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9 Phra Sumen Rd (next to Phra Sumen Fort), Bangkok T: (02) 282 3932, (02) 282 3933 F: (02) 629 0380
Taking its name from the nearby Phra Sumen Fort, the four-storey Fortville offers 29 rooms with a sort of medieval-modern theme, if such a thing exists.
A tall doorway with crosses in the polished concrete (resembling those in the actual fort) gives way to a ground-floor coffee shop and reception. Reached via a lift, the clean rooms are simple yet well thought out, with a minimalist design, soft lanterns and fairly spacious bathrooms with shower curtains. Beds and linens are high quality, and all rooms feature a safe, flat-screen TV with cable and air-con. Decor is sparse and the cement floors make rooms a bit gloomy, but they are well kept. Common spaces include a terrace perched alongside the canal and a rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking the fort. Computers are available in the lobby, and the receptionist we spoke with was very helpful. The location is excellent: a five-minute walk to Khao San and two minutes to Phra Arthit express boat pier. If possible, go for a room on the upper floors, facing the fort. Neighbouring Phiman Inn has rooms for around the same price with a similar fort theme and the addition of a small swimming pool, but the staff there was too lazy to acknowledge our presence during our last visit.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 790 baht, high season 790 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 990 baht, high season 990 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 1,120 baht, high season 1,120 baht. Notes: