Hotel prices in Bangkok seem to have taken a jump, especially when translated into some foreign currencies. I recently stayed at a place in Thong Lor which rents rooms out by the day but is actually more of a serviced residence in feel and has weekly and monthly rates. For the quality of the accommodation in the upscale Thong Lor area, this felt pretty good value.
I walked in and got a room for 1,500 baht ($358), which was substantially below the displayed rate.
The main drawback of the hotel for me was also to some extent its main draw – the location. Thong Lor is a great part of Bangkok in which to base oneself for a holiday if one wants good eateries, cafes, bars and a generally hip, high end view into Bangkok. But off soi Thong Lor itself, most of the smaller sois have no real pavements and the layout means it can be confusing and frustrating to navigate. That was what I did not like about LA49 – during daytime, getting to or from it is okay, but after darkness one needed to have one’s wits about oneself.
The hotel does offer a complimentary jeepney service to drop guests off at local amenities such as the Skytrain station, so if you used this then the lack of pavements by the hotel would likely not bother you as it did me.
This was an amply sized, well-appointed room. There was a living area and lounge, which was spacious. It had a large sofa and chair, making for a sort of lounging area. There was also a dining table for two, a washing machine and a kitchenette including an electric hob and some basic cooking utensils.
The bedroom had a large, comfortable double bed, although the sheets felt a little warm for my preference.
The bathroom had both shower and bath, with proper hot water unlike some places in Bangkok where the warm water is only ever tepid. There was also a very small balcony which I couldn’t imagine using practically except to air the room.
The room was decorated to a high standard, in a blend of modern monochrome and the sort of tropical style wood panelling reminiscent of the Metropole nearby. A similar, grand blend of wood panelling, mouldings and marble was used in the common areas.
The room was a little dim with its few windows, but very quiet and very comfortable.
The staff were friendly, helpful and unobtrusive.
This felt like an oasis from the outside bustle and is close to a lot of good attractions in Thong Lor and around. For the size, furnishing and quality of the room it was good value.