Through the years I think I’ve been to Bangkok more than 20 times (I stopped counting after my 10th visit), but it’s only rarely that I blog about the hotels, where I’m staying. When it comes to accommodation, I usually go for budget options, so the places I stay, are usually not worth mentioning. No hard feelings. You get what you pay for, just like in most other cities in the world.
Though when I was in Bangkok last week, I stayed at Baan Sukhumvit Soi 18, and what a nice little gem! Definitely worth a blog post!
In terms of value for money, this is no doubt the best place I’ve stayed in this part of Bangkok. My room was clean and tidy and the bathroom seemed newly renovated and without the moisture damage and cracked tiles, you would usually find at other places within this price segment. The water pressure was also fine (very important) and the hot water didn’t turn cold even during my long double-shampooing/body scrubbing shower sessions. I also couldn’t help notice the quality of the towels, which were of that thick, fluffy kind you’ll find at upscale hotels.
The bed was big and reasonably comfortable and the room had plenty of functioning power sockets, so I could plug in my entire gadget arsenal at the same time for recharging. The wi-fi connection worked impeccably during my stay, and the air conditioner did the job without making too much noise.
Baan Sukhumvit Soi 18 is more of a guesthouse than a hotel. It is located down a small alley right at the beginning of Sukhumvit Soi 18 (Soi = side street), and it only took a few minutes to walk to Asok BTS station. There are 11 rooms at Baan Sukhumvit, and the staff told me that each room is individually decorated. I liked the pink poster + white orchid theme of my room.
You don’t hear any noise from the street, and when I was staying there, I didn’t hear any noise from the neighboring rooms either. It was so quiet I started wondering, if I was the only guest there. I wasn’t, because I saw at least 6 more people when I finally managed to make it down to the breakfast on my last day.
Regarding the breakfast, it was included in the price, and it was served between 8-11 in the morning. You could choose among different set menus, and I had the Thai one with stir fried noodles and vegetables, which was very tasty.
As you’ve probably understood by now, Baan Sukhumvit Soi 18 really ticked a lot of my boxes. It was quiet, clean and affordable, and on top of that, all the staff members were very sweet and helpful. I particularly like the guy Aoo, who worked in the reception. He managed to make me feel truly welcome and appreciated, and he seemed genuinely interested in making my stay as comfortable as possible.
At Baan Sukhumvit Soi 18, there’s not swimming pool, afternoon fruit platters or other luxuries, but if you’re only in Bangkok for a couple of days, and you’re looking for a nice and friendly place to stay, I can warmly recommend Baan Sukhumvit Soi 18.