Picking a hotel in any city of the world is quite a task; doing the same in Bangkok is nigh impossible. The choice is immense, and even the classy fancy jaw-droppingly stylish ones are relatively cheap for Western budgets. I might never have tried this one if the Shangri-La hadn’t started renovating my favourite Krungthep-wing, but I’m glad I had to look for an alternative. Because I really like the Oriental Residence!

I actually found this little gem on TripAdvisor, where the property consistently gets high ratings. As the name implies, it is a residential building — part of it are privately owned apartments, and the other part is run as a luxury hotel. That means that all the suites are actually real apartments, each with their own kitchen and dinner table. It also means you get all the hotel amenities: there’s a pool and lounge area with a bar, a gym, laundry service, two restaurants and a lounge bar. At the same time, you never have the impression of being in a busy hotel — the atmosphere is rather relaxed and the building is not that big that you’d ever get lost wandering endless corridors. Unless you’re James May.

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Café Claire

Breakfast is served downstairs in Café Claire, which kind of looks like a French bistro. There’s a buffet with plenty of choice, and a small side menu that covers all the usual egg dishes. After breakfast, or basically at any time of the day, you can just head upstairs, take a dive in the swimming pool and wonder why it seems like it’s your private property!

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View of the neighbourhood

The hotel area is, as far as Bangkok’s standards go, quiet. Most of the neighbours are embassies, office buildings or other hotels; so you could be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere on the outskirts of the city. However, both Lumphini Park and Phloen Chit (the nearest BTS station) are only a 10 minute stroll away, and that means you’re never too far away from wherever you want to go.

If you’re looking for a smallish luxury hotel, in the middle but not too in the middle of Bangkok, with large rooms or suites at very competitive prices, where staff is friendly and helpful, and that never feels either too crowded or too empty, then you should definitely consider coming to this place, and snap a selfie in the elevator!

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