Soothing rooms near the Grand Palace
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If looking for a comfortable, quaint, classy and clean place to stay on a midrange budget in the heart of Bangkok’s historical district, Feung Nakorn Balcony is a fantastic choice. This medium size family-run hotel is a perfect example that the boozy backpacker scene of Khao San Road can be entirely avoided while still staying among the charming old streets of Banglamphu and within walking distance of the city’s biggest sites in Rattanakosin.
Opened just two years ago, Feung Nakorn occupies a four-storey building tucked down an alley off a lovely stretch of Tanao Road in the heart of the old city. The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, the National Museum, Baan Bat and Bamrung Muang Road, Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing, Wat Saket and the Golden Mount, Chinatown and Pahurat Little India, Pak Khlong Talaat and Khao San Road itself are all less than 1.5 kilometres away. Wat Ratchabophit is also directly across the road and Saranrom Royal Garden around the corner.
Immediately surrounding the hotel are quaint little cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlours that occupy two-storey heritage shophouses. Though it sees a fair share of tourists and no shortage of tuk tuks zipping through, this narrow stretch of Tanao retains a low-key local atmosphere that feels a world away from the malls and nightclubs of Siam Square or Sukhumvit.
Feung Nakorn offers a quality restaurant, bar and bakery for those who don’t feel like straying from the hotel itself, and we wouldn’t blame you should this be the case. The designers have pulled off a sense of spaciousness in a relatively small area using carefully placed fish ponds, fountains and foliage. With a quiet and soothing atmosphere that’s magnified by a relaxed yet professional young staff, Feung Nakorn also feels a world away from the hustle, noise and scams of Khao San.
Spotless rooms boast loads of space and continue with the cool theme. Walls are painted understated shades of light cream or mint green and are decorated with tasteful black and white photographs of old Bangkok. Shiny tile floors reflect the loads of natural light that shines in through large swing-open windows. Simple furnishings are painted flush white, with soft mattresses adorned by sumptuous linens and light, feathery pillows. Bathrooms are simple yet spacious and perfectly clean. Rooms smell fresh and almost feel like they were plucked out of countryside cottages.
WiFi is free throughout the building and all rooms are equipped with air-con, hot water, flatscreen cable TVs, fridges, hot water kettles with complimentary coffee and tea, and bureaus, desks and chairs. Shared balconies overlook the courtyard and have a few chairs and tables for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Standard rooms with one queen-size or two single beds go for 1,600 baht per night while corner triples cost 2,500. Family suites are also available with separate sitting areas and private balconies for 3,500. The standard room in particular offers solid value considering quality and location.
Although it doesn’t offer elegance quite on the level of this area’s high-end but non-chain mainstay, Old Bangkok Inn, Feung Nakorn is not far behind. And with its out-of-the-way yet central location, emphasis on simplicity and nearly-as-good standard rooms for half of what you’ll pay at Old Bangkok Inn, Feung Nakorn is perhaps the wiser choice between the two.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.