Situated on an alley off a lane off Sukhumvit Soi 55 (also known as Thong Lor) in Bangkok’s increasingly cool Thong Lor neighbourhood, Hotel Salil’s location won’t suit first-timers to Bangkok who’ll have to trek into the Old Town and Chinatown every day to do the sights. But for second-time visitors to the city who are intent to experience the everyday life of locals and expats, the area is ideal. It’s my favourite neighbourhood in Bangkok.
Hotel Salil’s snug rooms may not win any style awards but they’re rather smart, boasting cute idiosyncratic touches that reflect the young Thai owner’s taste, such as candy coloured walls, painted stencilwork, and patterned tiles. The décor is very girlie, which explains why it mostly attracts young women travellers. Despite their size, the rooms are comfortable with icy air-conditioning, a small fridge, television, DVD player and WiFi.
There are some sofas scattered about the lobby and ground floor area, and the café-cum-breakfast room is a fine for checking your email but neither are places where you’d want to spend a lengthy period of time. It doesn’t really matter, however, as there are plenty of excellent cafés in the neighbourhood to hang out.
Eating and drinking
A small café serves as the breakfast room and a bar in the evenings, and the breakfast buffets are very good for a hotel of this size. There are Asian options for the largely young Asian clientele, which always makes things interesting, and there’s always someone on the eggs station to whip up a delicious omelette or scrambled eggs. For dinner and drinks you won’t run out of options in walking distance or a short taxi ride, from funky Soul Food around the corner to the street food close by on Sukhumvit Soi 38.
There are none to speak of but there are public gyms nearby that you can use, and a couple of parks are a short ride away on the BTS/Skytrain.
The service here is personal, warm and well meaning, if not always perfect. Ask for something and the staff will do their best, even if they don’t always understand what you want. Not all staff speak English well but there will be at least one person who does, and if not, well, it’s a good excuse to learn a little Thai.
Who stays there
Hip young Asian travellers, flashpackers looking for style on a budget, and independent travellers (couples and singles) eager to explore Thong Lor.
- High-Speed Internet
- Seasoned travellers
Pros & Cons
- Cool address
- Chic and cheap
- Location won’t suit first-time visitors to Bangkok
- Rooms are snug