House of Phraya Jasaen is a rather offbeat option in the Saphan Taksin area, offering spotless and interestingly decorated rooms.
The guesthouse sits on land given by King Rama VI to Phraya Ja Saenya Bodhi Sri Boripal, off Charoenkrung Road, which was one of the first Western-style roads built in Bangkok (during the reign of King Rama IV). Phraya Ja Saenya was a two-time interior minister under King Rama VI, who came to the throne in 1910, and he also served as Chairman of the Privy Council. He was the great-grandfather of the present owners, which lends a rare sense of historical continuity in a city as fast-changing as Bangkok.
The style of the hotel, which was constructed from seven original shophouses (though it only feels like the width of three or four on the ground floor) is eclectic, in an inimitably Thai style. The glass-fronted lobby and reception has a cafe off to the right, with a roof dripping in baskets of plants and a few local handicrafts for sale; this area was the corner shophouse of the row, and the original teak staircase and some of the flooring has been kept in the renovation. A restaurant lies off to the left, which had already closed by the time we made our late check-in. The cafe serves hot drinks and pastries, while the restaurant serves Italian and Thai dishes. The morning coffee we had was good, and though it would have been nice to order something substantial to eat, there are plenty of street food options in the surrounding streets (and staff can advise you where to go). We didn't realise that breakfast was available for an additional 100 baht, which we found out later.
Throughout the hotel, which was super-quiet when we were there in June 2017, you'll find antique furniture and household items scattered here and there: The website says they are displayed "both for their functional beauty and as a reminder of how life used to be lived in Bangkok".
Rooms are accessed via a lift covered with an old-style grill. Bachelor, single, doubles, triples and quad rooms in a multitude of combinations are available and all are air-con with WiFi, fridge, hair dryer, cable TV and hot water.
We stayed in the bachelor, styled as if a jail cell, with polished concrete walls and floors, fake handcuffs hanging off the grill around the entrance, a cell-like bed (with a comfortable mattress and linen, ruining the effect somewhat), and plenty of chains-from-the-ceiling style. The glass-box rainfall shower is set right in the room, too. The hot water was a little on the tricky side to work out—when there are four photos to explain what to do in the lobby, you know you're in for trouble—but we managed it. There's a tiny window that opens but otherwise no natural light. The reading lamp is excellent.
While it wasn't exactly to our tastes, and very compact, the room was perfectly clean and functional for one person and pretty well priced for 835 baht (booked via Agoda).
The singles make good use of their small space too, with bunk-style beds reached by a ladder, and clean bathrooms are shared. Duos up the ante with double beds and a floor-to-ceiling window, some with balconies, and a return to a chain theme, but with space age stylings as well. The suite sleeps three and has a lighter feel with rattan furniture and a sofa that converts to a bed for a third person and a kitchenette. A dorm-style room sleeps up to four, with its own private bathroom—the theme here is street-style graffiti.
Their See You Again spa offers Thai massage, oil massage and foot massage—300 baht for a 60-minute foot massage in one of their repurposed airplane chairs is very reasonable by hotel standards, plus there's a free 10-minute massage voucher given to guests on check-in, a dastardly ploy that no doubt keeps the punters there. There's also a lounge area where guests can nap or shower after checking out of their room, which is a welcome touch other hotels would do well to imitate. A coin-operated laundry is also available for guest use.
If you're keen to stay in the Saphan Taksin area, which is convenient in particular to Asiatique night market, House of Phraya Jasaen is a quirky, solid value option with a bit of history thrown into the mix. It's just a five-minute walk from the Saphan Taksin BTS station.
Address: 168 Soi Charoen Krung 57, Yannawa, Bangkok
T: (02) 675 9198;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'50.85" E, 13º42'54.16" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl air-con share bathroom||750 baht||750 baht|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||1,050 baht||1,050 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Loft. Duo 1,600 baht.
|1,250 baht||1,250 baht|
|Quad air-con private bathroom||2,000 baht||2,000 baht|
|Suite||2,500 baht||2,500 baht|
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