Bangkok offers lodging for all budgets. Bangkok hotels, guesthouses, world class hotels? Try some of the best hotels in the world. Bangkok is your city. We have personally stayed at most of the listings on this page from budget, to mid range to luxury. Keep the suggestions coming!! (Email Dave) and he will try to stay in as many of these hotels as possible. We do not provide reservation links to third parties on this page for any of the hotels/guesthouses listed below – rather we provide the direct hotels’ phone, website and email if available.
NOTE: You can do a search online for “Bangkok Hotels Hostels” or some similar phrase and many of the same guesthouses/hotels who are Internet savvy or who have partnered with larger hotel reservation websites will show up on every search. As a result, those hotels are often full or more expensive then places you can find just by showing up. Because of this, a number of the hotels we list below will not show up in a general Internet search for Bangkok hotels.
We have personally stayed in nearly all the hotels or hostels listed below. Look for the following icons next to hotels we feel strongly about, either in a positive or a negative way.
These hotels are unique, are a good value for the price, have excellent customer service or have additional desirable characteristics that set them apart from the competition.
These are hotels that based on our stays lack customer service, are overpriced and or have other noticeable faults.
Dave’s Recommended Bangkok Hotel
We first heard about TenFace Hotel from Neil Mandt (who we interviewed); Neil directed and starred in a movie called “Last Stop for Paul”, part of which was filmed in Thailand and he stayed here during some of the filming. This is one of the trendier boutique luxury hotels in Bangkok and is an extremely good value for the price. We recently stayed here for several nights and found quite a few features that set this hotel apart from others in its price range. We measure a hotel stay in the “details” and it is those details that can quickly add up to an overall enjoyable experience. Check-in was about the fastest we’ve ever experienced! The elevators are also super quick.
Tenface has only 79 suites. Even their smallest rooms (the one room suites) are quite sizeable by Bangkok standards. Tenface also offer several two bedroom suite options (which include a kitchen). The hotel is named for the ten-faced giant from the Thai national epic, Ramakien. The entire hotel plays upon this theme including their “Tosakan’s Heart Box” which is given upon check-in. This box contains a complimentary BTS Skytrain Day pass, a local SIM card for your cell phone, the use of a Nano Ipod for the duration of your stay as well as a “must see places” guidebook including local recommendations as well as cards of select attractions written in English as well as Thai to give taxi drivers (an important feature!). Each suite has its own router for fast complimentary in-room WiFi. The rooms are stylishly decorated and the beds as comfortable as you will find (Tenface provides one of four different pillow types upon request!).
The Wanara Restaurant on the 2nd floor serves both Thai and Western Cuisine. The nearby stylish Sita Bar is a great place to hang out after a day walking the hot streets of Bangkok. Or for additional cooling consider their narrow but long pool in the back of the hotel. There is also a small fitness center on site. This modern hotel (opened 2008) is located at 81 Soi Ruamrudee 2 Wireless Rd. about a 4 minute drive from the closest skytrain stop, Ploen Chit. This small quiet, safe and clean residential area is surrounded by Bangkok’s main business district. A number of clubs, spa’s restaurants and shops are within walking distance. Tenface operates a Tuk Tuk shuttle to and from this skytrain stop 24 hours a day. Visit: www.tenface.bangkokshotels.com/en
— Location: Sukhumvit Ploen Chit
Hold your mouse over each link below to find out about each particular Bangkok district. Click each link below for hotels & guesthouses in that particular district. Thailand’s country code is +66.
Chao Praya River is the lifeblood of Bangkok. It is a huge brown river and winds its way among all the temples and buildings – canals run into this main river. Sometimes the Chao Phraya provides at least a breeze to help break up the sometimes heavy humidity. Longtail boats and river taxis ferry passengers up and down and across this river. Major temples are located near its banks including Wat Arun, Wat Po and the Grand Palace.
Aurum, The River Palace is located within minutes walking of Wat Po and the Grand Palace on a small Soi right next to the Chao Phraya River. It is located in the original heart of Bangkok’s commercial and cultural district.
You can’t beat this location! Aurum is located on a very quiet street despite being rather close to all the touristy action and crowds. We love hanging out at the small cafe that is nearby – either indoors when its really hot and muggy outside (great AC) or for a more intimate experience with the river traffic outside on their small balcony overlooking the river and Wat Arun on the other side. This luxurious European styled boutique hotel only has 12 rooms. All are tastefully decorated and elegant. No Skytrain or Metro services this area and a taxi is the best way to reach the hotel; the Hua Lumpong Skytrain stop is the closest metro stop (accessed via taxi). Visit: www.aurum-bangkok.com
Oriental Hotel What can be said about the Oriental Hotel other than it is among an elite class of hotels in the world and is certainly considered one of the top hotels in Bangkok. Old World elegance is a phrase that easily describes this hotel. This exquisite historical hotel celebrated their 140th year anniversary in 2016; they are located right next to the French Embassy and also the Chao Phraya River (in fact they have their own pier on the river appropriately named, The Oriental Pier). For a hotel of this caliber the room prices are actually quite reasonable. Transplant this hotel to another city such as New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong or any of a number of other wealthy cities in the world and the prices per night would be absolutely exorbitant. Here, rooms start at about $350 per night US $ although during the ‘off season’ prices may dip lower for the deluxe rooms. The service is absolutely impeccable – the employees are friendly extremely attentive, and they anticipate your needs quite well.
The rooms are well designed and there are great views of the river and the surrounding areas depending on which side of the hotel your room is on. Each section of the floor has a butler available on your call. A surround sound Bose driven speaker system is available and controls are next to both sides of the bed, in the bathroom, and next to the toilet. Fresh OJ and a morning paper are delivered every day. A small pullout “office” is available with a high speed Internet connection, phone and fax machine.
Marble is liberally used, especially in the bathrooms – nice bathtubs, and precision temperature controlled showers are available. Bath salts and other fancy bathroom amenities are provided for your use. Be sure to try out their famous Health Club and Sports Centre – located across the river (free shuttle boat service is provided by one of the Orientals Shuttle boats). Where else in Thailand or abroad can one lay down immersed in Papaya fruit and other oils? Also try out some of their many restaurants on site. Le Normandie is Bangkok’s best French Restaurant – suit and tie required for men in the evenings. Based upon personal experience (especially during the high season) you must reserve well ahead for either lunch or dinner at Le Normandie. The Author’s lounge is a special place and is named after several prominent authors who stayed and wrote at the Oriental Hotel, James Michener included. Sometimes reduced Internet rates are available. Visit: www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/chao-phraya-river/luxury-hotel
Peninsula Hotel has been voted the top hotel in the world by a large survey conducted by readers of Travel & Leisure. While the Oriental Hotel, located almost across the Chao Praya River has historical significance, the Peninsula is all about the modern elegance and impeccable service.
