|The Davis Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand has gorgeous guest rooms|
Bangkok, Thailand is well known for its hundreds of four and five star hotels. It’s not however known so much for its boutique hotels – yet! If Bangkok’s boutique hotels continue to do so well and be so popular, though, that’s likely to change. In the last few years, boutique hotels have popped up all over Bangkok and more are on their way. They offer unique accommodation in great locations (often right in the thick of things), beautiful rooms, great food and a more personal touch than do the larger more sterile hotels.
Check out these few boutique hotels in Bangkok, Thailand, and get a feel for why Bangkok boutique hotels are so popular with so many people.
Old Bangkok Inn, Bangkok – Old Bangkok Inn is on Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island and has been one of the most popular Bangkok boutique hotels since it opened in July 2005. It’s a very small boutique hotel with only 10 rooms. The property where the hotel sits used to be a Thai palace and has been owned by the same family for more than seven generations. There are four loft rooms, four guest rooms and two suites and they’re all furnished in beautiful Thai teak furniture. Every room has satellite TV, a DVD player, broadband internet (free of charge!) and ensuite bath. Current prices start at between $90 and $110 a night (depending on the current exchange rate) but, if you book and pay for your room at least 60 days in advance, the Old Bangkok Inn will give you a 10% discount.
The Swiss Lodge, Bangkok – The Swiss Lodge is located on Soi Convent, which is one of the most popular little streets in Bangkok. It’s also in a fabulous neighborhood, just around the corner from the Sala Daeng sky train station, a neighborhood that includes numerous shopping malls, tons of restaurants and some of the best restaurants and little food shops in Bangkok. The Swiss Lodge also has an excellent restaurant (called Three on Convent – I’ve eaten there many times and always been pleased), and some of the most attentive staff I’ve ever come across. The Swiss Lodge boutique hotel is a European-style hotel, that has Superior, Deluxe and Suite Rooms and also VIP Rooms. Includes cable TV, broadband internet, fully stocked mini bar, coffee and tea in the room and all the rooms are soundproofed, so it’s very quiet. Rooms start at $115 a night, and go up to $179 for a VIP room – very reasonable for the location, the attentive staff and the superb accommodations.
Silom Serene – Silom Serene boutique hotel has 86 rooms, all with cable TV, mini bar, DVD player, coffee and tea makers and even a kitchenette, where you can prepare quick snacks if you don’t want to eat outside. They also have a fitness centre, excellent restaurant, swimming pool and steam room and sauna. They even offer your first 10 local calls as a free service. You’ll get a free daily paper, an excellent buffet breakfast in the Ormthong Restaurant onsite, and even fresh fruit on check-in. The rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished and the location is good – on Soi Pipat in Silom, just around the corner from The Swiss Lodge. Again, a perfect location for shopping, eating, banking (next to Bangkok Bank’s main branch) and 2 minutes from the skytrain. Running at around an average of $90 a night at the moment – again, a wonderful hotel for a great price.
The Davis, Bangkok – The Davis is one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in Bangkok. It’s one of the most beautiful hotels in Bangkok, made up of 247 guest rooms, suites and villas (traditional Thai style villas, that are simply gorgeous), the Davis is truly lovely. The rooms are all traditional Thai style with beautiful furnishings and décor. All rooms have a kitchenette, DVD/CD player, broadband access, flat screen TV and more. It’s also in a wonderful location, near Emporium shopping mall and Phrom Pong sky train station. The Davis even has a complimentary tuk-tuk that will take you to the sky train whenever needed. Prices are excellent – currently starting at $85 a night and going up to $281 for their Ambassador Suite. But for luxury such as this, the prices really are phenomenal.
These are just four of the boutique hotels in Bangkok, there are many more. Most of them though have excellent reputations, are in wonderful locations and will give you a level of service you’re not likely to get from a much larger hotel.