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Padi Madi Guest House

Style on a budget

What we say: 3.5 stars

The Thong Lo area is best known for trendy wine bars, pricey boutique hotels and hi-so nightclubs. Going against the grain of this upscale market, Padi Madi Guest House delivers affordable rooms right next to Thong Lo BTS station. Considering the prices, they’re surprisingly stylish too.

It looks better once you go inside.

It looks better once you go inside.

Set in part of a large brick building at the corner of Sukhumvit and Soi 53, Padi Madi’s clean and well-appointed rooms are ideal for those seeking a comfy place to lay their head while foregoing extras like lounge and swimming pool. A bright and cheerful design includes pastel or white paint on brick walls, sleek black tile floors, tasteful paintings of orchids and good-size windows.

Standards aren’t huge, and the larger superiors are worth the extra 200 baht if you intend to spend a fair amount of time in your room. Both standards and superiors are stacked with air-con, safe, fridge, desk, small LCD cable TV, coffee/tea facilities, free WiFi and modern hot water bathroom. With complimentary drinking water and daily room cleaning also provided, this is outstanding value in the flashpacker range.

Budget backpackers are also welcomed by way of small and basic, but clean, fan rooms with shared bathrooms on an upper floor. These also represent very good value; you’ll pay the same or even more for a dorm bed in this part of town. The budget rooms aren’t offered on Padi Madi’s website, so inquire by email or just walk in if you’re interested.

Though the rooms are great, Padi Madi’s prime Sukhumvit location is its biggest selling point. We were skeptical after reading on their website that Thong Lo BTS station is a 10-second walk from the guesthouse, but it took us less than that from the exit 1 stairs. The location also puts some of Bangkok’s best nightlife within easy walking distance. Some traffic noise should be expected, though it’s not too bad thanks to thick walls and rooms facing away from the road.

Other worthy Sukhumvit options in this price range include Hotel California, Sawasdee Inn and PS Guest House, while suk 11 is a popular choice for more of a traveller scene. If you prefer a hostel, Pridi, HI Sukhumvit and Refill Now are all worth checking out.


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Contact details:

2/7 Sukhumvit Soi 53, Bangkok.  T: (02) 662 4272, (083) 008 1219 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Sgl fan share b'room 400 baht 400 baht
Dbl fan share b'room 500 baht 500 baht
Standard - Double 890 baht 890 baht
Superior - Double 1,090 baht 1,090 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 22nd March, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 22nd March, 2014

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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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Padi Madi Guest House
2/7 Sukhumvit Soi 53, Bangkok. 
T: (02) 662 4272, (083) 008 1219 
http://www.padimadibangkok.com/

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