Singaporeans are damn one kind. While tourists from all over the world visit Bangkok for Wat Pho and Soi Cowboy, ask any Bangkok-bound Singaporean about his itinerary and you’re gonna get one answer: SHOPPING AT PRATUNAM.
Synonymous with crazy wholesale clothes shopping at Platinum Mall and Pratunam Market, plus a freaking massive Big C Supercentre for loading up on Thai snacks, the Pratunam area makes Singaporeans steam like nothing else in Bangkok can. Naturally, Pratunam hotels are highly sought after.
So which are the best hotels in Bangkok’s Pratunam area and how much do they cost?
Pratunam hotels Bangkok (2018) – 15 best hotels near Platinum Mall
Here’s a list of the 15 best rated hotels near Platinum Mall and Pratunam market (within walking distance). Room prices fluctuate, of course, but this is the range for a weekend night from October to December.
|Pratunam hotel||Star rating||Room price per night (2 pax)|
|First House Hotel Bangkok||3 stars||$60 to $80|
|NAP Hotel Bangkok||3 stars||$70 to $90|
|Klub Hotel Bangkok||3 stars||$70 to $90|
|Lemontea Hotel Bangkok||3 stars||$80 to $100|
|Vince Hotel Pratunam||4 stars||$80 to $100|
|Centre Point Pratunam||4 stars||$90 to $100|
|Baiyoke Sky Hotel Bangkok||4 stars||$100 to $120|
|Berkeley Hotel Bangkok||5 stars||$110 to $150|
|Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok||4 stars||$120 to $150|
|Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok||4 stars||$120 to $150|
|Glow Pratunam Hotel||4 stars||$150 to $190|
|Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld||5 stars||$150 to $230|
|Amari Watergate Bangkok||5 stars||$170 to $190|
|Novotel Bangkok Pratunam||4 stars||$170 to $230|
|Vie Hotel Bangkok MGallery Collection||5 stars||$180 to $200|
First House Hotel Bangkok ($60 to $80/night)
Located about a 5-minute walk from Platinum Mall, First House Hotel Bangkok’s main selling points are the great location and low prices.
At this price point, it’s hardly surprising that this 3-star hotel looks rather dated from the outside and seems in need of some refurbishment. But who cares, you’re not here for your honeymoon anyway.
NAP Hotel Bangkok ($70 to $90/night)
One of the best boutique hotels near Pratunam market, NAP Hotel Bangkok is Instagram-friendly little budget hotel that’s located about 10 minutes’ walk from Platinum Mall.
Apart from the cute rooms and inviting communal spaces, facilities are quite basic so don’t expect an infinity pool or anything.
Klub Hotel Bangkok ($70 to $90/night)
Another boutique hotel at around the $80/night price point, Klub Hotel Bangkok is about 10 minutes’ walk from Platinum Mall too.
The restful Scandinavian-style rooms are filled with natural light and warm wood accents. Like the other budget hotels, there’s no swimming pool here, just a recreation/game lounge, cinema room and laundry facilities.
Lemontea Hotel Bangkok ($80 to $100/night)
About a 10-minute walk from Platinum Mall, boutique hotel Lemontea Hotel is one of the top rated and most distinctive hotels in the Pratunam area.
It has the social, young vibe of a hostel, but offers the privacy and comfort of private rooms. Rooms are done in girly pastels and look more “home” than “hotel”, and each one is designed according to a drink (matcha, latte, cha-yen, earl grey, etc.).
Vince Hotel Pratunam ($80 to $100/night)
Boutique hotel Vince Hotel Pratunam is a little farther from Platinum Mall than hardcore shopaholics would want (12 minutes’ walk). The flip side is that it’s walking distance to Phaya Thai BTS interchange, which makes it very easy to get around the city and to/from the airport.
The decor here is a bit kitsch but rooms look really comfy. Oh and there’s a rooftop swimming pool for hot weather relief in between shopathons.
Centre Point Pratunam ($90 to $100/night)
Centre Point is a fairly established hotel and serviced apartment chain in Bangkok, and like the rest of their hotels, the Centre Point Pratunam Hotel rooms are known to be MASSIVE (starting at 47sqm).
It’s not the sort of place where you’ll be Instagramming non-stop, but if you’re planning a mega shopping spree you’ll probably appreciate the extra space. Plus, there’s a gym, pool and sauna in the hotel.
