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Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Bangkok 2021

A restless, hedonistic and delightfully chaotic metropolis and an essential part of any trip to the land of smiles, the Thai capital continues to bewilder, bemuse and please its many visitors often in equal measures. A unique city of contrasts and contradictions, here sprawling megamalls and shiny skyscrapers sit side-by-side with gold-spired temples where orange-robed monks wander and villages where an ancient way of life still continues. Known for its frenetic markets, controversial sex-shows, divine cuisine from street stalls to fine restaurants and it’s ability to get completely under your skin, a visit to Bangkok never truly leaves you. It’s also one of Southeast Asia’s most hipster cities with an arty, progressive vibe and vintage markets, cool cafes, trendy boutiques and craft cocktail bars a plenty. And with that collection comes a bountiful supply of some of some very trendy hotels, here are the best cool and unusual hotels in Bangkok…

Siam@Siam Design Hotel – funky, colourful and fun

A cool, arty high-rise hotel located in the heart of downtown Bangkok (a 3-minute walk from the National Stadium Skytrain Station). Just meters away from the BTS National Stadium and the Jim Thompson House Museum, the 4-star exceptionally rated Siam@Siam Design Hotel is the perfect place to start your Thai adventure. Stylishly quirky rooms offer a Far Eastern industrial vibe, and are adorned with traditionalist modern art and photography as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi .

The funky Bangkok hotel prides itself on its commitment to the environment and the recycled wood and metal tastefully placed throughout are testament to this. The Party House One, offers international cuisine, while the Thai restaurant Taan serves recipes using local produce and ingredients. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, a French eatery, a modern spa, a gym and the hip rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails whilst taking in the amazing views out over the city!

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Hotel Aloft Bangkok – trendy and chic

This funky and thoroughly modern 4-star highly rated Bangkok hotel is set on a busy street just 3km from the Central World shopping complex and other attractions (and only a 6-minute walk from a metro station). A hip hotspot for locals and tourists alike, the Hotel Aloft Bangkok offers a free TUK-TUK shuttle service to downtown Bangkok, and enjoys a laid back, trendy vibe.

The chic bedrooms are sleek and contemporary and come with an array of amenities including Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and sofas. Upgraded rooms offer panoramic city views. The trendy Bangkok accommodation is home to “Backyard Grill by Crave” pop up restaurant, the WXYZ℠ bar and the 24-hour Re:fuel canteen offering healthy fresh food and fun fare. Add in a rooftop pool, a gym and a kitschy and sociable TV lounge/game’s room and you have a very cool Bangkok hotel indeed! 

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Hotel Josh – cool modernist/hipster abode

Billed as an “Urban Lifestyle Hotel’ and surrounding by hip cafes, vibrant nightlife and lip-smacking street food, the Hotel Josh is tastefully decorated with a hipster/modernist feel. With the nearest BTS station only a 7 minute walk away, you can easily reach the MBK Centre, the Siam Discovery Centre and Chatuchak Market from this urban city base.

The bedrooms are spacious and trendy with a very western feel to them, and the hip Bangkok abode itself is home to the MARIGOLD restaurant that promises to deliver the “Flavours of Samui”. You can also enjoy their extensive gin menu, or if you want to pacify your inner child the Hello Summer ice cream parlour has more flavours than you could ever imagine. Perfect for travelling hipsters wanting a cool crashpad in the city.

  • Prices from $30 per night.
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Shanghai Mansion – Chinese Art Deco themed

Once a venue for the Chinese Opera, this old building is full of historic Chinese themed charm that perfectly recreates the movie era of the 1930s. Located on the main thoroughfare of Yaowarat Road, a stay in this chic and unique Bangkok hotel puts you firmly in the centre of the action. Wat Trimit temple is just 5 minutes walk away, and Chinatown and the Chao Phraya River are just a little bit further again.

The interior of the 4-star exceptionally rated Shanghai Mansion is reminiscent of an old-world movie set, and the upscale bedrooms are exquisitely designed with early 20th century-style furnishings and touches throughout including some with 4-poster beds. Upgraded rooms offer free-standing tubs and even a butler service – impressive! Carved dragons, a 50ft long pond filled with fish in the atrium and a sense of splendour combined with a striking onsite Chinese restaurant, a terrace bar complete with regular live jazz, a library, a ballroom and a fabulous free tuk-tuk shuttle service makes this one of the most interesting and much-loved places to stay in Bangkok!

  • Prices from $40 per night.
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Dream Bangkok – sleek, chic and sexy

Encased in glass and bathed in glass and bathed in a glow of neons, this sleek and hip Bangkok hotel is just a 7-minute short walk from Sukhumvit metro station, this trendy downtown hotel is close to all of the main attractions in the area including the Terminal 21 shopping mall and the Pratunam Market.

