Written by Constantine Colin
Co-written by Annabella Sim and Shannon Osztonits
Edited by Dawn Pillay
You may wonder – Can Bangkok get any cheaper and better at the same time?
With crazy competition between hotels, you can expect prices to get equally competitive too. In these pocket-friendly packages, you might not get concierge services.
Thankfully, this can be easily replaced by Google maps, GrabTaxi, Airbnb or our supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – yes, that’s a word for awesome – TripCanvas guides on Bangkok.
But you do get the freedom to be yourself – a dirt-cheap millennial who doesn’t turn their nose up at a one-in-a-million memory.
We also do know that quite frequently, you couldn’t care less about walking long unnecessary distances.
Located by the BTS Skytrain, these hotels will work out their magical comfort and convenience!
Let’s have a glimpse and a long-lasting holiday at these uber unique hotels and hostels!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Say Hola, Barcelona! – Salil Hotel Sukhumvit – Soi Thonglor 1 (From USD $39)
Give us one person who doesn’t love Barcelona, and we’ll give you a free stay in this enchanting Spain-themed luxury boutique hotel. (jk!)
Photo via lee natalie
This hotel certainly does not feel budget and certainly does not feel like it’s in Bangkok.
Salil Hotel Thong Lor is definitely punching above its weight with the names for its three main buildings – Granada, Seville and Barcelona, named after Spain’s most picturesque and charm-imbued cities.
You will be spoilt with colonial vintage and Granada-Moorish décor and colours, parquet floors, and chic floral ornaments.
(They all blend harmoniously to create the suave ambience found on the sun-kissed Game Of Thrones set as the country of Spain!)
The cobalt blue you can normally marvel at in Ibiza’s inviting seas has been timidly borrowed into the hotel’s settings.
That’s also the case for Cafe de Salil al fresco coffee shop. There’s the delectable buffet or à la carte dishes, and evocative Mediterranean-style balconies from which your bae can serenade you in the night away.
A capacious romantic suite for two love birds – you and your special one, or you and Pokémon Go – go for incredible rates and although within earshot from BTS Thong Lor, the hotel still provides a free shuttle service – how else could you catch all those naughty Pokémon?
2. Check into an antique botanic warehouse – J No.14 Hotel (From USD $45)
Let’s start with the elephant in the room – which is more of a deer prop behind a collection of dried butterflies.
Photo via wu shuang
The lobby strikes you at first sight with an incredible mixture of oddball items.
An animal skull resting on top of some Encyclopaedia Britannica style books, or a gorgeous classical wooden piano and even antique typewriters.
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Just like in the case of other hotels on our list, this former warehouse was envisioned and decorated by an interior design school graduate – the owner’s son to be more precise.
The imposing atrium is brimming with exotic plants whose magnificent Lincoln green colours are enhanced by the natural light.
Photo via kerice chen
But the best part by far is your room – a bare-bone and bare-brick setup with antique style furnishings, Mahogany wooden floors and horror movie hospital beds.
Needless to say, this is not luxury-indulging décor.
It’s more of a setup where Lady Gaga would snap up another Golden Globe for an American Horror Story performance.
Located within walking distance from Krun Thon Buri BTS station, this B&B gem should definitely not be missed out if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.
Editor’s note: Price rates have since increased and rooms are no longer available under $45 (low season)
3. All the world’s a stage – PlayHaus Thonglor Hotel (From USD $33)
Fans of theatre will certainly fall in love with PlayHaus Thonglor Hotel, simply because it’s a play-themed hotel!
Every floor has a different theme: the first floor being Romeo and Juliet, the second floor is inspired by Mary Poppins, and the third floor is Aladdin.
The rooms are furnished lavishly with colour palettes according to the plays that they drew inspiration from.
To complete the experience, guests can visit BackStage, the hotel’s in-house cocktail bar complete with backstage mirrors outlined with light bulbs!
The hotel is just a 12-minutes walk to Thonglor BTS station and is surrounded by many restaurants and bars.
Wining and dining has never been so simple!
Write up for PlayHaus Thonglor Hotel contributed by Annabella Sim
4. Think inside the Box – S Box Sukhumvit Hotel (From USD $29)
Featuring international modern architecture, this establishment offers unique rooms with a glass-wall window overlooking Benjasiri Park.
With such sweeping views of the city also comes plenty of brightness – and the chance for other voyeurs to peep at your shenanigans if you don’t pull down the electronic blinds.
Do you find yourself being constantly moody?
If you answered yes to this question, then the mood lighting in your chic elegant room can ante up the game and take care of your most important needs.
If that doesn’t do the trick, the infamous sleazy Soi Cowboy nightlife is just a stone’s throw away!
If you want to get high – literally speaking – head to the amazing 360° View Rooftop Restaurant which is an extraordinary vantage point from which you can marvel at the city.
Only 500 metres away from Phromphong BTS station, the hotel hooks you up to Bangkok’s premier nightlife hotspots.
The glossy Emporium Shopping Mall is nearby as well, but we recommend the eco-friendly Rain Hill Plaza for its variety of international cuisines and superb dining.
