Besides the defining presence of the soaring Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Pratunam is well-known as Bangkok’s wholesale fashion district – strewn with fashion mega malls, street markets, roadside stalls and pavement entrepreneurs. Pantip Plaza, an IT supplies treasure trove, is also a shopping landmark in Pratunam. Along with shopping galore, great value accommodation – from budget to luxury – is also on offer.
Although there's no BTS Skytrain or underground stations in the area, it's relatively convenient to get to other parts of the city as Pratunam is well-supplied with lots of tuk-tuks, taxis and buses. If shopping is high on your agenda, Pratunam is an ideal place to stay and shop 'til you drop.
What is 'Bangkok Bloggers' Choice':
Bangkok Bloggers' Choice are the hotels we personally reviewed and liked the most, ones we recommend to our friends and family when they come to Bangkok and are looking for the best places to stay according to their budget or location preferences.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Luxury Hotels in Pratunam
These hotels have it all! You will get the complete resort experience right in the heart of Bangkok at these five-star stunners. The prices are high but the range of leisure facilities, stylish rooms and well-oiled efficiency that you will find surely makes it worth the cost for those who expect the best.
Centara Grand at CentralWorldBangkok
Why Did We Select This Hotel:
Centara Grand at CentralWorld is a 505 room five star hotel that is located within one of the largest shopping malls in Asia. If you're coming to Bangkok to shop then there really isn't a better option, just walk through the door and you will find 500 shops over 7 floors with a range of international and Thai brands as well as a cinema and kids edutainment zone. Add to that the proximity to Siam Square, Siam Center, MBK and Siam Paragon; it really is a shopaholics dream. The hotel is also connected via a covered walkway to the sky train at Chit Lom, the walk there will take around ten minutes, taking you past the Erawan Shrine where you might catch a glimpse of traditional Thai dancing as a thanks for good luck.
Centara Grand at CentralWorld has its very own rooftop bar and restaurant, Red Sky, where a city vista lit up at night is guaranteed. During the day, you can laze by the hotel's stunning pool, play a quick game of tennis on one of two courts, work out, or simply book in for a traditional massage treatment at Spa Cenvaree.
What We Loved:
- Ultra-convenient location: Connected to BTS skywalk and CentralWorld (the largest shopping mall in Thailand)
- Eight other shopping malls within walking distance – a shopper’s dream!
- Red Sky: a fantastic rooftop restaurant on the 54th floor
- Rooms are spacious
- Onsite spa has highly skilled masseuse
Why We Picked This Hotel:
Amari Watergate in Bangkok provides guests with pampering and comfort from the moment they are ushered through the front door, with four star facilities and five star service, all at great value for money. Situated on Petchaburi Road, the hotel is opposite Platinum shopping mall and close to the night market near Baiyoke Tower. The BTS Skytrain is not that close to Amari Watergate - around a ten minute walk away - but taxis are plentiful in the area. Once inside the lobby, greeted with a warm Thai welcome, you will forget about the hot, noisy city outside.
The hotels includes a swimming pool and sunbathing area with plenty of sun loungers, Jacuzzi, kids' splash pool and an impressive fitness centre. There are even daily workout classes if exploring the city wasnt enough exercise. The Breeze Spa and Salon offers treatments from manicures to Thai massages. Food options include a popular bar and grill serving international cuisine and a charming Thai restaurant to feast on the local dishes. The 669 rooms at the Amari Watergate Bangkok are large and comfortable.
What We Loved:
- Excellent location in front of Pratunam Market and Platinum Shopping Mall
- Peaceful ambiance is a welcome escape from the hectic streets
- Beautiful pool area with Jacuzzis and shallow kid’s pool
- Friendly and dedicated customer service from all staff
Mid Range Hotels in Pratunam
For people want a full set of facilities but don’t expect perfection at every turn, these mid-range hotels are for you. Sure, you get a nice pool, room service, concierge, but the price is kept lower in different ways – for example, reduced selections at breakfast or slightly smaller guestrooms. The competition in Bangkok is so fierce that prices get reduced on five-star hotels pushing them into mid-range territory. But make no mistake, these are excellent hotels!
Novotel Bangkok PlatinumBangkok
Why This Hotel?
Novotel Bangkok Platinum is ideal for those who want to shop till they drop during their time in Bangkok, is located in the heart of the city’s shopping district, directly above Platinum Fashion Mall and only a five-minute walk from CentralWorld. You will find the hotel on the Pratunam intersection, around a ten-minute walk from either Chit Lom or Ratchatewi BTS stations, or a short taxi ride from the airport train link that connects to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The 283 rooms are housed in an imposing tower that sits directly above Platinum Fashion Mall.
Novotel Bangkok Platinum has four different room types and all of them include free Wi-Fi. For those travelling with family, Novotel has a room designed with enough space for two adults and two children. If you are looking for something special, then upgrade to the executive rooms which afford you access to the Premier lounge, where they serve breakfast and evening cocktails against a great view of Bangkok. This modern hotel is warm and welcoming, somewhere to experience quality and comfort at great prices.
