Family friendly vintage guest house in Old Bangkok
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If you're looking for a nice place to stay in Bangkok, or searching for a Bangkok Boutique Hotel, there are so many choices that it may be hard for you to decide among them. If your focus is not big chain hotels, but smaller, charming, vintage, kids friendly or “green” hotels that offer unique decor, delicious breakfast and attentive services, as well as a good value, Phranakorn Nornlen is an option you should consider. We are a small hotel situated within the Old Bangkok district, near the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, Khaosan Road, China Town and the river shuttle stop at Thewet Pier.
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Family friendly vintage guest house in Old Bangkok

Eco heaven!

by PN guests :) on 07/28/14

What a wonderful place! Totally unique. Tucked away on a little street, the entrance was so small I would have missed it if I hadn't looked it up on Google street-view first. In Bangkok this is a desirable thing! Well if you seek peace, quiet, and relaxation like my partner and I. Once you get in there is a beautiful charm to the place. A blast of retro awesomeness. Old televisions, cameras and toys on the walls. A lovely garden to relax in. Are those rabbits?
Was that a barber chair? Yep!
The room was very cute. I was so thankful for the air-con. Bangkok is hot! The artwork on the walls made it feel different to every other room and the bed was the most comfortable we stayed in during our trip. Since it was the first place we stayed in on the trip I missed that bed.
I didn't go into the other rooms but I just assume they all had their own touch. I wanted to see them all. Breakfasts were vegetarian. I am vegetarian. The guy sitting at the side making the juice from scratch had charm. Yes charm is the word. Will be back next year.

Spent 3 nights there - very unique hotel

by PN guests :) on 07/28/14

I stayed here based on reviews found on TripAdvisor as I was looking for something a little different in a hotel. I found it indeed. It is totally unlike any other hotel I have stayed in.

Pros: Unique layout and design. Like a retro museum throughout the place. Downstairs is quite pleasant to relax and enjoy life. Some lounge pillows and tables to sit back.

Breakfast is different everyday - much different than name brand 4 or 5 star hotels that offer the same buffet breakfast every morning. A good breakfast.

The room is full of painted designs and some odd knickknacks.

Our room had it's own air conditioner and a comfortable bed and a little balcony.

Cons- I was under the belief that the room had a safe. There was none. I didn't not feel comfortable just leaving my passport or money in the room and when I asked about a safe deposit box I received a reply that didn't make any sense at all - there was a room with a locker that I could store my stuff but I have to provide my own padlock. Safety is more important than comfort and leaving my passport or money in an unsecured location does not make me comfortable. Instead I had to carry both passport and excess funds in my pocket everyday - I don't like to do that. Hopefully hotel owners will understand this and install a safe in each room.

The rooms do not have a TV. Not a big deal to me but my significant other enjoys watching tv.

Also the location can be a pain. No train close by and when we went shopping no taxi driver wanted to take us back at night saying that they couldn't get a fare from there. All wanted to charge 2x the meter, We finally got a taxi driver to take us back at night.

Things that are close to there are the Walking Street - Night Market. About a 15 minute walk away. The main shopping malls take about 30 minutes to get to - only by taxi and the traffic is bad often.

There is a 7/11 on the corner and plenty of places to eat outside - nothing fancy though - lots of street food places that are cheap and decent.

Not sure if I would stay here again. When I return to Bangkok I will most likely stay at a hotel closer to the BKK Train System as it is more convenient. The hotel is a bit away from everything but in a quiet part of town.

A very pleasant stay and highly recommended.

by PN guests :) on 07/28/14

We loved this place very much. Joined their cooking class and managed to learn how to cook Tom Kha Gai. We really enjoy the class, hope can join other classes too next time. Besides that, their breakfast was great too, although is vegetarian, it was really satisfying. Love the environment and all the murals in the room, We took tons of pictures there! Will be back again one day!

Quirky little hotel with great service!

by PN guests :) on 07/28/14

I LOVED this hotel. It was one of my favorite places that I stayed in my 2 month holiday in Asia. Really quirky eclectic furnishings, a cool hang out area, nice cafe and restaurant downstairs and a really cool cafe and organic garden on the rooftop. Close and central to everything and great service. Would definitely stay here again!

Stay here. Really.

by PN guests :) on 07/28/14

Bangkok is a big, complex, overwhelming, wonderful place. Phranakorn Nornlen (PN), is the exact antidote you need to relax after an intense day of sightseeing. The place just feels...peaceful. The decor is all wonderfully detailed and quirky. All the rooms have hand-painted walls, the hallways each have a theme. The is a roof terrace restaurant that overlooks an impressive tall Buddha figure. There is also a vegetable garden, complete with pet bunny rabbits. The deck in the ground floor is where we lay down to read, watch the rain come down, do some yoga, decorate desserts, make soap, or just hand out and have some tea or juice. We are traveling with two kids, ages 16 and 13, and the staff could not have been nicer of more attentive. Though the prices are more hostel-like, the feel is totally upscale boutique hotel (great combination!). It is not luxurious, but everything, including the beautiful brass tubing in the showers, has been thought out and placed with meticulous attention. It is a place built and staffed with love. We left yesterday and miss it already!


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