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BB House

Good value, great location

80 Phra Arthit Rd (corner of Soi Chana Songkhram), Bangkok T: (02) 282 2411(02) 282 0953

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BB House

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With a terrific location, comfortable beds and lower-than-expected rates, BB House might just live up to a name that stands for “Best Bed”. There are however some disadvantages to consider before you steer your way here.

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Overshadowed by the larger and less inspiring Happio Hotel, which covers part of the same building, BB House blends into the bustling corner of Soi Chana Songkhram and Phra Arthit Road. The small lobby includes a few shared computers where you can chat with Mum in the comfort of air-con. In rooms and common areas, floral wallpaper joins framed pictures of butterflies, Thai kids and the Eiffel Tower, for example, to lend the place a quirky feel.

Rooms are very compact.

Rooms are very compact. Photo: David Luekens

Expect notably tight quarters in standard rooms equipped with firm but comfortable double beds, tables and small TVs atop bureaus. Clean ensuite wet bathrooms with hot water are also very cramped—larger individuals will want to look elsewhere. Every room that we saw had at least one window; we were told that others are windowless but there’s no price break for those. Despite the lack of space, the value is not shabby given the location and amenities.

Also accessed by narrow stairways, larger deluxe rooms open to an inviting shared terrace with a few tables, benches, a little swing and some greenery atop the fourth floor. Though you don’t quite catch a river view due to the taller buildings across Phra Arthit, it’s a fine spot to have a beer or play some cards as the sun sinks over the rooftops. If you can swing the extra expense (and stairs), we highly suggest the “terrace deluxe” rooms situated up here.

The easy-to-find location puts a string of artsy bars and quality eateries at your fingertips on Phra Arthit Road. Khao San proper is a 10-minute stroll away along Soi Rambuttri, and a river ferry pier is found just across the road. While most rooms stay reasonably quiet for such a central location, noise from the lobby could be audible if you get stuck in the one ground-floor room.

Common area meets lobby.

Common area meets lobby. Photo: David Luekens

Probably the biggest drawback with BB are staffers who, while friendly, speak very little English and are not equipped to help travellers explore the city or advise on onward transport. Opt for Lamphu House or Honey Place if you’ll need some assistance.

BB House also runs a second property, BB House 2, which is essentially an extension of the original property set at the far end of Soi Rambuttri. Be careful not to mix up these places with another, unrelated hotel also called BB House (that one stands for “Best Bangkok”) out in the Pratunam area.

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Walk-in rates at BB House

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Sgl air-con private bathroom
450 baht
450 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
580 baht
580 baht
Deluxe bungalow
680 baht
680 baht
Terrace room
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: 450 baht, high season 450 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 580 baht, high season 580 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 680 baht, high season 680 baht. Notes: Terrace room

Where is BB House

BB House
80 Phra Arthit Rd (corner of Soi Chana Songkhram), Bangkok
T: (02) 282 2411(02) 282 0953
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'38.14" E, 13º45'44.4" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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