Hotel Name: St. James Hotel.
Address: 18 Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand.
I stayed at the St. James Hotel in Bangkok. I booked online at the rate of 585 THB ($17.34 USD) per night, and I booked it for its price and location in Bangkok. I also partly booked it because it has James in the name.
I was staying here not long after Thailand reopened to international travel in 2021, so this rate will probably not be repeated. It was an amazing time to be travelling in Thailand.
St. James Hotel is a 3-star hotel in the Phrong Phnom area of Bangkok. It’s on Sukhumvit 26, around the corner from the Phrom Phong BTS. This is one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok if you want to be in a central location and near public transport. The hotel is unusual in that it has a large carpark in front of the building, which is a prime piece of real estate to be using for a car park. I have walked by this hotel many times and I had assumed that the hotel must be getting run into the ground waiting to be demolished. I didn’t know what to expect from this place.
It turned out that the St. James Hotel is a surprisingly nice hotel. The hotel caters to Japanese business travellers on a budget. There is Japanese writing on the front sign, and notifications in Japanese around the building. I immediately liked this vibe.
I booked a Superior Room and I my room was a decent size with a big comfortable bed.
The room had a table and chair setting that was useful for working on and not covered in clutter. The room has the old-fashioned thermostat-controlled air-conditioning. Another “old fashioned” thing is the internet access using log-in username and password. Annoying to have to re-log in after not using it for a while.
The room has tea and coffee facilities, and water is provided for free in recyclable glass bottles. They have a minibar (which I don’t bother with) and the prices aren’t outrageous.
In keeping with the theme of Japanese hotel, these is a Japanese bidet toilet in the bathroom. I also liked the bench sink space. I disliked the shower/bathtub setup. I’m not sure how old the hotel is, but having the shower in the bathtub gives the age away. That said, the hotel is kept in excellent maintained order.
There was advertising for a Japanese restaurant and bar in the elevator, but it wasn’t open at the time of my visit. There wasn’t a breakfast service either, so I went outside for breakfast and coffee. The hotel also has a swimming pool, which I forgot to take a photo of.
Overall this was a great mid-range hotel in Bangkok. I have looked at the prices again and it still offers reasonable rates for being in such a central location in Bangkok.
On this trip I also stayed at Retro 39 Hotel on the other side of the road of Phrom Phong Station.