Baiyoke Sky Hotel Bangkok ($100 to $120/night)
Okay, so the obvious selling point of the 4-star Baiyoke Sky Hotel is that it’s Thailand’s tallest hotel. All the rooms in this skyscraper have window bathtubs, which means you can literally soak in the views. Seems like a steal for ~$100/night.
It’s a 10-minute walk from Platinum Mall and is very close to Ratchaprarop MRT station, which links you to the airport (though it’s not very convenient for getting around Bangkok).
Berkeley Hotel Bangkok ($110 to $150/night)
Probably one of the cheapest 5-star hotels you can find in in downtown Bangkok, Berkeley Hotel Bangkok is understandably one of the most popular hotels among luxury-crazed Singaporeans. All rooms come with bathtubs and floor to ceiling windows, plus there are 2 swimming pools, a separate kids’ pool, a spa, and all the trappings of a luxury hotel.
But the best thing about it is probably the location. It’s RIGHT INSIDE Palladium World Shopping Centre (formerly Pratunam Centre, now renovated) and literally across the street from Platinum Mall, so you can pop upstairs any time to relax.
Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok ($120 to $150/night)
Arnoma Grand Bangkok is a 4-star hotel that’s 5 minutes’ walk from Platinum Mall. Its location is pretty incredible because it’s also right next to a Big C Supercentre and the string of posh shopping malls between Siam and Chit Lom BTS stations. This is a good one if you’re visiting Bangkok in a mixed group and want a compromise between sightseeing and shopping.
Rooms and facilities are what you’d expect for a traditional “nice” hotel, though the rooms aren’t as luxurious as Baiyoke Sky and Berkeley Hotel. You’re paying more for the location.
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok ($120 to $150/night)
4-star hotel Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok (what a mouthful) is a bit pricey, but it’s still popular because of the location – it’s in between Platinum Mall and Ratchaprarop MRT, about 5 minutes’ walk to each.
I like that Centara Watergate doesn’t try too hard with the room designs. They’re just big, white, and ultra minimalist. The nicest part of the hotel has to be sunbeds on the roof, so it’s almost like you’re in Bali… but not.
Glow Pratunam Hotel ($150 to $190/night)
Glow Pratunam may sound like a Thai disco, but it’s actually a fancy hotel that’s located right smack in the middle of the Pratunam main strip – right across the street from Platinum Mall and Pantip Mall (Bangkok’s Sim Lim Square).
If you like W Hotel, you’ll probably like the decor of this 4-star hotel – it’s modern and loud and fits right into the Pratunam madness. Their outdoor pool looks super inviting too.
Unfortunately, because of the location, this hotel is always in super high demand, which explains the prices.
Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld ($150 to $230/night)
Like Berkeley Hotel, Centara Grand is another 5-star hotel in downtown Bangkok and it’s located right inside the CentralWorld megamall. It’s ultra luxurious and convenient for getting around since it’s in the middle of the Pratunam area and Siam BTS station.
The one issue with Centara Grand is that rooms get snapped up like crazy during peak periods, so prices fluctuate a lot. You can find a room for as low as $150/night, but during super peak periods (like the lead-up to Christmas) rooms can be close to $300/night.
Amari Watergate Bangkok ($170 to $190/night)
The Amari Watergate is a 5-star hotel that’s literally just across the street from Platinum Mall – impossible to miss.
It’s very expensive, but also very luxurious (in that traditional 5-star hotel way). Even the most basic rooms are a massive 40 sqm and come with bathtubs. If I booked this hotel, I’d probably not want to leave at all.
Novotel Bangkok Pratunam ($170 to $230/night)
The 4-star Novotel Bangkok Pratunam is probably THE most popular Pratunam hotel among Singaporeans. It’s probably the location – right across the street from Pratunam Market and right next door is Platinum Mall, and a short walk to Big C Supercentre and CentralWorld mall.
From reading the rave reviews, Novotel looks and sound just as good as its 5-star peers. You get amazing city views from both the hotel rooms and the outdoor pool, and the service is reputedly top notch.
Vie Hotel Bangkok MGallery Collection ($180 to $200)
Vie Hotel Bangkok is a 5-star boutique hotel from the Sofitel group. It’s got everything you could possibly want for a luxurious holiday: infinity pool overlooking the city, Michelin-starred chef, ultra-plush rooms, 24-hour butler, etc.
The one thing that might give you pause is the 15-minute walk to the Pratunam area, but if you’re staying here you’d probably get a Grab anyway. The trade-off is that it’s at the doorstep of Ratchathewi BTS which is really convenient for getting around.
BKK regulars, which is your favourite hotel in the Pratunam area? Tell us in the comments!
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