Huge rooms on a quiet street
Personable service and enormous rooms at very reasonable rates make Napa Place Bed and Breakfast a terrific midrange choice near Thong Lor BTS station. Families and comfort-minded travellers will appreciate a B&B that, first and foremost, focuses on taking good care of its guests.
First off, Napa Place is not a good fit if you’re keen on staying in a Bangkok heritage building, like Baan Noppawong or AriyasomVilla. But if comfort, room size and service are more important to you than teakwood walls and owners who come from noble families, Napa Place’s fortress-like white concrete building should suit you just fine. Especially if you like saving money.
Rooms are some of the largest we’ve seen in this price range; bathrooms alone are bigger than some of the budget rooms found elsewhere in Bangkok. We checked out two of Napa Place’s least expensive “deluxe” editions, one with a spacious living room complete with a comfy white sofa and generously sized bureaus; the other equipped with an enormous walk-in closet and extra space in the airy bedroom. The suite we were shown was similar to the deluxe with living room, but with a little more space and extras like free minibar and Jacuzzi tub. All rooms have at least a regular bathtub.
All rooms also come with firm mattresses on dark-wood frames set over parquet floors, several wall-size windows, desks, free WiFi, LCD TVs with loads of English channels, safes, fridges, rattan carpets, soft lamps and tasteful framed art. Some rooms are so big that they come with two air conditioners; others open onto private balconies. Some might find the rooms to have a sparse feel, and the utilitarian push-bar doors that access balconies are an eyesore, but overall we found the design unpretentiously classy.
If for some reason your in-room living space isn’t enough, a large common living room with shared computers, abundant sofas and books occupies a quiet corner of the building. Included in the rates, set breakfasts get you several Thai and Western options served in a charming ground-floor dining area where, unlike at some B&Bs, you’re not forced to sit around a communal table while making chit-chat in the mornings. There’s no lift, swimming pool or fitness centre.
Coming in at well under 3,000 baht for two guests and with extra beds costing 500 baht a piece, Napa Place offers tremendous value for such spacious and well-appointed accommodation. We can think of several Bangkok hotels that, while not bad, charge the same or more for rooms that are half the size.
The staff is another big selling point: we were welcomed by a polite and cheerful woman who took her time showing us around. We’ve heard that she and her co-workers go beyond what’s expected to help guests make the most of their time in the Thai capital. Free of the overbearing or nit-picky attitudes that you’ll find with some B&B owners, they also seem to know when to leave guests alone.
Napa Place is located down a quiet residential lane off Sukhumvit Soi 36, which isn’t the most happening street in Bangkok. Even so, it does host Vientiane Kitchen and Krua Rommai, both good options for a family-style meal. Loads more dining and drinking haunts are found on nearby Thong Lor Road, one of the city’s trendiest thoroughfares. A free tuk tuk shuttles guests to the same-named skytrain station, which is only around 10 minutes away if you’re walking.
Address: 11/3 Napha Sap Soi 2 (off Sukhumvit Soi 36), Bangkok
T: (02) 661 5525; F: (02) 261 3025
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º34'30.8" E, 13º43'20.52" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room|
2,200 baht for single occupancy.
|2,600 baht||2,600 baht|
Double. 4,100 baht for executive suite.
|3,400 baht||3,400 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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