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Oh The Mustang Nero Hotel, you are so strange. And I love every bit of you.
Continuing my affinity with boutique hotels in Bangkok, I stayed at a small, 8-room place that’s only able to be booked through Air BnB (create an account here and get $30 (950 baht) in credit!). If you like giant tropical leaves, concrete, brick and taxidermies animals The Mustang Nero is for you. Though I should note that there aren’t many animals in the rooms themselves, but you can’t miss the impressive collection of creatures in the lobby and the entire room filled with them – including a white peacock and giraffe – behind the front desk….
Each of the rooms are decorated differently but all have a similar feel and several are quite spacious with extra seating and big windows. I stayed in the No. 5 room which easily fit three people plus I had space to work and spread out.
Everywhere you look there are thoughtful details and little touches that make you feel like you’re staying in a curated gallery or curiosity shop.
The details don’t end in the room however – the included breakfast is surprisingly good and not your typical “American breakfast” found throughout most Thai guesthouses that consist of plastic- eggs, white bread and mini hot dogs to count for “sausage”. Each morning was something slightly different with full plates of baked chicken or steamed fish alongside eggs, fresh fruit, toast, coffee and tea.
The hotel is also conveniently located incredibly close to the Phra Khanong BTS Station making it easy to jump on the Skytrain and explore the rest of the city. While the neighborhood itself is on the edge of the more central tourist hotspots, it’s not far – only two stops from the high end district of Thonglor – and the hotel is also right across the street from a funky outdoor food and art center known as W District.
Rooms at the Hotel Mustang Nero are priced around 1,900 – 2,500 baht (about $50 – 70 USD) including breakfast. You can book through Air BnB here or set up an account and get the credit here. Keep in mind that there are only eight rooms and they have a 5-star guest rating so book in advance. I stayed in Room No. 5 “The Zebra Song” and loved it, but Room No. 6 “The Lion Song” was cool too and very big, and next time I’ll try to snag Room No. 8 with flamingoes!
You can also book the hotel through Agoda here.
Though the hotel is close to the main road and BTS Station, it is tucked away behind a row of buildings and may take you a couple tries to find the first time.
Have you stayed anywhere like The Mustang Nero Hotel before? What other boutique hotels in Bangkok should I try out?