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“An Oasis in A Working Old Bangkok” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sala Arun
Ranked #53 of 606 Bangkok B&B and Inns
Mill Creek, Washington
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12 reviews
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“An Oasis in A Working Old Bangkok”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

The Sala Arun will not warm your heart on first site. It's within Old Bangkok's working markets. As a westerner, it may cause second thoughts at first sight. But don't judge the book by it's cover. Inside the hotel is beautiful and quaint. We stayed in the Sala Suite for the the view of the Temple of Dawn and it is exactly what you see in the pictures. The suite is quite large with all of the amenities you could want. The bathroom is large enough for the everyday football team. Our experience was that breakfast was warm and friendly with the guests like a bed and breakfast. The hotel covers all of the bases inside. Outside you'll love what you'll find if you are a person looking for culture. The Grand Palace and Wat Pho are within short walking distance. Taking a boat over to the Temple of Dawn is even quicker. Tuk Tuks are at each corner in the area awaiting your exciting ride. Trust these guys driving abilities against everything your brain tells you. We didn't see any accidents in Thailand in over a week and it's really fun. Seeing the markets for what they are and the cultural differences from the west is really getting out an traveling. The smells, the quick movements, the sounds, it's what drives Bangkok's food industry. and the pictures of the locals and the food being served, especially at night are fantastic. If you are a serious traveler looking to experience culture but want to have a 5 star sanctuary, this is it.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

Sala Arun is located at the end of a small soi right opposite the grand palace. It is within walking distance of some of the best sights in Bangkok, including Wat Pho, and a very short ferry rode across the river to Wat Arun. Our room had an amazing view of Wat Arun. Most nights we spent some time sat on the balcony with a beer admiring the view. The room was beautiful- massive comfortable beds, a huge bathroom with enormous walk in shower, complimentary toiletries, robes and slippers. The furnishings and decorations were authentically Thai, and the rooms were sparkingly clean. Each day we returned to the room and the towels had been replaced, bathroom cleaned. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was tasty with a small choice of cooked food, plenty of fresh fruit, cereal, toast and yoghurt. In all we really enjoyed the three nights we spent here. It was our first stay in Thailand, and Bangkok was our first stop. Sala Arun was a great start to a fantastic holiday. If I was to return to Bangkok, I would definitely stay at sala Arun!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is your place if you want a quality and comfortable place to stay that is walking distance to Wat Po, The Grand Palace, and Wat Arun!

LOCATION: Wat Arun stares at you from across the river waiting for you to take a 5-minute walk down to the ferry across. Wat Po is literally right across the street. The Grand Palace is only a 10-15 minute walk away; only because it's so big and the main entrance is on the opposite side. If you're smart, you'll take advantage of the location and get to the temples as soon as they open to avoid the hordes of tourists. Not only is the location great for accessing the temples, but the surrounding streets have a local and laid-back feel with plenty of little markets.

SERVICE: The staff was very accommodating when we told them that we wouldn't be able to check in until 11PM and storing our luggage when we checked out in the afternoon. They speak English and can help you make reservations or contact restaurants/stores.

ACCOMMODATIONS: We stayed in the Srivichai & Lanna rooms; both have fantastic views of Wat Arun from their balcony. However, we were upgraded to the Sala Suite, which has even better views. The beds were firm (but comfortable) and the sheets were silky and fantastic to retire to after a long hot & sticky day of touring the city. Breakfast is included and was delicious!

I couldn't recommend a better place to stay in Bangkok if you're looking for quality and access to the major temples.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Don N
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

Although, upon first arrival you will think you have been taken to the wrong place, once you get there, the views and general location make up for the trip down the alley you take to get there. Our rooms had amazing views of Wat Arun, really stunning. And you are across the street from Wat Pho, and just down the road from the Grand Palace and the temple of the emerald Buddha, all must sees while you are in Bangkok. In the mornings, if you walk towards the Grand Palace, you will see the Buddhist monks asking for alms and giving blessings to people who give the alms, quite a site. The staff was also very helpful and the breakfast was good. There is some construction going on next door, so if you are in a room adjacent to that wall, it can get loud during the day. But the noise stops early in the evening...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Jenny N
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Buderim, Australia
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44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

Located just up a quiet alley near Wat pho, with amazing balcony views of Wat Arun. I really enjoyed this position as it was easy to access most things but nice to come back to the quiet retreat and enjoy the views over the river. 1stly stayed in a Delux room where we had requested an extra bed. When we arrived we were surprised to find that the extra bed was actually the couch. However it was comfortable enough and everything in the room was good quality and the views over the river were lovely. After some travels, I returned to the hotel because I loved the location and this time was pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to the Suite room, It was a great room with a big balcony with a swing seat and outdoor setting and beautiful big window with full view of Wat arun. This was a great retreat for my last day in Bangkok. The staff were lovely but sometimes there were not staff speaking good english, particularly at breakfast time. The breakfast was average but adequate. There was breads, fruit and juice and a choice of cooked meals from a small menu. Because there was building happening next door causing noise during the day, they gave a voucer for a free meal at the Deck restaurant which was very kind. The noise stopped early anyway. The Deck restaurant is great.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Lildal
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Milan, Italy
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Positive:

- Excellent location to visit the historical city center, 3 minutes walk from Wat Po, 15 minutes walk from Grand Palace
- Nice facilities, rooms and breakfast
- Staff not so good in English, but helpfull and friendly
- As plus they have a special agreement with Wat Po, and can arrange for you an in room massage, top quality professional masseuse directly from Wat Po!

Negative

- You will have some difficulties in moving outside the old town, no Skytrain or Subway in the surroundings
- The terrace of the lobby faces an awfull view, the Chao Praya bank. You have to go upstairs in a room to enjoy the beautifull Wat Arun view (upper floors are better)
- It is a depandance of the Arun Residence, so if you need a restaruant or some extra service you have to move there, or wait till the staff go an come back

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Francesco D
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

This hotel is a lovely place to start your trip in Bangkok, located next the wat pho and grand palace and not far in a tuk tuk the the famous khoasan road. We went for the mid price room which was lovely and the night time view amazing looking at the wat Arun! Don't be deceived at first u do have to walk down an alley to get here and we did think oh god where are we staying but I have to say I was impressed. There was also construction work going on next door when we arrived and we were give complementary drinks voucher and money off food at the Arun residence just down te road, and only noticed the construction at about 10am which went on till about 3pm, which most likely u will not be in the room anyway! The Arun residence restraint is very expensive for Bangkok so backpackers beware it about 1000 bhat for 2 people 2 courses, and be careful of tuk tuk drivers, u should expect to pay about 80-100bhat per trip depending on the time of day, rush hour is more expensive! Overall very nice 2 nights stay!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Coupleapints
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Property: Sala Arun
Address: 47-49 Soi Ta-tien, Maharat Road | Phraborummaharajchawang, Phranakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #53 of 606 B&Bs / Inns in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sala Arun 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SalaArun is an opulent boutique hotel located in the middle of Ratanakosin Island. The hotel's classical Asian contemporary facade hides a wealth of rich colors and modern facilities. Lush brocade upholstery and paintings compliment Turkish glass chandeliers creating a cozy welcoming home in the heart of Bangkok. All attractions including Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha Temple, Flower Market are within 5-10 minutes walking distance. Temple of Dawn is opposite Sala Arun - across the river. ... more   less 
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