The cool and contemporary interiors at 4-star highly rated Dream Hotel are designed to attract more upwardly mobile visitors, while guest rooms are bright and well finished with mood lighting that adds ambiance. The hotel offers everything international travellers could want from a resort destination including a vibrant experimental Flava Restaurant, the Flava Lite Bar and the Flava Lounge Bar designed by British designer Paul Smith. There is also a rooftop pool, a spa, a sundeck, a fitness centre and even an eclectic nightclub – sleek, sexy and just fabulous darling!

PlayHaus Thonglor – chic, unique and theatrical

A theatrical theme runs throughout this exceptionally rated mid-range eclectic boutique Bangkok hotel, which is based right in the heart of the action. About 2.2km away from the Show DC, the PlayHaus Thonglor is a beautiful example of the cities Art Deco history. Close to local shops, markets and restaurants, guests can enjoy bedrooms that are dressed to amuse and inspire (which come with all the usual mod-cons), as well as a lounge bar that offers an extensive range of cocktails.

Crepes & Co restaurant, whilst not part of the hotel, is only 100 meters away and offers both European and American dishes to the clientele of this vibrant and unusual Bangkok hotel. It also offers its very own library and nightclub – not a bad choice at all for travellers who can’t stand sterile chain hotels!

Mestyle Place – fun and funky mid range hotel

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House in a deceivingly unassuming building in central Bangkok, the highly rated Mestyle Place offers very cool and funky interiors and a laid-back eclectic vibe. A boutique hotel where every bedroom has its own private balcony, visitors here can enjoy use of the outdoor pool and fitness centre.

Bedrooms feature private balconies with city views, painted wall murals, and unusual furniture and upgraded rooms come with kitchenettes and living rooms perfect for longer stays. The lobby and sociable communal areas use quirky up-cycled pieces and brightly coloured decor to transform the hotel into a really fun place to be and there’s an outdoor swimming pool too – nice!

The MeTaste Kitchen has an outdoor patio and serves a good selection of meals, cocktails and drinks to hungry and weary travellers. A fun and cool Bangkok hotel choice for traveller’s on a mid-range budget. 

J No.14 Hotel – unique eclectic boutique

A fabulously unusual colonial-style bed and breakfast situated right at the heart of both the old and new Bangkok and only 600 meters away from the Chaopraya River pier.

The nearby boat dock connects the exceptionally rated J No. 14 Hotel with the rest of the city, but offers a quiet retreat away from the mayhem of the main streets. With a definite nod to days gone by, the sound-proofed bedrooms offer industrial chic style with antique-style furnishings combined with modern conveniences such as individual climate control, satellite TV, a writing table and a sofa.

The Somboon restaurant is a 10-minute walk away but offers fabulous local dishes and guests can rent bicycles to explore the city in their own time. A quiet and unique retreat offering a peaceful respite from the craziness of Bangkok.

S31 Hotel – upscale contemporary chic

One of the very best hotels in the popular Sukhumvit district of Bangkok, the S31 is a beautiful boutique hotel which is part of the small luxury hotels of the world collection.

Famous for its fantastic views offering impressive panoramic views of the surrounding Sukhumvit skyline, the swish 5-star exceptionally rated S31 Hotel is a fantastic find in an area of Bangkok where plush hotels are plentiful. Modern and cosmopolitan in design, this chic Bangkok hotel has managed to retain a charming feel and offers plenty of personal touches, including player pianos, and even an 8th floor putting green.

Bedrooms are calm and contemporary with floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of oriental style dark wood furnishings and crisp white cotton sheets. The spectacular three-bedroom suite has a kitchenette and even its own private pool. The hotel also offers an elegant wine bar, fitness centre, a day spa, a sushi restaurant, free SkyTrain rides, a fabulous located close to the bustling Phrom Pong shopping area and a hip rooftop eatery bar offering fabulous city views. 

Tenface – quirky, arty and stylish

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Located in the popular Sukhumvit area of the city (just a 15-minute walk from Chit Lom Skytrain station), the 4-star exceptionally rated Tenface Hotel is modern in design and the swish and trendy interiors have the feel of an upmarket nightclub about them. The lobby at this hip Bangkok accommodation could easily pass for a luxury lounge bar and the stylish bedrooms are smart, spacious with quirky arty details and offer every mod con including huge fat screen TV’s and in-room iPods.

Some rooms have four-poster beds and the upgraded penthouse suite offers two bedrooms and a balcony. The restaurant and adjoining Sita bar are ultra-cool and popular with fashionable Thais, and there are regular DJ nights and an extensive cocktail menu for guests to work their way through as well as a gym and an outdoor pool to cool off on those extra sweltering Bangkok days.

