There are nearly 300 hotels in Bangkok to choose from, but finding the right one for your style and budget doesn’t have to be hard. From chic boutiques to towering skyscrapers, Bangkok has some of the best cheap hotels in the world that give new meaning to less than five stars.
The word cheap often comes with negative connotations. But in Bangkok, you’ll be surprised at how frugal you can be while still getting five-star service. The city is flush with stunning options in a broad range of neighbourhoods and styles. For what you get in Bangkok, you can expect to pay three to five times the price in Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Shanghai or Tokyo. Whether you’re into high-rise behemoths or slick boutiques, Culture Trip has compiled the best cheap hotels in Bangkok for just about everyone.
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Handmade art adorns each room at the Phranakorn-Nornlen Hotel | Courtesy of Phranakorn-Nornlen Hotel / Hotels.com
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.
Prepare to have sensory overload as you make your way to the riverside three-storey abode of the River View Guest House. Located in the Talad Noi part of Chinatown, the highlight of this super-cheap spot is its rooftop restaurant, which is kitted out with comfy cushions, cold beers and views of the Chao Phraya River and the Che Chin Khor Temple and Pagoda. Inside, the rooms are simple but comfortable, and for a little extra money, you can get one with air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom.
This sleek boutique hotel resides in the less-touristy Bang Rak neighbourhood, which provides a respite from the hectic streets of the city. Part hostel, part hotel, Ma Hotel offers a choice of dorm rooms that sleep up to seven or sparse solo accommodation with splatter-painted headboards and hardwood floors. If you want to exercise in your off time, hit up the cardio machines and indoor pool in the lobby. The hotel is close to the Bangkok Mosque, so you’ll find must-try halal restaurants nearby, such as the Muslim Restaurant, which serves a sumptuous kuruma gai and mataba gai. The hotel also has a free shuttle to the nearest Skytrain station.
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.
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, an indoor-outdoor joint that serves cocktails and tapas.
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.
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.
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.
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 even a library. The area is a bit off the beaten path, but it’s still within walking distance of the Jim Thompson House Museum and the mega-malls of Siam.
The minimalist design puts guests at ease inside this very cleanly styled boutique hotel just north of Bangkok’s massive Lumpini Park. This little oasis sits behind gated walls and lush greenery, hiding its modern aesthetic from the traffic outside. Indoors, LUXX’s rooms are simple and smooth with hardwood walls and floors and peekaboo showers for the not-so-shy vacationing couples. Other amenities include complimentary coffee and tea, an elongated outdoor pool and 24-hour desk service. Fans of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list will salivate over Gaggan, which is number four on the list and only a short walk away.