During extremely rare times (such as threat scares, IE SARS, CoronaVirus) we have seen prices per night at half or less then half of their normal pricing. For the top hotel in the world. Wow. However, don’t expect the price to be anywhere near these discounts/night during normal times – depending on the season rooms typically will start at $800 to $1000/night. Visit: www.peninsula.com/en/bangkok
Riva Arun is conveniently located near several piers along the Chao Phraya River and within about a 5-7 minute walk of the nearest metro station, Sanam Chai. This location is ideal for those looking to stay both on the river with easy access to public transportation. This 25-room boutique hotel is almost across from Wat Arun with picturesque views from many of the rooms (small balconies) of this iconic temple – it looks especially lovely at night when it is lit up by many lights.
The standard rooms are small and feel crowded and tight at times with either a single bed or double beds. The bathrooms are tiny. During our stay we found the Internet access was somewhat slow and experienced periods of latency. A rooftop restaurant serves breakfast (take the elevator to the 4th floor and walk up to the restaurant on the rooftop), lunch and dinner and has a well-stocked bar. Features intimate views of the Chao Phraya River.
No pool is located on site but guests can take a taxi or tuk-tuk to their sister property, the Riva Surya Bangkok and use their pool, also located on the Chao Phraya River about a 15 minute drive away with little traffic. Each hotel can arrange transportation between the two properties but the cost of the transportation is the guests’ responsibility.
Aside from this ideal location, the highlight is the staff – they are very attentive to their customer’s needs and seemingly have memorized and remember every minute detail from any interactions made during interactions with customers.
Woodlands Inn is a budget hotel – visit: www.woodlandsinn.org It is a little dingy and they did not accept credit cards (even though their website indicates they do – so bring cash. This hotel has undergone an upgrade so hopefully the quality of rooms have improved since we stayed here. It is overall clean and provides a safe nights sleep. Located about 500 meters from the Chao Praya River and approximately 2 kilometers from the nearest Metro stop Hualumphong.
Airports These are hotels that are typically within about a 20 minutes drive or less to either Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport is Bangkok’s primary International and Domestic Airport. Don Mueang was Bangkok’s main International airport before Suvarnabhumi Airport was built. Don Mueang still services a number of airlines for both domestic and International routes – including Air Asia and Nok Air.
Boxtel, Suvarnabhumi is located on the basement level of the airport about 200 meters past the Airport Rail Link terminal station. Even if these tiny sleep pod like boxes were not located here, this part of the airport is among the most popular places to sleep between flighs – with travelers often cramped into seats or lying on the floor. However, Boxtel gives you enough room to stretch out with privacy.
Sleep based on the time you have – either connecting for flights or upon arrival or departure. Super conveniently located. Rooms are booked in 4 hour increments – note that there are no showers on site and bathrooms are shared. Main pluses of a stay here are privacy and convenience. Typically pricier then most budget single rooms found if you go into Bangkok.
For more information, visit: www.boxtelthailand.com
Ivory Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Ivory Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is conveniently located about a 10 to 15 minute drive from the Suvarnabhumi Airport via taxi at 2/1 – 2/2 Ladkrabang 22 Ladkrabang (about a 20-25 minute drive to On Nut Skytrain stop with no traffic). This hotel is a very good value for the price with a great location especially if you need to catch an early morning flight from the nearby airport. The hotel can also arrange transportation to and from the airport if needed.
The staff are friendly (front staff speaks English) with a guy to take your bags up to your room when you arrive. The rooms are clean and comfortable with very firm beds. Wifi worked well during our stay. A small restaurant part of this hotel is located on the ground floor in the building directly across from the lobby. Newspapers in English and Thai are available in the outside waiting area (next to the indoor lobby). The showers are very confusing to use – one must turn on the facet located at the bottom of the shower, then press the large silver press pad on the actual shower installment and then supposedly the shower will turn on. It doesn’t always work this way based on numerous times and showers used when staying here.
As you exit the small soi turn left onto Ladkrabang Road and a short walk will soon take you to the Paseo Mall shopping areas. An outdoor night market operates every evening and there are multiple food options both at the market and at the mall. A small, somewhat sketchy looking massage place is located on the same side of the street about a minute walk from the lobby. One of the tiniest massage businesses we have been in. Decent but not great massage. For more information, visit: www.theivorybangkok.com
Montri Hotel & Spa is located almost directly across from Don Mueang Airport and if you are flying in or out of this airport, this hotel is very conveniently located and rooms are available at a decent price. This resort is very much decorated and built in a Thai style. It is not a fancy resort – rather is very modest and makes a comfortable stay. A small low key massage room is one site – and in our experience provides a very good massage.
The rooms are clean and comfortable with good air conditioning. The grounds of the property are calming, as quiet as you can find in this urban oasis – there is even a little water wheel for calming flowing water sounds and birds in cages and an open courtyard for additional relaxation.
Breakfast can be ordered in the morning – several light items are available including “joke” a type of porridge.
The property can be very difficult to find – it is located on a small street (when trying to find have their phone number at hand so you can give it to your taxi driver or key in their address into Google Maps – this works fine and is the method we used to find their property).
While located merely a little over a kilometer from Don Mueang as the crow flys getting to the airport can take a bit longer depending on traffic or if you walk. If you walk it is about 20 + minutes weaving through small streets and a busy part of town. If you drive it can take about 10 mins with no traffic as the driver has to go down a bit further from the airport and circle back. The hotel will reserve a taxi for you for about 50baht – or you can walk several blocks to flag one down on the nearby street (may be less taxis here in the early am and during rush hour you might have to wait some time before you can find an empty one). It cost us just over 50 baht to the airport using one of the taxi meters.
During our stay the wifi worked very well inside and outside the room. Location: No.11 Soi Chang Arkart Uthid 3 Yak 4, Donmuang, Bangkok, 10210 Thung Si Kan. Visit: www.montriresort-bangkok.com
Oyo 129 Gems Park Hotel is a hotel/serviced apartment located within about 15 minutes of Don Mueang Airport. You can easily hear the planes from this hotel landing and taking off at Don Mueang. There are 8 floors of rooms. The rooms are spacious, clean, come with a very small flatscreen TV, a larger than normal refrigerator and a small outside balcony overlooking the city. The several rooms we checked out had very firm beds. The lift stops between each actual floor – so you walk up or down half a flight of steps to reach your desired floor. A van service runs to and from Don Mueang in the AM hours – with a per person fee charged. Internet works well here – with wifi connections for each floor. Very friendly front desk staff speaking enough English to easily get you checked in. Phone: 02 -970 0557 Visit: www.gems-park-apartment.bangkokshotels.com/en
Khao San Road/Banglampou is the heart of Bangkok for International backpackers. There are numerous small rather inexpensive guest houses and hostels on or near Khao San Road. We have seen several in the 200 to 300 baht per night range – room with bathroom and fan (no AC). The advantages or disadvantages of staying on Khao San Road is that you are close to a strong International social environment (often noisy until the early hours of the morning), massage parlors, cheap tour operators and restaurants that cater to tourists. Also consider staying at nearby Rambutri Road area – mere minutes walking from Khao San Road. Rambutri provides all the same services as you will find on or near Khao San but its more quiet and relaxed. Rambutri is located just west of the end of Khao San Road towards the Chao Phraya River.