Tucked away in a quiet lane the hotel connects with the rest of the city by offering complimentary Tuk Tuk’s – a popular choice for a trendy Bangkok stay!

The House of Phraya Jasaen – cool and unique boutique

What was once seven individual antique shops, has been transformed into what is undoubtedly one of Bangkok’s most design-forward hotels. At the much-loved House of Phraya Jasaen curved walls, suspended beds and communal spaces that wouldn’t look out of place in an upmarket apartment make for a heady blend of quirky yet comfortable interiors.

Artworks by respected Thai artists also add colourful and whimsical touches throughout the hotel, and the Thapan restaurants serves an unusual mix of Italian cuisine and a selection of authentic Thai dishes. Located beside the Chao Phraya River, the House of Phraya Jasaen is well placed for exploring the very best attractions Bangkok has to offer.

Maduzi Hotel – beautiful upscale Bangkok gem

This small but elegant 4-star and exceptionally rated boutique hotel in downtown Bangkok, is close to a wide range of transport options, shopping malls, vibrant nightlife and only a 4-minute walk to the nearest metro stop. A tranquil escape from all the Bangkok city hassles, the unique and contemporary Bangkok abode offers a heady mix of Thai, Middle Eastern and European design influences, The Maduzi has an upscale atmosphere and is effortlessly stylish throughout with a mix of part luxe private residence and part exclusive club vibe.

Bedrooms are spacious and are a clever blend of Japanese sliding doors and Swedish furniture that works far better than one would first expect! Every room even has its very own whirlpool tub, some have swanky glass-walled bathrooms and all have Wi-Fi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, desks and minibars. There’s also a fine dining restaurant, a gym and a sociable terrace – just fabulous darling! 

Cabochon Hotel – luxury colonial chic

Going against the modernist grain, the 4-star exceptionally rated Cabochon Hotel has become a byword for gracious living capturing a long forgotten way of life, offering superbly elegant heritage-style boutique accommodation in downtown Bangkok. Oozing a vintage colonial retro charm, this chic Bangkok hotel will take you back to a more gentile age, but still offers the modern traveller all the mod cons you would expect.

Bright and airy bedrooms offer vintage beds and balconies and some even have beautiful copper bathtubs imported from Indonesia. The Thai Lao Yeh Restaurant serves authentic Thai food and has an extensive international wine list, and the rooftop swimming pool, the genteel tea lounge and lush garden offer peaceful places to relax whilst enjoying stunning views across the city – you won’t want to leave!

Beat Hotel – a Bangkok ‘Art Boutique’

Another of Bangkok’s growing number of “Art” hotels, The Beat Hotel promises plenty of unique decor and differing artistic themes throughout both the bedrooms and the communal areas. Every one of the trendsetting Bangkok hotel’s 54 rooms have been designed and decorated by young celebrated artists and are designed to make visitors feel part of a living piece of 3D artwork.

Located in the vibrant W District in Bangkok’s bustling Prakhanong area, there are plenty of local attractions close by, including markets and temples, and the hotel offers its very own art gallery. The Melting Cafe offers food, drinks and books about art.

Mystic Place – funky, arty and very unique

Mystic Place is a small Bangkok boutique hotel that cleverly combines comfortable living with experimental art. The interiors are funky and colourful with each bedroom having its own unique theme. From modern monochrome to traditional oriental and everything in between, each room is a real delight for the senses and will add to your own Thai experience.

The hotel also offers the Mystic cafe serving light meals and drinks and traditional Thai massages are available. Situated close the BTS Skytrain and MRT underground stations as well as the Chatuchak Weekend Market, Mystic Place is a good spot from which to explore all the delights of the wonderful city.

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.


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    17 January, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Dear Becky,
    Just returned from Thailand and want to thank you for the great tips! Due to your blog we stayed in Shanghai Mansion the first part of our journey. What a great place to stay, beautiful and the service and location was great. At the end of the holiday we stayed at Playhouse. Great decoration and bar and a lot of fun in the area.
    Many thanks!
    Love, Nico from Holland

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    4 December, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I think The House of Phraya Jasaen – cool and unique boutique is best hotel to stay. Its art and design is superb and mostly it is cheapest hotel than others.

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    13 November, 2019 at 12:33 am

    There are many hotels in Bangkok. Like a mushroom that has it all Selecting a hotel for accommodation when visiting for that tourism. Requires good planning Because traffic in Bangkok is a major factor If you choose to stay in a hotel in the center of the city, please consider the traffic issues as much. Most tourists choose to stay in a hotel in the heart of Bangkok. But the hotel around Bangkok or the metropolitan area Is a good choice for avoiding traffic jams. And a fast return trip


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