It’s hard to know where to stay in Bangkok and finding family accommodation in Thailand’s vibrant capital is harder still. Most hotels and hostels in Bangkok cater for singles and couples, but we’ve searched for the best family hotels in Bangkok, tried many and can share our reviews and recommendations here with you. We list hostels that have private family rooms here too, they are often a good choice and there are a couple that we use regularly for short stopovers. Also included here are the mid range to luxury hotels we use for special occasions.
This post is a bit of a cheat, in that we are in Bangkok in a week test driving some more luxury family hotels and apartments. They’re already on this list, our full reviews will follow. Obviously we hand picked them for our stay so we’re expecting good things for a special birthday trip.
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What We Look For in Family Accommodation in Bangkok
- Room for 3-4 people. When the children were younger this could involve a 1 child stays free deal in a triple room, these days we need 4 beds for our family. 1 child stays free deals can go up to 10-12 years, but around 6-8 is the usual upper limit.
- 1 room or apartment with 2 bedrooms. Having the children in another room down the corridor just doesn’t work and feels unsafe, always go for a family room or suite.
- A good location. Either within walking distance of main attractions and dining or near the river and the water taxis. We rarely use the BTS, it doesn’t go to the locations we are interested in. Metered taxis are very easy to find and very cheap. Tuk tuks are usually more expensive but do take a family of 4 plus luggage.
- Good Wi-Fi. Essential for all of us.
- Included breakfast is a nice luxury to have if the breakfast is good, otherwise a street breakfast is easy and cheap to find.
- Air-Con. Going without air-con in Bangkok is possible, we’ve done it, but most would rather pay a little more to be comfortable.
- Not too much noise. We once slept next door to a club, never again!
- A private bathroom is nice, but many hostels have shared facilities. If these are clean, modern and good, that property makes it to our list.
- A good reputation. Yes we look at scores and reviews. If we see credible people commenting on dirty rooms or bad wi-fi, (worse still bed bugs, but these are incredibly rare, we’ve had one experience in 4 years of travel and it wasn’t in Thailand) we won’t go there. Be aware that a lot of reviews on Trip Advisor, Agoda, Booking, Expedia etc are fake. You have to use some judgement on which to believe.
Best Family Hostels and Hotels Bangkok by Area
What to expect to pay? You can find a family room, of a decent standard from $50/ night. At this price you probably won’t get breakfast and a private bathroom would be a bonus. On the ground, on foot, you may find cheaper but for the peace of mind of booking in advance, this is about the minimum. Obviously the sky is the limit, prices go up and up to thousands of dollars per night. The properties I’m including here go up to around $500/night for real luxury stays.
Near Kao San Rd. Bangkok, Close to River, Palace and Wats.
This has been a favourite area of Bangkok for a long time, for singles, couples and families. To be in the thick of the action just steps from the iconic Khao San Rd and within easy reach of the Chao Phraya river and water taxis, Rambuttri Rd or next along, Thanon Thani are for you. Both streets run parallel to Khao San. This area is loads of fun for kids and adults in the early evenings, it’s just buzzing with fun and you’ll never go short of food or shopping. Later at night it can get too crazy for kids. It’s very much a love it or hate it sort of place. My family loves it, it’s an aspect of Thailand you have to experience. Even without the vibrant activity on Khao San Rd, this is a good area to be based for exploring Bangkok.
Rambuttri Village Inn has a rooftop pool, a swanky new extension, an inner courtyard with fish pool and is affordable. We had a room for 2, 1 young child stayed free, but they don’t have rooms for 4. Older families can book 2 rooms. Step out of the door and you’re immediately in throng of food stalls, street vendors and restaurants but because Rambuttri is set back, there is no street noise that I recall.
Secret Service has a “very good” Agoda 8 and free WiFi. It has 4 bedrooms and good ratings and is on Thanon Thani. Around $50
This small hotel, a few doors up from the Secret Service scores 7.9, again free WiFi. Again around $50 but sleeping arrangements my not be ideal for you, bunks and 3 singles, one child under 12 shares and stays free.
Shanti Lodge, Khao San Area, but a little way away, Bangkok.