And if you want an even more quiet and local experience – definitely look at staying in one of the guesthouses in the Samsen area – no high rises here – rather dominated by residential old school Bangkok neighborhoods and plenty of guesthouses. And remarkably it is only about a 10-12 minute walk from Khao San Road.
Say NO to guesthouses that do NOT serve Thai people. Some guesthouses in and around Khao San Road, including the Rambutri district either advertise blatantly that they do not service Thai people or if you are with a Thai person they will refuse that person entry to their guesthouse. Always ask your guesthouse if they service Thai people. Two guesthouses to stay away from are Bella Bella and the Sawasdee Inn – both located on Rambutri Road.
Baan Chantra is located at 120/1 Samsen Road about a 10 minute walk from Khao San Road. This is a privately owned upscale small guesthouse located in a renovated historical home that dates back to 1936.
Excellent furnishings and decorations grace the rooms. Prices start around $65 US dollars per room per night. Quiet rooms – breakfast included, Internet (wifi) and a nice common reading/relaxing room. www.baanchantra.com
Canale Hostel is located in the Khao San Road / Samsen District but feels anything like being on Khao San Road despite only being a less-then 10 minute walk away. Appropriately named this unique hostel sits on the edge of a small canal that connects directly to the Chao Praya River. It is quiet here which one cannot usually find on or near Khao San Road. An area of town that is not yet developed to high rise condos and contains a number of local neighborhoods among them sprinkled a wide variety of budget and backpacker hostels and small guesthouses.
Canale Hostel is located in an old wooden home that was originally built in 1945 and has since been renovated to accommodate both a dorm room and private rooms – while still keeping the traditional materials (wood paneling and floor boards). Those staying here access the property through a narrow soi that is definitely not your normal entrance to a guest house in busy Bangkok – passing by several small homes. In the evening or morning – best chill spots are outside on the wooden deck in one of their comfy solo lounges overlooking the canal.
The dorm rooms tend to be very cost effective for budget travelers who are looking for stay that is unique and a bit off the beaten path. Their single rooms tend to be somewhat pricey but if you are traveling with 2 to 4 people and you split the cost – its not as bad as a single person paying for one of these private rooms.
A small cafe is on site. Breakfast is included with all stays. For more information, visit: www.canalehostel.com
D&D Inn , is one of the nicer hotels located smack in the middle of Khao San Road – rates are very reasonable for the type of lodging you receive. Rates run from about 400 to 750 baht per night depending of course on Single or Double room or AC or fan room only. A very nice hotel – they have a pool and sun bathing deck located on top, nice interior and courtyard – some rooms are a bit noisy so ask for their quiet ones. There is a full service spa and salon (Hello Spa) on the 7th floor. Their motto is “quality on a budget”! Look for discount coupons to this spa/salon located on the first floor.
This is a good value and if you don’t mind staying in the middle of crowded Khao San road, and is one of the better values on Khao San Road. The hotel itself is actually situated back from the main road – you walk through a series of various small shops to get to the reception. Under the same ownership are two other Khao San Road hotels. Visit: www.khaosanby.com
Ibis Styles formerly Viengtai Hotel is located at 42 Tanee Road, Banglampu in Bangkok is well worth the price. Part of the Accor hotel brand, it is one of a number of hotels located within the old city of Bangkok. Features a 24-hour restaurant, comfortable rooms and a large swimming pool. The buffet all you can eat breakfast is included with the cost. This breakfast is actually very good as they have a very large selection of entries, fruit, salads and drinks. This hotel draws an eclectic mix of upscale back packers as well as families and typical tourists. There are plenty of restaurants nearby.
Phranakorn Nornlen – is located about 1 kilometer from the Chao Phraya River and about the same distance from Khao San Road – rooms run from about 1500 baht per night. You can walk to either the river or Khao San area but expect at least a 20-30 min walk to either place. This is a unique one of a kind boutique hotel run by a famous Thai actress who is in her early 30’s. She is often at this hotel during the evenings. One of the friendliest staff you will find. Rooms are all different in their own way. Their peaceful courtyard truly provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of most of Bangkok. Breakfast included with each stay – Thai or American food. Wireless Internet is available for use with hotel stay – and several computers are available. Nice paintings and other artwork decorate this hotel. Some new rooms opened mid 2007.
Located on small very quiet street – mere minutes walking distance to the larger streets, shops, and food. Check their website for the most current prices. Visit: www.phranakorn-nornlen.com
If you stay at Phranakorn Nornlen, consider using Trufflers “true flavour for travelers” run by Donald Woo Ming Lung – ask at the front desk. This is the only boutique travel host to specialize in ‘non touristy’ & ‘off the beaten path’ journey’s in Thailand – they work with guests of the Phranakorn Nornlen hotel to offer these one of a kind trips and tours.
At night access is off of the main Samsen road as the entrance on the small Soi (Street) 6 closes. (Samsen Road runs right by Khao San Road). This is a cheap, clean, safe and very basic place to stay. Note some of the rooms are very well endowed with mirrors most likely catering to sensual activities. There are also several other nice guesthouses on this street (Soi 6).
Rooms are small, clean, comfortable and if you choose a room with AC, it generally works quite well. Breakfast is included – but their included breakfast is quite small. On the menu they list “breakfast sets” usually just museli with mixed fruit or some other cereal. Vegetarian dishes abound. A cooking school also. offered. Location: 111/1-3 Tanee Road, Taladyod, Pranakorn. Visit: www.thaicozyhouse.co.th
Silom is the heart of the financial district in Bangkok – and as a result sees less backpackers, is generally cleaner and quieter than some areas of Bangkok. Note that much of the street food vendors close up shop when evening comes and your choice of food is often stand alone restaurants or taking transportation somewhere else. The Skytrain serves much of this area.
Furama Silom Hotel is located at 533 Silom Road. This is an approximately 18 story hotel. They have a nice rooftop swimming pool complete with a Poolside Bar. In addition, they have a fitness center, a beer garden, and a 24 hour restaurant. The beer garden is worth visiting – its on the roof top and is a great place to enjoy a Bangkok sunset! 196 rooms and service apartments for longer stays are available.
A business center in the facility offers Internet and Fax service. For more information visit their website: www.furama.com/silom
Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – Chong Nonsi
Hey Ha Sukhumvit , formerly the Heritage Sathorn is located on a small soi (street) at 36 Soi Sathorn 13, Sathorn Tai Road about a 15 minute walk from the closest Skytrain stop of Surasak. The hotel has a large Tuk Tuk on site and advertises 24/7 free service. However in our experience, multiple times on different days we asked to be driven to the Surasak Skytrain stop (as they advertise) only to be told that they have no driver. The hotel has 9 stories, the rooms are large and nicely decorated and include a refrigerator as well as a balcony. There are several street food type vendors within minutes walking of the hotel but most close somewhat early in the evening. This is certainly not a touristy part of Bangkok to stay in. The staff is very friendly, helpful and bilingual between Thai and English.
