Good value for artistic flashpackers
Opened in 2014, Cacha Hotel is yet another splash of paint in Bangkok’s hipster-art renaissance. Wall murals were created by some of the finest Thailand-based street artists around, making the mid-size hotel feel like an art gallery with beds. Rooms come with some ups and downs, and knowing what to watch out for could determine the quality of your stay.
The five-floor building was completely gutted, a bright lobby and cafe with wall-size windows filling the ground floor and funky steel slabs with splotches of ice-blue and faded-orange placed over much of the exterior. Logs from an old railway were repurposed to form some of the floors and bedframes. A central shaft around the stairway was left open from top to bottom, dotted with soft orange lanterns and topped with a skylight. Tropical plants drape over the large rooftop bar area.
But it’s the art that sets Cacha apart. Talented street artists like P7, Rukkit and Zids added their colourful designs throughout the building, including Thai-style lions, owls, Khmer-style women and Hanuman the monkey-king, all imaginatively interpreted. Displaying influences from Cambodia, Thailand and New Zealand, artist Peap Tarr’s brush set elephants loose in the lobby.
Accessed by a lift, rooms all have their own unique murals to go with polished cement ceilings, air-con, desks, LCD TVs and hot-water bathrooms with basin sinks that, in some rooms, are situated out in the main space near the beds. Some of the 20-square-metre standard rooms are windowless, while the largest deluxe editions come with balconies on the fourth floor.
Cacha is a rare case where you might be better off requesting a room without a window. It’s location at the busy corner of Phetchaburi and Banthat Thong roads results in considerable traffic noise seeping through windows in rooms facing the streets. At the very least, ask for a room located as far away from Phetchaburi Road as possible.
A basic breakfast is included in the rates, which constitute reasonable value given the compelling decor and fairly comfy rooms. The woman who greeted us at reception was quite welcoming, and we watched another staffer carry heavy luggage out to the street and flag down a taxi for a solo guest. The whole building appeared spotless and WiFi is free, though it may be patchy upstairs.
The central location puts you a 10-minute walk from Ratchathewi BTS station, which is one stop from the Skytrain interchange at Siam and the Airport Link at Phaya Thai. BACC and Pratunam are both around 20 minutes away on foot. A quick taxi ride can take you to Nang Loeng market and the Dusit palaces, while a khlong boat caught at nearby Hua Chang pier provides accesss to the rest of the historic district. You’ll find clutches of street food on nearby Phetchaburi Soi 10, across the road on Soi 5, and closer to the skytrain on Phetchaburi Road itself.
Address: 156/5-9 Phetchaburi Rd (corner of Banthat Thong Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 216 8950-3; F: (02) 216 8954
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º31'36.27" E, 13º45'17.71" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,100 baht||1,100 baht|
|Superior double room||1,300 baht||1,300 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,500 baht||1,500 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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