Off the beaten track would be an understatement, as this hard-to-find quirky boutique is easy to miss in the back-alley streets of the old Phra Nakhon district. Once you do find it, you’ll instantly fall in love with its artsy aesthetics and complete lack of pretension. Budget-friendly and fun for small groups and families, the hotel provides a series of creative classes for guests and makes every stay feel a little more personal and homey.
All 31 rooms have individual design touches, but you’ll typically find hardwood floors, small balconies, craft furnishings, and, of course, towels shaped like cute green elephants on the beds.
All rooms have free Wi-Fi and come with complimentary breakfast.
Generally speaking, the bathrooms are compact and many have no separation (curtains or doors) between the showers and toilets. You won’t find bathtubs here either, but everything is clean and delightfully designed with yellow patterned tiles or red dotted floors.
The lobby is more of an open courtyard where on one side are tables and chairs for the in-house restaurant and the other side with small body length cushions and pillows propped up on a wooden deck between overhanging trees.
By the tables and chairs you’ll spot more quirky art and a line of bubblegum machines.
The hotel attempts to be fully sustainable and they use all organic products and vegetables from their rooftop garden. Hearty organic meals are served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are often combined with cooking classes at the hotel.
In addition to cooking, there are other workshops here that include: soap making, sewing, fruit carving, tie dyeing, and more!
The trickiest part of this area is that you’ll need to walk a bit just to find a taxi (and you’ll need to have directions written in Thai for any taxi to bring you back). We’d recommend having the hotel call a taxi for you. Even though the hotel is hard to find, it’s actually pretty close to a good number of monuments, museums, the zoo, some palaces, and the Chao Phraya River. The street itself is quiet and doesn’t have much car or foot traffic, but only a block away is Rama VII Road, which is a major city artery.
Steve’s Café (9-minute walk) is a riverside restaurant serving authentic Thai food for dinner. Another great Thai spot--but for lunch is Krua Apsorn (10-minute walk).
Not that close, but if you love perfectly crafted cocktails, head to Ku Bar (17-minute walk). Live music more your thing? Check out the sultry tunes at Adhere The 13th Blues Bar (14-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Quirky, artsy, and completely unpretentious, Phranakorn Nornlen is a hidden gem that appeals to creative types looking for a wholly unique experience in the city. There aren’t a bunch of frills here--no pool or gym or spa--but that’s not why you come. The hotel is known for its creative classes, environmentally friendly practices, and efforts around sustainability. Rooms are spacious and cute, with lots of artwork in and around the hotel.