Refreshing rooms and a pool
The Happy 3 is an all-round winner for those seeking a modern-minimalist room.
You also get a breezy rooftop terrace and mid-size pool with a large awning overhead. Rooms are designed in a fresh Japanese-style, compartmentalised into sections that include modern bathrooms behind sliding whitewashed glass doors and mattresses enclosed on three sides by glossy light-wood trim, lending the feel of being in your own little nook. Accessed by a lift, all rooms come with wide glass windows, small private stoops, long wooden shelves that can also be used as benches, widescreen wall-mounted TVs, air-con, mini-fridges and safes. The pricier rooms come with extra beds, attached living rooms with large daybeds, kitchenettes and tubs in the bathrooms. All rooms represent solid midrange value, with the suites arguably being better choices than the similarly priced (but smaller) low-end rooms at nearby Siam@Siam Hotel. Happy 3 offers a coffee shop and breakfast in the sleek lobby area. Staff is helpful, kids are welcome and Soi Kasem San 3 stays quiet at all times. Hint: walk to the far end of the soi, cross the canal via the footbridge, take a left and follow signs to “Baan Krua” to see silk wears being hand-woven by the folks who first inspired Jim Thompson, the late silk tycoon whose far-more touristy house is located on neighbouring Soi Kasem San 2.
Address: Soi Kasem San 1, Rama I Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 612 4799; F: (02) 612 4795
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º31'38.87" E, 13º44'55.37" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,920 baht||1,920 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||2,580 baht||2,580 baht|
|Suite||3,800 baht||3,800 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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