One of the highlights of any trip got to be the accommodation. Even though we rarely spend any time awake in the room while overseas, the thought of checking in to a hotel with pretty layout and fresh sheets never fail to excite me!
On my recent trip to Bangkok, we’ve decided to book a hotel in the Sukhumvit area, which known to be the longest road in Thailand where most hipster cafes and attractions were, and specifically one that was accessible to get to Ekkamai and Thong lor, as these areas were where most cafes can be found.
The boy found this hotel called THA City Loft Hotel, which met all the above criteria. If you’re traveling on a budget, yet do not want to miss out on the full hotel experience, it seems like you could have a win-win situation at THA, as it cost us just S$56/night! That makes it just $28/person X 3 nights, less than $80 on accommodation on the entire trip!
Read on to find out more about what they offer!
Located on Ekkamai, Sukhumvit 63, THA was more accessible to the different cafes and hipster areas than I imagined. More tips and coverage of the things you can find within the radius of the hotel in the following segments.
The only downside about the location of the hotel, however, is that it takes about a 10-15 minute walk back from Ekkamai BTS station, a rather daunting fact after a long day of shopping. However, the hotel do provide one-way free tuk tuk service hourly out of the hotel to Ekkamai Station.
The exterior of the hotel was already instagram worthy. I could imagine myself posing for my daily OOTDs there, but too bad I not thick skin enough. Once you walk in through the tinted glass doors, you’d be greeted with extremely high ceilings and the beautiful wall of green, complemented with the natural light flooding in. I could not stop snapping pictures excitedly around the relatively tiny lobby because everything just looked so good and cosy with the dark walls.
Check in at the counter if you’ve placed your bookings online, and you’d have to pay the reservation fees up front + a 1000 THB deposit!
Flanking the left of the lobby is their resident Restaurant Bar – Snobbish, and right, their cafe, Light Loft, which sells.. Light bulbs, of course, and COFFEE!
THA has 5 levels and houses only 64 rooms, which I thought was great as it feels like a small and knitted community, where the staff recognizes almost all their guests.
I love THA already, even before entering the room!
There are 3 types of accommodation: Standard, Superior and Deluxe.
We went for the Superior Beam which consists of one King sized bed and a standalone shower. All rooms include:
Mini bar refrigerator
32-inch flat screen LCD TV with CABLE
Electric kettle, coffee and tea sachets
NUMEROUS power points (so you don’t have to fight to charge your gadgets)
WIFI (thank goodness, one gadget per password issued. 1 password/pax)
Water heater (which can get irregular bursts of hot and cold water)
Shampoo and body soap dispenser
No razor, toothbrush and toothpaste provided
The room can be a little cramped and small if you choose the room with the king sized bed (as you can see from the awkward cropping from my pictures), but it was adequate for us. I especially loved the painting on the walls, which is intended to depict the Bangkok lifestyle. A super comfy place and cosy place to live in, I can’t believe it’s only S$56/night!
Services, facilities and F&B
✓ FREE Wifi
✓ Daily housekeeping service + replenishing of complimentary water
× No room service, bar snacks, mini bar beverages
✓ Laundry (payable per type of garment)
– Different rates ranging from underwear to tops to bottoms to socks, from 10 THB to 40 THB per piece
✓ GYM (Located between level 1 and 2)
✓ FREE one-way Tuk tuk to Ekkamai BTS
Things to do around the hotel
I mentioned that THA was surprisingly convenient, Why? Besides the 2 resident food establishments within the hotel, just across the road, you could find:
Starbucks Coffee (just facing THA)
BIG C Supermart (A SUPER HUGE SUPERMARKET, with EVERYTHING you need)
If you walk towards Ekkamai BTS, which would take you about 10-15 minutes, you’d find some gems along the way. Abundant street stalls aside, there are already a handful of cafes along the way, I’ve only visited a few of them as we had finite stomach space. There is also a 7-11 store just a 2-minute walk away!
Cafes/ Food establishments (towards Ekkamai BTS; arranged from nearest to THA to furthest away (i.e. nearer to Ekkamai Station))
You could also access Thong Lor from THA instead of Ekkamai, but that requires some navigation from Google Maps and quite a lot of walking (~20 minutes). There are cafes along the way as well like Patisserie Rosie, which sells super pretty bakes and you could window shop while walking towards Thong Lor.
These were what we explored within the vicinity of THA, and found it REALLY accessible! Even the cab ride back from SIAM night market cost us only 80 THB (S$3+, with meter)!
I don’t usually write hotel reviews but THA was too good to be true for me, and I thought I just had to share it with everyone! Definitely recommend this place, explodingbelly approves.
For more pictures on my trip, check out #explodingbennybkk on Instagram! Yes it’s BENNY not BELLY, because my boyfriend is called BENNY. HAHA.
How to get there
Ekkamai 6 Sukhumvit 63
Phra Kanong Nua Wattana Bangkok 10110
Tel+662-7140888 Fax +662-7140999