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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.

National Stadium

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.

Happy 3 Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Soi Kasem San 1, Rama I Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 612 4799

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.

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Hua Chang Hotel
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
400 Phaya Thai Rd (corner of Soi Kasem San 1), Bangkok
T: (02) 217 0777

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. A classy spot. Named after the Hua Chang (“Elephant... Read our full review of Hua Chang Hotel.

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Lub d Siam
Backpacker - Under 600B
925/9 Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 612 4999

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.

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Siam@Siam Design Hotel
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
865 Rama I Rd (corner of Soi Kasem San 3), Bangkok
T: (02) 217 3000

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.

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Wendy House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
36/2 Soi Kasem San 1, Bangkok
T: (02) 214 1149

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. Plenty of tuk tuks around here. Rooms are available in two... Read our full review of Wendy House.

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Reno Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Soi Kasem San 1, Bangkok
T: (02) 215 0026-7, (02) 612 3096-7

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.

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Ratchathewi and Phaya Thai

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.

Cacha Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
156/5-9 Phetchaburi Rd (corner of Banthat Thong Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 216 8950-3

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. Be careful when crossing here. The... Read our full review of Cacha Hotel.

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Cloudy Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
69/25 Soi Pratumwan Resort, Phaya Thai Rd, Bangkok
T: (091) 760 5060

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. Nicely done urban-style hostel. Stepping through wall-size... Read our full review of Cloudy Hostel.

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Monomer Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
486/157 Phetchaburi Soi 16 (near the corner of Phetchaburi and Phaya Thai roads), Bangkok
T: (02) 611 0950, (094) 695 6161

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. We dig the minimilist vibe. Dorms come in 12-bed and six-bed mixed and female-only varieties, all set in long and narrow rooms... Read our full review of Monomer Hostel.

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Siam Journey Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
164/68 Soi Nomchit (off Phaya Thai Road), Bangkok
T: (02) 612 0620

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.

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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 Hostel and The Period Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
39/4 Phetchaburi Soi 15, Bangkok
T: (02) 656 2828, (02) 656 4199

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.

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Lemonseed Rooms
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
595 Soi Petchaburi 11, Bangkok
T: (02) 653 6910

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 fish is thnking: “Good thing the cat is distracted by the bird.” The fact that Lemonseed files itself simply under... Read our full review of Lemonseed Rooms.

Link Corner Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
Corner of Ratchaprarop and Sri Ayutthaya Rds (next to Ratchaprarop LRT station), Pratunam, Bangkok
T: (02) 640 0550

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. At a street corner, next to an airport link. We received a warm welcome... Read our full review of Link Corner Hostel.

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Opera Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
16 Phetchaburi Soi 11, Bangkok
T: (02) 252 4031, (02) 252 4032

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.

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Chit Lom

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 Boutique Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
5/3-6 Wireless Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 655 5501

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.

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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.

Luxx XL Langsuan Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
82/8 Lang Suan Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 684 1111

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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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Siam Square? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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