A stay here is a good value. Internet access is included in every room and unlike many hotels the Internet station in the lobby is free. This hotel often offers discounted rates for multiple nights as well as discounts for stays without taking breakfast (small restaurant on site). Note that this small hotel chain also offers several other Heritage hotels in Bangkok. For location and other information visit: www.heyhasukhumvit.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – Surasak (15 min walk)
Hotel Ibis Bangkok Siam is located at 927 Rama 1 Road. Busy part of town with easy access to a number of Bangkok’s most popular shopping centers including MBK, Siam Paragon and Central World. Also several nearby temples and other cultural attractions within a short walk or drive from the hotel. Very easy access and nearby walk to the National Stadium skytrain stop. Features 189 contemporary Superior, Suite and Privilege rooms. Pet friendly. Modern and hip feel.
Good value for quality of hotel and location. Visit: www.ibis.com/en/hotel-8016-ibis-bangkok-siam/index.shtml
Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – National Stadium
Lebua State Tower is a modern 64 story hotel – located fairly close to the Chong Nonsi or surasak Skytrain stops along the Silom Line. It was featured in the movies, Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicholas Cage and Hangover II. As a result a visit here is also popular with tourists. Prior to the Hangover movie one could visit this location with relative ease. Since the release of that movie the property has seen a significant increase in visitors. Today they maintain a number of staff that carefully directs visitors to the appropriate locations within the hotel.
There a number of restaurants in the building – but none as neat as the several restaurants near the top. One, several floors below the top boasts a beautiful bridge (lit up blue at night) that leads out to a lookout over the city. The Skybar is on the roof (this skybar helped usher in a new trend of what are now other Bangkok Skybars on top of tall hotels). You can enjoy a dinner or simply a drink – lounging around the circular bar. The “ball” that drops every New Year is also on display here – it is the world’s highest ball drop! Note the nearby “ghost tower”; this is almost a mirror image of the Lebua State Tower but is currently empty – it is one of the world’s tallest abandoned skyscrapers. Visit: www.lebua.com/state-tower Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – Surasak
La Residence Hotel is located in the business section of Bangkok – within about 10 minutes walking distance to the Pat Pong night markets & risque entertainment, Jim Thompson’s House, and several shopping malls (173/8-9 Suriwongse Road -corner of Soi Anumanrajdhon 1). The hotel is located off of a busy street on a corner but the rooms are quite quiet. The cost for a double room runs about $40 US – this does include breakfast. Some rooms do not include breakfast. Be sure to review the enticing photos of their hotel and rooms on their website. If you walk by here at night it will almost look like this hotel is closed as their restaurant faces the busy street while the hotel entrance is off of the side street. Click on the thumbnails to see the front of La Residence Hotel & the inside of a room.
Lub D (meaning “a good place to sleep” in Thai) is a fairly new hostel located at 4 Decho Road in the Silom area. Decho is a small quiet road between Silom and Surawong Roads. Upscale meets budget in Bangkok and Lub D is the exciting result! The staff is very friendly, there is a “spaciousness” to this hostel that you don’t always find in hostels, the beds are way comfortable, there is the “cool factor”, but perhaps the most important reason of all for making a reservation is the community – which is an integral part of a stay here. In the evenings it can be especially happenin’ downstairs next to the Yellow Donut Cafe & Bar. Nothing beats hanging out here at 10pm on a warm Bangkok night sipping a Bacardi Breezer and chilling with friends.
Several dormitories are available including a ladies only dorm. The dorms are geared to the International traveler who wants lots of activities, not just a place to sleep (note that they also have private rooms). As a result of the power of word of mouth, this it is a great place to meet travelers from all over the world. WiFi is available free throughout the building with several laptops available on the first floor.
Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – Sala Daeng
LUXX – maintains two properties in Bangkok, LUXX along Silom (13 rooms) and the Luxx XL on Langsuan Road (just north of Lumpini Park) with it’s 18 rooms. We stayed at LUXX.
LUXX is located between a 7-10 minute walk from the closest Skytrain stop, Chong Nonsi. During busy hours, one can often wait several minutes crossing over the light at Silom on your way to or from this hotel. Good value for the price. A darker feel to the interior – both the hallways and the rooms. Our room was much larger then expected with the bedroom seperated from the main living space via a sliding glass door. Sizable bed – firm, provided a very good nights sleep.
Nice bathroom with some very nice smelling shower gels, shampoo and soap. A very cute wooden ‘tub’ allows one to either take a bath or a shower – although the water pressure wasn’t super strong, so this would certainly take some time to fill up if you want to take a bath. Friendly reception – both of the staff we talked with behind the counter spoke decent English. A number of books are located downstairs in the lobby for your browsing pleasure. Food and massage located within a short walk – including at least one bar. Visit: www.staywithluxx.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – Chong Nonsi
Narai Hotel is a many storied high rise hotel, with nearly 500 guestrooms located right next to the Ramkhamhaeng stop of the Airport Link (choose slow “city line” train rather than the Express train as the Express train will not stop at Ramkhamhaeng). This is the 4th stop from the airport and takes about 20 minutes to get here.
The lobby is impressive and there are usually quite a few staff working the front counter. The hotel is fairly new – the rooms are quite basic but very affordable – it is one of the more affordable hotels in Bangkok for the quality. A high-rise building across the street, also part of Nara Vegas offers very reasonable long term serviced apartments. Location: 222 Silom Road. Visit: www.naraihotel.co.th
Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – Chong Nonsi
SO/Sofitel Bangkok is a luxury hotel located in the midst of Bangkok’s financial district right along Silom Road about a 5 minute walk to Chong Nonsi, the closest Skytrain stop (188 Silom Road). Nice rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, and 4 excellent restaurants make this an oasis of a hotel. Great with business travelers too. 454 rooms. There is plenty of free parking both indoors and outdoors. Good discounts are usually given for advance reservations of 2 weeks or more.
Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – Chong Nonsi
Take a Nap Hotel has recently come to our attention and has been recommended by a fellow traveler. Located about a 10 minute walk from the Sala Daeng Skytrain station. We will stay here during our next time in town. Each room has a different theme – the rooms are affordably priced and this hotel is located minutes walking from the metro or Skytrain.
For more information visit: www.takeanaphotel.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Silom Line – Sala Daeng
Tenface Hotel – see our “recommended hotel” review at top of this page.
Sukhumvit is the heart of the hotel district in Bangkok. Many travelers stay here – many cheap and more luxurious hotels are merely walking distance from one of the Sukhumvit Skytrain stops. Lots of nightlife, massage parlors, restaurants, and street food. Sukhumvit itself is a super busy road with hotels situated next to it or on side streets (Soi’s). In general the the hotels become cheaper and you get more for your money the further away from Sukhumvit road.
Arte Hotel is located at 29 Soi Sukhumvit 19 a short walk from the Sukhumvit metro and Asoke Skytrain stops. Located down a small soi/street – at the end of this street turn left to enter the lobby with its feel of faux luxury and large bling-based chandeliers lined ceiling of the lobby to check in. During a recent visit check in time was a bit slow despite plenty of staff behind the counter.
