This cute hideaway, set in a former Sino-Portuguese home, was the first in a long line of boutique hotels to pop up along the riverside nearly a decade ago. Its rooms are all split level but a touch small, and some of the furnishings are showing wear-and-tear, but most guests are so taken with the spectacular views across the river to the eponymous wat (temple) they don’t much care. It’s suited to those who want to feel at home in the thick of old Bangkok, as it’s close to major sites. Though public transport isn’t on your doorstep, the twinkling river is right there in front of you, and the property’s lush plants and sun-filled lounge offer a uniquely Thai experience. Onsite restaurant The Deck is a swell place to grab a drink and watch the sun dip behind the iconic landmark, though we don’t recommend the food. One warning: no elevator, and those split-level digs, means this isn’t an appropriate choice for guests with mobility impairments.
36-38 Soi Prathu Nokyung, Maharaj Road, Rattanakosin Island
Our Rating Neighborhood Hoan Kiem District Transportation River ferry to Ta Hien pier, then walk south about 3 minutes Phone 02/221-9158-9 Prices 3200B–4200B double inclusive of breakfast, more for suites Units 6 Amenities Restaurant, gallery, Wi-Fi (fee) URL http://www.booking.com/hotel/th/arun-residence.html?aid=1254987 &label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site Arun Residence
Map36-38 Soi Prathu Nokyung, Maharaj Road, Rattanakosin Island Bangkok
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