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.
- 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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