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The Bhuthorn
Ranked #110 of 752 Bangkok B&B and Inns
Reviewed 19 September 2010

My wife and I stayed here in August, our second visit to Bangkok, we were looking for a boutique style abode and found a haven of hospitality and comfort, Reviews on this site informed our choice and we were not disappointed, Whilst it's perhaps not the easiest location for taxi's to find, it's a great location for sightseeing, walking distance to the palace, and on a direct road reasonably close to more commercial areas should you want it. Chitlada (the owner) is a gem, helping our driver locate the hotel and waiting at the door to make sure we arrived safe and sound, a refreshing welcome with a chilled lemongrass drink helped complete formalities of registration and we were shown to our room, which was superb and nicely scented with a jasmine oil burner. Antique decor transported us more fully into Thai culture and a wonderful bed helped us to relax. As you can tell we really enjoyed this place and the genuine hospitality of the owner and staff, giving us good insights and helping us with onward plans and printouts at no additional charge. The food was also fantastic, everything had a real freshness to it and care about it's presentation. we were also taken to a nearby restaurant which from the outside looked quite humble but provided us with literally the best green curry I've had, and I've made a point of having quite a few, I believe it's called "Kru" Kitchen, it's just across the square from the hotel, and close to one recommended in the lonely planet, which it beats hands down in my opinion. Rooms are limited in number which adds to the intimacy of the Bhuthorn, so if you want a small hotel with pretty much great everything then look no further.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Locating Bhuthorn was tricky, especially since the taxi driver himself was less than familiar with the area. However, we had the map of the location printed prior to departure. That didn't stop the cab driver from using his multitude of CB radios from contacting his brethren of other taxi drivers from direction.

From the moment we arrived, Chitlada (the owner) was waiting by the door, despite being early. Even from early on, the experience the experience was much akin to returning home after a long period overseas. The hospitality was outstanding, likely due to the limited vacancies available - attention is less divided. We even got the 'official' tour of the place, since the rooms were vacant when we got there. We doubt this would be usual.

And Chitlada's assistant? Mr Waiter/Bellboy/Porter/Housekeeper/Security/.... You get the idea. If I was Chitlada, I'd hang on to him :)

We could go on and on, but the reader would have gotten the idea by now. Stays in the Bhuthorn are a must, if only for the rustic ambience and exquisitely warm hospitality (from friendly local advice to chit-chat during tea and to little known insights of all things Bangkok). We would go back. But the next time, it would be to visit friends.

Chitlada, we owe you pictures. They are coming!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Presion
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Reviewed 1 September 2010

We had a very nice rest of 3 days in the beginning of August, and it was so nice to be there and welcome as familly, that we decided on the way back to come back to more days at the Buthorn. Among the interesting experiences, we had several type of thai dishes at breakfast and came back with the recipe. All type of help we needed from the owner was given quickly, effectively, and happily.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Thank thierry031
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

We stayed at the Bhuthorn at the beginning and end of our 17 day trip to Thailand. 

When we arrived in Bangkok from London, we found a taxi and explained where the Bhuthorn was (using the map Chitlada provided). I think Old Town Bangkok, where the Bhuthorn is located, is not particularly well known by taxi drivers which meant we got a little lost on the way!

Once we arrived, we had a very warm welcome from a smiling Chitlada. Our initial impression from the outside was of a bustling, humid Bangkok street. When we stepped inside, everything became cool, calm and relaxed. This is what we loved. The fact that we could experience the crazy and exciting Bangkok, but then return to the haven of the Bhuthorn to relax. 

Chitlada and her staff were extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. They explained Thai customs, recommended  places to go shopping, helped us get taxis and made dinner reservations for us. We were also treated to some traditional Thai foods for us to try with our breakfast, and when we returned feeling hot from a morning looking around the grand palace Chitlada was quick to offer us Thai iced tea and some delicious coconut ice cream.

We had the Bhuthorn room which was spacious, very tasteful and had nice views over the small central park. The bed was really comfortable and the room was spotlessly clean. After our trip around Thailand it was really nice to know we would spend our last night back at the Bhuthorn. Hopefully we will be back one day. 

