on the low budget end.
The property has two buildings: the concrete block that fronts the street comes with very basic but clean fan-cooled rooms with shared cold-water facilities; the rear building offers larger, slightly better fan and air-con rooms with private bathrooms and large windows. Both buildings feel something like a mental hospital thanks to ice-blue walls, chalky white floors and steel wiring over windows. You won’t find even the slightest hint of decor, and furnishings are limited to tiny dented tables. Beds are firm and linens cheap. The front rooms enjoy access to a narrow shared veranda, but the rear editions are quieter. Merry V has loads of different options, making this a good choice whether you’re solo, a couple or travelling in a pack. This is also an ideal location for those who want a social atmosphere in the heart of Rambuttri. The older woman who greeted us wasn’t exactly welcoming but also didn’t have a negative or jaded attitude. WiFi is free in the street-side restaurant. If Merry V is full, check the sister property, New Merry V on nearby Phra Arthit Road, or settle for one of the similar neighbouring guesthouses, Green and Four Sons, both more sloppily kept than Merry V.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 8th February, 2015.