Bangkok is full of swanky 5 star hotels, but if you are looking for something a bit more individual and with real character then The Asadang B&B really fits the bill. It's in a restored canal side building in Old Bangkok, close to the markets of China Town and right next to the Royal Palace and Temples. It's perfect if you are focusing on sight seeing, but getting to the shopping areas around Siam Sqaure and Sukhumvit can be a bit of a trek, so if that is the real focus of your visit, then it's probably not for you.
Having said that, it's close to ferry pier Tha Tien (#8) and it's a very pleasant 15 minute boat ride down river to the Central/Taksim Skytrain stop. The area is quiet at night, but as a single female traveller I didn't feel unsafe walking back whatever time in the evening it was. Not many places to eat in the immediate vicinity but they recommend several places within walking distance.
I stayed in the rooftop room (#9) overlooking the canal and temple and with it's own little balcony and adjacent bathroom. On the first night, the shower in my room didn't work at all, but when I reported the issue to the staff, they immediately flicked a switch somewhere in the basement and all was rectified. Decor is pared back and minimal and the space compact but perfect for a lone traveller, although not the cheapest option in the guest house. I did find the price a little steep compared to some of the other lovely places I stayed in on the same trip, but I guess you pay a premium for a view of a temple from your bathroom in any city!
The reception staff are young, friendly and helpful and happy to chat and give advise. They serve a great breakfast - enough to set set you up for the rest of the day. I didn't get back on either day in time for the complimentary afternoon tea, which they seemed a bit disappointed about - especially as due to protesters occupying nearby Democracy Square, the place was almost empty. There was absolutely no threat or danger but it did seem to have put other guests off, which is a real shame.
This is definitely a classy B&B rather than a fully-serviced hoteI - if you are willing to sacrifice the poolside bar and the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for history and ambience, I think you will really enjoy it and get an opportunity to sense what Bangkok may have been like 40 or 50 years ago. Definitely worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Asadang is the sister B&B of The Bhuthorn, Bangkok. It's converted from a century-old shophouse that already registered to The Fine Arts Department. The property is located in the center of Bangkok Historical area with walking distance to The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, National Museum, Flower Market amd much more. There're 9 rooms with en-suite bathroom, cable TV, and access to WiFi Internet. Each room is decorated with antique furniture, Thai craft, and hand woven silk and cotton. Our goal is to offer our guests the atmosphere of old-time Bangkok while traveling in this big and colorful city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Asadang Hotel Bangkok