Hotel Name: Muangphol Mansion.
Address: 931/9 Soi Kaseamsaan 1, Rama 1 Rd. Pathumwan, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand.
The Muangphol Mansion is in an alley opposite the National Stadium BTS Station on the Silom Line. When choosing where to stay in Bangkok it’s important to pick a place that is near the Bangkok metro transit system (BTS or MRT lines). National Stadium is one stop away from Siam BTS Station, which is the main interchange for the BTS and the most central part of central Bangkok. This area is referred to as the Siam area, though that is not an official district name. All you need to know is that this is indeed very central.
Despite being on a busy road, Muangphol Mansion is on the corner of an alley that has no major through traffic. The alleys around here used to be a popular budget guesthouse area, though the cheap places are getting priced out.
Muangphol Mansion is a throwback to the days when this area had more cheap hotels, and the decor of this hotels looks like from the 80s or 90s.
I booked a double room, and the room was specious considering that this is a budget hotel in a central location.
The furnishing haven’t changed for decades, but I have found that hotels like this in Thailand are kept in good maintenance. There was good wifi in my room, but no work desk.
I like how Thailand hotels provide free drinking water in glass bottles (the bottles are recycled).
As much as I love these old-school hotels of Bangkok, the only thing I don’t like is having a shower in a bathtub. The sink area was rather small in what was otherwise a spacious bathroom.
My room had a view of the roof of the National Stadium BTS Station.
I was here in those weird first few months after Thailand reopened its international borders, thus I got a cheap rate. The hotel wasn’t fully operating though, so there was no breakfast service. The dining area in the reception and foyer area hinted at better times when the hotel was busy.
At the end of the alley is the Saen Saep Canal. From the you can get a boat to the Old City area for all the main tourist sites. The Jim Thompson House Museum is also down the end of this alley.
Overall this was a great place to stay in Bangkok. A old but reliable budget hotel in a great part of town if you are a tourist.