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

We had a great 3-day stay here after two weeks in Thailand. Chitlada was warm and welcoming notwithstanding our arrival late in the day.

The building is nicely decorated. It has three rooms. We stayed in The Bhuthorn room which was perfect for us and good value. Breakfast each morning was great - plenty of food and always included a local treat. They were also happy to oblige us with breakfast at 7 am on our last day before leaving for home.

The location was perfect for touristing around Bangkok. It's a 10-min. walk to the Grand Palace. The river ferries and Khao San Road are within walking distance.

We're looking forward to staying again on our next trip to Thailand.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Allison_and_Kevin
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

For a exceptional experience in Bangkok, I highly recommend a stay at The Bhuthorn (located in old town Bangkok on Phraeng Phuthorn Rd., San Chao phor Seua, Phranakhorn) for its impeccable old world décor and faultless hospitality of The Bhuthorn team who go the full mile to help their guests accomplish the utmost out of their visit to Bangkok --- whether in the search for a favorite snack or meal, researching optional ways of traveling to places in and outside of Bangkok (in my case to Ayutthaya), explaining the customs and the meanings of Thai culture and lifestyle, and helpful with suggestions on places to visit and the directions to get there. The Bhuthorn is a beautifully preserved treasure of a building that is nestled amidst a conservation district that is perfect for wandering and exploring hassle-free, on foot and at one’s pace the historic quarters of Ko Ratanakosin, Thonburi, Banglamphu, and Phra Nakhorn; strolling in street markets that make interactions with graceful and courteous Thais an incomparable experience; relaxing in the tree-shaded community of Phuthorn and Nara admiring the conservation endeavors of the Fine Arts Department; dropping in on shops that are still run by family members and housed in old town architecture and design; trying out the numerous superb eating options that is a skip from the front door of The Bhuthorn, whether its fine Thai or Thai-Chinese cuisine, delicious home-style cooked food at street side stalls, fabulous homemade coconut ice cream at a family-run neighborhood shop…

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

I chose the Bhuthorn as the prospect of an anonymous five star hotel did not appeal. The location is brilliant for sightseeing, 5 mins walk to the Grand Palace Wat Pho and the river. 10 mins walk to Khao San road. I took my two teenage daughters, and we felt very safe and cared for, Chitlada is an angel, on our last day my youngest broke her case, and within 5 minutes, Chitlada, had taken us to a local shop to get a new one( after she had first wrapped our broken case in string!) The welcome on return from a hot busy day was always such a relief, with interesting snacks for afternoon tea, and calm tranquility pervading.
Our room was lovely, dark teak, 2 sides of windows overlooking the little square which was great to watch, but very quiet, you really get a glimpse of a small community.
Cost wise it is not the cheapest option,but for experience, care, and to get a feel for the Thai people I doubt if it could be bettered.
One piece of advice, leave plenty of time to get to the airport Rush hour is truly horrific, and if it rains it is abominable.It took us one and a half hours to travel 1.3 km!!
Jim Thompsons house is very interesting if you like interiors,(I loved it) and use the water taxi to get back towards the city. Chattachuk market is a nightmare to get out of and back to the city, but is definitely an experience for doting parents and shopaholic teenagers. Twenty five years since I was last in Bangkok, and I won't leave it so long next time :-)

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Address: 96-98 Phraeng Bhuthorn Rd., | Phranakhorn,, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #110 of 752 B&Bs / Inns in Bangkok
Price Range: C$130 - C$203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bhuthorn 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bhuthorn,a newly operated hotel located in the heart of oldtown Bangkok, one of the well-preserved community registered to the Fine Art Department of Thailand. The Bhuthorn, a century-old shophouse has been converted into a boutique accommodation with exclusively 3 guestrooms. Each room has been decorated in their own individual characteristics with a colonial atmosphere. Our main targets are travelers who, while traveling, love to enjoy arts, history, people, and places. ... more   less 
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