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Where to Stay in Bangkok

By Wilbur Suen

*Updated May 2016*

The first step to planning your holiday will be purchasing of air tickets. After which, the next difficult task will be selecting the hotel to stay. There are over 1000 hotels in Bangkok, and you will always have this question in your head – Where to Stay in Bangkok?

For me, I can stay in any location as long as it is accessible to major attractions be it by trains or taxis. The most important thing in my selected hotel is that is has to be clean and modern. Modern decorated rooms will help ensure a clean and comfortable stay. Clean rooms is a must as I do not want a room that is dusty with old beds. Finally, to ensure a repeated visit to the hotel, they must have good customer service with staff who can speak simple English and places emphasis on hospitality.

Now to help you, I have a few questions which will help you narrow down your choices – How to Choose a Hotel to stay in Bangkok. Ask yourself these questions, but ultimately you can only choose one:

*Note: Hotel options recommended below are those that I have personally stayed or visited for inspection. They are personally inspected and are ensured of quality standards that are worthy to be on AroiMakMak.com.*

1. Do you need a hotel close to BTS (trains)?

Yes > Stay along the Sukhumvit or Silom Line. The options below are hotels which I have tried personally and they are less than 5 minutes away to BTS.

LIT Bangkok [4.5 Star] Pathumwan Princess Hotel [5 star]
BTS: National Stadium BTS: National Stadium
The LIT Bangkok - Extra Radiance pathumwanprincess-room1
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Novotel Ploenchit Sukhumvit [4 Star] Grand Swiss Hotel [4 star]
BTS: Phloen Chit BTS: Nana
novotelbangkokploenchit-superiorroom grandswisshotel-premiertwin
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Galleria 12 Hotel [4 Star] The Continent Hotel [4 star]
BTS: Asoke BTS: Asoke
galleria12hotel-studiogday The Continent Hotel - Rooms
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Mode Sathorn Hotel [4 Star] W Bangkok [5 star]
BTS: Surasak BTS: Chong Nonsi
modesathorn-roomnight wbangkok-spectacularroom1
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2. Do you want a hotel close to your shopping and street food?

Yes > Stay in Pratunam. If you want an all-in-one area inclusive of shopping and lots of street food, this is the place to stay. But do take note that roads are usually congested and streets are always packed. If you don’t like mess and noise, this is not the place for you. Over at Pratunam, there are many 3-star hotels but I recommend you to stay in a 4-star Hotel if you want convenience and comfort. Most 3-star hotels are located right in the middle or end of the streets. The nearest train is either Airport Rail Link (ARL) Ratchaprarob station or BTS Ratchathewi / Chidlom but it requires about 10 to 15 minutes of walking.

Centara Watergate Pavillion [4 Star] GLOW Pratunam [4 star]
ARL: Ratchaprarob ARL: Ratchaprarob
Centara Watergate Pavillion - Deluxe Room glowpratunam-deluxecorner2
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Vince Pratunam Hotel [4 Star] The Berkeley Hotel [4 star]
ARL: Ratchaprarob ARL: Ratchaprarob
vincehotelpratunam-room1 The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam - Luxury Corner Room
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Novotel Bangkok Platinum [4 Star] Amari Watergate Hotel [5 star]
ARL: Ratchaprarob ARL: Ratchaprarob
novotelbangkokplatinum-superiorroom amariwatergate-executiveroom1
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3. Do you want a hotel which is quiet, close to the locals but still near to major attractions?

Yes > Stay around Silom / Si Phraya area. If you want some peace, stay close to the locals to experience their lifestyle but still near to major places such as Siam and Yaowarat, a good choice will be at Si Phraya area. In fact, one of my favourite place to stay in Bangkok when I go over for work is at Si Phraya. See if you can spot it.

iSanook Residence [3 Star] Mandarin Hotel [4 star]
MRT: Sam Yan MRT: Sam Yan
isanookresidence-studio mandarinhotel-deluxeroom
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4. Do you want a boutique hotel which is very different from the rest?

Yes > I believe you are not in Bangkok to shop, but mainly to relax, have some spa sessions and enjoy the hotel facilities.

Sofitel So Bangkok [5 Star] Hotel Indigo Bangkok [5 star]
MRT: Lumpini BTS: Phloen Chit
sofitelsobangkok_metalroom2 hotelindigobangkok_chaiyapruek1
 Read Review… Read Review…

5. Do you have recommendations of a good hostel?

Yes > They are mainly situated close to BTS or major attractions and the good news is that they are modern, clean and fun! A good option if you are looking at something cheap and you love to meet fellow travellers.

CHAO Hostel Sleepbox Sukhumvit 22
BTS: National Stadium BTS: Asoke / Phrom Phong
chaohostel-room1 sleepboxsukhumvit22-sweetbox1
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Lub d Siam Square HQ Hostel
BTS: National Stadium BTS: Sala Daeng
Lub d Bangkok Siam Square - Room HQ Hostel - Suite
 Read Review… Read Review…

6. Do you want a hotel beside the river?

Yes > Stay at hotels along Chao Phraya River but they are usually 5-star hotels. If you stay along the river I recommend you to stay at Old Bangkok which is near to Khao San area, where there is much more for you to explore.

Riva Surya Hotel [4 Star] Riva Surya - Deluxe Riva Room

7. Do you want something even more different, perhaps a resort in Bangkok?

Yes > This is perhaps a good option if you have already visited Bangkok many times or you are here for your honeymoon and want to stay in a resort in Bangkok itself. Probably something like a villa in Phuket but still in Bangkok?