5. Anyone can feel like a queen or king – Thee Bangkok Hotel (From USD $32)
This swanky, European-style hotel is just what you need if you’re in it for stylish comfort!
It’s just a 13-minute walk to Terminal 21 – a popular airport-themed shopping mall – and a 8-10 minute walk to Asoke BTS station.
If you can splurge a little more, try The King Suite. It is the biggest room that comes with a bathtub for those who love soaking after a day out!
There is also a 7-11 and a massage parlour nearby for convenience.
Photo via danxny
The hotel is located in Sukhumvit, so café-hopping guests can visit the numerous cafes in this area.
One such café is the Karmakamet Diner, a rather popular, Instagram-worthy café.
Write up for Thee Bangkok Hotel contributed by Annabella Sim
6. Step into a whimsical world – House of Phraya Jasaen (From USD $19)
With its unique interior design, this hotel seems to have escaped from one of Salvador Dali’s masterpieces.
Although a 3-star hotel, the House of Phraya Jasaen is pushing boundaries with an attractive blend of modern décor and authentic Thai ornamental styles.
Every room sports a distinctive and eccentric layout – the prison-themed room comes with jet-black bars, and ash-coloured concrete walls.
So, now is the perfect time to use those handcuffs you bought in the Patpong red-light district! No wonder they call it the Bachelor Room. (LOL)
On the opposite spectrum, the hotel also panders to families with their stylish and sleek Suite, that’s beautifully ornate with rattan and wicker furniture..
This unusual mixture of guests is also reflected in the hostel side of the business.
You can check into a comfortable dormitory room, that borrows some of the art gallery vibes you are immersed in right upon entering the premises.
Arguably, the forte of the hotel lies in its massage parlour with a large fabric elephant hanging over the massage beds, and a Sweeny Todd style vintage barbershop chair.
If all this quirkiness proves too precious to be experienced all in one day, take a short break and explore some enchanting areas like Asiatique Market – the BTS is only a few minutes’ walk away.
7. Discover the king of elegance – Kingston Suites Hotel Bangkok (From USD $38)
Let’s continue our journey backpacking around Europe – but in Bangkok, in a 4-star luxury establishment!
In reality, Kingston Hotel is a condominium-style serviced residence that provides intimacy and comfort in a very popular area of Sukhumvit.
Every single detail has been carefully curated so that your senses will take you to a rejuvenating European townhouse ambience. All without the hassle of obtaining a visa.
A 30-square-metre room with a city view comes fully equipped with all the exquisite amenities you probably won’t need.
However, the facilities might entice you a tiny bit – the gym is located opposite the eye-catching swimming pool, giving you a boost of commitment to working out!
There is no real European flair without a Mediterranean-style Bistro restaurant and Kingston does not flounder in this regard.
And we take back our word about what we said earlier – here they do have stupendous concierge services!
When you feel you’re tired of Europe you can come back to your senses and take the BTS – just a 5-minute walk away – and explore Bangkok to your heart’s content.
8. Time|Has|Arrived to relax at – T|H|A City Loft Hotel (From USD $29)
We’re not going to start off by stating how artistic this place is, because we’ve had enough lessons on décor, style and contemporary art up to this point.
The very first thing you’ll notice upon entering the hotel is the high-ceiling lobby. It is in fact so towering that just over the reception area, a huge cage-like mount hangs off from a rather ominous angle.
Photo via seow yu
You might definitely want to check out their Light Loft café not specifically for the coffee, but for the otherworldly-looking bulbs that resemble primitive marine life form defined by a luminescent halo.
Photo via rasacavin
Even the corridors leading to your cosy room have a personality of their own. A shadow play that indicates the number of your room, and dim lighting that creates intriguing shadows in perfect unison with the parallel lines on the walls.
Their 22-square-metre Superior Double Room is elegant and comes with all the comfort amenities for a 3-star hotel.
Since it’s a 15-minute walk from Ekkamai BTS station, the hotel provides a free one-way Tuk Tuk hourly.
9. Blend in with the 3D artwork – Beat Hotel (From USD $43)
We are steadily approaching the finish line of our article, and by now you might be under the impression that you are reading an essay on urban and postmodernist art.
Well… it’s not our fault that Bangkok is teeming with young celebrated artists and designers, influenced by the works of timeless masters such as Picasso or Dali.
With numerous annual art events and competitions, profiles of artists featured on the hotel’s official website, and 54 rooms uniquely decorated and illustrated, forget about checking into a hotel.
Instead, be a part of Bangkok’s belated modern Renaissance!
The superb “melting pot” area, where even Picasso would hang out, is one of the most visually striking kaleidoscopes of colours, ornaments and paintings you can happen upon anywhere in Bangkok.
We particularly like the funky painting of the pig-headed businessman – if you put a wig on its head, he would look like an infamous politician currently trying to “make America, ahem, the world great again”!
Photo via mienmienlalala
There’s another amazing masterpiece called the ‘E88’ but we’ll let you discover it for yourself once you’re there – please don’t Google it!
Photo via hurtingbombz
As for the accommodation, check out their Special Siamese Room and currently the hotel offers various discounts for a consecutive-night booking.
