Located away from the centre, Stay Hotel is a relatively new boutique hotel with an emphasis on uncomplicated design and simple, carefully considered minimalism. With a mix of clean lines, dark woods, tasteful marble, and modern concrete, considerable thought has gone into the aesthetics and crafting a restful, stress-free experience for guests. The hotel is ringed by pine trees, giving the views out of the large windows an incongruously European feel.
From the concierge up, the staff were helpful, approachable and friendly, and were really the cornerstone of an enjoyable stay. In addition to a modest breakfast restaurant, the hotel includes an elegant covered pool and a relaxing lobby area with complimentary refreshing beverages.
The hotel is a little off the beaten track, so getting to nearby places of interest, such as the Chatuchak Weekend market or the Ratchada Train Night Market are a short taxi hop away rather than a walk. Whilst lacking the immediacy of central Bangkok, it does make for a calmer, more restful stay.
Type – Boutique
Style & Design – Modernist
Year Opened – 2017
Number of Rooms – 132 Rooms and Suites
Pets – No
Traveliko Lifestyle Search – Business
What We Love
- The staffs were universally fantastic, but the friendly concierge was worth highlighting. He was utterly charming, helpful and chatty as he organized taxis and luggage for me, making this usually unexciting part of any hotel stay a joy.
- The rooms are light and airy with incredible views, thanks to the floor to ceiling windows.
- The hotel balances a modest footprint and range of features with a very chilled, relaxing atmosphere.
- The rooms are stunningly designed, mixing utilitarian dark metals and calming woods, using the space intelligently so that even small rooms don’t feel cramped.
What You Should Know
- Given the hotel’s modernist-leaning, the Stay Hotel’s website is equally minimal and missing some crucial information, such as the restaurant menu and the fact that’s it’s only open for breakfast. You will need to fend for yourself for other meals. *** Breakfast hours are between 6.00 am – 10.30 am. and all-day dining serviced available via room service from 11.00 pm – 22.30 pm.
- The breakfast restaurant offers a selection of international food, covering most bases for guests from around the world. The restaurant seating area was tastefully designed in black button back leather, dark tiled walls and the pings of deep orange seats, making for a discreet place to chat or read a book while eating breakfast.
- Aside from the restaurant, the other major facility is the covered indoor pool, open to the outside world along one of its long edges. Although it doesn’t necessarily benefit from the Bangkok sun, it does make it more usable when the weather is inclement.
- Being new, the hotel has a few fit and finish issues, such as the TV hanging from the ceiling at a jaunty angle, the supplied room clock showing the incorrect date and time and the shower’s variable power over the course of a wash.
- My room had no chair or desk meaning that to do any work or writing I had to do it relaxing on the bed. It’s not the end of the world, as other rooms, such as the Deluxe Double, do have a work area, so best to check with the hotel when booking.
My Room Number
My room was a corner suite, with large, panoramic windows taking up most of the outside wall space. The windows faced south-west so that the sun-filled the room with light all day and bathed it in a warm, orange glow as the sun was setting. The room features a bath by the western window for the ultimate in luxurious and relaxing sunset bathing.
The rest of the room is dominated by a large comfortable king-size double bed, and with the curtains wide open I was able to appreciate the views across this less hectic part of Bangkok. Next to the bed is a kind of door-less wardrobe with shelves containing spare towels, hairdryer and safe. By the door, there is a mini-fridge, with kettle and alarm clock above. By the window, a large TV hung from the ceiling, although the reception was a little fuzzy on the channels I flicked through.
The room also featured a washbasin by the window and nestled in the corner was a separate shower room and toilet. Aside from the lack of a desk to write or work at, the room was utterly modern, chic and stylish. It contained everything necessary with an absence of frills or superfluous details. Thanks to the thoughtful and considered design and colour scheme, and the abundance of natural light, it was the most relaxing room I have ever stayed in.
Stay Hotel BKK has modest ambitions. It lacks some of the higher end features you’d find in larger hotels, such as meeting rooms and an around the clock restaurant, but by keeping things simple, they have created an unfussy, charming and beautifully designed space that is both welcoming and relaxing. The care and attention visible in crafting such a beautiful, minimalist aesthetic has made this a hotel I was very sad to leave. And despite some idiosyncrasies, if you really wish you were staying for a few days more, then you know the hotel is doing something right.