We stayed at Sam Sen Sam Place about three years ago and enjoyed it then so having a couple of days left to round off our tour of Thailand we decided to go back. I was totally blown away when we were greeted by the owner who recognised us and made us feel very welcome, showing us to the room we had stayed in on our first stay!
We try to avoid the grand huge hotels in the city, preferring quiet family run guest houses or very small establishments as they have such warm and friendly atmospheres. Sam Sen is a side street off Sam Sen Road and is over 100 years old. It was the family home of a doctor and was also a small primary school. It has remained in the same family ever since. The rooms are bright and airy, well furnished and spotless. There isn't a min-bar, although water is provide daily, but there are drinks available through reception and they are not at all expensive.
There were several set menu choices for breakfast which was ample, with plenty of coffee refills. We chose to sit out in the courtyard where there is a well stocked fish pond.
For an evening meal the nearest restaurant is further along the street on the river bank, a nice open air fish restaurant used mainly by local residents rather than tourists and it was very good. A 20 minute walk will take you to Khao San Road where there are endless eateries and bars and lots of opportunities to shop. There is also a ferry pier there where you can buy a £3 day ticket which allows you travel up and down the river, getting on and off wherever you fancy.
The owner, Mam, and her staff are really helpful and will offer advice or order train tickets and taxis for you.
The only thing I missed was not having tea/coffee facilities in the room but again, it is always available in the reception if you ask.
After a hectic few weeks of travelling Sam Sen is a quiet restfull stop-over before the long haul home so we are certain to stay here again on our next visit. Thank you Mam.
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