My Personal Favorite Hotels In Bangkok, Thailand

By | April 16, 2013

by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Bangkok and coastal Thailand are home to some of the most spectacular resorts in the world. The hotels in this article have been selected across a wide price range for their facilities, value, ambience, and location.

CHINATOWN New Empire Hotel
572 Yaowarat Rd 10100 Tel 0-2234-6990 Fax 0-2234-6997 Rooms 100

Just a short walk from the Hua Lampong railway station and the MRT underground, the New Empire Hotel offers standard accommodations in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown. The sparse, clean, and comfortable rooms are housed in a basic eight-story building. The friendly staff is an added bonus. www.newempirehotel.com

CHINATOWN The Riverview Guesthouse
768 Soi Panurangsi, Songwat Rd, behind San Jao Tosuekong 10100 Tel 0-2234-5429 Rooms 45

Tucked away in the heart of Chinatown, but just five minutes from Hua Lampong Station, this is a great place to stay to experience the vibrancy of the area. Basic rooms are offset by excellent river views from its rooftop restaurant. Hard to find down the maze of alleyways, but this hotel is worth the effort. www.riverviewbkk.com

CHINATOWN Woodlands Inn
1158/5–7 Charoen Krung 32 Bangrak 10500 Tel 0-2235-3894 Fax 0-2237-5493 Rooms 75

Guests will find clean but basic accommodations at this renovated budget hotel located close to the river and within walking distance of a night market. The restaurant serves excellent Indian food as well as Thai and Western dishes. The staff is fluent in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Thai. www.woodlandsinn.org

CHINATOWN Grand China Princess Hotel
215 Yaowarat Rd, Samphantawong 10100 Tel 0-2224-9977 Fax 0-2224-7999 Rooms 160

In the heart of Chinatown, surrounded by a maze of streets and shops, this hotel is housed in the Grand China Trade Tower, and has comfortable rooms and suites with full amenities. A revolving restaurant on the 25th floor offers panoramic views of the city and has a selection of international cuisine. www.grandchina.com

CHINATOWN Shanghai Mansion Bangkok
479–81 Yaowarat Rd, Samphantawong 10100 Tel 0-2221-2121 Fax 0-2221-2124 Rooms 75

Once the home of a wealthy Chinese merchant, this charming hotel celebrates the colors and romance of Chinatown. The decor is outstanding and showcases traditional Chinese designs. Guests can enjoy the lavish accommodations, indulge in the Yin Yang Spa or enjoy a drink in the Tea Room. www.shanghaimansion.com

DOWNTOWN A-One Inn
25/13–15 Soi Kasamsunt 1, Rama I Rd 10330 Tel 0-2215-3029 Fax 0-2216-4771 Rooms 25

Tucked away down a quiet side street, the A-One Inn is one of the few cheap guesthouses in the city center. It may be a little plain, but it is hard to beat its price and convenience. Rooms have TV, Internet, hot showers, and air conditioning. Weekly and monthly rates are available. www.aoneinn.com

DOWNTOWN Soi 1 Guesthouse
220/7 Soi 1, Sukhumvit Rd 10110 Tel 0-2655-0604 Rooms 24

This popular hostel on a quiet, well-lit side street has air-conditioned dormitories, a 24-hour access lounge and games room, Wi-Fi, DVDs, and cable TV. However, the rooms are somewhat cramped, the ensuite bathrooms have showers only, and toilets are shared. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. www.soi1guesthouse.com

DOWNTOWN Lub-d
4 Decho Rd, Bangrak 10500 Tel 0-2634-7999 Fax 0-2634 7510 Rooms 36

This youth hostel proves that cheap is not equivalent to grubby. A variety of accommodations are available ranging from double rooms to a ladies-only dormitory. Free Internet, helpful multilingual staff, and the bright and clean surroundings ensure a loyal clientele. www.lubd.com

DOWNTOWN Moeleng Boutique Resort
21/1 Soi Ratchathapan, Ratchapararop Rd 10400 Tel 0-2642-4646 Fax 0-2245-4386 Rooms 38

This contemporary hotel has Thai-style interiors and rooms looking out on a well-tended garden. It is located in the central but non-touristic Pratunam district famous for its markets. It is also right next to a large public park, ideal for a morning walk or a jog. Monthly rates are also available. www.moeleng-bangkok-resort.com

DOWNTOWN Arnoma Hotel
99 Ratchadamari Rd, Pathumwan 10330 Tel 0-2655-5555 Rooms 369

Located in the center of downtown Bangkok, this is a good mid-range choice for those interested in shopping.

The CentralWorld, Zen, and Paragon malls are adjacent and the local Pratunam market is also nearby. Although not strong on ambience, the food is good with Chinese, Thai, and Continental options. www.arnoma.com