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Imm Fusion Hotel

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What we say: 4 stars

If looking for a hotel in Bangkok with a midrange personality and guesthouse rates, the Imm Fusion might do the trick. While not for everyone, its out-of-the-way location at the far east end of Sukhumvit Road should be manageable for those looking to save some cash. This is a good example that you get what you pay for, but at least the Imm doesn’t use its flashy image as a ploy to charge more than what the rooms are worth.

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Set in what was once an alley between two buildings, Imm Fusion’s lobby is a clever piece of work. Asphalt has been covered over with tile floors, outer walls of the adjacent buildings (which house the guest rooms) have been painted violet, and a windowed roof has been placed high above to allow natural sunlight in but keep the elements out. The floors looked a bit grungy, though all of the guests hanging out in the lounge nooks off to the sides seemed happy.

Off to one side is an over-the-top Moroccan-themed lounge with silky bean bag chairs, sparkling pillars and seriously purple walls. It reminded us of the set for some 1970s adult film that we imagine would be called “Magic Carpet Ride”. At the back end of the lobby, enormous wooden doors open into a quiet swimming pool area where an alley once was — they sure have made the most of Bangkok’s tight quarters. The pool isn’t huge but the surrounding space is a relaxing spot to chill after a day in the city.

A lobby builit into an alley -- brilliant!

A lobby buiit into an alley — brilliant!

We were taken aback when the polite receptionist told us the room rates: standards come in at just 650 baht, placing them among the cheapest air-con rooms with private bathrooms we’ve seen anywhere in the city.

Once we actually saw a room, however, the price made a little more sense. It was cramped, looked rather tired, had only one small window and smelled of stale cigarette smoke, despite a no-smoking policy. Still, standards come with TVs and small desks, and on the whole they offer more than we would expect for the price. We also spoke with a happy guest who was staying in a standard room which she told us smelled fine.

Considerably roomier and brighter, superiors go for 1,000 baht and also bag you a fridge and safe. The deluxe we checked out was spacious, smelled fresh and had far more stylish Moroccan decorative touches than those in the lounge downstairs, though for 1,600 baht you can do better elsewhere in the city. Although the linens on the soft mattress appeared clean at first, a closer inspection revealed a hair within clear view. All of the rooms could use a good sprucing up, and overall cleanliness could be an issue.

From the outside, you wouldn't expect a budget hotel.

From the outside, you wouldn’t expect a budget hotel.

WiFi is free throughout and facilities also include a small spa and restaurant. The staff are happy to provide info on getting around the city, and the hotel’s brochure includes a quality map of Bangkok. The Imm is a solid 45-minute trip by BTS and taxi from Khao San Road, but the shopping and nightlife of Thong Lo, Asok and Nana are a few stops away by Skytrain. Suvarnabhumi Airport is also within relatively easy striking distance, making this a decent option for a cheap room immediately before or after a flight.

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1594/50 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok.  T: (023) 315 555 F: (027) 427 374  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 690 baht 690 baht
Superior - Double 1,000 baht 1,000 baht
Deluxe- Double 1,600 baht 1,600 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 31st May, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 7th September, 2013

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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