Hotel Name: Villa Cha Cha Banglumphu.
Address: 36 Tani Road, Taladyod, Pranakorn, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand.
Villa Cha Cha Banglumphu is in the Banglamphu neighbourhood of old Bangkok. Banglamphu is referred to as the backpacker neighbourhood, and this is the best area in Bangkok for backpackers. The backpacker area is centred around Khao San Road, but unless you are into the backpacker party scene you are better off staying in the nearby streets. This area in general has the cheapest rooms in Bangkok, and it is also close to the most historic sites of old Bangkok. If you are visiting Bangkok for the first time, these are important sites to visit.
I would describe Villa Cha Cha Banglumphu as a backpacker resort. I was intrigued by the photos that showed a swimming pool, so I had to stay for myself.
I arrived via the Tani Road entrance, which is an unassuming entrance that does not hint at what is beyond this door.
I walked through to find a more inviting front entrance.
The hotel is set around a coutyard area with the pool in the centre.
The staff were welcoming, and after checking in I was shown to my room. I booked a Economy Double Room, and my room was on a corner so I had two windows. The bed was comfortable, and the room had air-conditioning (which was needed for this corner room).
There is wifi throughout the hotel, and I had a good reception in my room. I liked the cute touch of this ‘no smoking” bear.
I liked the design of the bathroom, for what is essentially the same setting as any other guesthouse bathroom in Southeast Asia. The little half-wall separating the shower from the toilet is a clever design. This is such an easy design that changes the feel of a bathroom. It was a bonus that it had a window, which is not always possible in odd-shaped buildings.
The other design feature I like is the sink set in a bench. So much nicer to have your stuff out rather than hanging from a toiletry bag.
I also liked that they had unique artwork in the hallways. It is such a simple touch, but looks better than generic prints that fill so many budget hotels.
And here is the pool. It was busy most of the time I went by, so I had to wait to get a photo when no one was there.
I didn’t have breakfast while I was staying here. There is another entrance on Ram Butri Road, which is one of the popular backpacker streets in this area. There are two sections of Ram Butri Road, and this is the section near Khao San Road (if you have been here then you know what I mean). Either way, this ia a great location in the Khao San Road area, and I enjoyed the vibe of this budget backpacker “resort” for what is essentially a budget hotel.