Very friendly staff. The rooms are sizable, clean and come with a variety of toiletries. One of the major downsides of staying here is the walls between the rooms are apparently very thin and it is easy to hear your neighbors moving about or if they are talking loudly. Based on the room experience alone, this hotel is a bit over priced. Two things in its favor however, are its location (although note you can find similar quality or better rooms for cheaper in this part of town) and the rooftop pool.
The rooftop, while not the highest of the buildings in the area affords one excellent views of the core part of Bangkok in all directions. The pool features cool water – with some of the seats actually sitting directly in the water. Two bars are located here – a larger indoor one and a smaller more basic one where along with ordering a variety of pricey drinks, visitors can also sign off for a towel. An excellent spot to hang out and enjoy the sunshine and meet other foreign visitors. Located on floor number 9.
A cafe is located on the ground floor at the end of the small soi a short walk from the reception. Guests who book can choose a booking with breakfast included or without breakfast. A gym and meeting space also on site. Visit: www.artehotelbangkok.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
Atlas Bangkok located at 131/5-7 Sukhumvit Soi 9 (Ruenchit), affords comfortable average lodging. Air conditioning is available in the rooms – it is a 4 story hotel. There is a restaurant across from the lobby that serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. Breakfast is not included with a nights lodging. The food is quite good and believe it or not, is among only a handful of Thai restaurants within this small section of Bangkok. This hotel is a step below The First House Hotel listed above and just slightly lower in price. Click on the thumbnail to see the inside of the Restaurant located down stairs at The World Inn. Visit: www.atlasbangkok.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Nana
Chateau de Bangkok is located at 29 Soi Ruamrudee 1, Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini, Patumwan and is managed by Sofitel. The building is built somewhat in the shape of a cruise ship. This is a very very nice hotel with a friendly staff, tastefully decorated spacious rooms, and a wonderful gym, rooftop pool and Jacuzzi – with awesome views of Bangkok. The rates were in the high $30’s US dollars/night when we stayed there which was an incredible deal. Normal room prices start and are closer to $65/night. This hotel is about a 5-8 minute walk to the nearest Skytrain stop which is Ploen Chit. You can also rent a tuk-tuk, motorbike or taxi from the hotel as they are easy to find in this area and or the reception will call one for you. The guard salutes you whenever you walk in or out of the hotel. Note the nice waterfall in the front of the hotel – having this flowing water here, keeps things a little cooler. There are nice shops, albeit a bit pricey across the street in the Hotel Conrad complex. For more information please visit: www.chateaubkk.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Ploenchit
Dvaree Diva Bally Sukhumvit operates two hotels, one off of Silom and the one we stayed at – located all the way at the end of 172 Soi Sukhumvit 20. This hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the Asoke Skytrain stop. Lots of restaurants are located on this Soi as well as neighboring Soi 22 (both Soi’s connect in the back away from Sukhumvit). Dvaree Diva operates a free Tuk Tuk to give you rides back and forth (although this is does not operate before 9am and late in the night). This is a modern hotel with clean comfortable studio or single rooms. The front desk attendants speak reasonable English.
Long stay options are also available although there are certainly cheaper long stay options in the general vicinity. A rooftop pool is also on site. Bring your breakfast coupon down to the first floor where a small buffet breakfast is served with fruit, cereal and several hot dishes including eggs. Sometimes they run specials via Internet reservations. Phone: (02) 261-3411-20 http://ddbsv.dvaree.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asok
First House Hotel (NOT to be confused with another hotel located just down the street called The First House) is located about 1/2 kilometer from Sukhumvit Road. (14/20-29 Petchburi 19 Road, Soi Juldis, Phyathai District, Rajthevee). This hotel has sentimental value for Dave as he stayed here during his first trip to Bangkok in 96′. The Saranyuth Coffee Shop, located on the ground floor, serves meals that are quite tasty. Breakfast is included with each nights stay. Expect a buffet style breakfast with Thai food including some rice and vegetables, eggs, sausages (more like small hot dogs) and fresh fruit when in season (I’ve had delicious fresh watermelon, pineapple and guava at this restaurant).
Be sure to take one of their “Town Guide” cards before you leave the hotel and put it in your pocket or wallet. These are small business sized cards that have the words “please take me to the above address” and a map prominently displayed on the front of the card. These are very helpful if you are not good with directions, especially in a foreign city! Newspapers in various languages are available in the lobby each morning.
As an ongoing special when you reserve rooms at his hotel, they will offer you discounts on Tailoring and a free 1/2 days tour of the Vimanmek Palace and a Gems Factory. I have done this – its probably easier to see the Vimanmek Palace on your own and skip the Gem Factory – but its entirely personal preference. Prices start at about $40 US per night. Visit www.firsthousebkk.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Ratchathewi
Galleria 10 Bangkok is located at 21 Sukhumvit Soi 10 and its easily within a very short walking distance of the main Sukhumvit Road and within a several minute walk of both Asoke and Nana Skytrain stops. The hotel is close to the center of all the action along this part of Sukhumvit yet is set a few minutes off the busiest part of Sukhumvit. The hotel has 188 rooms, a pool on the 8th floor and a rooftop restaurant. Be careful walking on the steps when you enter the main lobby – they aren’t lit up that well and there is water beneath part of them.
The WiFi works very well throughout the building. Our room was quite small (for the price) but very clean. The shower took a while for hot water to come on and the connector to keep the nozzle set at a certain height was already broken. Big flatscreen TV. The excellent buffet breakfast is included with a stay here and includes both Thai and Western cuisine including a good selection of fruits. Visit: www.galleriatenbangkok.com/en
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
Grand Business Inn is located on Sukhumvit Soi 11 about a 1 minute walk in from the main Sukhumvit Road. This is a very convenient location to all the craziness of this particular area as well as to the Skytrain. A coffee shop/restaurant (serves both Thai and Western dishes), is located on the ground floor and is open 24 hours a day. Business Hotel also has a travel agency on site to help with booking needs.
Lobby WiFi is free to guests and Internet access is provided to all rooms. A variety of room sizes are available. Visit: www.grandbusinessinn.net
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Nana
Hip Hotel is located 4 Metro stops from Sukhumvit Road (about 10-15 minutes on the metro). Hip Hotel is located along the small soi (street) that runs past the large Emerald Hotel. This hotel as advertised is “hip” with its judicious use of pink, purple and other shades of yellow. The rooms are stylish, very clean with big beds and large bathrooms including the tubs. Classic 80’s music is available on DVD along with a nice flatscreen TV with many channels. This area is one of Thailand’s lively nightlife districts and a number of massage with happy ending businesses are located nearby as well as “gentleman’s clubs”. Room massage is available by calling reception 24 hours a day and when we stayed here we saw several girls lined up in the lobby waiting for customers. With that said, the area is not seedy and neither is the hotel (very modern). Breakfast is served (included with a stay) on the first floor and is buffet in style serving both western and Thai cuisine.
