After our 21-hour flight cramped on the plane, we would probably would have been comfortable sleeping on the floor in a cardboard box. Luckily, we did not have to since we booked a room in advance at the Bhiman Inn as part of our travel package to Southeast Asia. Arriving late at night to the modest “boutique” hotel of 45 rooms, we noticed that our little neighborhood of Banglamphu definitely had a little “hustle ‘n bustle” going on, and yet, it most certainly was time for some shut-eye!
To be honest, the Bhiman Inn is not super fancy, but it certainly does the trick. Though our room was small, it was suitably clean and had enough of the essentials from home to keep us happy, including some much-needed air-conditioning! Comfy pillows and clean sheets made up for the fact that the bed mattresses themselves felt a bit stale. Still, with a stocked mini-bar and a TV showing Thai versions of classic US programs, what more could we ask for?
We awoke in the morning excited to check out the Aura Kitchen cafe downstairs; breakfast was included in the price of the room. Though the Bhiman Inn’s decor was very basic, we were pleasantly surprised by the coziness of the cafe and the variety of breakfast items on offer. Good coffee, eggs, sausage, pancakes. (MMMMMmmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!) It seemed as though the Aura was a destination for locals and not just hotel guests as magazines and newspapers from around the world were on display next to a few terminals that offered free wi-fi!
Elsewhere, the Bhiman Inn was more basic. The hallways do NOT have A/C and are decorated in a fashion that is somewhat confusing. (Were those African-inspired prints on the wall?) There was a nice dipping pool out back! It faced a large apartment building that was under renovation when we visited in July of 2009, but would assume the construction is complete by now.
Though the Bhiman is no frills, the staff was friendly and helpful and more than made up for any shortcomings in the ambiance department. Add in the great centralized location, and the Bhiman makes for a great place to stay for a few nights while checking out Khao San Road or the Grand Palace (see "sights"). Definitely a good value for the (very cheap) price! If you are looking for a simple place to rest your head for a few nights, then Bhiman Inn is “in!”
Bhiman Inn - 55 Phra Sumen Road, Banglamphu, Bangkok, 011 (66) 2-282-6171