Simple, friendly, yellow
595 Soi Petchaburi 11, Bangkok T: (02) 653 6910 , (02) 653 6911 F: (02) 653 6912
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Down a side street and a stone’s throw from some of central Bangkok’s best shopping, Lemonseed Rooms reminded us of a small town guesthouse. With a relaxed atmosphere, great service and spacious rooms that represent excellent value, there’s nothing sour here.
The fact that Lemonseed files itself simply under “rooms” rather than “boutique” or “design” is a breath of fresh air, and this non-pretentious sentiment is mirrored by the Thai-British couple who owns the place. They’ve added a handful of artistic touches around the five-floor cement building, which was once a small tea-sorting factory, but the rooms are their focus.
All 20 rooms are massive by Bangkok standards; if you need serious space to store those wholesale purchases from Pratunam, this is your place. Polished concrete floors are brightened by yellow-orange walls, a single framed photo of lemons on the vine and a large window to let in natural light. King-size beds are comfy, cleanliness is well looked after and all floors are accessed by a lift. Coupled with the building’s thick walls, the leafy locale ensures a quiet night’s sleep, though nearby construction could cause a rude awakening at update time.
Each room comes with air-con, TV, mini-fridge, key-card lock, large mirror, small table and wide hot-water bathroom with modern appliances. In addition to regular removable shower heads, rain showers are a thoughtful touch. Some rooms have attached balconies overlooking the street. While rooms don’t have safes, the owners offer free use of what we were told is a huge one down in reception. WiFi is free and Thai or Western breakfasts are served complimentary in a ground-floor dining area.
Since our last visit, Lemonseed had added a family room option that sleeps three, and a four-bed dorm-style room for groups. Given room size, amenities, location and service, this is excellent value. We were told the hotel attracts a varied mix of backpackers, flashpackers, families, small business-owners taking advantage of the area’s wholesale shopping and even long-term stayers. Advanced bookings are recommended.
Even if you’re not here for the shopping, Lemonseed makes a good base for exploring the city. Ratchathewi and Phaya Thai BTS stations are both around a 10-minute walk away, with the Airport Rail Link connecting to the latter. Siam Square, Sukhumvit and Victory Monument can all be easily reached without changing trains.
If Lemonseed is full, or you prefer a more modern building in the Pratunam area for a bit more cash, the conspicuously similar-sounding Lemontea Hotel is another solid choice on Phetchaburi Soi 15. You might also consider the Reno and Happy 3.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 26th June, 2015.