Monday, March 1, 2010

The Bhuthorn… Sweet Dreams Are Made of These

At The Bhuthorn, B&B means Beautiful & Brilliant.

I knew I would love The Bhuthorn the moment I stepped into the century old shophouse. But I didn’t know I would fall head over heels for it! Restored to its former glory by Khun Direk and Khun Chitlada, architects turned hotelier, The Bhuthorn is a labor of love. From the vintage furniture and objet d'art to the fresh flowers (Direk arranges them himself) and quality toiletries (Chitlada handpicked the best Jasmine scented products which another legendary Bangkok hotel also uses), one can see that the owners put all their heart and soul into everything. The attention to detail and personalized service straight from the heart impeccable! In fact, the Bhuthorn feels more like a cozy and chic abode with all the creature comforts than your run of the mill B&B.

With only three rooms (each individually decorated and named after three Thai princes), a stay at The Bhuthorn is an unforgettable experience – you’re transported back to a bygone era. The B&B’s setting in a quaint heritage-listed part of old Bangkok is akin to a movie set. In the evening as I looked out the window into the moonlit square below, I could just picture a Thai Romeo and Juliet whispering sweet nothings to each other as they stroll along the quiet row of shophouses. It was like a beautiful dream which I wished would never end…

The next morning I awoke to a scrumptious traditional Thai breakfast (Chitlada makes a mean caffè latte by the way), followed by a yummy coconut ice cream from Nátthàphawn (the famous ice cream stall happens to be The Bhuthorn’s next door neighbor!) in the lovely and leafy courtyard. All too soon it was time to check out.

I knew I was going to miss The Bhuthorn when I stepped into the taxi and waved goodbye to Khun Chitlada. But what I didn’t know and only know now is that I miss it so badly to want to fly back to Bangkok and relive The Bhuthorn magic again and again. Khun Direk and Khun Chitlada have created a truly special place, one which every discerning traveler or architecture enthusiast who appreciates excellent design and heartfelt hospitality should not miss.

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