Hardly surprising that the Sukhothai won countless awards for its interior architecture. The trio Ed Tuttle, Kerry Hill and the Thai designer Pichitra Boonyarathaphan managed to find the perfect balance between tradition and modernism: symmetric colonnades, mirror basins, open air ambulatories, buddha statues and everything made of finest and natural materials like bronze, teak wood and marble complemented by precious fabrics and mirrors. Wherever you look at, you'll see serenity and beauty - and that also applies to the suites (starting from 160 euro) that are equipped with flat screens, Bose sound systems, rain showers, touchscreens and perfect lighting. A dinner in the award-winning Thai restaurant Celadon makes a perfect day in the metropolis complete.
The four villas with rooms of different standards are located on a green and spacious area next to the Chao Phraya and a stone's throw away from the most important sights like the Grand Palace (five minutes by foot) or the Wat Arun (directly opposite on the other river side). Depending on your budget you choose between one of the four rooms of the B&B villa (starting from 100 euros including breakfast) or a more luxurious suite (starting from 250 euros) in the Thai House, the Riverside Villa or the Chinese House. The latter offers a comfort zone of special class: the suite consists of two double rooms, two bathrooms, a living room and two private terraces that offer a free view on the pool and the Chao Phraya. The interior: antique, Chinese furniture and doors, modern prints and exquisite fabrics. The perfect choice for two couples or a whole family. Cushioned loungers and white sun shades around the spacious and deep pool invite you to relax and the palms in the garden wave in the wind. Every now and then you hear a boat passing by. There's no more idyllic place in Bangkok - that might also be the reason why many newlyweds spend their honeymoons in the Chakrabongse Villas.
No matter what time you arrive in the Phranakorn Nornlen - and be it in the middle of the night; a welcome with a nice smile is always there. The big plus of this little boutique hotel are the many green areas, terraces and wells as well as the staff which will become a second family in no time. The rooms are simple and in some cases small (starting from 36 Euros), but they are decorated lovingly and with much creativity - and the breakfast tastes fantastic, especially the traditional Thai-tea. On the small roof there is a little terrace with a vegetable garden (the crop serves for the breakfast) where one can relax. The little tables of the comfortable bar on the first floor look directly at a big Buddha statue. Overall, the Phranakorn Nornlen is a low-priced and heartwarming alternative to anonymous hotel chains. Five-star comfort, however, should not be expected. The beds, for instance, are relatively hard as is usual in Thailand, but the staff provides the guests gladly with additional blankets. Besides, there is always a masseuse at service.