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“Finally a quality place to stay in Bangkok that feels like Bangkok”
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The Bhuthorn
Ranked #98 of 733 Bangkok B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 March 2011

I had 4 nights at The Bhuthorn and as a regular visitor to Bangkok I wanted to stay somewhere in the Old Town that had some character and was still 4 or 5 star. Before The Bhuthron came along this would have been impossible. I do not like the Sukhumvit area and am not a big fan of the Sheraton/Hyatt/Westin etc formula faceless hotels, and although I like shopping it is not the main thing that makes Bangkok such a great city. If you are after Thai culture, architecture, food and people then Rattanakosin and Banglamphu are where you need to be and The Bhurthorn puts you in the middle with one huge advantage: Chitlada the owner.

Chitalada was very very busy finishing off her new venture, The Asadang Hotel, when I was there but in spite of long days for her off site she was always about to have a chat and look after me and the other guests. As others have pointed out when you come back after a day out she will make you iced tea, coffee, Strawberry Soda and amazing coconut ice cream and mango sticky rice. You can lounge about in a beautiful period design living area and chat to Chitlada about all things Bangkok.

I stayed in the Nara room and it was perfect. It is two level with a loft bedroom and has a real old town shophouse feel. It has all the modern luxuries like Sat TV, WiFi and minibar. I loved the library on the first floor full of wonderful books on Thailand, design, art, architecture and novels.

Something Chitlada explained to me and you find out very quickly staying here is that the surrounding area is famous for its food, There are cafes, restaurants and food stalls everywhere and the food is cheap and fabulous. Chote Chitr is everything its claimed to be - cheap, and stunning food. The owner Auntie Tim is a character! Try some of the smaller food stalls and you will find the locals friendly and willing to help decode the items on offer. Opposite Chote Chitr on the corner is a cafe which has great Thai ice tea and a great view of the manic old town streets for about 25 Baht.

The Bhuthorn is a reflection of the owner, Chitlada in that is warm, gracious and welcoming. If you are looking for something low key, different and totally Bangkok then stay here. I cannot wait to see what Tha Asadang will be like.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 March 2011

I decided on staying at the Bhuthorn after reading all the great reviews and wanting to stay in a more authentic place versus a big hotel. Also, we wanted to be close to the major sights around Old Town. One of the main reasons I booked here was because of all the rave reviews on Chitlada, the owner and how helpful she was. Well, we were there 4 days and never saw Chitlada once, which was very disappointing. I even inquired about her whereabouts and was told she would show up the next day..which she didn't. Although the staff was nice, I felt their English was limited which didn't allow us to really get a lot of advice/insights. So, if you are counting on Chitlada to be there, you may want to doublecheck on that.

Overall, the place was very quaint and we stayed in the Nara room, which was nice and roomy. I would say that because of the street noise, it can get quite noisy, so bring a pair of earplugs.

I would pass on the airport pickup which is around $40. When I asked about the AOT pickup versus a cab, I was told that AOT knows how to get to the inn. Well, our London Cab didn't know how to get the inn and had to call. I think the Inn needs to draft better directions to the location....maybe give drivers directions to the main interection or something. We took a cab back to the aiport and it was less than 400 baht.

We enjoyed our stay there, but wish we would have met the hostess.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

As we have visited Thailand a number of times now we have generally found the smaller the establishment the better the service is. All the favourable reviews on The Bhuthorn are pretty well spot on if you have had enough of large hotels and would like to get to know the local people this is the place to start. We found booking through The Bhuthorn's website quick & efficent Chitlada is a gracious lady and great hostess. It was a great place to base ourselves to explore the local area. One tip if you get the chance take a walk to the flower market we went in the evening before dinner and it was an unexpected highlight this visit. I don't think I can add anything else that has not already been said in previous reviews.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2011

We were a party of 6 adults and 3 kids, ranging from age 3 to 12, and we filled the entire boutique hotel. An upstairs room offers a sitting area, a bedroom for parents, and a loft for the kids -- very convenient for a family. The staff welcomed us graciously and provided for our every need, including elegant breakfasts and excellent recommendations for our time in the city. The Bhuthorn is a renovated building in old Bangkok, showing confidence that the area will gr4adually be refitted for visitors to the city. Meanwhile, it feels like a family neighborhood, with small shops, food stalls, and a small green square where locals gather. If you are looking for commodious space and flashy amenities, look elsewhere. But if you want old-world charm and gentle hospitality (and can handle steep steps for two of the three guest rooms), you will find the Bhuthorn a delightful home for your stay.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 February 2011

We stayed 5 nights at the Bhuthorn in January 2011. It was a lovely place to stay as it was a traditional Thai house and quite unlike the large impersonal international hotels where you could be staying anywhere in the world . Our room was lovely. It was very individual and very clean and comfortable.The staff were wonderful. On our return from sightseeing every afternoon we were greeted with tea and various lovely treats. Highly recommended

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2011

After three days of roughiung it looking after eleophants at "ElepantStay' (see separate review) we spoilt ourselves with our last day of our holiday at The Bhuthorn.
We are in the accommodation industry owning three self-contained 4.5 STAR properties in the Barossa Valley so we know a bit about how things should be done. The Bhuthorn does it all. quality, charm, ambience, service, style, excellence - these are the words you use to describe your stay at this special place.
Yes we were spoilt with the best room but we checked out the others and they too are of similar quality just a bit smaller.
Be it a night or a week you deserve to spoil yourself with a stay at The Bhuthorn.
Hint for getting a taxi to take you there - ask them to go to the Grand Palace then direct them from there - we had a hell of a time getting one to take us!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights in clean but small room. Large double bed was the most uncomfortable bed I'd ever slept on, being rock hard. Bathroom was ok, no bath but a decent shower. Air con and free water in room. Staff always on hand and very helpful, their afternoon iced tea was a delight. Their breakfasts were also delightful, with traditional Thai offerings as well as Western dishes. 10 minute walk to Grand Palace and 20 minutes to Khao San Road. Would I stay here again? Yes, if they had softer beds and took at least 33% of their price. Also, if coming from airport, do not book the airport transfer. We paid 1500 baht, the journey back to the airport was less than 500 baht on a metered taxi.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 96-98 Phraeng Bhuthorn Rd., | Phranakhorn,, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #98 of 733 B&Bs / Inns in Bangkok
Price Range: £79 - £122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bhuthorn 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bhuthorn,a newly operated hotel located in the heart of oldtown Bangkok, one of the well-preserved community registered to the Fine Art Department of Thailand. The Bhuthorn, a century-old shophouse has been converted into a boutique accommodation with exclusively 3 guestrooms. Each room has been decorated in their own individual characteristics with a colonial atmosphere. Our main targets are travelers who, while traveling, love to enjoy arts, history, people, and places. ... more   less 
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