The B rises in a flurry of polished concrete and primary colours near the centre of the nightlife strip on Rueangrat. It has some weak points but remains a solid option for flashpackers in the heart of town.
Featuring bright red and acid-green sloped plastic furniture and black-and-white framed photos on polished concrete walls, the industrial-chic design is over-the-top trendy. A typical problem with “design” hotels is that they look great when brand new but wear and tear becomes easily visible after a few years. While still clean, The B didn’t look quite as sharp to us as it used to.
The funky theme continues into rooms designed to the tune of different primary colours, accessed by stairs or a lift and equipped with extras like LCD TV, fridge, safe, air-con, glass windows and rain showerheads in the hot-water bathrooms. Higher-end rooms come with more space, bigger TVs and additions like bathrobes and basic coffee/tea facilities.
On the top floor is a small infinity pool with views to Burma backed by a deck that attaches to a large common room with billiards tables and a bar that was being used for a private party when we last passed through. The hotel is set back from the street next to a cramped parking lot and fronted by a large bar and restaurant hosting live music on most nights. There’s also a collection of antique cars stuffed into a ground-floor garage.
The receptionist who greeted us was smiley but spoke limited English, and we got the feeling that The B caters more to trendy Thai travellers. If you’re after a cheaper but also centrally located option, the nearby Rueangrat Hotel has small but clean and reasonably comfy rooms for 690 baht. There’s also the Farmhouse, a newer hotel with no pool and plain rooms that are as cushy as The B’s for roughly the same rates.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 12th January, 2017.