A Definitive Guide to Cool and Unusual Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand: A Travel Bucketlist

One of the world’s most visited cities and winner of World’s Best City four years in a row from Travel +Leisure Magazine, Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok has a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking to enjoy five star luxury on a small budget or explore the traditions and history of the country’s epic shrines and natural beauty. Bangkok’s popularity continues to grow, proving particularly popular with Digital Nomads and backpacker’s from around the globe. The low cost of living and convenient transport links with the rest of Asia and beyond, Bangkok is an awesome choice for long stay, short break or quick stopover en route to somewhere else. Whatever you look for on a holiday, you’ll find it in Bangkok whether it’s food, drink, Muay Thai boxing, floating markets, Asian architecture or cinemas with table service and sofas, don’t underestimate this Thai capital city.

Once you’ve booked your ticket, you’ll want to find somewhere interesting to stay, to save you hours of research, we’ve compiled a (not so) little list of some cool and unusual places to stay in the beautiful city of Bangkok, Thailand. Whether you’re looking to stay somewhere traditional, trendy or unique; by the river, near the temples or in nature, we’ve got an option for you! And guess what? They’re all cheaper than you’d think. Enjoy! Let us know if you spot any other accommodation you think we should include and we hope to update these guides on a regular basis.

Some notes on booking bargain accommodation in South East Asia

We’ve listed a guide price for each property based on the information provided on the websites and booking sites we browsed at the time of publishing (May 2018). However, as there is so much choice in South East Asia and a steady flow of tourism and business travellers, it’s fairly easy to pick up a massive discount on the advertised price. Many backpackers and seasoned travellers will tell you to leave your hotel booking until the last minute, allowing you to discover luxury at a fraction of the retail price. To get all your possible discounts at a glance, we’d recommend using Agoda, a website and app that unlocks amazing discounts on a wide variety of accommodation with the convenience of holding all the information and booking processes in one place. Naturally, if you feel like approaching a hotel directly last minute, it is part of Asian culture to be able to ask for a fair discount and most hotel staff speak enough English to make this conversation possible. Just remember your manners and don’t be a dick! Happy Travelling! 

Affordable Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand

Silom Art Hostel – rooms from £24 (dorms from £15)

For a LEGO coloured, upcycled dream of a hostel, check out Silom Art Hostel close to Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple. As with many modern hostel, Silom Art Hostel in Bangkok offers dorm rooms and private en-suite options. This place has the added benefits of a roof terrace, restaurant and bar and plenty of vibrant, communal areas to pay pool, board games or watch films. Book the Silom Art Hostel in Bangkok via Agoda.

The Yard Hostel – rooms from £28 (dorms from £12)

Bangkok is full of beautiful hostels that cater to more than just the party going backpackers and this is one of them! The Yard is a eco-friendly hostel with dorm and private rooms surrounding a lush green yard used for community activities and chilling out. Rooms are simple, clean and cosy bringing you home comforts to Bangkok at a budget friendly price. The Yard Hostel also offers yoga classes, Thai cookery classes, communal food parties and bike tours of the local area. Book The Yard Hostel in Bangkok here. 

Sleepbox – rooms from £35 (dorms from £10)

Shipping container hotels seem to be a trend in Asia, here’s another one of them. My Sleep Box is marketed as a hostel due to it’s simplicity, dorm room options and useful facilities including free WiFi across the venue and a 24 hour reception. Quirky and simple, this is ideal for budget travellers looking for something a bit different, it’s also a chain, so you’ll find it in other places such as Chiang Mai too. Book Sleepbox, Bangkok here.

Luxx – rooms from £30

This is one of two Luxx branded hotels in Bangkok and offers travellers style and boutique quality experiences at an accessible price point. Rooms feature a signature Japanese style wooden bath tube and a chic, slick design with plenty of warming natural wood details. There’s a 24 hour reception, airport transfers and WiFi on offer for guests. Check out the Luxx hotel to book. 

 

T|H|A City Loft Hotel – rooms from £35

If you’re looking to live like a local with easy access to all that Bangkok dwellers use daily, check out this simple and modern hotel. City Loft Hotel doesn’t have loads of extra features, but the rooms are clean and spacious with all your basics and breakfast included. For exploring the city this could be an ideal affordable choice. Book the THA City Loft Hotel in Bangkok on Agoda. 

