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As I’ve mentioned before, part of my growing admiration for Bangkok has been in part to discovering how many boutique, and fairly affordable, places to stay. Now each time I go, instead of just finding a cheap room off of Khao San Road, I make a point to book ahead and try a new place in a new part of town. My list of boutique Bangkok hotels to hit is growing though with each trip…
With its rustic bohemian feel, Loy La Long Hotel along the Chayopraya River is at the top of my list. The property is the definition of a boutique hotel, located within temple grounds with only seven rooms that are all individually decorated (most with views of the river!).
This guesthouse is just. so. cute. A friend tipped me off to this cozy place and it’s charming, pieced-together vintage feel. Situated within the Old Bangkok district, the hotel is conveniently located for travelers, especially if it’s one of their first visits to the city, close to the Grand Palace, river, Reclining Buddha and Khao San Road.
On the nicer (pricier) end of things, The Eugenia Hotel and Spa seems like you’re taking a step back in time with its unique colonial-inspired building and rooms that come with an ‘entrance foyer’, ‘sitting area’ and ‘four poster beds’. Sounds dreamy.
Though they call it a hostel, Refill Now! looks much more like a stylish, boutique hotel than a dingy dorm room. While the bright and modern property does have mixed and female dorms, it has a number of private rooms and even ‘lofts’ for up to four people. There’s also an onsite restaurant, bar, coffee shop and pool.
I stayed at the Shanghai Mansion last year after finding a deal for a $60 room and it sparked my awareness of Bangkok’s boutique hotel scene as well as my – now firm – belief that even if you’re traveling through Southeast Asia on a backpacker’s budget, you still have to splurge on at least one night in a nicer place. $60 would barely get me the cheapest of rooms at home, and yet in the most-visited city in the world you can stay in a well-designed place complete with welcome drink, free minibar snacks and the biggest bed ever.
Have you stayed in any cool boutique hotels in Bangkok? Every time I visit the city I learn about even more places to check out. Where are your favorite boutique hotels in Bangkok?