Choosing a Sukhumvit Hotel can be a challenge for visitors to Bangkok – the area is littered with hotels only a handful worth mentioning. In the best of this handful is no doubt S31 Hotel Bangkok a hotel I would recommend to anyone. I in fact live nearby and it quickly became my go-to hotel for anyone visiting the city, despite the area hosting many of Bangkok’s best boutique and design hotels (Sukhumvit 31). There is one crown-clinching reason for this. S31 Hotel offers the one thing which most boutique hotels in Bangkok cannot. Fantastic views. A limitation known to Urban Boutique Hotels worldwide. Why? Boutique or small hotels are limited in size. From ground up they struggle to reach heights of surrounding buildings and skylines. Not S31 Hotel. Built from the 8th floor up all guestrooms offer impressive panoramic views of the surrounding Sukhumvit skyline. Located on a corner of Sukhumvit Road it has arguably the best unobstructed views in the area. To make the most of these views squeeze a little extra from the budget for the Junior Corner Suite. You won’t regret it. If the budget doesn’t stretch try wangle an upgrade (we did).
S31 the Small Luxury Hotel
Built in a larger building S31 can be said to negate that ‘Boutique charm’. Not quite. Other than the brisk walk to the lift the S31 Hotel is as private and quiet as the next. Wide spaces, corridors and key card secured elevators. It also brings the all important ‘personal touch‘ and at times the hotel feels like your own. The S31 Hotel avoids the ‘Classical Boutique’ style which to me doesn’t fit well with Bangkok’s urban centre. Sukhumvit is modern and cosmopolitan Bangkok, a playground for the trendy and this is how S31 Hotel sells itself. A Small Luxury Hotel. A Contemporary Design Hotel, more Chic and suave than classic. In parts even artistic. The hotel designed by award winning architect Sumej Jumsai. From below the slightly out-of-place and obscure roof top sculpture makes for the perfect backdrop to the 8th Floor putting green. Guestrooms furnished with rich dark woods against white linen and soft earth tone furnishings. S31 Hotel Bangkok is a haven for minimalism.
The Little Things
As above S31 Hotel often feels like your own. The foyer quiet and and adjoining spaces empty. Perfect for Fanfan to pose for photo-ops at player pianos and tropical fish tanks. Opposite the reception, past the complimentary home-made pastries is the veranda and pool area. Here you find the putting green, art sculpture and a glass-walled, salt water swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The surrounding wood deck a cool place to relax under the backdrop of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Skyline. Even as a resident in Bangkok S31 Hotel still tempts me for an escape. Corner suite and bottle of wine for a romantic night set aside city lights. An overnight stay can be cheaper than a night out at many of Bangkok’s fancy rooftop bars. Yet at S31 Hotel you get the added comforts of an eight foot wide bed, goose down bedding and a free standing bathtub with equally impressive views. For the Breakfast Buffet (5th floor) I rarely see past the sushi. Maybe a pocket of home-baked pastries. Still to make the upstairs restaurant and you’ll likely never see me in the fitness centre.
S31 Hotel Bangkok
Location: Between Phrom Phong Skytrain Station (BTS) and Asoke Interchange Station (BTS / MRT). Both within easy walking distance.
Price: Booking through Agoda starts 2,800 Baht. Not much extra for the Corner Suite. Amazing value. Definitely in my top picks for Bangkok’s affordable luxuries.
Booking: S31 Hotel Bangkok
Final Thought: Try beat my two consecutive hole-in-one’s on the putting green. One hole to the next… (Complete fluke).
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