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Inside the Affordable Boutique Hotel That is The Luxx Bangkok

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  Site Where: 6/11 Decho Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
October 7, 2011 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

Thirteen rooms tucked away on a regular street in the busy center of Bangkok, and yet they're affordable and design-conscious with free breakfast and free WiFi. Can it be?! Yes, it's the Luxx Hotel, a tiny wonder we discovered while simply browsing the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Collection offerings in Bangkok and a tiny wonder at which we'd happily stay again.

The Luxx is what the the Smith Hotels site calls a "budget boutique" and we agree; we booked like normal online and only paid 2500 THB ($80) per night for the Studio-level room, one step down from a suite, but we were upgraded to a suite at check-in because of availability. Score!

Yesterday we already gave you a peek at the special deep soaking wood bathtub each room boasts, but here's all the rest, from the little lobby library clear to the room key that's a real key.

Room Reaction: There's no elevator here, but the building is small enough anyway. On the third floor we found our suite: number 3. Because this isn't a huge hotel, we didn't expect anything grandiose and we didn't get anything grandiose; instead the style was minimal with a focus on the beautiful wood floors and open plan from the separate bedroom through the small living area to the mini kitchenette with hotplate.

Immediately we were comfortable...with everything but the small size of the desk. No matter, we happily did most of our working in bed with the convenience of the reading lamps and a few bedside electrical outlets.

Speaking of the bedroom, it's floor-to-ceiling windows with not much of a view, but plenty of light. At night, black-out curtains can be drawn completely around and the room separated from the rest of the suite by glass sliding doors. Cozy!

Amenities: As we said, the Luxx offers complimentary continental breakfast (delivered either to your room or taken in the cafe above the lobby) and blessed free and fast WiFi internet. There's also a robe and slippers, a box full of bathroom toiletries, a DVD player (and DVDs to borrow from the lobby library), a flatscreen HD TV with cable and standard coffee and hot water makers.

What we liked: The room was very easy to get comfortable in and we could have made it our base for more than the two nights we did. The delivered complimentary breakfast, free WiFi and tons of light during the day contributed to our great work productivity, but the hotel's quick location to many of the most important parts of the Silom and Sathorn areas also made it easy to get out and explore. The upgrade was nice as well, though we get the feeling the suites aren't too much fancier than the Studio we originally booked.

What we didn't like: The desk was miniscule and pretty much became our breakfast tray area. During the day, if the blackout curtains in the bedroom are left open, the heat and humidity of outside quickly heats up the entire room. Although the website depicts the bathroom divider as opening into the room, it does not; ours was waterproof-caulked closed.

Bottom line: The Luxx is the ideal little place to stay if you're someone who prefers unique hotels in central locations and without too much lobby buzz. It's quiet, easy and affordable and something of a gem considering how many tourists pay more for crappy hotels. We'll be back!

[All photos and video: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]

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