Bangkok is hands down one of the best places I’ve been for staying in beautiful boutique hotels and getting a ton of value for your money. The design, service and decor of a lot of boutique hotels in Bangkok rival those of any other major world city – but are often cheaper. Really – it’s painful for me to have to get a hotel room in the U.S. now where your standard Holiday Inn costs more than some of the most beautiful places I’ve stayed in Bangkok.
Choosing where to stay in Bangkok can quickly get overwhelming with thousands of options and when you search for unique or boutique hotels you often come up with lists by big hotel sites naming the same several properties. With that in mind, here are my top picks. (Right this moment that is, I’m always discovering more!)
Click on the bold hotel names to be taken to where you can look up rates and book rooms on Agoda and Air BnB. Agoda is a hotel booking engine that is especially good for finding hotel deals in Asia. It consistently has the lowest rates and everyone I know living in Thailand and throughout Asia swears by it when it comes to booking hotels. All prices below are listed in Thai baht. If you visit the Agoda page then you can easily choose the currency you’d like to see rates in. For current exchange rates, I use xe.com.
My current Bangkok hotel crush, So Sofitel Bangkok is…incredible. I’m not going to gush about it more (I’ve already done that in this post), but if you’re asking for my top pick, this is it. While Sofitel is a large international chain, the So brand of hotels is their boutique, designer arm, and each property is created in conjunction with international and local designers with no detail overlooked. All the interiors are stunning, and the rooms are downright sumptuous, but it’s the view from the terraces over Lumphini Park that’s truly incomparable.
If you’ve been following my journey for a while, you’ll recognize this all-white room from my stay last October. Hotel G is a boutique brand ofGCP Hospitality Group known for locations like The Macau Roosevelt and The Strand Yangon. The Pullman Bangkok Hotel G property is conveniently located about a 5-minute walk away from the Si Lon MRT Station and the Sala Daeng BTS Station. While you’ll love staying in the bright, airy rooms, you’ll also enjoy their restaurant and wine bar. Read my full review of staying at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G here.
Another Instagrammer’s dream spot, The Cabochon Hotel is hidden down a small soi off of Sukhumvit Road in between Phrom Phong and Thonglor. The intimate hotel gives off an air of old world elegance designed with colonial-inspired charm. I love simple it is yet how attention has been paid to every detail. Plus they have an excellent restaurant, Thai Lao Yeh Restaurant, focusing on eastern Thai and Laotian dishes.
Set right on the Chao Praya River across the street from Wat Pho is sala Rattanakosin (sister hotel to another amazing property closer to home, the sala Lanna which sits along on the Ping River in Chiang Mai). Nothing can beat the river and temple views from this gorgeous boutique property, and the floor to ceiling windows featured throughout the hotel display these to their best advantage. Tastefully decorated in a minimalist industrial-chic style, you’ll enjoy the modern setting whilst being steps away from the heart of historic Bangkok. If you don’t stay here, you can still enjoy its minimalist vibe by booking a table for lunch or dinner at the inside restaurant – coming here for refreshments is the perfect antidote to the hot, busy, colorful streets around the Grand Palace.
Rooms at The Mustang Nero Hotel were previously only available to book online through Air BnB but can now also be found on Agoda. This eight-room boutique hotel is truly one-of-a-kind and somehow manages to make taxidermied animals chic, not creepy. Stylishly industrial but accented throughout by interesting details and lush tropical foliage, each guest room has its own personality and flavor. Read my full account of staying at the Mustang Nero Hotel here.
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Loy La Long is the epitome of a boutique art hotel. A hidden gem located in an old Thai wooden house at the very edge of the Chayo Praya River and accessed through temple grounds, they only have seven rooms, including a small dorm. Packing a ton of personality for such a small space, Loy La Long delightfully blends traditional, vintage and eclectic style. Loy La Long is not convenient to get to – or easy to find your first time – so it’s better to stay at if you’ve been to the city before and are looking for something different. Read my full review of staying at Loy La Long here.
The Shanghai Mansion is located in the center of Yaowarat Market, Bangkok’s vibrant Chinatown. Beautifully fusing together romantic details with Chinese style art deco, the interior gives a strong sense of nostalgia. You will be amazed at the little luxuries you get for such an affordable price. Read my full account of staying at Shanghai Mansion in Bangkok here.
When in Thailand, it’s well worth it to spring a little extra for staying in one of the boutique hotels in Bangkok. Not only do you get insane value for money, but you’ll get to know the city more intimately. Each one of the Bangkok boutique hotels featured above really delivers on their boutique credentials, artfully blending cultures and styles and carefully crafting an experience, yet each location is completely different than the others, which will make you want to come back and further explore the ‘Big Mango’ — every time I visit the city, I love it more!
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Hey! I'm Alana and I've spent nearly the past decade living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working as a writer and photographer. I started Paper Planes as a place to share local insight, special places, and how to travel well through a range of experiences — from hostels to high-end hotels, street meat to multi-course meals.
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