It’s hard to miss the Amari Boulevard, what with its pyramid shape and bright blue windows dotting the Bangkok skyline. Inside, however is less audacious, with a spacious lobby, multiple restaurants, and an outdoor pool. Great for budget-conscious travelers, the hotel is ideally located for shopping, eating, and seeing some of Bangkok’s seedier side.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This part of the city is a multi-cultural mix of ex-pats and tourists looking for the good, bad, and seedy sides of Bangkok. Always mind your surroundings, and look out for pickpockets.
Simple guest rooms come with coffee, tea, and free water that’s replenished daily. In a city with massive hotels but few balconies, the Amari has an entire wing with white colonnaded terraces that look over the pool.
Depending on the room type, most bathrooms are gray-tiled with black marble sinks. Large soaking tubs and separate showers are typical.
Though the lobby is quite large, the low ceilings make it slightly claustrophobic in spots. There’s a bar with light snacks and piano for live music.
A small pool is surrounded by towering buildings but is big enough for a dip after a long, hot day. Surrounding the pool is an outdoor, wood-slatted patio that also services the Season Thai restaurant.
A tiny gym is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and provides ‘just’ enough equipment for a complete workout. We’re guessing it’s not used all that much.
The signature restaurant is The Peppermill, which serves international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Season Thai is poolside with local favorites for dinner.
Open 24-hours, the lobby bar is a relaxed spot for wasting away the day over tea or cocktails.
Located on Sukhumvit Road by the Nana BTS Skytrain Station, the area is a mix of Indian restaurants, Sikh tailor shops, happy ending massage parlors, and any number of eateries, bars, clubs, and shopping. Always bustling day and night, the area is prime for people-watching, but also great for easy access to other parts of the city. The hotel is a 2-minute walk to the Nana BTS Station that can get you just about anywhere in the city. Walking this area is also great with ample shops, street food vendors, and bars/clubs nearby. Mind your wallets and purses at night and when streets get really crowded.
For an exceptional Indian food experience, head over to the Radisson Suites on Soi 13 (12-minute walk) where inside is the sumptuous Punjab Grill. One BTS stop away at Asok, check out DID (Dine in the Dark) (2-minute train) where blind waiters serve up a four-course meal in a pitch-dark restaurant.
Tucked away in a hidden part of Soi 11 is Havana Social (7-minute walk), a Cuban rum bar with salsa dancing and a secret entrance. Craft beer and wine lovers should head to the Asok BTS station where up the street is About Eatery (15-minute train/walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Amari is a budget-friendly hotel with clean rooms, a nice pool, and easy access to all things Bangkok. The location is great as there’s a Skytrain station right nearby and the area is also walking distance to any number of food, drinks, and attractions. If you want a multi-cultural mix in a chaotic part of the city, you can’t go wrong here.