Hotel in Bangkok

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<p>I'm staying in Bangkok for 3 nights in Nov. after a tour in Bhutan (free stopover on Thai Air!) and am looking for a hotel. It seems that they are all big chains or very trendy boutiques. Does anyone know of a more Thai-inspired hotel, near a Skytrain stop? I would prefer $150 or less per night. A lot less would be great, I don't need fancy, I just don't want to limit my options. </p>

I like staying at the Bel Aire Princess in Soi 5 off Sukhumvit Road. The Nana Skytrain Station is about a 4 min. walk away. The hotel is part of the Dusit Thani group,but is much smaller than their other hotels. I think it might be the training hotel for their 5-star group. It is a great location, service is wonderful, cost is moderate and prices seem to go down closer to arrival date. I tried some dates on their website and prices ran $70 (superior) to $133 (club level) for next week. Dates in November were running $82 (superior) to $143 (club level). They have various classes of rooms but I like the junior suite which is a larger bedroom, a sitting area and a dining room. There is one per floor and often costs just $20 or so more than the regular rooms. The soi (small street) has everything you would want -- restaurants, repair shops, small supermarket, optician,etc. And there is a night market on Sukhumvit.
Bel Aire Princess

Thank you Adventuregirl, I'll look into the Bel Aire Princess. It sounds like the type of hotel I'm looking for.

You might also want to look at the The Royal River Hotel -- we had a river facing room (deluxe riverfront category) with a large balcony. You can watch life go by on the river. Cost is about $90. The website is:

Thanks Joe. I hadn't thought about staying by the river, but someone else recommended another hotel on the river and in checking it out, I think that might be a good place to stay. I had thought I wanted to stay downtown near all the shopping malls, but near the palace and wats sounds interesting. Less generic big-city-could-be-anywhere.