Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Family Hotel in Bangkok? Phranakorn Nornlen is our fave





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Living now in Phuket, G has the kind of job that takes us on quite a few little trips around the islands, some trips with overnight stays in all kinds of hotels. We´ve seen quite a few already these months, beach hotels, beach resorts, pool villas, old town classics and island getaways. 

But in our hearts there will always be that cute little artsy hotel that welcomed us to Southeast Asia so many months ago. We found the Phranakorn Nornlen through TripAdvisor and just the good old internet. 

Their website is the kind of website we love, very earthy and handmade like. The actual hotel is lovely, with colorful murals and lush garden areas. Since our two stays, four days before Laos and three weeks afterwards, the hotel has been revamped and looks better than ever. The kids area is nicer and there´s less still water ponds for the mosquitos to hang around. 






The Rooftop Bar with unbeatable view has also been renewed with a more modern look but the rabbits and rooftop garden are still there! Every room has a different mural theme and all the hallways are painted with traditional thai schemes. It was all so lovely that I took very few photos, and there was so much to do and see in Bangkok that I just took it all in through my eyes, not the lens. 

But I do have some photos that more depict our feeling of the place than photos for a magazine spread. If you want to know more about the hotel you can visit their website or Facebook Page. A visit to Bangkok with family definitely is meant to be spent there.



The Phranakorn Norlen Hotel is not in a very touristy neighborhood, its actually right smack in the middle of a very Thai neighborhood, quite close to the center of the city, Dusit. Where all the royal sights are, like the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho, the Sanam Luang and the Pillars of the City. The actual neighborhood where the hotel is, is called Tewet. 

There is a well known market in the Tewet are and a 24 hours flower market as well. The Tewet Pier is also quite close and river taxis can be taken from there to go to other places in the city. This is actually the kind of place that every traveler to Bangkok should first arrive at (unless you are the shopping traveler and want to see the malls straight away). Classic and traditional streets, dark and murky klongs, lots of corner stalls selling soups and other spicy goodies at all times of day. Only two blocks away, through tight backalleys you can see the Giant Standing Golden Buddha at Wat Indrawiharn. This Buddha can also be seen from the rooftop balcony of the hotel, specially amazing at night with its illuminated body and majestic proportions.





There is something about the location of the Hotel Phranakorn Norlen that we didnt completely embrace when we first arrived. I was pretty pregnant so we just took taxis everywhere. 


We ended up spending way too much money on taxis until we finally realized that we should have taken the river taxi to the nearest skytrain station. When we finally figured that out, we would actually visit the hotel (mostly for the smoothies) all the way from Sukhumvit, where we had rented a flat to stay in for a few months while baby was born and then a few.





Ahora que vivimos en Phuket, G tiene el tipo de trabajo que nos lleva en varios viajecitos alrededor de las islas, algunas veces a dormer en hotels de todo tipo. Ya hemos conocido varios durante estos meses, hotels de playa, resorts, villas de playa, clasicos de pueblo, y escapadas de isla.  Pero en nuestros corazones siempre estara ese lindo hotelito eclectico que nos hizo de bienvenida al Sudeste Asiatico tantos meses atras. Encontramos el Hotel Phranakorn Nornlen en el TripAdvisor y el internet. Su pagina web es del tipo que nos encanta, como tipo hecha a mano y ecologica.  

 hotel en si es muy lindo, con murales coloridos y areas de plantas humedas. Desde nuestras ultimas visitas, cuatro dias antes de Laos y tres semanas despues, han remodelado varias areas del hotel y ahora esta major que nunca.  El area de juegos esta mas linda y hay menos lugares con agua estancada que llaman mosquitos.  El Rooftop bar en el techo tambien ha sido modernizado pero los conejos y el jardin de hierbas siguen alli! Cada habitacion tiene un mural diferente y todos los pasadizos estan decorados con tematica tailandesa.  Era todo tan lindo que no pude tomar muchas fotos, todo lo absorbi por lo ojos, no el lente, ademas hay tantas cosas para ver en Bangkok que mis fotos no son tanto como una revista de viaje sino  nuestras sensaciones del lugar.  Si quieren ver y saber mas pueden visitor la Web del Hotel y la Fan Page del Facebook. Pero una visita familiar a Bangkok definitivamente debe pasar un tiempo alli.


El Htoel Phranakorn Nornlen no queda en un barrio muy turistico, en realidad esta metido en pleno barrio Tailandes, bastante cerca al centro de Bangkok, Dusit. Alli donde estan todas las atracciones Reales, como El Gran Palacio, el Wat Pho, El Sanam Luang y Los Pilares de la Ciudad. El barrio donde queda el hotel, se llama Tewet, hay un Mercado bastante conocido  y tambien un Mercado de flores que funciona 24 horas.  El Puerto de Tewet tambien esta bastante cerca y de alli se puede tomar un barco taxi de rio para llegar a otras partes de la ciudad. Este es el tipo de lugar donde deberia llegar primero todo viajero a Tailandia, al menos que sean viajeros de compras y quieran ver primero los centros comerciales.  Tewet esta lleno de calles tradicionales y klongs de agua oscura y espesa, puestitos de sopas y otros snacks picantes en cualquier momento del dia.  Solo a dos cuadras, a travez de callejones angostos, puedes llegar a ver el Buddha Dorado Gigante y Parado en el Wat Indrawiharn.  Este Buddha tambien se puede ver de la terraza en el techo del hotel, particularmente incredible en la noche con su cuerpo iluminado y sus majestuosas proporciones.

Hay algo sobre el Hotel Phranakorn que no asumimos completamente cuando recien llegamos. Yo estaba bastante embarazada y tomabamos taxis a todos lados. Terminamos gastando mucho dinero y tiempo en taxis hasta que por fin nos dimos cuenta de que  podriamos haber tomado un taxi de rio hasta la proxima parada de Skytrain. Cuando por fin lo entendimos bien, empezamos a ir basante al hotel (mayormente por los jugos) desde el departamento en Sukhumvit que alquilamos mientras nacia la bebe, y unos meses mas.



The Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel Website


The Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel Tripadvisor Reviews