Located on the bustling Silom Road, Narai is an older Bangkok hotel that provides guests with a budget-friendly option nearby markets, restaurants, bars, and attractions. Catering to business travelers and families, the budget-friendly hotel is equipped with ample meeting space, a lovely pool, and a smattering of food and beverage choices.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Due to its age (and I guess upkeep?) the hotel has a distinctively musty smell.
Guests of the honeymoon suite are greeted by swan-shaped towels in the form of a heart on the bed that might help amorous couples get in the mood. Beyond the birds, standard rooms have hardwood floors, basic wooden furnishings, and complimentary water. It’s the very definition of "fine."
A typical bathroom is pretty tight with shower/tub combos and just enough room for the toilet. But, if you get back in that honeymoon suite, you’ll get a gigantic standalone tub, walk-in shower, and Toto Toilet with all the buttons of goodness.
The lobby is a giant rotunda with marble floors and ample lounge space. In the middle, is a large shrine to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. And who doesn't love a good king's shrine? Off the lobby are hotel restaurants and a Haagen Dazs ice-cream cart.
To get to the pool is a slight trek outside the hotel and along a runway of green Astro-turf that squishes under the weight of water from outgoing pool users. The oval pool itself is walled-in and surrounded by some shrubs and lounge chairs.
A slightly claustrophobic gym has a bright red concrete floor with some basic cardio and weight machines. Mind your heads on the low ceilings.
There are a few dining options here--an international buffet, an Italian restaurant with decent wood-fired pizzas, and a Haagen Dazs cart for particularly hot days.
Also off the lobby is the Scenery Lounge where sports fans can down cheap pints while watching their favorite soccer teams.
They have a popcorn machine inside!
The area is busy and immensely walkable, but if you want to catch public transit, you’ll need to hoof it for about 10-15 minutes for the closest BTS Skytrain station. Cabs are everywhere though as Silom Road is a major thoroughfare.
A great date spot is Bunker (5-minute walk) with an array of inventive European styles and a chic indoor/outdoor space. For something completely extravagant, check out L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (10-minute walk) for modern French cuisine from the uber-famous chef.
Want a taste of 1930s Shanghai? Then head to Maggie Choo’s (9-minute walk), where behind secret doors lay a den of iniquity filled with live music, heavily poured drinks, and performance art. Just past Maggie’s is the Tower Club at Lebua (11-minute walk) where the famous Sky Bar soars over the city with high-priced drinks and a well-heeled crowd.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel’s location can be both a plus and a minus. While you’re right in the heart of Silom Road, you’re still a bit away from train stations that can get you elsewhere in the city. What’s great is that this budget-friendly option has a lovely and helpful staff, some decent restaurant and bar options, and is walking distance to incredible restaurants and markets. A bit dated, the hotel still bustles with activity and is a decent place to stay for the price.