Old Bangkok Inn
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Great little hotel
We have stayed at the OBI. My wife and I had a room and my daughter another. I would echo everything positive that other reviewers have written.
I would recommend using the hotel's own transport to get from the airport as taxi drivers in Bangkok have little local knowledge and are unlikely to find the hotel with just the address. Most taxi drivers do not speak or read english or maps. Once there, the hotel provides little cards with a picture of the nearby landmark - The Democracy Monument - and hand written Thai instructions, to give to your taxi driver. If you are not going to be met by the hotel's driver I would try asking for one of these cards by post in advance.
A home away from home
Very nice place. Excellent breakfast. Superb service. To get there: order the car from the hotel in advance, slightly more expensive than taxi, but very much nicer and quicker with excellent female driver.
This is a small hotel and if you are not used to that, slow down. You will get very good personal service and answers to all tourist questions. An advise: follow the advises you get from the hotel, like using the channel boat for very quick and inexpensive transportation, all proposals turned out excellent, including places for dining.
PC and internet in room. DVD player in room & DVD library by the reception, free to use. Good AC. Lot of sights within walking distance, try a tuktuk just to try it, then use taxi with meters after, they have AC, go for the newer cars as they seem to have correct meters.
A wonderful stay, with great personalised reccomendations
I will admit to initial suspicions at the highly rated reviews on TripAdvisor, but decided to risk it, and am delighted to report 2 great, seperate stays at the inn. I think the price is very reasonable: accomodation in Bangkok seems to polarise into expensive high-end hotels, or back-paking hovels, with most things in between being overpriced back-packing hovels. The Old Bangkok Inn is in a different league altogether.
The service is fantastic. We had taken a train up from Malaysia and my boyfriend suffered from terrible food poisoning during the journey - a much regreted lunch in Penang. Unfortuntately the taxi driver was terrible at taking directions and took an age to bring us to the guesthouse, but as soon as we arrived the owner supplied us with a detailed map. including photos of nearby monuments and instructions in thai, and despatched us to a local hospital.
We were also impressed by their unbiased restaurant review book (they aren't paid by anyone) and willingness to provide detailed local knowledge. During our second visit we tried to attend a thai boxing match, but the "foreigner's kiosk" was 5x the normal price for the same tickets so disheartend, we abandoned our trip. The hotel receptionist went out of her way to arrange an alternative river cruise, but when she couldn't, she arranged for us to vist a cafe with spectacular views overlooking the river .
The rooms were amazingly comfortable and had a high speed internet connection. We stayed in 2 different rooms, so it seems the quality is consistent.
Breakfast was fantastic: we have never received such a high level of service. We were introduced to the fabulous Mangosteen, a wonderful fruit that I now hanker after.
In fact, I did not much like Bangkok itself, but I am very grateful to the guesthouse, the workers made the trip much more pleasant. I wish them every success.
I only wish I could reciprocate such hospitality.
If you like a hotel to be more like a home, then you'll love the Old Bangkok Inn. Located on Rajadamnern Avenue, smack in the middle of the Thai capital's historic quarter, this snug little property has just eight individually appointed rooms. Patronne Nantiya Tulyanond can't resist cozy touches such as daily homemade cakes and nightly pillow presents. And her son Joey has been known to lead impromptu tours around the major landmarks of the neighborhood, from the Democracy Monument to the gentrifying nightlife of Khao San Road.
He's also the tech head responsible for installing a computer in every room and for setting up wi-fi Internet access throughout. There's even some family history behind the inn. It's actually a converted shophouse that was built on a plot granted to the Tulyanond's ancestors by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). The land has been in the family now for seven generations, and as you would expect, plenty of care has been lavished on the building that stands on it.
Rooms are simply but stylishly appointed with teak furniture, while the odd family heirloom and pieces of pottery hand-painted by Nantiya lend a homely feel. Bathrooms feature toiletries custom blended according to one of four aromatic themes - lemongrass, jasmine, orchid and rice. Another pleasing touch is the Tulyanonds' commitment to the environment and the community: showers pump out solar-heated water and the inn's construction incorporates salvaged wood. Guests wanting to do more to save the world can make a donation at checkout to one of the animal or children's charities on the Tulyanonds' list - and the inn will match it. Given that rates can be as low as $79 a night (or even cheaper if you pay in cash and book 60 days in advance), you should certainly be able to spare some change for a good cause.
An oasis in Old Town
Conde Nast is clearly in love with this place and we can see why. We stayed with OBI for a few days at the end of May and we loved it. It is a wonderfully quiet, charming place just 5 minutes away from the madness of Khaosan Road. The rooms are beautifully decorated with unique decorations, tastefully put together. Nantiya, the proprietress, is utterly charming. She is very 'hands on' and one gets the sense that she is making a huge effort to ensure that every guest has a pleasant stay. We loved the nightly presents and the hand written cards each day - they really made us feel welcome. Moreover, Nantiya provided very good recommendations for places to eat/drink/visit/etc; we never got the feeling that there were any ulterior motives for her recommendations. Instead we felt as though she was really trying to tailor her recommendations to what we might enjoy. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Peace amongst the Chaos
In researching where to stay in Bangkok, my boyfriend and I wanted something less pretentious and expensive than the 4 and 5 star hotels but class and style and personality that cannot be found with 2-3 class hotels. Skeptical of guest houses in Asia I didn't' think there were many option.