WH (Wanderer Hub) Hostel – rooms from £24 (dorms available)

Another container hostel! This one is a colourful option, conveniently located on the famous Sukhumvit Road. Dorms and private rooms are available, including options with private en-suites. There’s plenty of cosy chill out areas and free WiFi for when you need to get shit done or feel like socialising. Check out the facilities and make a booking at WH Hostel.

 

S Box Sukhumvit Hotel – rooms from £25

Looking for something modern? The innovative design of the S Box Sukhumvit Hotel highlights a set of glass cubes illuminated by mood lighting, stunning when the blinds are all open, but don’t worry you don’t have to be exposed! One of the quirks of this hotel is that each room features different coloured mood lighting, bringing life to these white box rooms. Although simple, the hotel is well located, clear, modern and packed full of convenient and contemporary features. 

Playhaus Thonglor Hotel, rooms from £35

Not for everyone with it’s cabaret-themed decor, however, with rooms from only £35 per night and a whole host of useful facilities, it’s worth considering this kitsch addition to the list. There’s an onsite library, bar, restaurant and nightclub too. The location is central and only 10 minutes from BTS-Thong Lo Station. Book this Bangkok hotel via Agoda.

Chao Hostel – rooms from £35 (dorms from £15)

Don’t let the term hostel put you off, the concept has vastly broadened from the backpacking stereotypes we might know. Chao Hostel is a luxury, boutique hostel that offers private en-suite rooms, traditional dorms and plenty of cosy communal areas to share. Movies, board games and free hot drinks and snacks are on offer for guests and the hostel vibes can come in handy as a digital nomad or solo traveller in particular. Book the Chao Hostel, Bangkok here. 

MeStyle Place – rooms from £30

For eclectic style and plenty of colour, MeStyle Place delivers it with plenty of facilities too. There’s a pool, fitness centre, restaurant that serves vegan options and all the basics you’d expect from a hotel. There’s a full size car in the Reception and various other offbeat decor inclusions, so should make for an interesting stay. Explore MeStyle Place on Agoda. 

 

Baan Kachitpan – rooms from £32

For some Thai tradition and cosy simplicity in the old district of Bangkok, try Baan Kachitpan. The small hotel is nestled in pretty gardens and includes a restaurant and free breakfast all decorated with tastefully placed vintage pieces. Charming and well located, with free WiFi, this is a little retreat in the big city. Book Baan Kachitpan via Agoda. 

 

The Atlanta Hotel – rooms from £45

If you literally want to go back in time and stay in a hotel that looks like something from an Edgar Allan Poe poem, Wes Anderson movie or scene from The Shining, this could be for you. But don’t be booking in if you’re after after unwholesome activities, because their website features a lengthy article on how they don’t accept “undomesticated people” and information on how the hotel is also an animal sanctuary hosting up to 40 cats, a dog and terrapins. Ok then. If that’s not unique and unusual for you, we don’t know what is. We’re curious. As The Atlanta is a little old school, you need to book via their website. 

White Ivory Bed & Breakfast – rooms from £40

Discover contemporary Thai style in this adorable B&B with on site cafe. Every room enjoys a balcony, free WiFi and breakfast included. Although the rooms are simple, you can take in some more colonial style decor in the communal areas. Located in the Thonburi district, this is an ideal base for exploring temples and the old district of the city. Book the White Ivory Bed and Breakfast in Bangkok here.

 

Mid-Range Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand

Beat Hotel by Hi-Residence, rooms from £58

For a creative slice of contemporary Asia, the Beat Hotel by Hi-Residence is a concept that combines art gallery with accommodation. Each of the 54 rooms has been designed by a young, up and coming artist from a variety of creative practises. Alongside this awesome themed decor, there’s also a gallery shop, restaurant and meeting rooms. The rooms are simple but full of character and affordable considering the quality, location and quirky design. Book the Beat Hotel in Bangkok here.

Where to Stay in Beat Hotel by Hi Residence Loy La Long Riverside Bed and Breakfast - Featured on CMK by Jayne Kitsch

J No. 14 Hotel – rooms from £47

For somewhere quiet, try the J No. 14 Hotel in the Old Town, decorated in antiques store glory, this unusual hotel has a mix of warehouse style industrial and quaint curios; the vintage charm is very refreshing, particularly for such a great price. Guests can also use the hotel’s bike for free, wonderful! Book or explore the J No. 14 Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand here.

