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While Siam Square proper has virtually no accommodation to speak of, the immediate surrounds include everything from simple hostels to stunning luxury digs. The National Stadium section is home to a few old-style guesthouses, while a 10-minute walk further north brings you to several stellar hostels found around Ratchathewi and Phaya Thai BTS stations. If you don't mind a 15-minute walk from the skytrain, the budget shopping hub of Pratunam boasts a wider selection for all budgets. There's also an option or two near the conveniently located Chit Lom BTS station, and in the upscale Ratchadamri area.
One Skytrain stop (or a short walk) west of Siam Square proper, “National Stadium” refers to a sprawling athletics facility and the adjacent BTS Skytrain station. On the northern side of Rama I Road and dotting sois Kasem San 1 and 3, you’ll find some interesting accommodation running from boutique hostel to old-style guesthouse and upscale hotel. It’s a very convenient area with loads of shopping and some interesting cultural attractions within walking distance, including Jim Thompson’s House and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.
The Happy 3 is an all-round winner for those seeking a modern-minimalist room. You also get a breezy rooftop terrace and mid-size pool with a large awning overhead. Rooms are designed in a fresh Japanese-style, compartmentalised into sections that include modern bathrooms behind sliding whitewashed glass doors and mattresses enclosed on three sides by glossy light-wood trim, lending the feel of... Read our full review of Happy 3 Hotel.
Blending the old with the modern in a way that befits its location across from a Thai princess’ heritage palace and next to the Skytrain line, Hua Chang Heritage Hotel is an excellent upscale choice. You can expect impeccable service at reception and a resort-esque atmosphere amid the classy six-floor building housing 80 guestrooms. Named after the Hua Chang (“Elephant Head”) bridge that... Read our full review of Hua Chang Hotel.
One of two sister properties that helped pioneer Bangkok’s trendy hostel craze, Lub d Siam sports an industrial-chic design in a prime location. Not long after opening in 2009, it was one of only seven Asian hostels named as one of The Guardian’s “best boutique hostels” in the world. Loads of other slick hostels have opened in Bangkok since then; can Lub d still stack up? It certainly... Read our full review of Lub d Siam.
High-end hotels aren’t hard to come by in Bangkok’s ritzy Siam Square shopping district, but most are run by corporate chains like Novotel, Four Seasons and Amari Watergate. The eight-year-old Siam@Siam Design Hotel bucks that trend while keeping up with the big names by offering an array of amenities in a luxurious and creative set-up. Apart from the weird email-sounding name, we found this... Read our full review of Siam@Siam Design Hotel.
Set in a convenient spot near a Skytrain station and canal boat pier, Wendy House blurs the line between old-style backpacker guesthouse and flashpacker-range bed and breakfast. No matter how you define it, the 38-room property has an intimate atmosphere and a welcoming staff offering a bunch of helpful info on exploring Bangkok. Rooms are available in two separate buildings, the... Read our full review of Wendy House.
Built in 1962 and once a favourite of American servicemen on R&R, the Reno Hotel‘s endearingly retro facade gives way to refurbished rooms that look a lot fresher than they used to. While certain types of travellers will appreciate the vintage appeal, anyone will be psyched with the terrific location and completely unexpected swimming pool. If these walls could talk … The Reno’s... Read our full review of Reno Hotel.
A few interesting hostels and one artsy hotel are found along Phaya Thai Road, within steps of the same-named BTS station, and also a bit further south on Phetchaburi Road as it shoots west from Ratchathewi BTS station. While there’s little more than some good street food in the immediate area, it makes a strategic base near Siam Square and Pratunam and with easy access to the rest of Bangkok via the Skytrain and khlong boats. It’s also convenient if coming from Suvarnabhumi Airport, as the Airport Rail Link terminates at Phaya Thai.
Opened in 2014, Cacha Hotel is yet another splash of paint in Bangkok’s hipster-art renaissance. Wall murals were created by some of the finest Thailand-based street artists around, making the mid-size hotel feel like an art gallery with beds. Rooms come with some ups and downs, and knowing what to watch out for could determine the quality of your stay. The five-floor building was completely... Read our full review of Cacha Hotel.
