Sometimes we all like to stay somewhere a bit special. In Bangkok you can take your pick of the cheap hostels and guest houses or stay in any one of the huge chain hotels, we’ve done it all before and the experience has always been good and affordable. This time, for my 50th we wanted a memorable destination, somewhere that shouted “Bangkok” loud and clear. This is a city we love and we wanted a Thai feel to our accommodation. When we spotted The Old Capital Bike Inn, our minds were made up instantly. We had to stay there. Character, style, luxury, location, food, this place seemed to have everything we were looking for, plus the essential ingredient for us, a family suite. On arrival we were thrilled, here’s our full review of, and photos from, this extra special Bangkok hotel.
Bangkok’s ancient shop houses are fast disappearing as modern functional buildings replace the city of yesterday. The Old Capital Bike Inn is housed in a street largely composed of such buildings in a really nice district of the old town. On this road you will find modern funky cafés alongside traditional Thai street food. We tried one café, opposite ( this one gives discount to Old Capital Bike Inn customers) and a street stall a hundred metres away. Both were good. This area doesn’t see too many tourists, it’s nothing like the Khao San Rd ( a short walk away), food is better, local people are more friendly and less jaded. The nicest elderly people helped us buy lunch down the street and gave the kids a free desert and lots of smiles. From here it is easy to walk to the river, via Khao San or Rambuttri Roads, and hop on a water taxi or charter a long tail boat tour. We felt totally safe in this area and thought the location excellent. This is an area we will try to return to next time, I think our usual destination in Bangkok, Silom, just got replaced. As with everywhere in Bangkok, a 7-11 convenience store is just footsteps away.
OK, this place isn’t cheap. But it is special. This wasn’t a sponsored stay, we picked this one out for ourselves and were happy to pay for the experience. Expect to pay around $180 for the family suite. It’s worth it. Prices vary of course, check Agoda for cost on your dates. For comparison, a 4 bed room in a good hostel will cost you around $50 in Bangkok, without breakfast. Breakfast and coffee at The Old Capital Bike Inn is included ( as is a free bike tour of the old city) and the quality is superb. Wi-fi is of course free, and good.
The Family Suite
This room ( rooms) is fabulous, loads of space, lovely touches, comfortable and relaxing.
- a master bedroom with seating area, couch, table, raised sleeping platform and TV
- a separate shower and WC
- another area with robes, storage, a fridge and kettle.
- a stairway to a second enclosed room, spacious, with double bed.
- an outside, private bath.
- air-con in both bedrooms.
I’ll warn you that the second bedroom is accessed via a steep staircase, it’s not suitable for small children or the elderly. Maybe the children could take the master bedroom and the adults lock themselves away upstairs? We loved the arrangement, it’s different and extremely well executed.
Breakfast is sensational! Guests choose from a menu the night before and pick a time to eat. We enjoyed a fresh fruit plate of remarkable variety every morning along with coffee, little coconut pancakes and the freshly made donuts pictured below. That pandanus jam is an absolute masterpiece, somebody in the kitchen really knows what they are doing. My husband ( an executive chef) was impressed. These appetisers are followed by a substantial main course, we chose eggs, minced pork, Thai bacon and sausage, our son chose waffles. There are other options on the menu. The dining area is air-conditioned and absolutely charming.
Lovely people, very welcoming and good at what they do. Perfect English and local knowledge, freely given, is always very welcome.
Complimentary Bike Tour
Guests at the Old Capital Bike Inn are invited to take a free bike tour with Jason, the owner and bike enthusiast. We took our 10 and 12 year olds out on the streets of the city after dark. We were a little nervous, but it turns out Bangkok is a surprisingly bike-friendly city and the kids did very well. It’s a totally different experience, not your usual thing-to-do in Bangkok and one we really enjoyed. The bikes are beautiful, all safety precautions are taken and Jason knows where to go.
So would we recommend The Old Capital Bike Inn? Absolutely yes, without hesitation. It made our most recent trip to Bangkok one that we will always remember. Book it now!
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