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The capital of Thailand offers some amazing properties at both the high and low end of the market. Here are the top 5 budget hotels in Bangkok, Thailand.
No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a trip to Bangkok’s MBK center, the mall that started it all. Thailand, and Southeast Asia more broadly, is known for its night markets set up in parks and parking lots and along sidewalks each evening. An indoor version of the night markets is available at the MBK Centre, adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express Soi Soonvijai.
This high rise Holiday Inn Express, a member of the Intercontinental Hotel Group is a great budget hotel for a leisurely stay in Bangkok. It’s close to half a dozen massive malls (5-8 floors each), a five minute walk to more than 100 restaurants, and well connected on both lines of the BTS.
The lone drawback of the hotel is a lack of a pool, but its proximity to everything a visitor could want to do is a major addition. Having lived in Bangkok and Pattaya, this is the hotel for which I booked my own family when they came to visit.
Cash prices range from $35-50/nightly.
Convenient to everywhere in Bangkok, the Best Western Premier Sukhumvit is located on Sukhumvit soi 1, and just a few minutes walk to Phaya Thai station, the stop for the Bangkok Airport Express train.
With the service of a boutique hotel and its privacy, the property offers to transport guests the single block to and from the main street in a custom, luxury Tuk Tuk by bell staff. The Best Western Premier will shock those who may have a different view of the Best Western brand. The hotel oozes style, has a full restaurant and bar (with great food), a pool, and a quiet seclusion from its busy surroundings.
At $40-65/night, it’s the nicest Best Western you’ll ever stay in and simultaneously the lowest price you’ve ever paid.
One of the very best values in the city, the Park Plaza Sukhumvit (a Radisson brand hotel chain) delivers luxury hotel rooms for $35-75 USD/nightly. It’s located perfectly for those on their first visit to Bangkok. The hotel’s central location (Asoke BTS Station, Sukhumvit MRT station), is next to the busy nightlife at soi Cowboy, across from the world-class shopping mall, Terminal 21, the hotel is walking distance to dozens of restaurants and street vendors.
The property boasts a full-service restaurant, a pool, free wi-fi, a fitness center, with large corner double rooms for Khao San Road prices without the shared bathroom experiences.
When my wife and I first chose this property, we were skeptical that the photos would match the property when we arrived. We were blown away by the level of detail and quality available for a price that would have meant a sketchy neighborhood and dirty linens in the US. We have since booked at this property several times and there’s no doubt it qualifies as one of the top 5 budget hotels in Bangkok.
Located in the busy expat neighborhood “Nana” (and just a 5-minute walk from Nana station), the Aloft offers a taste of fun luxury from the W brand at an affordable price point. Branded as a “vision” of W hotels, the funky, fashion-forward, five star big brother to Aloft lends a lot of style and sass to its junior brand.
The hotel’s style feels like a night out at a club. Bands frequent the XYZ bar (because those letters come after “W”), the neon pink that runs throughout the property adds to that impression.
While there are plenty of infinity swimming pools in Bangkok, Aloft’s is partially glass-bottomed and extends out from the hotel and over the entrance on one of the city’s busiest sois (streets) in the heart of the city. At $60-85 USD/night, the Aloft Bangkok is one of the most expensive on this list of Budget properties but guests get a lot for their money. As a member of the Marriott family, Bonvoy members enjoy free wifi, the ability to earn and redeem points, and upgrades to favorable rooms.
Located off Sukhumvit (the main street through Bangkok) soi 24, this may be the nicest Hyatt Place in the world. Select service hotels don’t usually have full-service bars and restaurants but this one bucks that trend. Tableside service indoors or on the veranda – even service on the pool deck is available as this property focuses on its guests and not the price point.
Part of Hyatt’s massive expansion into the city, the Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit is now the fifth property of the brand in the Thai capital. And what an addition it has been. Hyatt is known for high-quality hotels in the city (like the legendary Park Hyatt Bangkok) and the Hyatt Place brand typically operates at the edge of larger cities or in small communities where its hot breakfast and free wifi stand out against the competition.
The Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit is unquestionably as luxurious as most four-star full-service hotels but with an incredibly attractive nightly rate of $75-100/night. That puts it just outside the budget range for Bangkok (though this is a steal just about anywhere else in the world) however, it’s also available for World of Hyatt Members as a Category 1 hotel for just 5,000 points per night or 2,500 + $55.
This “Top 5” budget hotels in Bangkok deserves a sixth
Affordable Upgrade: Le Meridien Bangkok
Yes, this list is the “Top 5” budget hotels in Bangkok, but here is a sixth, the Le Meridien Bangkok. Affordable in Bangkok is $40-75/nt, and the Le Meridien is often between $95-120/nt. That said, it’s a remarkable property for the price, perhaps the best value in the city albeit at a slightly higher price point. In truth, it was this particular hotel that inspired me to start a travel blog nearly a decade ago.
The property is located opposite Patpong Night Market, near a BTS Skytrain stop, and convenient to and from the airport as any city hotel is. The hotel is a four to five-star luxury property (depending on the evaluator) and embodies the escape from the city guests hope for, whilst being right in the middle of it.
The art shaded two-story doors keep the heat and sun out and welcome guests to the world of Le Meridien. It’s cool air and Le Labo custom scent (LM01) let you know that you’re no longer really in Bangkok. Premium products, comfortable linens, and a deluxe setting make Le Meridien a worthy upgrade for those who can stretch their budget.
For Marriott Bonvoy Members, award bookings can be secured for as few as 25,000 points per night.