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Ariyasomvilla – Bangkok

10 July 2012
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , — Michael @ 8:23 am

Ariyasomvilla came to my attention through their restaurant, Na Aroon, which specializes in vegetarian, organic foods. That alone sets the small hotel apart. So, even though it’s not a five-star establishment I thought it was worth a mention here.


The airy dining room of the hotel’s restaurant.

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The Lit Hotel – Bangkok

20 April 2012
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , — Michael @ 3:38 pm

The Lit opened about 10 months ago, but I’ve only just gotten around to paying them a visit. I have been intrigued by the sight of the hotel’s curiously undulating sunscreen, which you can clearly see from the Skytrain. The hotel is just a few steps up a quiet alley from the National Stadium Skytrain station, right across the street from MBK Center.

The hotel bills itself as a radical re-imagining of what a city hotel should be, and on the face of it they have definitely done something interesting. The curiously perforated sunscreen shields a ultra-modern concrete and glass structure. The screen probably does a good job keeping the rooms from being too hot (an important consideration at this time of year) and there’s nothing in the way of a view from the low-rise structure anyway.

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Cabochon Hotel – Bangkok

9 April 2012
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , — Michael @ 9:20 am

With just eight guest rooms, the newly opened Cabochon Hotel definitely qualifies as ’boutique’. It sits at the end of the very short, and very quiet, Sukhumvit 45, about a five minute walk from the Phrompong BTS station and the Emporium shopping mall.

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Refurbished Maison Souvannaphoum Reopens with Special Offers

2 December 2011
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , — Michael @ 5:27 pm

Once the home of a prince, the iconic Luang Prabang hotel, Maison Souvannaphoum, has just completed an extensive refurbishment, which came about as a result of the acquisition by Banyan Tree’s new Angsana hotel brand. The update affected all areas of the hotel, including the rooms, gardens and spa.

Guest room

Guest room at Maison Souvannaphoum

To celebrate, Angsana is offering a special "Maison Rediscovery" package. With a minimum stay of two nights in a Garden Wing room, you’ll get a daily breakfast for two, free transfers, free bicycle use, and more. The offer is good for booking made until 29 April 2012, for stayes until 30 April 2012.

See the Angsana web site for more information about the hotel and to make bookings.

Checking In: La Villa Hotel, Battambang

18 August 2011
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , — Michael @ 8:49 pm

La Villa is very likely the best hotel available in Battambang at the moment, although with so little to choose from, that might not be saying much. Housed in a converted 1930s villa, it’s certainly the most charming. The hotel faces the river opposite to the main part of the city, so that in the mornings you have a great view of the old buildings lining the river, if you have one of the four rooms that face the river.

Room Number 6

Room Number 6 on the top floor of La Villa

The hotel has seven rooms (note, however, that they were closing for remodeling in June 2011, so things might have changed). Four of the rooms are in the main building, while the remaining three are in a secondary structure. There is a pool, which is unusual for such a small hotel, as well as a large bar and restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. There were also a couple of computers in the lobby to use the Internet, and there is free wi-fi available throughout the hotel.

Breakfast is served in the ground floor restaurant. There is no buffet, but a selection of about half a dozen options.

Rooms at the La Villa Hotel may be booked through their web site only.

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