The Siam Hotel [5 Star] thesiamhotel-poolvilla

Hope this guide aids you in choosing your hotel, solving your questions of “Where to Stay in Bangkok?”! If it is not your first time to Bangkok, you may want to check out other interesting hotels that I have reviewed here. 🙂

Wilbur Suen

Wilbur Suen

AroiMakMak.com is the brainchild of Wilbur Suen. He is based in Singapore but loves Bangkok so much that he keeps returning. He loves travelling, eating, technology and has high standards for them. In his free time, he will be sourcing for new places to visit so that he can document and share. Try to catch him in Bangkok eating local dishes, enjoying aromatherapy spa or chilling at a rooftop bar.

  • Eric

    Do you have any recommendations for 2 or 3-rooms apartment for family travelling together? Preferably near BTS and shopping area.

    • Hi Eric, for your requirements, perhaps it might be better to rent a whole apartment from AirBNB. 🙂

  • Kimberly

    Hi.. my sis help me book a hotel at prince palace..is it convenient for shopping or any attractions nearby?

    • aroimakmak

      This hotel is relatively close to Chinatown and Khao San Road. You will need to travel via taxi and the nearest will be MBK (about 15mins drive not including jam)

  • aroimakmak

    Hi! For those with nice bathtub, it’s usually 4/5 stars. LIT Bangkok, Amari Watergate, Hotel Indigo, just to name a few.

  • Lynn

    Hi! I found a condo in airbnb in chamchuri residence. It’s located above Sam Yan MRT. What do you think of the location? Or isit better to stay near BTS line?

    • aroimakmak

      the location is alright. by taxi you can go to siam area in less than 5 minutes and if you want the bts, just walk a little more.

  • aroimakmak

    You can’t really walk to your shopping places (Pratunam) but to get around, you have to take a taxi. There is no nearby BTS too, the nearest will be MRT Phetchaburi or ARL Makkasan.

  • Emily Heng

    Hello, do you have any recommended hotels near central world? 4 to 5 stars preferably.

    • aroimakmak

      For 5 star hotels, Above Central World, there is Centara Grand Central World, else another one will be in Pratunam, Amari Watergate. For 4 star hotels, you have Centara Watergate Pavilion, GLOW Pratunam and The Berkeley Hotel.

      • Emily Heng

        Thanks for the suggestions. I stayed at glow hotel before and there were quite a few street food right outsude the hotel in the morning, do you know of any 4 to 5 stars hotels that also have some street food nearby in the morning? Best to be in areas like siam paragon, central world, or maybe near terminal 21?

        • aroimakmak

          All those I mentioned earlier do have the street food outside, just a matter of a few more minutes of additional walk since they are all located nearby. For convenience of street food, you probably only have the choice of Pratunam hotels. The other areas does not have as much street food as Pratunam.

          • Emily Heng

            Thanks for the information! :))

  • Stefanie Lee

    Hi, I’m looking at Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit. Are there any massage shops (especially open till late night) and food options nearby ?

    • aroimakmak

      Hi, there’s actually a massage shop below the hotel and open till late. There is food below hotel and opposite nearer to nana side.

  • Clark Thj

    Hi! Any good 3 stars hotel to recommend in Pratunam area? 4 of us will be going to Bangkok this July 🙂

    • aroimakmak

      I like GAAM Hotel because of their hospitality. Other popular ones are Budacco and CITIN Pratunam

  • aroimakmak

    yes, it’s close to Pratunam and Siam. 🙂

  • vivi

    Hi, is there any street food or recommended food near LIT bangkok?

    • aroimakmak

      there are some shops on the main road. from the main road if you turn right towards TESCO, there’s a big local market in the morning selling lots of local breakfast

  • aroimakmak

    Oh, then I guess your preferred location should be in Pratunam. Perhaps you may want to look at 4 star hotels or multiple rooms at 3 star hotels because the hotels are quite strict with the number of pax in the room though especially 3 star ones…

  • Penny Ho

    Hi, I plan to stay in pratunam area. is it near around siam paragon?

    • aroimakmak

      yes, quite near.

  • Lim

    Hi, is there any night market to visit near the hotel Sleepbox Sukhumvit 22?

    • aroimakmak

      at the moment, there isn’t any.

      • Lim

        hi any nearby attractions would u recommend to visit which is not too far from this hotel at night?

        • aroimakmak

          hi, which hotel are you referring to?

  • Jayden Tham

    Hi, do u have any hotel recommendations for sukhumvit area. Easy accessibility to food, and transport

    • aroimakmak

      You may want to stay closer to Ploenchit (Novotel Phloenchit) or close to Asoke (Galleria 12 or Pullman Grande Sukhumvit)

  • aroimakmak

    I think it’s good as its near the BTS and MRT and you can avoid the taxi. I just stayed there few weeks ago and the experience was good and I like the luxurious rooms too.

  • aroimakmak

    it’s in the middle of the business district and travelling to the nearest train station requires some time. it’s not that easy to find halal-certified food but you can check out Phetchaburi Soi 7. Taxi is convenient to take but at the same time you might be stuck in the jam. Taking the trains will be better if you are not carrying anything heavy.

  • aroimakmak

    i haven’t try one near in yaowarat yet but the nearest to it is iSanook Residence http://aroimakmak.com/isanook-residence/

    • Neo Kah Hock

      sorry for the late reply…thanks sir for the reply…

  • Sya

    Hi! Do you know if amari hotel is strict with their extra person policy? And how about staying near phaya thai bts? Is there many street food near it? Thankss

    • aroimakmak

      Hi, majority of the hotels is strict with their extra person policy. If you want to look for street food easily, Pratunam is the place to be.

  • aroimakmak

    I haven’t stayed there before hence won’t be able to comment.

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