Note that WiFi is available in all rooms. The address is: 111/1 Soi Niam-utit, Ratchadapisek Road. Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke –Then switch to Metro & take 4 stops to Huai Khwang (7-8 min walk to hotel) Visit: www.hip-bangkok.com
Honey Hotel is located at 31 Soi Sukhumvit 19. Their motto is “a place small enough to call home”. This is a very well established affordable hotel located within several minutes walking of the Asoke Skytrain stop. The Asoke Skytrain stop also connects to the Metro. This part of Sukhumvit has many hotels, most that you find online start around 1500 baht – this one starts around 800 baht. It is a multi-storied hotel with a swimming pool and restaurant next door. They have a limited number of under the building parking spots with the most affordable rooms on the first floor right next to the parking area. No Internet on site, but nearby cafes are available. The Robinson Department store is just down the street on your way to the Asoke Skytrain stop. The rooms are clean and comfortable with good air conditioning. The staff is friendly and helpful and there is always someone at the desk who speaks a bit of English. They also have a nice small pool between the actual hotel and the small road.
A 24 hour coffee shop is located across the parking lot from the separate building where the reception is located. The Robinson department store is just down the street for any department store cravings you may have. Visit: www.honeyhouse.co.th
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
House by the Pond is located at 230/3 Sukhumit Soi 22. Sukhumvit is a notoriously busy and can be a noisy section of Bangkok. However this thai style hotel sits in a very quiet section of Sukhumvit and a stay here doesn’t feel like you are surrounded by the concrete jungle. Short or long stay periods are available. The pricing is reasonable for a mid range hotel. Lots of greenery on the grounds makes for a relaxing respite from the hectic pace of the city. A guard is on duty 24 hours in the front. Look for the sunbathing deck and small pool on the roof. They have 54 rooms and a fully equipped gym. WiFi is included in all rooms. 10-15 minute walk from the Skytrain. Visit: www.housebythepond.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
Little Pig Hostel is located about a 5-7 minute walk from the Ekkamai BTS Station and a few minutes longer then that from the Eastern Bus Station. Entrance when we arrived was locked and we had to wait for someone to come and let us in. Additional fees apply if check in is after 10pm. Annoying. No elevator found – if you have a lot of luggage you may want to reconsider staying here as a result. A small luggage storage room is located on the first floor next to the reception table.
Rooms appear to be small – we stayed in a 3 bed room for 2 persons and still this room felt very small. Air conditioning took a while to cool down even in a room this small. Only two tiny bottles of shampoo soap available in 3-person room. Room and the interior of this hostel were quite clean. wifi Internet on the 3rd floor was very intermittent.
Not much food in the immediate vicinity – shops close at normal times and not much going on here in the evenings. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/thelittlepig42
Mangosteen Guesthouse is owned and operated by a middle age/older couple – this tiny guesthouse is located about a 10 minute walk from the nearest Skytrain stop of Thong Lor. Located on a relatively quiet part of Sukhumvit Soi 38 – this makes a nice budget stay for those looking for some quiet but still within a short walk to the hustle and bustle of Suhkumvit. No prominent sign so use our photos here as a guide – and note that their location is correctly listed on Google Maps.
Features several floors of rooms including two accessed from outside the main entrance (in the front courtyard area). Rooms are extremely small – during a recent stay one had to access a shared bathroom located outside of the tiny private rooms. Soap and shampoo provided, housed in plastic containers hanging on the wall in the bathrooms.
The wifi works well – as does the air conditioning (a plus for having a small room, the interior cools down very fast). And the AC is remarkably quiet. True to its name, a number of Mangosteen knick-knacks are scattered around the guesthouse including Mangosteen themed chairs. Regardless of how you book this guesthouse, payment will be made on site in cash. A kitchen in the main lobby presumably can be used by guests. We were offered coffee in the morning. Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Thong Lo
Maxim’s Inn is located at the end of the small Soi 7/1 off of Sukhumvit Road. This road is full of bars and massage parlors and at night becomes quite alive with Farang and scantily clad skinny Thai women. This hotel is probably the best deal on this small street. Several of the other hotels on this street only have 1 bed per room (no doubles – you can guess what clientele they serve!), but Maxim’s has a number of double bed rooms. Despite having a 24/7 bar outside of their entrance and the proximity of all the other bars, their rooms are very quiet. The rooms are simple and clean. Breakfast is included and several Internet stations are located in the lobby (1 baht/minute). You can leave your bags behind the counter if you are going to be traveling. For more information visit: www.maximinn.com Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Nana
Movenpick Bangkok is located at 47 Sukhumvit 15, Sukhumvit Road. Luxury hotel featuring stylish rooms and suites. Excellent location within minute of shopping malls, nightlife and the endless stimulation that this part of Bangkok delivers. But this is a quiet respite when you need a break from the noise and lights of nearby Bangkok.
The hotel offers nearly 300 rooms – all equipped with WiFi. Because the hotel is located a slight distance off of Sukhumvit, Free Tuk Tuk transportation is to and from the hotel to the Asoke Skytrain stop. Walking this short distance takes several minutes.
Beautiful roof top rainforest bar near the 20 meter long roof top pool. Also a fitness center on site. Excellent views of the city skyline from here especially at night. Delicious drinks – one can sit at the bar or hang out on one of nearby lounge chairs. Check out the modern and elegant Lelawadee restaurant on the ground floor.
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
Nantra Ekamai is located down a small street within about a 5 minute walk from the Ekamai BTS Station. Easy check-in at the cozy first floor (which is where a basic breakfast is served daily including fruit and bread). This hotel is a good value for the money based on the location and quality of accommodation. A elevator connects all 4+ floors. Bathrooms are good sized with both toilet and shower inside – the sink is outside in the room. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable with firm mattresses.
Air conditioning and the wifi work very well. Each room typically has two very small swing-open windows – one in the main room and one in the bathroom. Not much in the way of views. Within a short walk of the Ekami enclosed food court where numerous cheap and delicious eats are available from each of the food stalls contained within.
Part of the Nantra group of hotels with other locations in Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand. To book any of their hotels, visit: www.nantrahotelsresorts.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Ekamai
On 8 The primary advantage of this hotel is is proximity to the Nana Skytrain stop and the action of this part of Sukhumvit road and its nightlife. Their are two entrances; one through their restaurant directly on Sukhumvit and the other around the corner off a side street on Soi 8 (162 Sukhumvit Road). From the entrance on Sukhumvit, you are merely 10 seconds (yes we timed it) to the escalator leading up to the Nana Skytrain stop. And from the Sukhumvit entrance, one walks first through a number of suit and clothing shops, followed by the On 8 Cafe before reaching the lobby.
The rooms are small – the bathroom is decent sized – in our room when turning on the water at the faucet the water in the shower changed temperature. The beds are very average. Free WiFi is included and works everywhere in the hotel even in the elevator. There are several laptops in the lobby and restaurant available for use. Despite this being a busy area of Sukhumvit the rooms are quiet.
