One of Bangkok's best B&Bs
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Set in a beautifully restored late-19th century house in the historic district, Baan Noppawong is among Bangkok’s very best bed and breakfasts. Look no further if you seek elegance, romance and comfort to go with an intimate atmosphere and excellent location.
The house was built in the late 1800s by a noble family — the Noppawong na Ayudhaya’s — and is now owned and operated by third and fourth-generation descendents of the original owners. Yes, an actual Noppawong will probably welcome you to Noppawong House. Guests are greeted with a cool drink, given plenty of privacy after settling in, and offered top-notch service whenever it’s required. You get a handy sightseeing map of the area to go with sound advice on where to go and what to look out for.
Flawless colour combinations and craftsmanship are found in common sitting and working areas, punctuated by charming antiques, brass chandeliers, fragrant candles and tasteful watercolour paintings of lotuses in bloom. Original wood-carved trim, doors and shutters have been restored to a deep blue-grey that compliments white walls, woven bamboo ceilings and shiny wood floors. Every corner is spotless.
Outside, bamboo and other carefully chosen plants, flowers and trees make it easy to imagine what Bangkok was like before the pavement arrived. The backyard garden terrace is a perfect place to be soothed after a tiring day of travel or sightseeing. There’s even an old-school pedal-powered rickshaw to help set the antiquarian mood.
Each of the seven guestrooms (plus two common rooms) are designed after one of the nine precious stones of classic Hindu-Thai tradition, or Navaratna. For example, the “Morakot” (emerald) room features a stunning garden bathroom with soft-sea-green walls. The subtle, almost minimalist decor is not the least bit tacky, which is commendable given the gemstone theme.
The cheapest rooms are relatively long and narrow, with minimal space for walking between walls and foots of the beds. Swing-open windows draped in soft white curtains feature prominently throughout the house, making the smaller rooms feel larger than they are. The most expensive “Mani” suite has a private jacuzzi to go with a four-poster bed with curtains and wall-size doors that open onto a private slice of garden. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more romantic room in Bangkok.
Along with desks, bureaus and comfortable beds with high-quality linens, each room is equipped with air-con, LCD cable TV, hot-water kettle, rain showerhead and organic soaps in the bathrooms. Pricier rooms bag you a fridge and minibar, safe and DVD player with a selection of movies available for free. Complimentary breakfast is served each morning in the garden, with coffee, tea and light snacks available throughout the day.
Baan Noppawong also enjoys a great old city location down a narrow lane that shoots off Dinso Road, just southwest of Democracy Monument and east of the October 14 Memorial. Busy Ratchadamnoen Avenue is a stone’s throw away, but the lane itself retains a quiet atmosphere. Khao San Road, the Grand Palace and Wat Pho are all 10 to 15 minutes away on foot, and Wat Saket, Wat Suthat and several other top-notch attractions are even closer. Dinso is stacked with fantastic street food, while Krua Apsorn and Methavalai Sorndaeng both offer delicious central Thai cuisine in comfier surrounds nearby.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.