Quality rooms, top-notch service
A staff that goes the extra distance to ensure guests are happy combines with smart rooms and a convenient Samsen Road location to make Tara Place stand out from the medium-size hotel pack in the Khao San area.
An enthusiastic receptionist asked if we’d like to see some rooms no more than two seconds after we started with: “Looking for a room.” In a flash we were in the lift with a second staffer who answered our questions with patience and clarity. Look no further if you expect thoughtful help with positive attitudes, be it making adjustments to your room to ensure your comfort or arranging a taxi to some obscure destination.
Opened through key-card locks, the rooms are clean and comfortable but not particularly memorable, with decoration limited to a landscape painting above the bed and no catchy additions. You get plenty of space, clean tile floors, notably comfortable beds, cushioned seats by the windows and extras like desk, TV, fridge, air-con and safe, all of which are still on the new side. Bathrooms come with partitioned hot-water showers and plenty of surface area around the sink.
Tara is a solid choice for families, with several apartment-style editions each broken into two rooms with multiple beds. Some of these open to a rooftop terrace sporting some benches and greenery to go with more than enough space for kids to spread out some toys or drawing pads. The lack of a swimming pool will be the only deal breaker for some.
A free tuk tuk shuttle regularly runs between the hotel and Khao San Road, and the location directly on Samsen Road means that you won’t have to venture down any narrow side lanes (not to say that those are generally unsafe). The property spans a pair of yellow brick-and-concrete buildings attached by open-sided walkways; request a room in the back if you don’t want to hear the rumble of traffic in the morning.
Also on the property you’ll find an air-con coffee shop and restaurant, massage shop and travel agency. Along the half-kilometre walk down to Khao San Road you’ll pass some interesting bars, like Adhere the 13th blues bar, and eateries such as Cinema Winehouse. You could also pop across the road and head into Samsen Soi 1 to find a clutch of inexpensive Thai kitchens catering to travellers and locals.
We’ve opted to list Tara Place rather than the nearby Diamond House, which has smaller and darker rooms to go with its own rooftop terrace for a bit less cash. You may also want to consider the nearby Casa Nithra, which has similarly comfy rooms plus a swimming pool for more cash; or Lamphu Tree House nestled beside the Banglamphu Canal.
Address: 113-117 Samsen Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 627 1001; F: (02) 627 1004
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'57.07" E, 13º45'51.45" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,350 baht||1,500 baht|
|Superior double room|
Triple room, two bedroom
|2,500 baht||2,800 baht|
|3,000 baht||3,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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