Breakfast is typically included with a stay here – the food is very average, buffet style for fruit and cereal and yogurt and you can order (included) an American type breakfast. We didn’t see any Thai food available for breakfast but you might have to ask. Other than the location there is nothing truly standout about this hotel and its slightly overpriced for the value. Visit: www.on8bangkok.com Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Nana
Rainforest Guest House & Café is conveniently located directly on Sukhumvit – about a 6- 8 minute walk from the Thong Lo Skytrain stop. Features four floors of small, very basic, budget and clean rooms. Painfully tiny bathrooms – bed sagging in middle but AC worked well. No lift so one has to use the stairs. Some of the rooms on the 4th floor offer excellent views of the Skytrain; one can see the Skytrain passing by during its normal operating hours. Not necessarily noisy but combined with plenty of traffic noise, might be an annoyance to those who sleep lightly.
Friendly and helpful staff who speak English. The small Rainforest Café is located on the ground floor with a very tiny and basic breakfast included in all stays (tea or coffee, few slices of bread and an egg). Rather then gathering your own breakfast items, breakfast is brought to your table. within a short walk are several Thai restaurants and foot/body massage businesses. Very reasonably priced; might appeal to solo budget travelers who value privacy and not dorm rooms. To book a room, visit: www.rainforest-guest-house.bangkokshotels.com/en/
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
Red Planet Asoke is located at 7 Sukumvit Soi 14 – about a 100 meter walk in from the main Sukhumvit Road. This is also about a 5 minute walk from the Asoke BTS Skytrain stop and is affordably priced for the quality and location – making this a good choice if you want to stay in this part of town.
The hotel features a number of floors – small rooms which were very clean during recent stay here. Check-in is downstairs in a lobby with a color theme somewhat resembling the colors of Air Asia. A kiosk next to the check-in counter allows you to take a photo of yourself and then send it via email. A Tune clothing line is available and some of these are on display downstairs.
A small carpark is located adjacent to the hotel. Hemingways Restaurant is ideally located within a minute or two walk – and makes a nice stop for drinks. A bit further down this small soi (and almost back to Sukhumvit Road) is a corner located restaurant serving a variety of Thai dishes and soups – we don’t recommend eating here, bad service and the food is very average. For more information visit: http://red-planet-asoke-bangkok.bangkokthaihotels.com/en
Royal Asia Lodge is conveniently located at 91 Sukhumvit Road, off of Soi 8 which is very close to the Nana Sky Train stop. Rooms with a King Size bed are available for about $25 a night. For hotels in this price range the Royal Asia Lodge is hard to beat. It is a family owned and operated; its location is on a street that sees very little traffic. As you enter this street (Soi 8) from Sukhumvit Road, a small red button is available on the right hand side of the street – located on the back side of the first building (the side of the building that is parallel to the main Sukhumvit Road. Pressing this will bring free of charge, a Royal Asia Lodge Tuk-tuk driver who will drive you to the entrance to the hotel. You don’t really want to walk this street to Royal Asia as its a considerable walk – the Tuk Tuk ride will only take a few minutes. You do not have to tip the driver for the ride unless you want to.
A nice, albeit small, pool is available on the rooftop (9 stories up) – you can swim, relax and watch the fish swimming in the long fish tank situated directly above the pool. There is also a nice Jacuzzi right next to the pool on the roof as well as great views of the city. Poolside service with the touch of a button is available for drinks or snacks. Single rooms are small, clean and comfortable.
Refrigerators, TV’s and controls for lighting and AC are found in each room. Piped classical music is played in the elevator – and the elevator controls on each floor (outside the elevator) show you exactly what floor the elevator is on. High speed internet access is located downstairs – although its a bit pricey. A tailor downstairs offers reduced rates on clothing for patrons of the Royal Asia Lodge.
A very clean looking restaurant is located on the top floor just below the rooftop. The prices are a bit high but the food is decent. Visit: www.royalasialodge.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Nana
S Suites Sukhumvit – is in an ideal location, mere steps and seconds away from a stairway leading up to the Asoke Skytrain and the connection for the metro. You cannot beat this location! The staff is friendly and the rooms are very clean. Sometimes hotels have bland food – not so with this one. Authentic and tasty thai food is served for breakfast as well as western cuisine.
A small bar is available on the second floor. Free WiFi is available in the lobby as well as in the rooms. This is a busy crowded part of Sukhumvit (a major concrete jungle) but the rooms are very well insulated and during a recent stay we heard nothing from the “outside” world. The hotel is small – and has only 43 rooms which include a number of Superior rooms. The hotel sits at a major intersection. This is a good choice of lodging for travelers for both the quality of the hotel as well as the excellent location. Visit: www.sukhumvitsuitesbangkok.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
Sacha’s Hotel Uno is a chic upscale boutique hotel located off of Sukhumvit Soi 19 – mere minutes from the Asoke Skytrain stop. This is a good choice for Business travelers. Large beds, tastefully decorated rooms, wireless Internet in all of the rooms. Also of note is the very nice cafe downstairs. The salads are excellent. The breakfast is average and slightly overpriced.
For more information visit: www.sachashotel.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
Sam’s Lodge is located on Sukhumvit Soi 19 about a 2 minute walk in from the main Sukhumvit Street and the Asoke Skytrain stop. The main entrance is on a small side street off of Soi 19 and the reception is located on the 2nd floor.
If you are tall and elect to walk up the stairs be sure to duck your head due to the very low stairway ceiling. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Note there is a rooftop lounging area. Several massage business are located within a few seconds walk of the hotel entrance. Visit: www.samslodge.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Nana
Serene Asoke Suites is a basic hotel with a great location. As you stumble back from the Asoke Metro station (the entrance is mere meters from the hotel lobby), stop at a bar for a stiff drink on the closest street, Soi Cowboy, relax with a massage 2 doors down from the hotel, hit the 7-11 next door for some basics and then voila and then a few meters next door, you are in the hotel lobby.
Very friendly staff – like other hotels they will let you store your luggage here if you arrive before check in time for for a certain period after you check out. This hotel features one of the world’s slowest elevators – agonizingly slow – it can’t handle much weight or luggage either, rides are limited to two people.
Rooms are sizable, clean with air conditioning that works well. Entry is via a keycard which you must keep in the slot to maintain electrical rights over your room. Wifi works very well and is very fast. Because of its location to the sultry and sin status of the nearby Soi Cowboy, signs at the hotel forbid bringing ‘joiners’ up to your room – a euphemism for prostitutes.
Despite being right next to Soi Cowboy and its late night party scene including loud music until like 3am every night – the noise was relegated to a very light thumping in the distance – this hotel is well insulated from noise in other words. Visit: www.asokesuites.comLocation: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Asoke
Somerset Ekamai Bangkok . This place is awesome! These serviced apartments (formerly a condominium space) are located about a 10 minute walk from the Ekamai Skytrain stop at 22/1 Ekamai Soi 2, Soi Sukhumvit 63. Because the location is well removed from the busy Sukhumvit – this is an ideal space for someone who likes quiet but within a short distance of the hustle and bustle of nearby Bangkok. Friendly and efficient staff.
