Jun 11 2012
If looking for a relaxed and comfortable place to stay with more of a guesthouse feel than the big hotels that dominate the vibrant Silom part of Bangkok, Om Yim Lodge is worth a look. Although they call it a lodge, this is truly a guesthouse that blends in to a particularly interesting row of restaurants and shops in the shadow of Chong Nonsi BTS (sky train) station, making it a relatively quiet yet central option for exploring the city, and the nightlife of nearby Silom Road.
With a small lobby tucked off to one side, the guesthouse is fronted by a traveller-friendly restaurant serving a mix of Thai and European dishes. From the street, it’s easy to mistake the place as being only a restaurant, and a cute one at that with its ochre and mint green walls and lone outside table surrounded by tropical plants and a fountain. Once you do realise it’s a guesthouse and inquire about a room, a young and friendly staff are quick to greet.
Om Yim shares a stretch of sidewalk with a Japanese-style tea shop, Vietnamese restaurant, and a camera shop along with a few Thai restaurants. A host of Indian restaurants are found just around the corner on Silom Road along with a side street across from nearby Sri Maha Mariamman temple known for Thai-style seafood barbecue.
A colourful day market boasting one of Bangkok’s best roast duck restaurants lies down an alley across the street, and the crowded bars and restaurants of Silom are a five-minute walk away. Lumpini Park is within a 10-minute walk, and with the BTS station right here, Om Yim’s location is optimal both for its immediate surrounds and as a base for checking out the rest of the city.
Inside, the guesthouse offers only 13 rooms on four floors. We checked out a couple of the standards with windows for 1,150 baht per night. These sport a deep orange and tan theme with a lot of well polished hardwoods. We wouldn’t quite call them elegant, but these rooms are modern, inviting, comfortable, spacious, and clean. Rooms facing the street offer more natural light, although presumably more traffic noise as well.
All rooms also feature a good number of extras like air-con, new flat-screen TVs with English movie channels, safe deposit boxes, tea and coffee makers, fridges, good-sized desks, mirrors and bureaus. Hot-water bathrooms are similarly simple, modern, and fresh, with enough space for comfortably drying off after a shower.
As for the building, WiFi is free throughout, someone monitors reception 24 hours a day, and apparently there is one paid security guard around somewhere, although (s)he must have been out to lunch or off ensuring some odd corner of the building was safe when we visited. One communal computer is available for free internet use in the small but bright lobby, and there’s a similarly small but welcome communal lounge on the second floor. The vibe here is more for those who like their privacy, but the restaurant area could be conducive for chatting with other travellers.
The windowless rooms were full during our visit (we were told they’re basically the same as those we looked at minus the window), as was the 40 square-metre fourth floor suite, which sounds interesting at 1,350 baht per night. Windowless rooms go for 850 baht while those with a window cost 1,150; not exactly a score but reasonable for the quality and location.
Staff seemed willing to negotiate for longer stays, and the guesthouse is currently (throughout the month of June) running a promotion where if you stay three nights you get a fourth night free — not too shabby. If looking for a true budget spot with a more lively atmosphere in this vicinity, you might check out The Urban Age or Lub d Bangkok.
The Thai words om yim translate to “little smile”, which we think sums the place up well. Comfortable rooms are reasonably priced and the location is great, but the guesthouse doesn’t quite offer the value we’d need to crack a great big grin. Still, it’s a cute spot in an agreeable neighbourhood, so we’re happy to give Om Yim Lodge a little smile.
Om Yim Lodge
72-74 Naradhiwas Road, Silom, Bangkok
T: (026) 350 169
BTS: Chong Nonsi (exit 3)
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