“Eco-friendly, family-run boutique B&B ideally located for discovering the Thai Capital’s heritage district”
Stepping into the tearoom-esque lobby is to be transported into a somnolent but classy olde-worlde realm. Jazzy guitar music plays, ornate birdcages are from Chiang Mai, and much of the structure came from Ayuthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital (now specialising in reclaimed teak from dismantled old Central Thai wooden houses). Drift around the corridors and you'll find a glass walkway directly under a roof skylight, to naturally light as much of the hotel as possible, and tree-root-like banisters.
- Home-away-from-home ambience with personal helpful service
- Chances are owner Khun Nantiya will be sitting behind the reception to offer you a warm hello
- Impressive green credentials - charity donations at check-in matched by the hotel, solar heating, water-saving taps, energy-saving light bulbs, bedding and towels changed upon request, no throwaway toiletries
- Conveniently located for Bangkok's main historical landmarks: the Golden Mountain temple is opposite; the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha are a 20-minute walk
- A fleet of vintage bikes to borrow and free night cycling tours of the city
- Although all rooms are lovingly conceived, some are small, lighting can be subdued, the stairs to mezzanines are steep and storage can be limited
- Taxi drivers are unlikely to find the hotel; to avoid getting lost, book an airport transfer with the hotel in advance
- We're yet to personally visit since the property's transformative 2015 renovation, but feedback suggests it's as charming as ever
- No pool and limited outdoor space
- A little far from Bangkok's main shopping areas such as Sukhumvit
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique B&B
- Breakfast + tea room
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
In each charmingly unique room you'll find reclaimed teak furnishings, antique hanging oil lamps, hand-painted porcelain washbasins crafted by owner Nantiya and quirky flower-inspired metalwork. Each room carries its personalised floral scent in ceramic containers, hand-made soap and shampoo. Sumptuous dark fabrics and fresh flowers contribute to the elegant feel, and all rooms have air-con, TV and multimedia players, computers, WiFi and minibars.
The best rooms are the Family Suite and Honeymoon Suite, which both have sitting areas and outdoor bathtubs. The ground floor Family Suite in which we stayed impressed at first glance, then doubly so when we realised there was a door at one end which opened on to a narrow corridor with fridge, amenities, wardrobe, and a huge rainshower. Beyond, an outdoor, plant-flanked space with a huge green stone bathtub allows you to bathe amidst the plant fronds and enjoy almost complete silence. A tree-house-style room can be found up some steps; perfect for a second couple, or kids. Back in the bedroom-proper, the comfy kingsize bed - marshmallow-soft pillows and crisp white linen - rests on a wooden plinth.
There are also Twin Rooms, and Garden Suites with little indoor garden lounge areas, and the latter has a bathtub too. The Queen Loft Suites and King Loft Suites are duplexes with a bathroom/lounge on one floor and a rather precarious steep wooden stairs leading up to a mezzanine level bedroom.
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Internet-enabled PC
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
This is essentially a B&B with no restaurant, although it does have a small tea room with limited food selection, but you're greeted with a welcome cup of tea and you can order freshly-brewed coffee or tea, fresh fruit juices and cookies in the lobby until 8pm. There is 24-hour room service from the small tea room.
Upon check-in, you will be asked to fill out a form to make your breakfast selection for the next morning which is taken in the lobby, where you can chat to owner Khun Nantiya. Our scrambled eggs and sausage were well cooked, the dragon fruit, pomelo and watermelon fresh, the toast adequate, the coffee delicious and the traditional Chinese pastries intriguing. Unless told otherwise, you will receive this breakfast choice every morning.
In one of the best foodie ideas we've seen at a hotel, a scrapbook in the lobby contains the owners' best-kept-secret restaurant recommendations, which guests would find impossible to locate on their own even with a guidebook. After each suggestion, several blank pages are left, so guests can comment on the recommendations. Brilliant.
- Restaurants nearby
- Tea room
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
Cots are provided free for under 3s. Though this is a small hotel, so those with children may prefer somewhere with more space and a pool.
Family friendly accommodation:
The Family Suite sleeps 4 and the Honeymoon Suite has space for 3 people. Twin rooms are also available for older children. The Garden Suite has an additional daybed. Note that the steep steps of the Queen Loft Suite and King Loft Suite are not suitable for toddlers.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Old Capital Bike Inn is located in the heart of old Bangkok, across the street from the Golden Mountain, Metal Palace, King Rama VII’s Museum, and Phan Fah Boat Pier.
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (25km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.
From the Airport
The hotel can arrange a transfer (recommended as taxi driver's are unlikely to find it) from newly-opened Suvarnabhumi International Airport (45 minutes) or the just-re-opened-for-domestic-flights old dame, Don Muang.
National Stadium Skytrain Station is about 10 minutes away by boat and 25 minutes by taxi.
Phan Fah Boat Pier and the Chao Phraya River are yards away.
Detailed directions will be provided when you confirm your booking through i-escape.
More on getting to Thailand and getting around
- Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International 25.0 km BKK
- Beach 30.0 km
- Shops 0.2 km
- Restaurant 0.2 km