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Once in Bangkok Guesthouse

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East end of Samsen Soi 4, Bangkok T: (091) 736 1874(095) 901 5363

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Once in Bangkok Guesthouse

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Set in a warren of lanes where you cannot throw a cat without hitting a hostel, Once in Bangkok Guesthouse offers no-frills budget rooms for those who prefer some privacy.

The mid 20th century building has an unusual curved shape to follow the pavement at a corner where Samsen Soi 4 bends to meet another lane. This makes for some oddly shaped rooms that come with a choice of shared or private bathroom. We suggest parting with the extra 150 baht to snag the “double with balcony,” which makes up for minimal interior space with a street view from chairs on a slender balcony.

Compact rooms.

Compact rooms. Photo: David Luekens

The cramped rooms come with either double or twin mattresses set on platforms raised only slightly off the floor. Hanging light bulbs and old-fashioned hat racks with a few hangers are the only other furnishings, and we wouldn’t mind more of the paintings of Bangkok scenes to brighten up the painted concrete walls. But rooms appeared well kept and the rates are reasonable when comparing to similar properties in the Khao San area.

Brushed concrete bathrooms, whether shared or private, come with adequate space (perhaps too much given how little there is in the bedrooms) and modern appliances, mosaic-tile floors and hot-water showers. While the shared bathrooms we popped into smelled fresh, the private one was a little musty.

A cafe to relax in.

A cafe to relax in. Photo: David Luekens

The ground-floor lobby opens to the street and here you’ll find a few vintage round tables for enjoying the free instant coffee, tea and biscuits. Each room is also allotted a small safe guarded by receptionists and a security camera in the lobby. Cheerful staffers do their best to make guests feel at home. From late night to early morning, they lock the doors and provide guests with a code to get inside, and their phone numbers in case of emergency.

In this same neighbourhood you’ll find Blue Chang House, another small guesthouse with rates starting at 800 baht; we thought the rooms there were decent but didn’t get much enthusiasm out of the staff. Otherwise you could try to score a private room at nearby hostels like The Oasis or Bewel, or walk all the way west and cross Samsen Road to find Sam Sen Sam Place.

Inquiring as walk-ins at Once in Bangkok, we were offered rates that fell 70 to 150 baht below the rates available online on the same day.

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Walk-in rates at Once in Bangkok Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con share bathroom
580 baht
650 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
600 baht
750 baht
800 baht with a balcony
Triple air-con private bathroom
1,150 baht
1,150 baht
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 580 baht, high season 650 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes: 800 baht with a balcony
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,150 baht, high season 1,150 baht. Notes:

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Once in Bangkok Guesthouse
East end of Samsen Soi 4, Bangkok
T: (091) 736 1874(095) 901 5363
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'8.07" E, 13º45'44.91" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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