Creative and modern
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Opened in mid-2014 off Sukhumvit Road, the Beat Hotel blends comfort and a creative edge into a large, modern space. From gallery-worthy wall murals to individually stitched pillows, the place was pieced together by local artists. Solid midrange value, strong common facilities and an “art market” location help to make this one of Bangkok’s coolest boutique hotels.
The Big Mango boasts no shortage of artsy places to stay, but the Beat is one of the only true boutique hotels on this grand a scale. The developers, who also created Hi Residence up near Victory Monument, have clearly thrown a hefty load of cash at the place.
But what sets this spot apart from Sukhumvit’s countless other midrange hotels is how some of the city’s youthful artists collaborated on the design. Affectionately dubbed the “Melting Pot”, the ground-floor lobby / hangout space feels like an artist’s urban loft, complete with wall-size windows, high ceilings and a minimalist feel with flourishes of post-modern art.
A lift shoots guest up to three different types of immaculate rooms that forgo the usual “standard”, “superior” and “deluxe” labels in favour of “Siamese Twin”, “Double Trouble” and “Double Trouble Plus”. All three come with large windows, polished light-wood floors, air-con, fridge, desk, LCD TV and an overall modern ambiance. You’ll find a fair amount of space in all of them.
In each room, walls and some of the furnishings were individually done by local artists — and they went way beyond the sloppy paintings often thrown up by some of the city’s “boutique” hotels (the Beat avoids that overused term altogether). Artwork varies widely from room to toom, from a deep tan-and-green forest scene to a whimsical design that feels like stepping into a comic book strip.
Complimentary breakfast is served down in the “Melting Pot”, and a reading area with shelves of art books is a fine place to get the creative juices flowing. Better yet, head next door to the two-floor HOF Art Space, which appears to feature works by some of the same artists who helped design the Beat’s rooms. We were also told that a neighbouring condo’s swimming pool and fitness centre can be used by guests.
The skytrain is practically visible from the hotel, which sits just far enough back from Sukhumvit to escape most of its traffic noise. The new (as of 2014) W Art Market sits like a courtyard in front of the hotel and offers up funky bars, cafes and live music after dark. As an added bonus, one of our favourite coffee shops, M Coffee, is right around the corner.
Room rates are very reasonable given the high levels of comfort and security, the attention to detail, and especially, the location in one of Bangkok’s pricier areas. Walk-in rates are less than we’d expect, and we were told that significant discounts can be scored on Agoda.com. It’s also worth checking the hotel’s website for promotional rates.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 12th February, 2016.