Bangkok is the most populated city and capital of Thailand. Popular with everyone from backpackers to businessmen, this constantly adapting modern city holds a number of festivals and annual events within its exciting urban sprawl. Here we look at some of the hidden getaways within Bangkok, as well as larger hotels whose themes range from creative luxury to artsy kitsch.
With each room designed by an individual artist, this unique, cheap and cheerful hotel offers visitors a creative experience. Each has been assigned its own name, theme and colour scheme, some much louder and brighter than others. The hotel also features a photo and movie shoots for any aspiring actors, adding another reason to visit this fascinating place.
A wonderful micro hotel quietly hidden away in the centre of Bangkok, Seven contributes a colourful and inviting aspect to your stay in Bangkok, and have proven themselves over the years, winning several awards for their niche service. Founded on the ancient tradition of giving each day of the week its own planetary god, the hotel resonates a calm spiritual feel. Containing a gallery of its own that displays Asia-based artists, the hotel is also close to a number of galleries, bars and boutiques which make this a convenient place to stay.
Praised host and owner Charlee is guaranteed to make you feel at home in this accommodating guesthouse. Guests are greeted with strange and wonderful worldly treasures which line the walls, while smooth jazz music plays overhead. The rooms of varying colours are decorated modestly, but with a communal rooftop and the host’s personal paintings to view, the clean and simple feel of this low-cost hotel make it worth a visit. For those with a creative flair there are painting classes available, musical instruments to play and an endless supply of tea and coffee.
About the place:Design, Budget
Displaying a notable collection of antique furniture and fittings from all over the world, this hotel and spa have adopted a Colonial design style, in its attempts to convey ’19th Century luxury living’. There is an emphasis on fine dining with wine tasting evenings in addition to a vintage car airport transfer. With three different kinds of suites to choose from – all fitted out with luxurious detail –there is also a 24-hour butler service and complimentary tuk-tuk for those searching for a fun way around the city.
About the place:Design, Stylish
This luxury boutique hotel is a paradise away from the bustling city centre. The hotel stands out from its competitors in Bangkok by promoting healthy vegetarian food in its restaurant – Na Aroon – where it serves predominantly Thai but also some Western dishes to accommodate guests. The villa is a family-run business that takes pride in the history of the building, which was built by the grandparents of the current owners and is filled with beautiful re-used furniture and recycled materials.
About the place:Design, Stylish
Located next to the river near China Town sits this quirky artsy house, full of character and charm. The dark wood throughout this accommodation reflects a serene and natural feel, while the surrounding nature of the river compliments the appealing design of the building, encouraging guests to explore Bangkok by boat. Visitors can also enjoy the relaxing ambience by sitting on the deck overhanging the river and watching the sunset. Somewhat hidden away, this hotel is close to temple and chapel sites.
From the outside this hotel appears as the epitome of luxury, and inside it continues. Seeking to integrate art and design with all things opulent, the aesthetics are inspired by the early 20th Century golden era of economy and international travel. The design of the hotel also plays with Asian and Western motifs, further adding to its artistic appeal. The Hotel Muse is for the lovers of luxury within us all.
This large mansion is situated in the oldest part of Bangkok next to the Chao Phraya River. Designed by Praya Chollabhumipanish, the hotel promotes authenticity in its design, which is influenced by the Italian artists of the early 1900s. With an interesting history, it has served the public in many ways since its original purpose as a family home in 1923, having been a children’s school in addition to a restaurant, which is still active within the hotel. High ceilings and large arched windows feature throughout, and the hotel caters for the cultured with its antique gallery and library.
The small, family-run Bed and Breakfast Baan Pra Nond offers a quieter more intimate stay to those visiting Bangkok, setting itself away from the busy feel of the city. Emphasising a homely feel, each room is filled with carefully selected modern and vintage design. With its name originating from the Thai word for ‘home’ (Baan), the hotel certainly holds the charm of a family-run business with its owners Tasma and Jason ensuring personal customer service and local travel advice.
About the place:Cosy
With its futuristic design and sleek urban ambience, Le Fenix promotes itself at the forefront of chic design situated at the heart of Bangkok’s nightlife. The hotel was designed by the award-winning Thai interior designer Sachdav O’Dell, and has 147 rooms all fitted with modern furnishings and following the contemporary minimalist style. The hotel boasts wide city views from each of its rooms, a roof top bar and corner windows that give spectacular views of the cityscape.
About the place:Design, Modern, Stylish