This place, Shanti Lodge, is our new favourite on this side of Bangkok ( and this is the part of Bangkok we’d recommend). It’s a proper, backpacker’s guest house, beautiful, well run, spotlessly clean and with bags of charm. It’s on a quiet street just steps from a river jetty and next to the flower market. Walking to Khao San Rd. takes about 10-15 minutes depending on you. We love it! We had a room for 4 people, 1 double, 1 bunk bed and it was the cheapest place we’d stayed for a long time, under $40. We also took 2 twin rooms, side by side. These were way more ” budget” in feel, shared bathroom, and cost slightly less. The shared bathroom/showers are the cleanest and most pleasant I have ever seen. This is the one we’ll use from now on.
This one is a little further away but still in walking distance of Khao San Rd. It gives you breakfast and two double beds. It’s probably too far to walk to the river from here for kids, but a tuk tuk would be easy. It’s a little more expensive at around $60.
The Old Capital Bike Inn is an absolute gem. The family suite is divine, breakfast is superb and the location is perfect. It is within easy walking distance of Khao San Rd area but in a much more up-market street with good food options. It’s also close enough to walk to the river. If you’re looking for amazing, quirky decor, a touch of luxury and an old Bangkok feel, this is one to try. They also ofter complimentary vintage bike tours of the old town area. The Old Capital Bike Inn have a selection of rooms and suites for honeymooners and families. Breakfast is included. This one costs around $180 /night for a very special family suite. We picked this one for a birthday treat, it exceeded our expectations and Jason, who runs this hotel, is incredibly helpful. A full post on this hotel is here.
I can’t find anything in the Khao San area with 4 beds and a pool.
$-$$ The Rambuttri Village Inn and Plaza on Rambuttri Rd. Bangkok no 4 bed rooms but has a pool
$-$$ The Secret Service Hotel 2 adults 2 kids
$-$$ The Rang Kha Mhin Home Stay 2 adults 2 kids
$-$$ Sourire at Rattanakosin Island Hotel includes breakfast, 2 double beds
$$ The Old Capital Bike Inn includes breakfast, luxurious family suite
Bangkok’s stunning Chao Phraya River river is abundantly supplied with large 5 star hotel, often with rooftop pools or bars.
Chatrium Hotel Bangkok
Chatrium Hotel will only cost you just over $100/night for a family suite with 2 bedrooms. That’s great value! Pay a little more here for stunning river views and breakfast.
Lebua at State Tower Bangkok
If you’re looking for a luxurious riverside 5 star at a higher price point, the Lebua at State Tower will give you a stunning 2 bedroom executive suite for under $400. This one is in Silom, near the BTS and overlooking the river. A dream of a hotel!
If you want to avoid the modern tower blocks, this traditionally Thai, but modern, luxury hotel is for you. Again, it’s right on the river and has any number of pools, restaurants and bars. A 2 bedroom suite with breakfast comes in at just over $500 at Anantara Riverside . This one has the full “wow!” factor.
Close to the Palace and Wat Pho ( the reclining gold Buddha, my kids’ favourite Wat) is Chinatown.
Feung Nakorn Balcony Bangkok
The Feung Nakorn Balcony will give you a Grand Suite for 4 people with breakfast, at just over $100. This is another place that we really like the look of, it’s design and good food reputation make it one of the properties we will be using during our coming Bangkok trip.
$$-$$$ Feung Nakorn Balcony a grand suite, includes breakfast
We often stay on this side of Bangkok these days, partly because we like this hostel ( Mile Map Hostel ), partly because we like the atmosphere and reduced tourist numbers, making street dining more of an authentic experience. The BTS and river taxis are nearby.
Mile Map Hostel, Silom Bangkok
Mile Map Hostel has 4 bed family rooms, with shared, immaculately kept, modern showers. There is a kitchen and plenty of areas to sit, relax and enjoy. It’s a nice neighbourhood, plenty of authentic, cheap street food and a magical Hindu temple on the corner. Walk to the river to get water taxis to the big tourist sites or Khao San Rd, they’re dirt cheap and lots of fun. There are good vegetarian food options nearby and lots of coffee shops.
$-$$ Mile Map Hostel, Silom, Bangkok modern, functional 4 bunk family room, very clean.
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