The ground floor features a pretty outdoor swimming pool (with an outdoor shower) – although note that there are no electrical outlets next to the pool. Also a wonderful massage/spa space located on the 2nd floor featuring late night hours. One of the better massage studios for the price in town. The studio apartments are spacious, modern and feature a tiny kitchen and washing machine. Sizable bathroom. Unfortunately the glass sliding doors leading to the balconies are permanently locked so one cannot go outside. The rooms are serviced daily. Three seperate buildings are on site, A (the main lobby), building B and building C. Visit: www.somerset.com/en/thailand/bangkok/somerset-ekamai-bangkok/index.html Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Ekamai
Yadoya@thonglor is conveniently located within only a several minute walk from the Thong Lor Skytrain stop (exit number 3). Somewhat of a pricy part of town to stay in, this apartment/guesthouse is somewhat of an anomaly with their rather affordable pricing. Older style building next to a number of newer and taller buildings. Great location – with easy access to restaurants (a number of Japanese restaurants) and very nearby massage places.
Somewhat dated rooms – nothing fancy – very basic accommodation for budget travelers who desire a private stay. But the rooms are clean. No elevator so one will have to carry their luggage up possibly numerous floors. Front desk may or may not speak much English – staffed 24/7 even very late at night or early morning should you need to check out to make an airport run. Hot water works well – the room we stayed in had the sink outside of the bathroom. Comes with a decent sized refrigerator and provided bottles of water daily (even hung on your door in a bag each day should you put out your “dot not disturb sign”. Air conditioning works well.
A pass card is provided to all guests (to open the front door which is always electronically locked next to the reception). Thirty rooms total. Visit: www.yadoya-thonglor-apartment.bangkokshotels.com/en
National Stadium There are prime shopping areas near the National Stadium and Siam Skytrain stops. Shopping includes the upscale Siam Paragon (finished in 2006) and the huge MBK Mall. This is a crowded area of town to stay in.
Baiyoke Tower II is the tallest building (hotel) in the Kingdom of Thailand, although the new Ritz Carlton building will eclipse the Baiyoke Tower II’s height. This building is clearly identified by its circular shape. Sometimes organizations will hang their sign from the side of this building. It takes three different elevators to reach the top of this building. If you reach the 78th floor and you eat at the International Buffet restaurant you will find place mats that provide you with statistics such as: the pilings under the building run into the ground to the height of 22 stories, there are 1,740 windows in the building, it is 309 meters tall, there are 2,60 steps from the bottom to the top, which will take most people over an hour to climb, and the observation deck rotates a full 360 degrees.
The International Buffet located on the 76th and 78th floors is worth the price for the surrounding experience & atmosphere of being in the highest restaurant and tallest building in all of Thailand. These floors are literally surrounded by glass windows so you have excellent views of Bangkok from high above. The buffets are all you can eat Sushi, German, & Thai food and sometimes other cuisines. A variety of salads, meats, deserts and fruits are also available. Note that this food is not excellent but average. You are paying more for the views and atmosphere and experience of eating at the top of Thailand’s tallest building rather than excellent food. However, also note that during holiday season – especially in December this price may double (unless you are Thai – then the price remains lower).
The food is located in the center of the floor and is 3/4 of the way around the floor! The 84th floor is the Sky Walk Revolving Roof Deck. If you stand in one place and wait about 15 minutes you will have revolved 360 degrees. This is an awesome spot at night to watch the lights of Bangkok. It is also very impressive to stand at the base of this building and look straight up. For more information about this tall hotel visit: www.baiyokehotel.com
Krit Thai Residence is located opposite National Stadium on the same street that the Reno Hotel is located on (see below). This is a budget multi-story hotel which contains 80 rooms. If you are sensitive to smell, they seem to have a problem with their water system – as some of the rooms smell quite musty, especially the bathrooms as the smell seems to originate from the water pipes.
If you are not sensitive to smell you may not notice this Internet stations available in main lobby for a bit high price. Food is also served but its not real tasty. For more info visit: www.kritthai.com
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – National Stadium
Reno Hotel is located not far from MBK shopping center at No 40 Soi Kasemson 1 Rama Road. One of the older hotels in Bangkok – it first opened its door in 1963. This hotel is opposite National Stadium. This upscale budget hotel is located near the Skytrain and major shopping centers. Nice clean rooms and friendly staff. Restaurant is located adjacent to the hotel and breakfast is included with each stay. They also have a nice swimming pool!
Despite being located minutes from major shopping centers their location is somewhat isolated and you don’t have the feeling of being surrounded by the “urban jungle”. It is also fairly quiet at night. Underwent a major renovation and upgrade in 2020. For more information visit www.renohotel.co.th.
Victory Monument Stay around Victory Monument.
Hotel de Bangkok is located at 133/48, Ratchaprarob Soi 12, Makkasan, Ratchathewi. This hotel is conveniently located near the airport rail connecting link to Suvarnapumi Airport (at the Ratchaprarop stop). It is about a 15 minute walk to either Victory Monument or the Phayathai Skytrain stops. The hotel itself is located on a small soi off of the busy Ratchaprarop Road. Within minutes you can be enjoying street food or a slightly further walk brings you to a several small massage businesses. The hotel is four story – a large pull in at the entrance for taxis with a porter out front ready to help with your luggage when you check in. The main floor also contains a side room and tables for dining.
The hotel is clean and modern looking – only the inside of the elevator looks like it belongs in a hotel of a lower standard. The rooms are decent sized with firm beds and outside balconies. Also a nice bathroom.
Breakfast is simple – fruit, soup, and eggs, sausage etc. The wifi works well throughout the hotel (from our testing) and is fast.
Location: Skytrain Stop: Sukhumvit Line – Victory Monument
Other These are hotels that do not fall in any of the above Bangkok district categories.
Cozy Bangkok Place is located in a very small area of what feels like “old Bangkok” – it is in a residential area with few shops. The address is: 41/146-148 Soi. Sunthonpimol, Rama 4 Rd., Rongmuang, Prathumwan. It is surrounded by tall buildings and large raised roads including the huge Rama IV, but for some reason this tiny area has escaped being totally developed. Because of its location surrounded by small streets it can be somewhat confusing for taxi drivers to find. They do have a map on their website; print this out and take it with you. It is about a 5 minute walk to the closest bus station and a 10-12 minute walk to the Hua Lamphong Metro stop (which is the last stop at this end of the Metro). The hotel is also located within about the same distance walking of the big train station and Chinatown.
This 3-story hotel opened in mid 2007. It is a very clean hotel – you must put your shoes in wooden lockers and put on one of their provided sandals before you walk upstairs. Prices start at about 800 bath which is a little high based on the fact that the bathrooms and showers are shared. Internet access is downstairs (2 consoles available) and are coin operated with 10 baht coins only. As of press time the price was a reasonable 20 baht per hour. The water is low flow and all spigots will fluctuate in pressure every 10-15 seconds (part of the water saving). There is also a small kitchen downstairs. The staff is friendly and very helpful and can have a taxi waiting for you, even in the wee hours of the night or morning. Visit: www.facebook.com/cozybangkokplace