Shanghai Mansions – rooms from £48

Dim Sum lovers, listen up! Shanghai Mansions in Bangkok’s Chinatown offers Dim Sum Afternoon Tea, local food tours and a fully equipped spa and restaurant. The rooms are stunning, vivid Chinese inspired designs with plenty of complimentary features, special offers and luxury without the steep price tag. One for the bucket list for sure! Want to book the Shanghai Mansions in Bangkok? Click the link. 

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Loy La Long – rooms from £62

Want to enjoy stunning riverside views in a unique and traditional inspired hotel? Loy La Long is high on our wish list for it’s cosy and colour themed rooms. With only seven rooms, this is quite a treat, whether you end up with the Chinese style bath tub or the dinky balcony. The design of the hotel has a kind of Twin Peaks, kind of like a Thai Great Northern Hotel but by the river, we dig this. Discover more about Loy La Long in Bangkok here.

Luxury Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand

The Bhuthorn – rooms from £86

Located in the Old Town of Bangkok, this colonial style building has been lovingly restored to give guests a taste of the past.  Each of the hotel’s three rooms are decorated differently with authentic Thai antiques and collectables. Ideally located for the museum buffs, The Bhuthorn in Bangkok sounds like a delightful experience. Book The Bhuthorn Bed & Breakfast in Bangkok here.

Where to Stay in Bangkok The Bhuthorn Bed and Breakfast - Featured on CMK by Jayne Kitsch

 

Bangkok Tree House – rooms  from £102

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience with a romantic twist for your visit to Bangkok, may we suggest the Bangkok Tree House? One of the available rooms pictured below,  you can sleep on a platform among the trees and underneath the stars (and necessary bug net!). Close by to the Bangkok Floating Market, other rooms are available and all guests can enjoy unlimited complimentary ice cream and bike hire! Yes please. Find out more about the Bangkok Tree House here.

 

Old Captain Bike Inn – rooms from £71

This antique style hotel is like staying in a museum. Each room is uniquely decorated with authentic antiques and unusual finishing touches. The Old Captain Bike Inn also offer bike hire and bike tours as part of their services. There’s also a restaurant that caters to vegan diets and plenty of interesting things to explore close by. Book the Old Captain Bike Inn on Agoda.

AVANI Riverside – rooms from £80

Looking for riverside luxury and THAT infinity pool Instagram snap, the AVANI Riverside is a great choice. Offering epic skyline views, fitness centre, rooftop bars and everything you expect from a five star hotel. With rooms available for less than £100 per night, this is a great option for escaping city life and unwinding. Check out AVANI Riverside on Agoda for the latest deals.

 

Banyan Tree – rooms from £130

More luxury and epic skylines, this time from Banyan Tree and their stunning rooftop restaurant and bar. This is an award winning five star hotel with pool, spa and shuttle services. Classy monochrome rooms make this an elegant choice for a romantic getaway or spa weekend. Their Afternoon Tea looks like one to check out for the foodies out there too. Explore the latest offers for Banyan Tree, Bangkok on Agoda. 

Sala Rattanakosin – rooms from £75

Looking to stay somewhere with a view of Wat Arun temple? The modern Sala Rattanakosin offers various angles of the stunning temple at day and night from its bar, restaurant and many of its riverside rooms. The hotel can also help you with various tours and cooking classes to help you pass the time. The restaurant offers a Thai inspired menu in a fine dining setting. Find a deal on Sala Rattanakosin, Bangkok on Agoda.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort – rooms from £95

For everything in one place and plenty of staff on hand to give you advice or suggestions, try a resort like Anantara Riverside Resort. Enjoy complimentary WiFi and even a smartphone to borrow for your stay, as well as gaining access to a stunning pool, spa, fitness centre and over twelve different restaurants and bars on site. Find offers on the Anantara Riverside Resort here.

Inn a Day – rooms from £94

This is not your usual hotel, Inn a Day is a riverside concept hotel where the rooms and decor have been broken into themes relating to times of day. Yes, you heard that right! Your room choices range from the 7am Fresh Market room to the 5pm Family Suite. Many of the rooms feature a glass wall with a riverside view and most have a balcony too. The brand aims to break conventions of the boring hotel chains, which they seem to be doing. Explore deals on Inn a Day on Agoda

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