It’s well-known that Thailand offers some hotels that are dirt-cheap by Western standards — but not all are created equal. These hotels aren’t the very cheapest in Bangkok, but they’re still plenty cheap and deliver serious bang for your buck, with modern rooms and in many cases, more features than you would expect at this price point. We’re still actively expanding our Bangkok hotel coverage, so stay tuned for even more great value hotels to come.
In a city where hotel rates are competitive and there are hundreds of options to choose from, this intimate, 76-room boutique hotel still manages to stand out. It's one of the best values for an upscale hotel in the city, thanks to its stylish, colorful, Chinese-inspired decor, tranquil vibe, and extensive freebies (welcome drinks, minibar items, scheduled tuk-tuk service to major sights, and Wi-Fi among them). The location in bustling Chinatown is ideal for those who want to experience Bangkok's famous street food, and there's a quality restaurant on-site as well as a swanky lounge for drinks and jazz. There is no pool, however.
A short walk or tuk-tuk ride to the Skytrain and metro, the Baan K Residence by Bliston has 28 studio and one-bedroom apartments that are best suited to long-term travelers. Along with fully stocked kitchens, all rooms come with huge entertainment systems and free Wi-Fi. A small coffee shop and gym are also on-site, and while the area is relatively secure, guests should note that the reception desk is not open 24 hours a day. Still, for the price, these modern, self-catering units are a terrific value, even in Bangkok, where many hotels offer competitive rates.
The upper-middle-range Legacy Suites Bangkok consists of stylish apartment-style suites with kitchenettes. It has a central location in Sukhumvit but is nestled on a dead-end street that receives little noise or traffic. Bathrooms have soaking tubs and glassed-in showers. Extras like bathrobes, slippers, and washers/dryers are also available. A major highlight of the Legacy Suites is the blue tile outdoor pool that has a kids' area and a whirlpool; many hotels at this price point don't have a pool at all. There's also a rooftop sports field and a fitness center with a wide range of cardio and weight-training equipment, and a business center. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and in-room Wi-Fi is free, but guests complain about the slow connection. Still, for a hotel with this many features and extras, rates are competitive for what you get, even for Bangkok.
The Davis Bangkok is an upscale hotel with three different wings located on busy Soi 24, a side road of the even bigger Sukhumvit Road. The 247 rooms are modern and well-furnished, and the style lives up to the property's boutique billing; they are spread amongst the cheaper Corner Wing and the Main Wing, while private villas are found out back in the Baan Davis area. The hotel has two restaurants and is connected to a plaza full of eateries and shops, including Starbucks. A small pool, fitness center, and spa are all housed together on an upper floor. The area's rush hour traffic and distance from the Skytrain are the main drawbacks, but the hotel is elegant, and doesn't really have much competition in this location.
The three pearl Le Fenix Sukhumvit is located right in the heart of Bangkok's trendiest nightlife area and is an excellent location for those who like to party. While the infamous red light district isn't far away, this street is far more upscale, and there is easy access to restaurants and bars, as well as the nearby skytrain. Rooms are small and lack views, but Superior Rooms have iPod docks, DVD players, and flat-screen TVs. The resort doesn't have a swimming pool or a spa, but its happening rooftop bar and restaurant is great for stylish nights out under the sky.
The Glow Trinity Silom is an upper-mid-range, affordable chain hotel with a lot of amenities, in a convenient, central location in Bangkok's bustling business district. The 105 rooms are modern and straightforward, and the hotel's free DVD library means you can take advantage of the flat-screen TVs with DVD players in each room. Across the street, the hotel has a large rooftop pool, well-equipped fitness center with a sauna, and a spa -- all unexpected features at this point, helping make this property a solid value. The restaurant serves an adequate breakfast buffet, as well as all-day Thai cuisine, and there's a relaxed tea lounge. Sights like Lumpini Park and Patpong night market are both within walking distance, and there are nearby skytrain and subway stops. Wi-Fi can be spotty.
Billing itself as “The Living Place,” Buddacco is a modern budget hotel located in the busy Pratunam neighborhood, which hosts Bangkok's wholesale market. The 48 brightly colored rooms offer modern decor, safes, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Oriental Rooms and the Executive Suite also have spa-style king-sized beds. A free breakfast is served every morning in the on-site cafe, which offers light international fare throughout the day but closes early. Though it's possible to find hotels with more features, such as a pool, at this price point, Budacco's convenient location and cheerful, contemporary style help make it a great value.