It’s extraordinarily rare to find a chic hotel at such a low price--but that’s where Ma Hotel thrives. Walking in, guests will notice the finely polished floors, indoor pool, dining and drinking establishments and more and wonder if they’ve wandered into the wrong place. Tour groups and budget seekers will have a lot to love here as rooms range from suites to dorm rooms--with a little something for everyone.
Dorm rooms can fit up to seven people while standards are cheaply furnished with hardwood floors and Pollack-esque headboards adorning the beds. Rooms are pretty sparse, but you get what you pay for.
The bathrooms are small and simple with porcelain sinks and black-tiled showers. Bath products are by the hotel.
The lobby is sleek with polished floors and black columns. Off the lobby is the hotel restaurant, indoor pool, gym, and bakery.
The small, indoor pool is curtained off from the lobby and is open every day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are a smattering of day beds and lounge chairs, but this is really only good for a late afternoon dip after a hot day of sightseeing.
Saying there’s a gym is a bit of a stretch. Next to the pool is one treadmill, one stationary bike, and one cardio machine. So, technically yes, there’s a gym.
Mamum is the hotel’s main restaurant serving home-style cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Ma’s Bakery is a small coffee shop and café with snacks and a selection of coffees and teas.
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Ma’s Lounge is a pool-side bar with signature cocktails and specials.
A bit off the beaten track, Ma is still close to the river and some major thoroughfares that can provide access to the rest of the city. Nearby a few Mosques, and one of the larger Muslim neighborhoods of the city, the area has a few great halal restaurants. The area is walkable and it’s next to a major expressway, so taking a car can get you around quickly. Unfortunately, the hotel is pretty far from any BTS Train stations--fortunately, the hotel provides a free shuttle that can get you to the Skytrain quickly.
One of the best halal spots in the city is at Islamic Home Cuisine (8-minute walk) across from the French Embassy. Since you’re saving so much money on your hotel, you can try a fancy dinner at Mezzaluna (7-minute walk), with inventive dishes and sky-high views.
Head to Maggie Choo’s (7-minute walk) if you want to discover a taste of 1930s Shanghai with live music and delicious drinks. If you decide to eat at Mezzaluna, head next door inside The Tower at Lebua for Sky Bar (8-minute walk), a stunning rooftop spot with outrageous views and equally outrageously priced drinks!
WHY WE LIKE IT
For budget seekers, you can’t go wrong with Ma. The hotel is crisp, clean, and comfortable and provides guests with a number of options rarely seen at this price point. The indoor pool is a nice touch and the various dining and drinking options are good to have after long days in the city. Although it’s not close to public transportation, the hotel does provide a free shuttle to the nearest BTS station that can help you get anywhere in the city.