You’ve just realized it’s a long weekend? You forgot to book a plane ticket to get away elsewhere? Dealing with road traffic to Pattaya or Hua Hin is not an option. And you don’t want to miss the fun of Songkran parties in Bangkok? Not only you but us, too. But it will be too boring staying home – why don’t packing your back for a staycation at one of the city new – or swankiest – hotels and have experiences like world tourists to know why Bangkok hotels are some of the best in the world.
Design-focused small hotels in Bangkok
The charming house King Vajiravudh granted to his beloved royal governess stands on a piece of land that is now home to Raweekanlaya, the latest boutique hotel operated by the TCC Group. Raweekanlaya still offers a tranquil hideaway setting with a leafy courtyard and glorious landscaping surrounding a picturesque swimming pool. The hotel’s design glorifies the good old days of the modern Rattanakosin era. Two separate wings house six types of rooms, each similarly decked with colonial details such as white wooden interiors and floral-patterned bric-a-brac.
64-172, Krung Kasem Road, Bang Khun Phrom, 0 2628 5999
Ba Hao, the new Oriental-themed bar in Charoenkrung that serves snacks and booze inspired by Chinese street eats, also functions as a boutique hotel. Its upper three floors offer accommodations that veer away from the Chinese concept. Two spacious rooms, also designed by hip design firm Integrated Field, strike the balance between retro charm and modern chic, and feature gigantic mirrors and terraces that look over Soi Nana.
8 Soi Nana, Charoenkrung. MRT Hualumpong. 08 1454 4959
Modena looks to please budget travelers who are not so fussy about frills but would rather not compromise on service quality and amenities. Located within walking distance from the Queen Sirikit Convention Center MRT and Klong Toei Market, the hotel catches the eye with contemporary, urban chic decor injected with pop art depicting Thai motifs (we’re talking tuk-tuks, old-school baskets and all that jazz). Ask for a room with a balcony that looks out to Sukhumvit’s skyscrapers.
2527 Rama 4 Road, Khlong Toei, 0 2033 0888. MRT Queen Sirikit Convention Center
Oozing hidden charm, its location by the Bangkok Noi canal is the main highlight at this new boutique hotel. Renovated from an antique house, Chann offers a selection of superior, deluxe and exclusive suites, the designs of which nail the balance between retro charm and contemporary chic. Most rooms include a private terrace for watching the procession of boats slowly making their way through the canals.
30/1 Somdet Phra Pinklao Road, Bangkok Noi, 0 2435 5997
Hidden from the bustle and chaos of the main Phaholyothin stretch, this hidden gem offers guests a peaceful home away from home in stylishly converted Thai-style wooden houses. Airtel (its name is a play between “Airbnb” and “hotel”) incorporates the friendly and no-frills vibe of Airbnb accommodations while retaining the five-star service offered by luxury hotels. The common area also functions as a co-working space and a dining room. The kitchen is helmed by the team from Uncle and Friends who cooks up New Zealand-imported grilled steaks and Thai-inspired dishes. Airtel is also pet-friendly. Your stay promises to be paw-fectly memorable thanks to uber-cute Airy and Sparky, the owner’s Japanese Spitz and Labrador.
38 Supharat Soi 1, Phaholyothin 8, Phya Thai, 09 3571 0880. BTS Ari
K Maison Boutique Hotel exudes sheer elegance starting from the lobby. The design throughout is vintage-inspired, with three types of room decked out with earth-toned walls, classy furniture and marble bathroom fittings. Opposite is the hotel-owned café, which is popular among locals for brunch, not to mention its photogenic all-white setting.
116/17-21 Rangnam Road, Phya Thai, 0 2245 1953. BTS Victory Monument
Have you ever wondered how it would be to sleep in a Shakespeare-style setting or in surroundings inspired by your favorite Broadway musical? This cool boutique hotel, nestled among the capital’s dining heavyweights in the middle of Thonglor, boasts four themed rooms each one themed around a famous musical including Romeo & Juliet, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and the Thai period drama The Four Reigns.
205/22-23, Thonglor soi 9, Sukhumvit 55, Sukhumvit, 0 2712 5747. BTS Thonglor.
Praised as one of the most romantic hotels in Bangkok, Hotel Once is popular for its photogenic classic black-and-white décor. Perched on the top floor is Top Knot, a rooftop restaurant serving East-meets-West grub with stunning views of the Chao Phraya River.
2074/99 Soi Charoenkrung, Charoenkrung, 02 688 2596
You are in Chinatown after all so why not stay in a hotel that feels like it? Head to Shanghai Mansion, a boutique hotel in Yaowarat that transports you to the Paris of the East during the 1930s. Refurbished from an old Chinese theater, the sexy venue is filled with delightful Oriental details, vibrant colors and opulent furniture.
479-481 Yaowarat Road, Yaowarat, 0 2221 2121. MRT Hua Lumpong