Best Kid Friendly Hotels in Bangkok
Bangkok is one of the most kid friendly cities in Asia. It is an excellent city to begin introducing the young ones to a different facet of life and culture different then their own.
But Bangkok has a stigma for being the sex capitol of Southeast Asia due to its large and popular red light districts. It's a real shame because it makes people look down on Thailand. However as a parent there's nothing worst then booking a hotel next to an unsavory neighborhood. It's a surefire way put a damper on a family holiday.
But that shouldn't be a reason to deter a family from visiting and learning about a culture other than their own. There are many hotels in Bangkok that are far from the red light districts and your children's eyes will never see the taboo side of Bangkok.
Most hotels in Bangkok are already family friendly, but there are hotel that put a special emphasis on kid friendliness and activities for the entire family to enjoy together. Below you'll find a list of hotels with kiddie pools for the children. The best hotels with world class spa treatments for the moms and dads and the best shopping malls for everyone. And all of these family friendly hotels are located next to a BTS Sky Train station so that you can travel easily around most of central Bangkok easily.
Bangkok is a great place for families with young children to visit. You'll notice that Thais love children and give them more attention and affection then you would normally see anywhere else in Asia.
Lub d Hostel and Hotel
Lub d is definitely the most affordable kid friendly hotel on this list. It's mainly a hostel but they do provide private rooms and have the quality and care of a hotel.
The location is in a quiet yet busy commercial business district of Silom. So there really isn't too much to do in the immediate surrounding area. You can make your way to Patpong though for many international restaurants and smallish shopping malls. "Patpong you say, isn't that a red light district with go go bars?"
Yes, the neighborhood of Patpong is a red light district but it opens around 7pm to 8pm. Your young kids won't even notice it before they open. Matter of fact there's even a popular night market in Soi Patpong 1 and many tourist including families visit it. If you really want to visit Patpong night market I suggest going there around 6:30pm to 7:00pm since most of the seedy businesses have not fully opened yet.
To get to the cultural sights and shopping malls in Bangkok you'll have to make a 10 minute walk to Chong Nongsi BTS station.
Arnoma Hotel Bangkok
There are a lot of super expensive hotels near the Arnoma Hotel in Bangkok. Practically because the area is near some of the best luxury department stores in Bangkok like the Gaysorn and the mall inside the Hyatt Erawan hotel. However, the Arnoma is not the cheapest either. But it's a really good value considering the adjacent 5 star hotels and neighborhood.
But don't worry. This is Bangkok and there are loads of places with affordable shopping centers. Check out the Big C department store just a 2 minute walk from the doors of the Arnoma. Inside you'll find loads of shops, a big supermarket including a huge food court on the top floor. You should definitely not miss out on the food court at the Big C. You can find many traditional Thai foods at affordable prices.
For some really fun family activities check out the movie theaters or bowling alleys inside the Big C. In Thailand these are really affordable, a movie ticket for an adult is about a 150 THB and a large popcorn with soda cost about the same.
The nearest Sky Train station is just a 5 minute walk away, but you can easily get to many other popular shopping malls from the Arnoma easily such as the Central World department store directly opposite from the hotel. The Arnoma is definitely the best deal in town.
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Best Location For Families
This is one of the most popular kid friendly hotels in central Bangkok. You can find discounted hotel room rates for Holiday Inn at Agoda.com.
Holiday Inn Bangkok
Holiday Inn is one of the most popular chain hotels in the United States. There are two in located in Bangkok. This particular Holiday Inn is right on Sukhumvit road. Like the Aronoma Hotel, the Holiday Inn is surrounded by some of the most expensive luxury and business class hotels in Bangkok. But I recommend this particular one on Sukhumvit road because it's very close to a BTS Sky Train station.
The Holiday Inn's rates are affordable and really well worth it considering the area and accessibility to the Sky Train at Chit Lom BTS station as well as the myriad of international restaurant choices and shopping malls.
They have a few kid's suite rooms complete with bunk beds at the, though I'm not sure how often these room are reserved so I really don't have any comments about that. However the superior and deluxe rooms are really comfortable with many modern amenities.
There's definitely not a shortage of things to see, eat and do around the area so the Holiday Inn is definitely a family favorite.
Novotel Siam Square
The Novotel is surrounded by some of the most popular malls in Bangkok. The newest is the Siam Paragon department store. I'm pretty sure it's the only mall where you can dive with sharks at the Ocean World aquarium in the lower levels and buy the newest Ferrari or a Maserati on the top floors. Almost every merchandise you see inside the Siam Paragon is brand name and so are the price tags.
For much down to earth prices check out the MBK mall. Unlike the Siam Paragon, you'll see that the prices for clothes, sunglasses, hand bags and jewelry are much more affordable. You can also find counterfeit knock off luxury items at MBK but you'll need to practice your bargaining skills.
Novotel is certainly not the newest hotel but it is marvelously well kept and maintained by a popular French hotel management company. It's a big hotel with about 400 rooms and modern guest facilities such as a fitness center and decent sized swimming pool. The restaurants inside the Novotel are a bit pricey so I suggest eating out. There are so many restaurant choices everywhere near the Novotel at really affordable prices for a family.
It's a great area for a family holiday. Basically anywhere near MBK shopping mall has the best family friendly hotels in the city of Bangkok.
I Highly Recommend This Hotel For Families
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Grand Centre Point Ratchadmri
The Grand Centre Point is really a serviced apartment designed for long stay residents. But you can't really tell once you enter their large and opulent lobby decked out with sofas, carpets and traditional Thai furnishings.
The Grand Centre Point is definitely one of the most worthwhile luxury property with real family friendly amenities. There's an indoor playground suitable for toddlers, a private home theater room, a reading room, a television room and even a tiny store for snacks. And it doesn't end there. There's a really nice huge swimming pool surround by palm trees and deck chairs with a small kiddie pool section. For the fitness fanatic you'll definitely enjoy the well equipped gym and sauna afterward. There's definitely something for everyone here for the entire family.
The price tag for the Grand Centre Point is not really that high either and is priced accordingly, which is a huge surprise to me.
The location is near the shopping malls but require a 10 minute walk, though there are plenty of taxis in the area. The nearest Sky Train station is Ratchadmri BTS station, about 5 minute walk.
Other Things to Consider
A lot of the hotels listed here are in central Bangkok, but if you want to stay in the old historic parts of Bangkok with budget hotel and hostel rates consider staying in Khao San road.
There are lots of other excellent kid friendly hotels in central Bangkok. You'll also find that it's an excellent source of information for traveling with family. But here are a few tips below:
- The sidewalks on some of the well traveled parts of Bangkok are in horrible condition with cracked sidewalks and visible gaps with no barriers. Definitely not a good idea to let your toddlers wander around. So it's a good idea to bring a stroller.
- Beware when eating at a local Thai restaurant. You might order something that is explosively spicy by accident. Have someone at your hotel write down "Not spicy please" or you can try to say "Pet mai dai" pronounced pet•my•die.
- Bring along familiar perishable foods from your country that kids recognize and will eat in case they are resistant to trying new and unfamiliar foods.
- Though I always recommend getting around on Bangkok's Sky Trains there are some places that can be reached by taxis only. My advice is never get into a taxi waiting outside a hotel. They will waste your time by trying to convince you to go shopping where they earn a commission. Taxis are really affordable and well worth it especially when traveling with at least 4 to 5 family members.
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