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  • 5 Heritage Hotels in Bangkok

    5 Boutique Bangkok Hotels

    Bangkok is a modern city filled with shiny towers and lofty buildings, but hiding amongst all these skyscrapers you will find some beautiful houses that are preserving Bangkok’s history – and some of them have even been turned into hotels so you can experience the city’s yesteryear first hand. Our top five picks are some of the most charming hotels in the city, and although they come with the required modern conveniences, they have successfully maintained the heart and soul of the buildings they inhabit. Just bear in mind that the floorboards might creak! Another reason we love heritage hotels in Bangkok is the impressive service they offer, with plenty of extra touches and service tailored to the individual.

  • Praya Palazzo was built in 1923 and during the recent renovations many of the original features were kept. Not only is the hotel reminiscent of a 19th century Italian villa, but the fact that you can only leave and arrive by boat adds to the hotel’s romantic atmosphere. Inside it just gets better, with curved wooden doors leading into high ceilinged rooms, where the chandeliers sway in the air-conditioning, vintage paper lines the walls and you sleep in crisp white sheets on a beautiful teak bed. Overlooking the Chao Phraya River is a terrace on which you can enjoy continental breakfast, and the lava tiled swimming pool is surrounded by luscious gardens. The rice barge that now serves as a shuttle will take you to Pra Athit Pier, walking distance to Khao San Road and only another short boat trip from Bangkok’s famous palace and temples. Read More...

    The location might be just off bustling Sukhumvit Road on Soi 31, but walking up the driveway past the fleet of vintage cars prepares you for a step back in time. This late 19th century colonial inspired hotel stems from a love of collecting antiques, and in fact everything – from floorboards to light switches – has been sourced from vintage sales in the region. The result is rather magical: a trio of stag heads hang above the lobby, there is a stuffed peacock in the library and the scarlet dining room looks out onto a jade tiled swimming pool. With only 12 rooms, each has different fixtures and fittings such as teak wardrobes, four-poster beds, copper bathtubs and vintage writing desks. The service at Eugenia Hotel is top notch, you are welcomed in like family and no request is too big. Read More...

    This sunshine yellow house near Surasak Sky Train was built over 70 years ago, in the Thai colonial fashion of the day. Now a family run bed and breakfast, Baan Pra Nond has kept touches of the original dwelling and this, along with a fantastic welcome, has garnered the hotel rave reviews. It is surrounded by a leafy garden complete with small swimming pool, but it is the quaint interior that we love the most. The dining room and lounge are decorated in mint green with polished wooden floors, and stained glass French doors look out onto a tiled veranda. The house is filled with vintage family photos, antique clocks and other curios. Rooms are just as charming, with teak beds, colourful walls, and bathrooms decorated with intricate tiling. The riverside location is fantastic and makes it easy to explore the city by boat – one of our favourite ways to enjoy the sights of Bangkok. Read More...

    The original house was built in 1942 and has remained in the family ever since. Surrounded by tropical gardens, it is located at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 1 there are 25 rooms in this attractive boutique hotel, each of them filled with plenty of character and antiques. There is a traditional Thai feel to the hotel, and the extensions have been designed to match the original house, using reclaimed materials. It would be quite easy to spend all your time here and not leave Ariyasom Villa, lazing by the saltwater pool, exploring the hidden nooks in the jungle-inspired grounds and enjoying a delicious Thai vegetarian meal at their on-site restaurant: Na Aroon. If you are in need of a little more relaxation be sure to check out their cute spa where you can enjoy traditional Thai massages. Read More...

    The Siam Hotel

    This isn’t a heritage hotel in the traditional sense, but this art deco designed building is full of genuine vintage furniture, antiques and the pièce de résistance: a stunning restaurant housed in three teakwood Thai buildings that are over 100 years old. Luxury is the tagline at The Siam and the 39 suites and villas here certainly live up to that, with some of the most spacious rooms in the city. The 80 sqm Siam Suite guestrooms are sumptuously decorated, with super king sized beds, spacious black and white marbled bathrooms with a free-standing tub and separate living room space. For a true heritage experience, book Connie’s cottage, where you can stay in a two story century old wooden Thai house with the bedroom on the first floor and the sitting room on the ground floor. The Siam Hotel is one of a kind and a real ode to design and tradition.

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