Penpark Place sits hidden off the main Thanon Sam Sen, about a fifteen minute walk from Khao San Road on 22 Samsen 3, Samsen Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10200.
The rooms range from a standard 1 bed with a fan (฿330) to a 3 bed ensuite with air con (฿1,650) and a 2 bedroom, 1 living room ensuite with air con (฿2,100). These are all fairly spacious and decently clean.
There is wifi that works both in the rooms and outside.
An easy fifteen minute walk to Khao San that passes at least three 7-11’s and quite a few restaurants. I felt perfectly safe the whole time, even walking back past midnight a few times. That said, while there are tourists around, it is a fairly low-key guesthouse – not many chances to meet and greet other tourists if that’s what you’re looking for (which I was).
There is a reception area that also has computers with internet and houses the tour agency desk. Outside, there are some picnic tables at which you can sit and behind the building is a garden area also with tables and lounge chairs for relaxing.
The building is five floors, and while there was an elevator in the building, it was either not working while I was there or was never meant to work.
The communal bathroom had two showers and two toilet stalls and two sinks. These weren’t the ultimate in clean but were totally survivable. Most of the time there was soap and toilet paper, and two out of three nights there was scalding hot water.
I didn’t take too much notice of the building’s condition, except I did notice a cockroach scurrying across the hallway my first night there.
My room was B31, a private room on the 3rd floor with a fan but no bathroom. There was one double bed, a small square table with a chair, a small side table, and a sort of wooden clothes hanger.
The door locked via a doorknob lock and a sliding lock, which felt safe enough, except when there was a rowdy and drunk guest the room over knocking and yelling and spitting and I was actually a bit afraid he might try to break my door down by accident.
Also on that note, the walls are paper thin – you’ll need earplugs if you get woken up easily.
Generally nice and attemptively helpful. They didn’t have a map of the area, and the tour agency lady essentially ignored me but they were able to tell me where the post office was, so there was at least that. The young boy that works there spoke the best English (along with the tour lady) but most people could communicate somewhat.
I’d give Penpark a 3/5. I would stay there again BUT I would probably try to stay somewhere closer to So Ram Buttri first, just to be around more people and more atmosphere.