Written by Constantine Colin
Co-written by Annabella Sim
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.

Also read:

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Where to stay in Bangkok: 6 best areas and 12 budget hotels near BTS (under $40!)

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! – at Salil Hotel Sukhumvit – Soi Thonglor 1 (From USD $42)

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!)

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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.

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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 thesuave ambiance found on the sun-kissed Game Of Thrones-set 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.

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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 the night away.

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A capacious romantic suite for two love birds – you and your special one or you and Pokémon Go – starts at an incredibly discounted rate of USD $45/night.

Although within earshot from BTS Thong Lor, the hotel still provides a free shuttle service – how else could you catch all those naughty Pokémon?

Salil Hotel Sukhumvit – Soi Thonglor 1

From USD $42 (Approximately 1457 Baht)

Address: 21/4 Soi Sukhumvit 11 (Chaiyos), Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 6 min walk from Thong Lo BTS
Contact: +66 2 651 3830
Website

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2. Check in an antique botanic warehouse – at J No.14 Hotel (From USD $44)

Let’s start with the elephant in the room – which is more of a prop deer behind a collection of dried butterflies.

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The lobby strikes you at first sight with an incredible mixture of oddball items.4-2-ground

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.

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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 a luxury-indulging décor.

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It’s more of a setup where Lady Gaga would snap up another Golden Globe for an American Horror Story performance that comes at USD $43/night – the room!

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.

J No.14 Hotel

From USD $44 (Approximately 1527 Baht)

Address:  16 Soi Charoen Nakhon 14, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600
Getting there: 8 min walk from Krung Thon Buri BTS
Contact: +66 85 122 5249

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3. All the world’s a stage – PlayHaus Thonglor Hotel (From 36 USD)

Fans of theatre will certainly fall in love with PlayHaus Thonglor Hotel, simply because it’s a play-themed hotel!

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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.

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The rooms are furnished lavishly with colour palettes according to the plays that they drew inspiration from.

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To complete the experience, guests can visit BackStage, the hotel’s in-house cocktail bar complete with backstage mirrors outlined with light bulbs!

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The hotel is just a 12-minutes walk to Thonglor BTS station and is surrounded by many restaurants and bars.

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Wining and dining has never been so simple!

PlayHaus Thonglor Hotel

Rate: From 36 USD (approx. 1248 baht)
Address: 205/22-23 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor) Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Getting there: 13 min walk from Thong Lo BTS
Contact: +66 2712 5747-8
Website

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Write up for PlayHaus Thonglor Hotel contributed by Annabella Sim

4. Think inside the Box – at S Box Sukhumvit Hotel (From USD $29)

Featuring international modern architecture, this establishment offers unique rooms with a glass-wall window overlooking Benjasiri Park.

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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.

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Do you find yourself being constantly moody?

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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.

Your budget 14-square-metre room comes at a starting rate of USD $39/night with plenty of amenities.

But if you feel like going for a splurge, the Flash Deal on Agoda can spoil you with a 21-square-metre Deluxe Room that comes at USD $53/night.

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.

S Box Sukhumvit Hotel

From USD $29 (Approximately 1010 Baht)

Address: 4 Sukhumvit, Soi 31, Klongtoey-Nua, Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 4 min walk from Phrom Phong BTS
Contact: +66 2 262 0991
Website

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5. Anyone can feel like a queen or king – Thee Bangkok Hotel (From 34 USD)

This swanky, European-style hotel is just what you need if you’re in it for stylish comfort!

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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.

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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!

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There is also a 7-11 and a massage parlour nearby for convenience.

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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.

Thee Bangkok Hotel

Rate: From 34 USD (approx. 1178 baht)
Address: 9/1 Sukhumvit 20 (Sainampeung) Klongtoei Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 8 min walk from Asok BTS
Contact: +66 2610 405
Website

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Write up for Thee Bangkok Hotel contributed by Annabella Sim

6. Step in a whimsical world – at The House of Phraya Jasaen (From USD $28)

With its unique interior designs, this hotel seems to have escaped from one of Salvador Dali’s masterpieces.

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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, ashes-coloured concrete walls, and a single bed at a rate of USD $40/night.

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So, now is the perfect time to use those handcuffs you bought in Patpong red-light district! No wonder they call it the Bachelor Room. (LOL)

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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 that comes at a higher rate of USD $83/night.

This unusual mixture of guests is also reflected in the hostel side of the business.

You can check into a comfortable dormitory room starting at USD $34/night, that borrows some of the art gallery vibes you are immersed in right upon entering the premises.3-4-massage

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.

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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.

The House of Phraya Jasaen

From USD $28 (Approximately 975 Baht)

Address:  57, 168 Charoen Krung Rd, Bangkok 10120
Getting there: 8 min walk from Saphan Taksin BTS
Contact: +66 2 675 919
Website

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7. Discover the king of elegance – at Kingston Suites Hotel Bangkok (From USD $44)

Let’s continue our journey backpacking around Europe – but in Bangkok, in a 4-star luxury establishment!

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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 ambiance. 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.2-2-Kingston-Suites-Hotel

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!

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There is no real European flair without a Mediterranean-style Bistro restaurant and Kingston does not flounder in this regard.

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And we take our word back 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 – so you can explore Bangkok to your heart’s content.

