Boworn B.B. Guesthouse
Good backpacker hideout, friendly
335 Phra Sumen Rd (across from Wat Bovornivet), Bangkok T: (02) 629 1073-4, (095) 082 676 F: (02) 629 1075
It looks like a tiny place from the street front, but the backpacker-friendly Boworn B.B.
goes back and back and up and up and is full of rooms above your standard Khao San fare — at not unreasonable rates. Set in a heritage shophouse across the street from Wat Bovornivet (hence the name), the rooms are spacious but basic, with wood floors and thin mattresses on creaky metal bed frames. Bathrooms are clean and well loved. Two small downstairs common areas — one by reception, the other back among the accommodation -- are decorated with vintage LPs and other bits that might remind old-timers of Thailand in the ‘70s. Free coffee is on tap in the front room, while a giant TV often tuned to football dominates the rear. The old lady who runs the place is a particularly outgoing character who tries hard to make her guests feel at home -- unusual in an area where many guesthouses have lazy, impersonal staff. The west end of Khao San Road is about a 10-minute walk away. Overall this is a decent choice if you're after an old-style guesthouse experience. Rates are negotiable and seem to fluctuate depending on things like the owner's mood and how full the place is. Triple rooms are also available.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 700 baht, high season 800 baht. Notes:
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