The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand

The Continent Hotel Bangkok has a great location with views to match
The Continent Hotel Bangkok has a great location with views to match | Courtesy of the Continent Hotel Bangkok / Expedia
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Travel Expert13 September 2019

There are nearly 300 hotels in Bangkok, but finding the right one for your style and budget doesn’t have to be hard. The city is flush with stunning options in a broad range of neighbourhoods, from the famous Khao San Road to options just off the Chao Phraya River. For what you get here, you would expect to pay three to five times the price in Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Shanghai or Tokyo. From chic boutiques to towering skyscrapers, this city in Thailand has some of the best cheap hotels in the world.

103 – Bed and Brews

4.4/5 (18 Reviews)
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The constant busy traffic and the edge-of-Chinatown location make Bed and Brews a divisive choice among potential bookers, but the Franco-Chinese rooms have oodles of character, with tall windows, minimalist wood and whitewashed decor. Based here, you’re only a stone’s throw from Wat Traimit, or the Temple of the Golden Buddha, a solid-gold, 3m (10ft) statue worth some £250 million. Travelling on to Chiang Mai, Laos or Malaysia? Trains depart from Hua Lamphong railway station, an easy stroll away.
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Amari Watergate Bangkok

Eco Hotel, Hotel
4.3/5 (1250 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $76 per night
With so many new hotels sprouting around the city, it’s never any trouble to find a bargain in Bangkok’s skyscraper-serrated business centre, especially if you opt for a slightly older building such as the Amari, which sits right in the heart of the Pratunam business district. It’s easy to overlook the rather outdated Noughties decor given the gym and pool, among its convenient amenities, not to mention spectacular skyline views if you take a room above the 15th floor.
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The Continent Hotel Bangkok

Independent Hotel
4.1/5 (996 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $61 per night
With a double bed, fitted workstations and bedside tables slightly shoehorned-in, the modern, businesslike rooms at the Continent can feel a little small. All is forgotten however, once you open the curtains and see Bangkok’s neon skyscraper skyline blinking through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The location is great, too – less than five minutes’ walk from Asok Skytrain and Sukhumvit metro. (Public transport makes getting around town a cinch.) Book above the 30th floor for the best views and check the room when you arrive – some are in need of a refurb.
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Riva Surya Bangkok

4.7/5 (998 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $87 per night
There are swankier, more modern boutique properties beside the Chao Phraya river, and places within easier reach of the Skytrain, but the Riva Surya is an excellent option if you want to be close to the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn – both 15 minutes away by cab or riverboat. Our advice: don’t accept the noisy street side rooms, and insist on a riverside suite.
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Phranakorn-Nornlen Hotel

Eco Hotel, Hotel, Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (295 Reviews)
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Priding itself on sustainability, creativity and eco-friendliness, Phranakorn-Nornlen is a bohemian artist’s dream. Located in a back alley on the northwest side of town, the hotel is known for its uniquely designed rooms that feature handmade art pieces bursting with colour. The small boutique has only 31 rooms but is all about communal activity for its guests. Daily activities on the property include soap-making and tie-dye workshops, as well as cooking classes and fruit carving.
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Buddy Lodge

3.8/5 (295 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $36 per night

Khaosan Road is known as a backpacker’s hang-out, complete with chain restaurants, massage parlours, tattoo shops and very cheap accommodation. One of the standouts is the Buddy Lodge, a hostel with a raucous rooftop pool, outdoor bar, booming nightclub and comfortable rooms. Ideally located, it’s close to some of Bangkok’s biggest attractions, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the Bangkok National Museum. Request a room with a balcony to soak in the madness of the Khaosan Road.

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Triple Two Silom

Boutique Hotel
4.5/5 (994 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $37 per night

When you stay at Triple Two Silom, it’s almost like getting two hotels in one. Its sister property, the Narai, is right next door and gives you access to its pool and gym. At Triple Two, you’re getting a chic boutique with sunken marble bathtubs and bright-blue couches. The hotel is in the Silom neighbourhood, which is known not only for its salacious Patpong streets but also for its array of restaurants, such as the world-famous Nahm. Triple Two’s best dining destination is the Mint, which has both indoor and outdoor space, and serves cocktails and tapas.

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  • Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit

    4.5/5 (997 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $51 per night
    One of the more exciting up-and-coming neighbourhoods in Bangkok is an area called Ekamai on the eastern side of Sukhumvit Road. Home to a large Japanese immigrant community, Ekamai is brimming with sushi spots and sake bars. Right in the middle of the action is the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit – a 49-floor tower with a rooftop bar, a luxurious spa and an infinity pool with incredible views. What’s most surprising about this lavish hotel is its prices – they won’t break the bank.
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    Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok

    Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
    4.2/5 (997 Reviews)
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    From its scarlet-painted facade and Pollack-like art murals to its neon-lit sculptures, Siam@Siam is awash with colour. Rooms have pops of orange and gold with large windows that look over the National Stadium across the street. Beyond the never-ending art touches, the hotel is also known for its gastronomic selections, which includes two separate rooftop spots, a bakery and an all-day dining den that’s set up like a New York loft. A vertigo-inducing infinity pool looks out over Siam, which is renowned for its enormous shopping centres.

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    Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

    Hotel, Boutique Hotel
    4.4/5 (996 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $116 per night
    The main thoroughfare through Bangkok’s Chinatown is Yaowarat Road, and the elegant, 1930s-style Shanghai Mansion sits right in the middle. The building itself has a long and storied past: first erected in 1892 as a trading house, it has also been an opera house, a stock exchange and a department store. Guests will find an array of amenities, such as a classic Thai spa, a fine-dining Chinese restaurant and the sultry Shanghai Terrace jazz lounge.
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    Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok

    Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
    4.3/5 (990 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $89 per night

    Western architecture meets classic Thai design at Hua Chang Heritage Hotel – constructed in 1909 and located next to the Chaloem La 56 Bridge. The hotel’s mix of styles is pervasive throughout the property, with vintage furnishings and Thai-style fixtures. It also has some high-end amenities, such as 24-hour butler service, a lavish pool and a library. The area is a bit out of the way, but it’s still within walking distance of the Jim Thompson House Museum and the mega-malls of Siam.

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    Alex Robinson and Kelly Iverson contributed additional reporting to this article.

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