“Tucked away in Bangkok's most Bohemian quarter and as close to the Chao Phraya river as can be, a small gem of a guesthouse beckons”
There are only 3 rooms here, all are small but surprisingly well-appointed for such a low-key joint. They're decorated slightly differently, but all have charm and light. Find rickety, ebony-legged 4-poster beds decorated with crisp Jim Thompson linens, Thai silk cushions, teak wardrobes, small fridges/minibars, and small TVs with cable access.
The ground-floor River Room has twin beds despite being the largest room. You can stand on your tiny, sunny, private terrace which actually projects over the water and watch people messing about in boats. By night, open the heavy green curtains and marvel at the lights that illuminate the Grand Palace directly opposite, and Wat Arun, a small distance downstream.
The first-floor Moonlight Room has views over the garden. It has a large terrace and less noise from the river, as well as a double bed and a private outdoor shower. Next door, also with a double bed and private terrace, is the river-view Sunshine Room, detached from the river only by height.
Through white sliding wooden doors, the bathrooms are thoughtfully decorated with a pastoral ambience. In the River Room is a deep, Japanese barrel-style bath with excellent water pressure in the shower attachment. The upstairs rooms have showers only. All bathrooms feature exclusive-to-Ibrik shampoo and conditioner.
On our first visit we preferred the River Room because of its proximity to the water and its bathtub; during our second stay the Sunshine Room caught our eye due to its river views and direct access to the rooftop terrace, where you can tuck into an al fresco breakfast or sip a glass of wine in the evening. However, whichever room you choose, you'll be greeted by cool, calm interiors and simple, stylish design.
Food service is limited to breakfast (included in the room rate) and a small counter offering cakes, pastries and a selection of beverages.
Upon check-in, you'll be asked to fill out a form to select your breakfast for the next morning (fresh fruits, sausage/ham, eggs, toast, fruit juices, coffee or tea) which can be taken in bed, on your balcony (our recommendation), in the café area or on the rooftop terrace (accessible to all guests via a house entrance at the top of the stairs). The coffee is especially delicious, made strong Italian-style, and the fresh fruit plate is a delight.
Happily, Ibrik sits next to Supatra River House, one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. There are also tonnes of other restaurants and eateries a short stroll away.