|2628 8188; www.phranakorn-nornlen.com; 46 Soi Thewet 1; r incl breakfast 1800-3600B;
; Tha Thewet) Set in an expansive garden compound decorated like the
Bangkok of yesteryear, this bright and cheery hotel is a fun and atmospheric, if
not necessarily stupendous-value place to stay.
The 31 rooms are attractively furnished with old-timey antiques and wall paintings, and there’s massage and endless opportunities for peaceful relaxing.
BAAN MANUSARN $$ GUESTHOUSE OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 08 1855 6062; www.baanmanusarn-guesthome.com; Th Krung Kasem; r incl breakfast 1400B; ; Tha Thewet) Steps from Tha Thewet is this rambling shophouse with four homey-feeling rooms.
All are spacious with beautiful wood floors, but the two ‘family’ rooms are the most generous, and all but the smallest have balconies.
SAMSEN 5 LODGE $$ GUESTHOUSE OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2628 9799; www.samsen5lodgebangkok.com; 58/1 Soi 5, Th Samsen; r incl breakfast 1500-2000B; ; Tha Thewet) It doesn’t get much cosier than the three rooms in this rambling home.
Rooms aren’t huge, but are given colour by artsy/retro design touches.
The comfy homestay feel is heightened by a lauded Thai-style breakfast and a location just outside the tourist zone.
SIAM $$$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2206 6999; www.thesiamhotel.com; 3/2 Th Khao; incl breakfast r 16,300-22,500B, villa 31,000- 37,200B; ; Tha Thewet, or hotel shuttle boat from Tha Sathon, Central Pier) Zoom back to the 1930s in this incongruously new riverside hotel, where art deco influences, copious marble and beautiful antiques define the look.
Rooms are spacious and well-appointed, while villas up the ante with rootfop balcony and plunge pool.
Yet it’s not just about navel-gazing, with activities ranging from Thai boxing lessons to a private theatre available to keep you busy.
SSIP BOUTIQUE $$$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2282 6489; www.ssiphotelthailand.com; 42 Th Phitsanulok; r incl breakfast 5800-7800B; ; Tha Thewet) Handsome tiles, heavy wood furniture, antique furnishings: the 20 rooms here have meticulously recreated an old-school Bangkok feel.
Modern amenities (TV, fridge, safe) and thoughtful staff ensure a thoroughly contemporary stay.
Chinatown SIAM CLASSIC $ GUESTHOUSE OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2639 6363; 336/10 Trok Chalong Krung; r incl breakfast 500-1200B; ; Hua Lamphong exit 1) Rooms don’t have much furniture, but effort has been made at making them comfortable, tidy and even a bit stylish.
An inviting communal area encourages meeting and chatting, and the whole place has a welcoming homestay vibe.
@HUA LAMPHONG $ HOSTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2639 1925; www.at-hualamphong.com; 326/1 Th Phra Ram IV; dm 400-450B, r 690-950B; ; Tha Ratchawong, Hua Lamphong) Plain-yet-clean dorm beds and rooms can be found at this new-feeling hostel across the street from the train station.
SHANGHAI MANSION $$$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2221 2121; www.shanghaimansion.com; 479-481 Th Yaowarat; incl breakfast r 3200B, ste 4500B; ; Tha Ratchawong, Hua Lamphong exit 1 & taxi) Easily the most consciously stylish place to stay in Chinatown, if not in all of Bangkok.
This award-winning boutique hotel screams Shanghai circa 1935 with stained glass, an abundance of lamps, bold colours and cheeky Chinatown kitsch.
If you’re willing to splurge, ask for one of the bigger streetside rooms with tall windows that allow more natural light.
Siam Square, Pratunam, Ploenchit & Ratchathewi HI MID BANGKOK $ HOSTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2644 5744; www.midbangkok.com; 481/3 Th Ratchawithi; incl breakfast dm 490B, r 1550-2400B; ; Victory Monument exit 4) Contemporary elements (industrial influences, smooth concrete) and old-school Bangkok touches (faux-antique tiles, wood furniture) mix at this inviting hostel.
Dorm rooms are cosy and share clean bathrooms, while private rooms are spacious and have lots of natural light, if somewhat bare (only the larger deluxe rooms have TV).
RENO HOTEL $$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2215 0026; www.renohotel.co.th; 40 Soi Kasem San 1; r incl breakfast 1590-2390B; ; National Stadium exit 1) Rooms are relatively large, if somewhat dark, and reflect the renovations evident in the lobby and exterior.
But the cafe and pool of this Vietnam War–era hotel still cling to the past.
WENDY HOUSE $$ HOSTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2214 1149; www.wendyguesthouse.com; 36/2 Soi Kasem San 1; r incl breakfast 1100-1490B; ; National Stadium exit 1) The rooms here are small and basic, but exceedingly clean and relatively well stocked (TV, fridge) for this price range.
SIAM@SIAM $$$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2217 3000; www.siamatsiam.com; 865 Th Phra Ram I; r incl breakfast 7000-11,200B; ; National Stadium exit 1) A seemingly random mishmash of colours and industrial/recycled materials in the lobby here result in a style one could only describe as ‘junkyard chic’ – but in a good way, of course.
The rooms, which largely continue the theme, are between the 14th and 24th floors, and offer terrific city views.
There’s a spa, a rooftop restaurant and a pool on the 11th floor.
HANSAR $$$ BOUTIQUE HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2209 1234; www.hansarbangkok.com; 3 Soi Mahadlekluang 2; incl breakfast r 5225B, ste 5700- 24,000B; ; Ratchadamri exit 4) The Hansar can claim that elusive intersection of style and value.
All 94 rooms here are handsome and feature huge bathrooms and giant desks, but the smallest (and cheapest) studios are probably the best deal, as they have a kitchenette, washing machine, stand-alone tub, free wi-fi and balcony.
OKURA PRESTIGE $$$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2687 9000; www.okurabangkok.com; 57 Th Witthayu (Wireless Rd); incl breakfast r 14,000- 25,000B, ste 29,000-150,000B; ; Phloen Chit exit 5) The Bangkok venture of a Japanese chain – to date the first branch outside its homeland – is, unlike other recent, big-name openings in Bangkok, distinctly unflashy.
But we like the minimalist, almost contemplative feel of the lobby and 240 rooms, and the subtle but thoughtful, often distinctly Japanese, touches.
Significant online discounts available.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL $$$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2126 8866; www.fourseasons.com/bangkok; 155 Th Ratchadamri; r 12,490-20,490B, ste 19,490- 85,490B; ; Ratchadamri exit 4) A spectacular mural descending a grand staircase, ceilings with neck-craning artwork… the initial classy impression continues into rooms here, which combine Thai elements with heavy hardwood furniture and modern yet subtle amenities.
If you’ve got deep pockets, consider the two-room Explorers Suite, decked out with beautiful swathes of Jim Thompson Thai silk.
This being a Four Seasons hotel, you can rest assured that service is first-rate.
VIE $$$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2309 3939; www.viehotelbangkok.com; 117/39-40 Th Phayathai; incl breakfast r 4943B, ste 6591- 23,304B; ; Ratchathewi exit 2) Vie combines convenient location and casual atmosphere in one attractive package.
The service gets good reports, there’s an emphasis on wining and dining, and if you’re considering upgrading, the spacious duplex suites offer great city views.
LIT $$$ HOTEL OFFLINE MAP GOOGLE MAP ( 0 2612 3456; www.litbangkok