Ibrik Resort: The Smallest Resort In The World
The Ibrik Resort in Bangkok is a cozy boutique hotel in the perfect location to explore the Grand Palace. The website describes this tiny hotel with only three rooms as “the smallest resort in the world.” While we enjoyed our stay and the service was incredible, bed and breakfast might be a better descriptor.
The entry to the Ibrik is easy to miss, so keep an eye out for the sign. A narrow alley squeezed between a private residence and a small office building goes back through the gate to the entryway. A small courtyard with fountains and plants sits in front of the reception desk, cafe and common room. We were greeted with chrysanthemum tea and shown to our bright riverside room.
The concierge, who has been at the Resort since it opened 10 years ago, perfectly anticipated our every need. He sprang up to grab our luggage, hailed taxis and made sure everything for our stay was exactly as we would like.
We stayed in the Sunshine Room on the second floor. The room was exceptionally clean and the canopy bed with crisp white linens was inviting. Our huge private balcony overlooked the river and we watched as barges passed by in the day and colorful party cruises at night. There was even an awning large enough for us to sit outside and enjoy the view in the rain.
In the morning, our breakfast of toast, eggs, bacon and fruit was served on our balcony. It was hot, even at 9 a.m., but the sun had burned off the haze so the view was worth it. Breakfast is served when and where you want, and the indoor seating and courtyard are cooler options.
During the day, a packed market with food, clothes and souvenirs takes over the street around the corner from the Ibrik. There are several restaurants along the river, some cheaper than others, or plenty of street food for you to take back to your room. There were mostly locals at the market and most menus we saw were in Thai, but communicating was easy and we had fun wandering through the crowded stalls.
On the way to the Ibrik, you will pass Wat Rakhang which is a large, beautiful Wat that is worth a walk through. The pier where you can catch the ferry to the palace is right in front of it (Wat Rakhang pier). Other boats stop at this pier, so make sure you get on the ferry that is running back and forth and not a long boat going up the river. The cost is only three baht and you pay on the palace side. The trip takes about 4 minutes and the ferry constantly runs back and forth so you won’t have to wait long.
At night, the neighborhood quiets down, the vendors in the market close up their stalls and most of the restaurants close early. We happened into Bar 347 for a cocktail and were glad we did. The bar, open until midnight, is an open air rooftop space with reasonably priced drinks and a typical bar food menu right around the corner from the Ibrik Resort. There were only a few other people there on a Friday night, and it was another view to remember.
The sunny, cozy and quiet Ibrik Resort was a lovely place to spend a night and we look forward to another chance to visit. Admittedly we didn’t do much research on the area before our stay, but with the Grand Palace and a large wat five minutes away and a coffee shop, local restaurants, market and great rooftop bar just around the corner, it was a complete package.
- Visit the Ibrik Resort’s website to make a reservation.
- Talk to your concierge! He is sure to know the area and give you great recommendations.
- While the Ibrik doesn’t have a restaurant, everything you need is right around the corner.
- Don’t miss the sign. The Ibrik Resort has a small green sign just before the corner on Arunamarin Road, a one way street.
Poplar Travels was a guest of the Ibrik Resort. Our opinion is always our own.