After reading so many wonderful reviews of the Old Bangkok Inn from this website, it seemed as thought I had found what I was looking for. We could not have asked for better service and accommodations than what we got at the Old Bangkok Inn. Even before arriving at the Inn, Nantiya, the owner was helping us plan our trip, from early check-in to making sure the cab driver knew where to take us, every detail was thought of in advance. We had reserved the Jasmine Suite which is a loft style room with the bed, TV and a small couch on the second floor and the bathroom, closets and computer desk on the first. We loved the entire look of the Inn, from the beautiful bathrooms with wood floors in the shower to the decorative lamps and the many amenities from in room computer/wifi to the DVD library and books and cute toiletttries. We got to know each of the staff that were very helpful and informative about Bangkok. Rather than telling us to take cabs or tuk tuks to get around the city (which can be a nightmare with traffic and communication) they would explain how to get around the city via ski train, water taxi and walking, writing out each of the stops in english and in thai. We were so much happier not having to negotiate fares instead, going at our own pace and seeing the city on foot, by water and rail. The Inn is so close to so many major attractions that we had time to take breaks from the heat and rain and have a nap or snack at the Inn before venturing out again, a real treat when a sudden rainstorm appears or its 110 degrees.
As many of the people noted, the breakfast was great, a much better and tastier approach than a buffet breakfast at other large hotels, in my opinion. It really was a pleasure to spend a fun chaotic day in the city and come back to the peace and quietness of the Old Bangkok Inn. Khao San road, the backpackers area, is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel, a fun young place to meet new people and have a few drinks.
I also forgot to mention the cute little presents that Nantiya leaves for you every day with a personal note, another touch of class, elegance and thoughtfulness that seems to be the theme at Old Bangkok Inn. I highly recommend this place and will be back again!!!!
If you have a chance and are looking for a great Thai cooking class, check out BaiPai. The cooking lesson we had was great and they pick up and drop off from your hotel
OBI suited us perfectly
My wife and I stayed at the Old Bangkok Inn at the beginning and the end of our recent Thailand vacation. Bangkok is a big city with big traffic problems. The OBI is ideally situated for the must-see historical sites as well as being three ferry stops from the Jim Thomson house, the Siam Square shopping experience and SkyTrain. The OBI is an oasis of calm in the frenzy of the city.
Nantiya is a natural host, with a kind welcome and practical advice for her guests. This friendliness and helpfulness is also displayed by her staff.
The Thai breakfast rice porridge is the best we had.
We stayed in the Lemongrass and Jasmine rooms. Both were fine - comfortable and full of character, but the slightly more expensive Jasmine room was better value.
The OBI is not for those looking for a wild time, but if you seek tranquillity in BKK, it should be high on your list. We have stayed in B&B's in Europe, the USA and Canada. The OBI ranks with the best.
Perfect, but not for everyone
I visited the Old Bangkok Inn based on a travelers forum on this website. I was looking for a lowkey but personable hotel for my frequent trips to Bangkok.
The hotel was great. The sevice is very personal and the rooms have style and every luxury. The attention to detail, from the scented toiletries that match the names of the rooms (i.e. lemongrass) to the personally selected breakfast and the gift upon check out, was exceptional. There is in room web access, very convenient. The mother and son team recommended restaurants, street food stalls, sights, even a jeweler based on my experience with the city. The location is quiet and walking distance to Khao San if you want a livelier area. I walked alone at night with no problem. Cabs are plentiful, you can take a rivertaxi to many areas or the skyway.
However, some of the rooms are small and would be tough with even two people moving around. Other rooms are bigger but a family with small children may have a difficult time in this small inn.
That being said, I loved this boutique hotel and look forward to a return visit. It will not be long before rooms will be difficult to book. Nantiya and Joey provide a welcome I have not come across in Bangkok.
Fantastic and personlised service. Great breakfast with local fruits in season from Joey's mom. She also provided her many insights and tips into Bangkok one does not get staying at a hotel. Location-wise: Not too far from the city/shopping via the rivertaxi though the inn is near to where the locals shop instead, if one is interested in that. Will definitely return to stay at the Inn next visit.
WOW! Great service, great food, great rooms AND great value! I almost don't want to write this and let the word get out! An 8 room, upscale inn in old Bangkok. We didn't want to leave. You can pick your room according to plant) - jasmine, orchid, etc. Some rooms are lofts, some have a private garden, plus highspeed internet in every room, DVD players plus a generously stocked DVD and book library, A/C, awesome bathrooms and decor. All for less than $60 when we went (October). Friendly, helpful guidance from the owner and her son. We enjoyed getting to know them, too. The day after we stayed there and moved on to Phuket, the inn got a glowing review in a Bangkok paper. The ONLY downside is no bathtubs, but the showers were great with customized toilettires according to your room. Oh and the location is a little far from the main shopping areas of Bangkok and it is not near a Skytrain. There is the KahoSan market and a few restaurants nearby however. Chinatown is walkable. Also, you can walk to the ferries, and taxis are cheap - cost us less than $10 to get to the main shopping throughfares in Silom. Ideally located however for those who want to see all the cultural and historical sights. Next time I go to Bangkok I will stay there.
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