What we loved:
- Located above Platinum and close to CentralWorld and Siam
- Personal shopper will also collect your purchases from Platinum Mall
- Large fitness centre with complimentary exercise classes
- Outdoor Pool with a great view and sundeck
- Kids Club and babysitting available
Why Did We Select This Hotel?
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok brings chic, modern four star living to Pratunam. In-room decor is simple and smart, with a desk, comfy lounge chair and flat-screen television as standard. People travelling with kids with appreciate the Superior Family rooms that can accommodate up to four people, or for longer stays the Deluxe Family Residence, with a separate kids’ area with bunk beds and a large bathroom with a tub and shower.
The hotel is perfectly placed for shoppers wanting to grab the wholesale bargains at Pratunam Market. Breakfast served at the Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok is decent, with a range of Asian and international delicacies. If you are looking to eat later in the day then there are plenty of options: Cafe 9 serves an all-day international and Thai buffet, Chilli Hip serves modern Asian cuisine and Walk is the hotel’s very own rooftop bar, which serves cocktails and light bites. Other facilities include a spa and outdoor pool.
What We Loved:
- Located alongside one end of Pratunam Market
- Great family hotel
- Concierge is excellent, helping with small tasks like explaining to taxi drivers and making reservations
- Rooftop bar with an interesting view of downtown Bangkok
Centre Point PratunamBangkok
Why Did We Choose This Hotel?
Centre Point Pratunam has a prime spot on Petchaburi Road, minutes from the shopping malls that line this famous street in the district of Pratunam. As well as enough markets, boutiques and giant mega malls on offer, there is also a selection of local and Indian restaurants, massage shops and Bangkok’s 2nd tallest building – the sight from the viewing platform is breathtaking. Despite being in the thick of the action, the hotel is on a quiet side street, the perfect balance between location and tranquillity. To connect to the sky train network, the walk is around ten minutes.
The hotel is kept very clean and rooms are spacious, the superior and deluxe premium both come in at a generous 47 sq. m. and are equipped with the latest modern conveniences as well as city or pool views. Recreation areas at Centre Point Pratunam include a salt water swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, as well as an entertainment room and children’s indoor play area. This hotel is recommended for those travelling with families, or simply anyone who wants a bit of extra space.
What We Loved:
- Excellent leisure facilities, including a large pool and fitness centre
- Pleasant combination of privacy and convenience
- Surrounded by restaurants, convenience stores and malls close by
- Large rooms are pleasant but a little dated
Cheaper (but good) Hotels in Pratunam
Choosing the right hotel in any budget is difficult, but getting a cheap (but good) hotel is one of the hardest of all to get right. In every destination the definition of ‘cheap’ changes, and so too does the quality of budget friendly hotels. We have spent many years trying to find the best compromise between quality and price. In this section we have selected hotels that are among the cheapest in the area yet are still sure to put a smile on your face – we only pick places we would be happy to send our families!
Why Did We Pick This Hotel?
Standing on Petchaburi Road amongst the hustle and bustle of Pratunam it’s hard to believe that you could find a quiet spot in this part of Bangkok. Thankfully, seven floors above Shibuya 19 Shopping Mall you will find Glow Pratunam, a calm, modern hotel that almost makes you forget about the stressful city below. Friendly staff greet you as soon as you step out of the lift, and just past reception you will find Luna Sky Garden Cafe, an all-day dining outlet where you can enjoy freshly cooked food whilst enjoying a view of the small garden. Head up the stairs to the terrace and you will find the pool, perfect for lounging.
The location is fantastic if you are hoping to shop till you drop in Pratunam’s many malls and markets, with only a ten minute walk to the BTS to explore the rest of Bangkok. The rooms at Glow Pratunam start on the 10th floor, meaning everyone is guaranteed their own view of Bangkok’s night-time cityscape, maximised with floor to ceiling windows.
What we loved:
- Fantastic location for bargain shopping
- Chic rooms are themed around the four seasons
- Soft cosy beds for an excellent night’s sleep
- City views from floor to ceiling windows in all guestrooms
- Tasty international buffet breakfast served at Luna Sky Garden Cafe
Why Did We Pick this Hotel?
Lemontea is conveniently located in the middle of Pratunam Fashion Market, Thailand's premier wholesale fashion market, and just minutes away from popular shopping spots including Platinum Fashion Mall, Pantip Plaza IT Mall, Siam Paragon, and Central World. The strategic location is a definite highlight at Lemontea Hotel, but so too are the excellent rates and friendly staff. The BTS Skytrain is around 10 minutes away. Guestrooms are modern and minimalist in design, with crisp, new linen and bedding, air-conditioning and daily housekeeping. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
What We Loved:
- Pratunam Market on your doorstep
- Small but modern rooms
- Excellent complementary Wi-Fi