Clean, no-fuss and a little bit funky
S Box Sukhumvit Hotel is a sleek, no-fuss flashpacker option in a solid location for the Sukhumvit area.
While you wouldn't ordinarily be optimistic about a hotel that actually calls its rooms a box, orange-themed S Box offers four categories of rooms, from pristine capsules of just seven square metres through to rooms of 21 square metres. The vibe is a little characterless, but small touches and obliging staff lift the hotel above the average for the price.
We booked a capsule room for 832 baht using Agoda (the rack rate is 1,000 to 1,500 baht) but were upgraded on arrival to the basic room by the friendly, triple denim-wearing staff manning the efficient 24-hour reception, who told us the capsules were overbooked. We weren't so thrilled to have to pay a 1,000 baht cash security deposit—a credit card swipe would take weeks to be returned, we were told, so surely this should be mentioned on the site's website and Agoda copy.
We were whisked upstairs by a member of staff—unexpected at this price point—and were pleased to walk into a spotless and stylish just-bigger-than-a-box room. Thankfully the orange theme was mostly left at reception, with the room almost blindingly white. Too white? If you can work out how to use the slightly bewildering controls that made us feel approximately 85 years old, you have a rainbow of lighting colours to choose from to set the mood.
While the room is compact, it manages to fit in a double bed with decent linens, a simple work area, rainfall shower with glass wall dividing it from the room (a modest curtain is provided) plus tea- and coffee-making supplies. There's no fridge, but a decent room service menu (pad Thai 180 baht, club sandwich 220 baht, Heineken 180 baht or cappucino 100 baht, for instance). We liked little touches like a teddy bear, a Thai-themed photographic print decorating the wall, (orange) tissue box and notepad by the bed, and a crystal-inspired stool.
The outlook is straight into a building opposite (capsule rooms are in the basement, so presumably there is no view whatsoever there), but it's not like the room is spacious enough that you'd want to hang around here for too long anyway.
The included breakfast at the cute little attached cafe is modest but again, for the price, perfectly adequate. Eggs are hard-boiled only, but throw in a hot sausage or two, a juice and some brewed coffee and a pastry, and you're set for the morning. There's no on-site pool, but guests can use the one opposite at the sister S Hotel, which looks like a comfortable spot to while away an hour or two.
S Box is located just 50 metres down the soi on the right, a 10-minute walk to Phrom Phong BTS station and a few minutes longer to the MRT. Long-running Italian joint Bella Napoli is just down the road, with some street food aplenty just around the corner on Sukhumvit. The hotel is the budget offering of a small Bangkok chain, including S15 down the road as well as the hotel opposite. Other slightly pricier options in the nearby area if you're after a few more bells and whistles include Tints of Blue, RetrOasis and Seven Design Hotel.
Address: 4 Sukhumvit 31, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana
T: (02) 262 0991; F: (02) 262 0995
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º33'56.61" E, 13º44'1.06" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||1,000 baht||1,500 baht|
|Superior double room||1,951 baht||2,098 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Next step up: 2,378/2,524 baht.
|2,134 baht||2,280 baht|
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