Kingston Suites Hotel Bangkok

From USD $44 (Approximately 1527 Baht)

Address: 39/3-7 Sukhumvit Soi 15 Klongtoey-Nua Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 7 min walk from Nana BTS
Contact: +66 2 120 8288
Website

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8. Time|Has|Arrived to relax – at T|H|A City Loft Hotel (From USD $30)

We’re not going to start off by stating how artistic this place is, because we’ve had enough lessons on décors, styles and contemporary art up to this point.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A 22-square-metre Superior Double Room starts at USD $34/night and apart from its elegant and seductive layout it 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.

T|H|A City Loft Hotel

From USD $30 (Approximately 1041 Baht)

Address: 2 Eakamai 6 Sukhumvit 63 Phra Kanong Nua Wattana Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 10 min walk from Ekkamai BTS
Contact: +66 2-714-0888
Website

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9. Blend in the 3D artwork – at Beat Hotel by Hi-Residence (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.

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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.

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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 in 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.9-3-room-collage

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 the world great again!

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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!

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As for the accommodation, a Special Siamese Room starts at USD $38/night but 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 be discovered.

Beat Hotel by Hi-Residence

From USD $43 (Approximately 1492 Baht)

Address:  69/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 4 min walk from Phra Khanong BTS
Contact: +66 2 178 0077
Website

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10. Some day you’ll nostalgically look back to – Oneday Hostel (Private room from USD $31)

With its plethora of affordable luxury hotels, Bangkok is really wreaking havoc on the good ol’ days of hostel-life backpacking.

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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.

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A bunk bed in an en-suite 8-bed dormitory will set you back by a pittance at USD $9/night. A private double room with shared bathroom will not break the bank either at just USD $35/night.

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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.

Oneday Hostel

Private room from USD $31 (Approximately 1076 Baht)

Address: 51 Sukhumvit 26 Alley, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 6 min walk from Phrom Phong BTS
Contact: +66 2 108 8855
Website

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11. Take a time-travelling trip to future backpacking – at Chao Hostel (From USD $43)

This little gem takes the backpacking experience up a notch and raises the stakes even further.

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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.

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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, into the Thai history and hospitality the hostel tries to introduce the guests to.

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Its conversation-conducive layout will make you feel you’re up and ready to mingle with other like-minded travellers.

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A bunk bed in a 6-bed dormitory, either male or female only, starts at USD $15/night 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 comes only at USD $50/night.

Close to Bangkok’s premier Siam BTS station, you are literally in the de-facto centre of the city. There was never a better time to live the good life in Thailand!

Chao Hostel

From USD $43 (Approximately 1492 Baht)

Address: 8th floor, [email protected] building,, 865 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Getting there: 4 min walk from National Stadium BTS
Contact: +66 2 217 3083
Website

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12. Experience Hotel Cortez in the 50s – at the Atlanta Hotel (From USD $30)

Before jumping at our throats about our obsession with American Horror Story, just give us a chance to prove to you the eerie similarities.

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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.

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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. The whole TripCanvas team should hurry to check in!

By the way, children are welcome, only if parents can keep them under control!

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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.

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Located 12 minutes away on foot from Phloen Chit BTS station, this retro film-set experience starts at just USD $28 for single occupancy. Again – just WOW!

Atlanta Hotel

From USD $30 (Approximately 1000 Baht)

Address: Soi Sukhumvit 2 (Pha Suk), Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 13 min walk from Nana BTS
Contact: +66 2 252 1650

Website

13. Hurry up and experience a – Room @ Bangkok (From USD $33)

Trendy, simple and budget-friendly – three main characteristics that define this gorgeous affordable hotel.

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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 a great value for money.

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A 24-square-metre en-suite Double Room starts at USD $33/night and comes with a king-size bed.

The location is just perfect – 5 minutes away from Asoke BTS station!

That means you have access to another premiere neighbourhoods of Bangkok, and of course to the Terminal 21 shopping mall.

Room @ Bangkok

From USD $33 (Approximately 1145 Baht)

Address: 8/16 Soi Sammitr (near BTS Asoke Station), Ratchadapisek Rd., Bangkok 10110
Getting there: 4 min walk from Asok BTS
Contact: +66 2 653 3335
Website

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14. Find your inspiration – at Silom Art Hostel (Private room from USD $35)

Colourful and vibrant, Silom Art Hostel gives you a good enough staying experience to enjoy your vacation.

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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 pool game with your newly acquainted pals, or spend some quality time with yourself in the lounge.

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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 with private bathroom comes at USD $27/night with reading lamps, small lockers and air-conditioning.

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However, for a much better experience we recommend the Double Room with a private bathroom, that offers all the amenities of a 2-star hotel and comes at only USD $29/night.

Silom Art Hostel is located near Chong Nonsi BTS station, and you’re only one or two BTS stops away from famous landmarks in Bangkok, such as the Grand Palace or Asiatique Market.

Silom Art Hostel

Private room from USD $35 (Approximately 1214 Baht)

Address: Si Lom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Getting there: 9 min walk from Chong Nonsi BTS
Contact: +66 2 635 8070
Website

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If you’ve genuinely enjoyed our article, you are most likely an adventurous traveller, who prioritises making memories over enjoying a luxurious vacation.

Bangkok offers an incredible array of hotels to choose from, but we know how tedious it can get to keep searching for the perfect accommodation. Especially one that comes at a good value for money.

Whether you opt for creating lifetime memories with your special one, or with a group of friends, these lodgings will not fail to impress you!

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