If you’re after a dorm with some serious style in a modern slice of Bangkok, Cloudy Hostel should do the trick. The owners showed off their good taste when transforming the shophouse-style building into a cool urban-themed space in 2014. We feel it’s one of the better-value non-party hostels in a city with no shortage of them. Stepping through wall-size glass frontage, you’re met by a... Read our full review of Cloudy Hostel.
A one-minute hop from Ratchathewi BTS station, Monomer Hostel occupies a converted shophouse with modern facilities and a welcoming staff. Though not as big as neighbouring Bed Station Hostel, Monomer has a more homely atmosphere and comparable dorms for less money. Dorms come in 12-bed and six-bed mixed and female-only varieties, all set in long and narrow rooms with bunks set in shelf... Read our full review of Monomer Hostel.
The tiny Siam Journey Guesthouse opened in 2011 and has become popular with creative types looking for a cheap bed somewhere other than Khao San Road. We were told the guesthouse “attracts a mix of party animals and bookworms” — it sounds strange but makes perfect sense once you see the place. It’s artsy, laidback and has a warm community vibe. Bangkok’s most nondescript... Read our full review of Siam Journey Guesthouse.
A 20-minute walk north of Siam Square, the lively Pratunam area draws busloads of tourists, especially Asians, taking advantage of the area’s budget shopping. It’s well served by public transport, with an Airport Rail Link station, khlong boat pier and Ratchathewi BTS station all within walking distance. If you’re looking for luxury, try the Novotel or Glow Pratunam, or battle with the tour buses for a room at Baiyoke Sky in Bangkok’s second tallest building.
Boxpackers is a modern pod-style hostel located next to The Period, a small boutique hotel with spotless private rooms. Managed by the same group, the pair shares a single reception desk in The Period’s ground-floor coffee shop. Set in spacious rooms with nearly wall-size windows keeping things extra bright, bunks are partitioned into private nooks by light wood dividers. Each comes with... Read our full review of Boxpackers Hostel and The Period Hotel.
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... Read our full review of Lemonseed Rooms.
In the shadow of Ratchaprarop Airport Rail Link station, Link Corner is a tried-and-true member of Bangkok's always-growing hostel club. While it probably won’t knock any socks off in terms of design, it's an overall quality hostel with cheaper dorms and private rooms than elsewhere in the lively Pratunam part of town. We received a warm welcome from the English-speaking receptionist as... Read our full review of Link Corner Hostel.
During the 1960s and ’70s, Bangkok’s building boom gave rise to a stable of hotels catering mostly to Western tourists and US servicemen on leave from the war in Vietnam. The Opera Hotel is one of the rare ones that remains open today, looking much as it would have decades ago. Yes, it’s novel and pokey. But with a personable staff offering a swimming pool to go with well-equipped rooms... Read our full review of Opera Hotel.
Just east of Siam Square, Chit Lom BTS station accesses the Ratchaprasong shopping district that runs from Rama I to Phloen Chit roads and the beginning of Sukhumvit. Expect lots of shopping malls, skywalks and easy access to the Skytrain and khlong boats. If you’re looking for an all-women place to stay, check out SAB Guesthouse on Chit Lom Road. There’s also AK House Hostel, which we found inferior to some of the other hostels around Siam Square but still not a bad choice if you like Chit Lom.
The Moonite gets the job done as a smallish midrange option with creature comforts and an attentive staff. The four-storey light grey building is rather plain, with nothing very “boutique” about it, but designers did pull off a sense of sophistication. Accessed by a lift, rooms are decked out with firm beds, good-quality linens, widescreen satellite TVs, desks, minibars, safes, hair dryers... Read our full review of The Moonite Boutique Hotel.
Located along Ratchadamri Road within walking distance of Ratchaprasong, Siam Square, Lumpini Park and Silom Road, Ratchadamri BTS station mainly serves high-end condos and hotels like the Hyatt, Four Seasons and St Regis. Look to nearby Langsuan Road for an interesting midrange pick with independent management.
If you’re after a modern-style room in a ritzy part of Bangkok for a lot less cash than you’ll part with at the area’s big-name hotels, Luxx XL Langsuan is worth considering. A safe bet for couples who appreciate comfort and style, the minimalist midrange hotel is within walking distance of both Siam Square and Silom Road. Giant-size front doors. The tastefully done modern-urban design... Read our full review of Luxx XL Langsuan Hotel.
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