Try not to confuse the name of this hotel with the luxurious and ostentatious Bel-Air neighborhood in Los Angeles. Instead, the BelAire Bangkok is a contemporary hotel, with a budget-friendly price in a rambunctious part of town filled with restaurants, clubs, bars, and massage parlors. There are still some luxuries that guests can partake in--there is a pool, spa, and gym--and the location is ideal for its Skytrain access and walkability.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Air conditioning in the rooms work pretty well, but other parts of the hotel can get really hot.
Accommodations are pretty basic with muted colors, little on the walls, and carpeted floors. The proceedings are clean and well-kept however, and the views are great from the upper end of the 18 floors. All rooms come with complimentary water and coffee.
Simple bathrooms come with raised porcelain sinks and walk-in showers. Nothing all that special to report.
Polished floors and ornate columns greet guests as they arrive. To the side is Liquid Lounge bar and there’s a help desk where you can buy tickets for tours of the city.
A red and yellow arch frames the small pool on the third floor and is surrounded by tall buildings in the area. The Blue Poolside Bar offers up ice cold beers, juices, and small bites.
Also on the third floor is the Sukavadee Spa. Here, guests can get bent into pretzel-like shapes as traditional Thai massage therapists work out any kinks in your back.
The small Flex Fitness Gym comes with Sport Master machines and free weights and is complimentary for guests 24/7.
Next to the lobby is the hotel’s signature restaurant Tiffin. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the eatery offers up a mix of international options.
Open from 7am to midnights, Liquid Lounge is a chill spot for cocktails and hosts a 3-hour happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with buy-one-get-one-free specials.
Everything here is walkable and relatively safe--but always mind your surroundings, especially at night. It’s only a 5-minute walk to the Nana BTS Skytrain Station that can get you around to any parts of the city. This is also a heavily trafficked street and there are always taxis coming through. The area is walking distance to any number of restaurants, bars, clubs, and shopping areas.
For incredibly tasty and inventive Thai food, check out Prai Raya (15-minute walk) on Sukhumvit Soi 8. If you want to delve into Indian food (there are dozens in the area), go to Punjab Grill (13-minute walk) inside the Radisson Suites.
If you want a wild and crazy night, check out Nana Plaza (5-minute walk), a decidedly ‘adult’ entertainment square with three levels of neon-lit GoGo bars and general debauchery. For something less crazy and more sports heavy, there’s Chequers British Pub (6-minute walk), with tall pints and fish & chips.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The BelAire is a simple, clean, and well-located hotel that provides a bunch of amenities at a very budget-friendly price. Ultimately, this hotel’s biggest selling point is its location. It’s close to a Skytrain station and it’s walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and bars of repute and ill-repute alike. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend families to stay here, but there is a nice pool and the price point makes it easy. Mostly, millennial men and women looking to get a little rowdy will love this centrally located property.