The hotel is located near Phra Khanong BTS station, in the artistic and bustling W District, dominated by wonderful little gems waiting for you to discovered.
10. Some day you’ll nostalgically look back to – Oneday Hostel (Private room from USD $28)
With its plethora of affordable luxury hotels, Bangkok is really wreaking havoc on the good ol’ days of hostel-life backpacking.
It isn’t exactly luxurious here, but the Oneday Hostel has impeccable standards of cleanliness and customer service.
It also offers plenty of choices for adventurers who prefer doing things in a group – like storytelling and yoga – or for the timid traveller who enjoys their private space.
A bunk bed in an en-suite 8-bed dormitory will set you back by a pittance and a Private Double Room with shared bathroom won’t break the bank either!
Photo via onedaypauseandforward
The latter sports a faux-Victorian style décor that will make you feel you’re ‘lepaking’ (Read: relaxing) somewhere in a swanky London hotel room.
Oneday Hostel is located near Phromphong BTS Station, just like S Box Sukhumvit Hotel, and this is your perfect chance to do some lodging-hopping in style and comfort.
11. Take a time-travelling trip to future backpacking – Chao Hostel (From USD $31)
This little gem takes the backpacking experience up a notch and raises the stakes even further.
It epitomises the definition of youthful modern designs with minimalist yet eclectic touches, and is definitely a great unique find.
Many guests find the on-site library to be one of the main perks for choosing this hostel.
It’s beautifully ornate and also away from any raucous activities that might unfold in a dormitory packed with stamina-fueled 21st century teenagers.
The chill-out areas with wood, stone and wicker modern motifs, blend in perfectly with the Thai history and hospitality the hostel tries to introduce to its guests.
Its conversation-conducive layout will make you feel you’re up and ready to mingle with other like-minded travellers.
Photo via christopher c lee
If traveling solo or with friends, choose a bunk bed in a 6-bed dormitory, either male or female-only, and the solid wooden beds feel just like comfy sleeping pods.
The 20-square-metre private double room with an elevated platform queen-size bed might look as if it’s worth a king’s ransom – but it’s still very affordable.
Close to Bangkok’s premier Siam BTS station, you are literally in the de-facto centre of the city. There’s never been a better time to live the good life in Thailand!
12. Experience Hotel Cortez in the 50s – The Atlanta Hotel (From USD $32)
Before jumping at our throats about our obsession with American Horror Story, just give us a chance to prove to you the eerie similarities.
The font of the hotel’s name brand from the official website is akin to the font used to advertise AHS Hotel.
The main lobbies are almost identical – have a look at this comparative picture – and there is some sort of supernatural vibe in the old-fashioned consumerism-free rooms.
Photo via katekatering
They even display prices in Swedish Kronas! – remember the first Swedish victims in Hotel Cortez? (Yeeesh)
In all seriousness, the mind-boggling aspects do not finish here!
The Hotel is strongly against sex tourism, illicit drugs; it is not afraid to publicly criticise “people who do not know how to sit on a chair” and on top of this, it is also an animal sanctuary.
Just WOW! No wonder they officially welcome think tanks, writers, dreamers and artists. Oh, and by the way, children are welcome, only if parents can keep them under control!
Photo via ya5minka on Instagram
Rejuvenate confidently in a swimming pool that 50 years ago used to serve as a snake pit, or sleep in a little-decorated Spartan room initially designed as a lab for a chemical venom company.
Photo via travellin
This retro film-set experience is located 12 minutes away on foot from Phloen Chit BTS station
13. Hurry up and experience a – Room @ Bangkok (From USD $30) Permanently closed
Trendy, simple and budget-friendly – three main characteristics that define this gorgeous affordable hotel.
Many young travellers prefer spending only the night in a hotel room in Bangkok, but when they do, they aspire to comfort and convenience.
Room @ Bangkok offers stylish minimalist layouts with distinctive themes, and although a bit more toned down on elegance than other lodgings featured on our list, it is nonetheless great value for money.
Photo via ling2monkey, weerapongp
A 24-square-metre en-suite Double Room comes with a king-size bed, and the location is just perfect – 5 minutes away from Asoke BTS station!
That means you have access to other premiere neighbourhoods of Bangkok, and of course to the Terminal 21 shopping mall.
14. Find your inspiration – Miloft Silom 14, previously known as Silom Art Hostel (From USD $25)
Colourful and vibrant, Silom Art Hostel gives you a good enough staying experience to enjoy your vacation.
If you feel like brushing up on your musical skills, the piano in the lobby will catch your eye right upon entering the hostel.
Otherwise, you might want to indulge in a game of pool with your newly acquainted pals, or spend some quality time with yourself in the lounge.
This is where you can find a comfy sofa with cowboy boots fitted as its legs.
We most certainly need to acknowledge their creative design approach – a chandelier made from beer bottles suspended from the tinted glass sunroof!
It creates such a beautiful kaleidoscope of colours and it’s definitely a trigger for artistic inspiration.
What the hostel really excels at are the accommodation options; A bed in a 4-bed Mixed Dormitory comes with a private bathroom, reading lamps, small lockers and AC.