Whenever I travel to Bangkok, I like to stay at the Pratunam area. It is after all Bangkok’s well loved shopping district with several popular haunts like Platinum Fashion Mall, Pratunam morning and night markets, and not to mention the rows and rows of wholesale shops in the small alleys opposite Platinum Fashion Mall. Larger, more posh malls like like Siam Paragon and Central World are also in the vicinity. No wonder the hotels here are getting so popular! If you’re looking for a nice and comfortable place to stay in Pratunam, check out the boutique hotels around Phetchaburi. Compared to their 4 or 5-star counterparts, they may be less luxurious but they are way cooler and provide a very comfortable stay at wallet-friendly prices. What’s also great about these hotels are their close proximity to massage parlours and vibrant street food clusters. Here are our top 5 recommendation of the 3-star boutique hotels on your next shopping trip to Bangkok.
1. Lemontea Hotel
Address: 55 Soi Petchburi15 Petchburi Rd., Ratchthevi Bangkok Thailand 10400, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 693 5499
Lemontea Hotel is well loved by Singaporeans and Malaysians and often fully booked up 2-3 months ahead. So make sure you place your booking early if you’re thinking of staying there. Lemontea has a warm beige exterior, interspaced with bold yellow stripes. There’s a 7 Eleven beside the hotel so it’s very convenient to pick up some light snacks or drinking water. Walk into the hotel and you’ll be greeted by a nice lobby decorated with a high wall decked with tea cannisters. Rooms are clean and reasonably spacious. But we didn’t particularly like the tiled toilet flooring, as it felt more like a home rather than hotel toilet. Service is decent though the staff were not as helpful compared to those at GAAM and Klub hotels.
2. Klub Hotel
Address: 22/1 Petchburi Road Soi 13, Phayathai, Rajthevee, Pratunam, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 082 9910
Klub Hotel is located further away from the main road. Compared to hotels like GAAM and Lemontea, It’s a slightly longer walk (2 minutes or so more) to Pratunam market and Platinum Mall. It is also the least ‘hipster’ in décor. But Klub Hotel makes up for its plain décor by being more spacious all round, including the café on level one, restaurant on level 2 as well as the size of its rooms. Avid shoppers won’t have to worry about not having enough space in the room to open their luggage fully while they pack their spoils – as there’s lot of room for that. The guest rooms are clean and neat in general and have a white and dark blue theme. Service is great too. During my stay, the hotel staff has voluntarily offered to send us to the main road on the buggy a few times – that made me very happy as it meant I didn’t have to walk in the sweltering heat. My only pet peeve is that the area outside of the rooms are not air conditioned so it can get rather stuffy on hot days. But luckily, most guests tend not to spend too much time in the corridors.
3. GAAM Hotel
Address: Phetchaburi 15 Alley, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 001 6256
GAAM has a nice, modern lack and white exterior and a timeless appeal. Looking through the glass panels from the outside, you could easily mistake this hotel for a communal work space, as it gives off that start-up vibe with the large desktop monitors on display. Service is great here and most of the staff speak decent English. The guest rooms are predominantly white and beige and feature a light wood bed frame. It’s a pity the guests rooms are rather small and do not have a chair, so you’ll have to eat standing around the TV counter if you pack food back, somthng we find rather inconvenient. If you don’t mind the smaller rooms, GAAM is a good choice for its good service and convenient location.
Proximity wise, GAMM is the closest to Pratunam Market. It takes around 5 minutes to get there on foot.
Address: Phetchaburi Rd – Soi Phetchaburi 15, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 251 5251
Tucked at the far end of Soi 15, Spenza Hotel’s modern glass facade can fool you into thinking that it’s a pricey hotel. Once passed the glass doors, you are greeted with a welcoming high ceiling lobby as well as a posh marble front desk with friendly staffs that speak and understand English. On the second floor is the hotel’s only dining area called “Saturday Cafe” where you will have your breakfast in the morning. The rooms at Spenza are spacious, with ample space to stash a couple of luggages. The decor is pretty much the same in each room, with clean walls and laminated bed frames. Room amenities wise, there is a safe deposit box, clothes hangers and some toiletries. If you forgot to bring your toothbrush, you can call up the front desk and have them send you a complimentary one. What surprised us is that the hotel provides a lot of cable channels. For those who can’t sleep after supper–after all, the street food stalls at Pratunam are less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel–you can turn to the tube for some entertainment.
One gripe I have is that the floors are tiled rather than carpeted. And without providing any slippers, you really have to be careful coming out of the shower as it can be quite slippery.
5. NAP Hotel
Address: 22 , Soi Phetchaburi 13 , Rajthevee, Phetchaburi Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 653 6260
NAP stands for Need a Pillow – a rather apt name for a hotel. Located next to Klub Hotel, NAP has a nice cottage feel from the outside with its green wall and wooden partitions. What’s great about NAP is that it provides free 24-hour buggy shuttle service to the main road. Some queueing is expected for the shuttle service but most people would rather wait a short while that than walk out to the main road on their own on a hot day. The rooms are clean, neat and rather spacious. NAP provides room options such as family or deluxe rooms for families travelling together. The level of service is decent but may be a little inconsistent at times depending on the staff who attended to you.