Every year, Bangkok plays host to large numbers of backpackers and shoestring travelers because, unlike Asian neighbors Singapore and Hong Kong, this city is adaptable for every budget. From delicious street food for $3
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to movie tickets that equal the cost of large popcorn in the States, Bangkok offers guests an amazing level of affordable luxury.
These five low-budget hotels are gems that don’t scrimp on amenities. For less than $200 a night, guests will be treated to perks like free Wi-Fi, porters to help with luggage, fine-dining restaurants, and luxurious spas. For the price tag, I’ve found this level of service to be unique to Southeast Asia. Similarly priced hotels—or even hostels—in cities like Rome, Istanbul, and San Francisco don’t have the space and posh accommodations that you’ll find here. All it takes is one night at these five standout stars to realize that you don’t need to break the bank on accommodations in Bangkok.
Once a private home to noble Thais, the renovated waterfront mansion is only accessible by boat, and very close to Bangkok’s famous temples. The beautiful exterior looks more like an Italian villa, but step inside, and you’ll find 17 rooms that feel classically Thai. Rates start at 3,900 Baht per night.
Owned and operated by the same family since the 1940s, the 25 rooms here are filled with a well-curated collection of Thai antiques. And despite the close proximity to the non-stop action on noisy Sukhumvit, rooms are surprisingly quite. Be sure to make time for a traditional Thai massage at the hotel’s spa. Rooms start at 6,100 Baht per night.
Dusit Thani Hotel
Just steps from Lumpini Park, you’ll find one of oldest luxury hotels in the city. The 517 rooms are on the smaller side, but their smart design is equal parts elegant and classic. Guests can spend time at the hotel’s outdoor golf driving range or dine at one of eight restaurants, including the popular French spot D’Sens. Rooms start at 4,000 Baht per night.
Hotel Muse Bangkok
One of my top recommendations in the city is Hotel Muse. The hotel accommodates nearly 200 rooms and suites, but still manages to feel moody and intimate like a favorite boutique. Leave the hotel and you’re a short stroll to the Skytrain and the Prohibition-era rooftop bar, aptly named The Speakeasy, serves well-made and classic drinks. Rooms start at 1,475 Baht per night.
Metropolitan by COMO
This centrally located hotel is a top see-and-be-seen spot in the city. Rooms favor a clean and modern vibe instead of excessive oriental accents. Hotel amenities include a yoga studio, and packages with dinner for two at the hotel’s—and Thailand’s—star restaurant, Nahm, are available. Rooms start at 3,900 Baht per night.