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It is a cool, green, sweet, cosy, funky, artsy little oasis down a quiet alley in Bangkok.
The staff are soooo genuinely friendly, warm and helpful. My husband did a cycling race in Thailand at the end of which we spent one night at the Phranakorn-Nornlen before we continued on to Cambodia and then returned to the hotel for one night before we flew out of Bangkok back to Australia the next day. The staff at the hotel very happily offered to look after my husbands’ race bike and kept it very safe and secure for the 10 days that we were in Cambodia, even though we only stayed 2 nights at the hotel.
It has soul. There is such a lovely handmade, human touch to everything – from the handpainted details on the walls and recycled timber to the handwritten and decorated cards the staff give you on check-out to thank you for your stay and to wish you luck.
There is a real effort to protect the environment, promote respect for nature as well as to create an atmosphere of being in nature. There is an organic veggie garden on the roof that you can walk around with a giant golden Buddha in the background. I felt relaxed there as though I were staying at a resort in the bush. Which is an amazing thing in the middle of Bangkok.
The breakfast is included and is a set menu of whatever they decide to make that day. Both days we got something different and they were hands down the BEST breakfasts that I’ve ever had in a hotel or pretty much anywhere really.
There are no TVs in the rooms. There was a CD player in our room. I don’t wear socks and sandals (as one reviewer suggested anyone who can live without a TV for a night must) and thought “Oh my God! No TV!” myself when I saw there wasn’t one. But I personally discovered I had no problem finding other, better things to do than watching endless CNN Swine Flu coverage or watching The Perfect Storm for the 4th time in 2 days because it was the only good thing on in English (like I did at another hotel in Thailand!). I found it a really relaxing change. For people travelling alone, or that don’t like reading or really need their TV, it could be a problem.
We will definitely be returning to the Phranakorn-Nornlen in the near future.
By: michael - Submitted 17th July 2009
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