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“An oasis in Bangkok” 5 of 5 stars
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Phranakorn-Nornlen Hotel
46 Thewet Soi 1, Krungkaseam Rd. | Bangkhunprom, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 764 Hotels in Bangkok
Dubai
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“An oasis in Bangkok”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2008

An oasis in Bangkok - a truly amazing hotel!
I cannot say enough good things about this place: Attentive and friendly staff; wonderful decor; very comfortable bed; beautiful garden (a luxury within Bangkok); excellent breakfast; the list goes on.
A must stay place for any visit to Bangkok - we will be back!

  • Liked — Quirky concept
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Moscow
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2008

Nice friendly hotel with "healthy stay" concept: vegetarian breakfast, smoking is prohibided in all arteas, no TV in rooms.
Location is very convenient, between old city centre and Dusit area.
Rooms are quite small, in our room we haven't got even cupboard. Bathroom is built very original, but not very handy.
Stuff is very well-wishing. No all of them speak English fluently, but all of the do their best to help.

  • Stayed November 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sydney
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2008

Georgeous guesthouse with a great ambience from the moment you enter the twinkling courtyard and central dining/ lounge area lined with collectables in recyled timber furniture. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. My simply furnished room was adorned with colourful lotus flowers and butterflies painted walls. A small courtyard with potted plants and recycled timber table and chairs completed the relaxed atmostphere of this delightful property. Thoroughly recommend this guest house for people seeking a friendly, low key alternative to the high rise, clinical hotels.

  • Liked — Gorgeous ambience
  • Disliked — Didn't appear to be many restaurants open after 8.00 pm in the area
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2008

We arrived in Bangkok after midnight and were happy to find the driver from the hotel waiting for us. He exchanged pleasantries and led us to the car, handed us bottles of water and drove us to the hotel. Exhausted and curious, we walked through the front gate of the hotel into a place that felt nothing short of magical. Lit softly and filled with tropical plants, the courtyard is the first indication that you're supposed to take it easy at the Phranakorn Nornlen. Our room felt like the super nice guest room at a quirky but wonderfully hospitable aunt's house. From that point on we were hooked. The breakfasts were delicious, huge, and different every day. Each night I would go to bed eagerly anticipating what we would have the next day. One day, when the food of Bangkok was playing havoc on our stomachs, we ate all three meals at the Phranakorn! They serve these delicious sandwiches that are great if you don't feel like leaving the hotel. If you do, there are lots of good places to eat near the hotel. As other reviews have mentioned, getting taxis to take us back was a little bit of a bother at first. They give you cards to show the taxi drivers, but at night they can be difficult to read and the less kind drivers will just flat out refuse. I started just telling them "Thewet Soi 1" and then when they got close having them turn at the Seven-11. Granted, you need to learn the area before this tactic would work, but we were there for 9 nights so I finally got the hang of it by the end. As for the reviewer who felt the beds were uncomfortable, they were definitely firm, but I like firm beds and I found them to be rather comfortable. The air conditioner was always very cold, and we never had a problem with the room. The staff was amazing. They helped us with whatever we needed, writing destinations in Thai, calling to make reservations for us. One last thing, TAKE THE TOURS!! We took the bike tour to Ayutthaya with Nook and WOW! It was just the two of us, and it may have been the best day we had in Thailand. She was amazing, and everything was included in the price. You express interest in some food they're making on the street--she buys it for you. She bought us the best fried rice we've ever had for breakfast on the train. She even took us to get massages after the bike ride. Unfortunately it was our last day, so we couldn't do another tour. They're just now getting the tour program up and running, so it's not very heavily advertised. Ask what they have because Nook does something every day. If we had known, we would have done everything she offered. I just can't say enough about the place, and I can't wait to return with friends and family in tow.

  • Liked — Everything, especially the staff
  • Disliked — that I can't live there!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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strathclyde
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2008

made bangkok so memorable for us family of 4 . all in one room. brill place, brill staff,made this our favourite hotel in our trip to asia.

great breakfasts which the kids missed! but thats their loss

rooms are groovy, courtyards cool and its down a quiet lane dont expect 5 star but enjoy this hotel for its welcome feel

  • Liked — groovy decor
  • Disliked — no complaints
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2008

Great staff, clean, simple rooms, relaxing courtyard and a reasonable location away from the mayhem of Bangkok. This place is a far cry from kao San Rd area or the busy downtown hotels. They will arrange taxis to take you anywhere and it is a short walk from a river taxi stop. They serve a great breakfast, a little too healthy for some, so will provide panckakes etc for kids. The rooms were comfortable with air con and a fan and the surroundings were very relaxing. There is Thai massage in the courtyard as well as parrots, reading material and several computers. Fun, friendly and functional!

  • Liked — The Vibe
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Wales, UK
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2008

I have to agree with all the positive reviews on here... long may the lovely young women who run this place prosper!
A real hidden gem in an interesting neighbourhood with good transport links, wonderful breakfasts, fabulous decor, and most important, dedicated staff who really work hard to make your stay special.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 46 Thewet Soi 1, Krungkaseam Rd. | Bangkhunprom, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#10 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
#27 Best Value Hotel in Bangkok
#166 Business Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dear guests: Please be advised we are not associated with any online travelagents. We only accept reservations via our website We are a small hotel situated within Phranakorn district ( Old Bangkok), with the concept of slow life, we hope to bring your trip and rest apart from the usual hectic environment. Learning to respect the way of nature and living among real life community are one of experiences you cannot easily find in this rush and bustle world. Here at PN we don't just offer a place to stay, but we offer experience as well. Please booking from our website only. ... more   less 
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