Stay in the Old City (Rattanakosin) for easy access to Bangkok's enchanting temples and captivating riverside, and to soak up this area's distinctive low-rise charm. Rattanakosin ‘Island’, where the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and other historic tourist attractions are located, is considered sacred ground, thus no high-rise buildings. Most hotels are independently run, which in this case translates to a pleasant, boutique feel, with a few local chain hotels outside the sacred area.
The following accommodation options range from budget to four-star, with some great deals available. For more choices in this historic area, only closer to buzzing traveller enclave Khao San Road, check out our Khao San Road 'Where to Stay' section.
Navalai River Resort
3-Star | River View | Rooms with Balcony | Rooftop Pool & Bar | Close to Phra Athit Pier
Set on the Chao Phraya riverbank, just next to Phra Athit Pier and the picturesque Santi Chaiprakarn Park, Navalai River Resort is a rare find. The 74 guestrooms feature tasteful décor, inspired by Rattanakosin’s cultural heritage and Phra Athit’s hip art scene. A big highlight is the rooftop pool with Jacuzzi and bar overlooking a magnificent panorama of Rama VIII Bridge and the river. Aquatini, the hotel’s riverside restaurant serving tasty Thai and European fare, is a popular chill-out place for locals as well. Opposite the hotel is Soi Rambuttri, a more pleasant version of Khao San Road. Read More...
Bhiman Inn Hotel
2-Star | Good Value | Outdoor Swimming Pool | Close to Phra Athit Pier
One of the strongest features of this 45-room boutique hotel on Phra Sumen Road is its proximity to the artist’s alley or Phra Arthit Road and Phra Athit Pier. Khao San Road is within easy strolling distance and the Grand Palace a five-minute taxi ride. The decorative tone is contemporary, and rooms are spacious. Modern conveniences include fridge, cable TV and mini-bar. There is also a small outdoor swimming pool and an airy colonial-style restaurant with an al fresco area. Read More...
3-Star | Affordable | Rooftop Lounge | Close to Khao San Road
Just three street blocks from Khao San Road, Diamond House is a delightful place for those in search of a budget accommodation within easy reach of all the historic attractions. Guestrooms are decked out in modern Thai style, with LCD TV, mini-bar and internet connection. The rooftop lounge, furnished with sun loungers, tables and whirlpool bath, overlooks a glimpse of the Chao Phraya River and is ideal for unwinding with a drink. Read More...
Royal Princess Larn Luang
4-star | Rooms with Balcony | Business Centre | Massage | Great Dining | Large Pool
Managed by the reputable Dusit group, Royal Princess Larn Luang is on the fringe of Rattanakosin Island (not far from Wat Saket) and a 30-minute drive from popular shopping area Siam Square. All 168 guestrooms are generously proportioned and offer either pool, garden or city views from the balcony. Dining facilities include Japanese, Italian, Thai, Continental and Chinese restaurants, as well as a bakery. There is also a large secluded swimming pool, fitness centre and meeting rooms. Read More...
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