Budget Luxury in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel

27th October 2015

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation.

While budget travel is generally my daily reality, I still have an appreciation for well-designed spaces and beautiful interiors. I do come from a fine arts and design background, after all. So when I found myself in a position to review Maduzi Hotel in Bangkok, a wonderful hotel that combines finesse, elegance and excellent design, I jumped on the opportunity to experience one last taste of luxury on the tail end of a whirlwind two year South East Asian adventure and visit one of the best hotels in Bangkok. I thought I deserved it! Here is the lowdown on this little gem.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation.

THE LOCATION

Maduzi is located smack in the center of the trendy Sukhumvit neighborhood, at the junction of Sukhumvit and Ratchadapisek Roads, a few minutes’ walk from the Asoke BTS and Sukhumvit MRT and a short distance to the main shopping district. As such, you’d expect it to be a little loud in some of the rooms or shared areas, but it is in fact an oasis of peace and relaxation, a little sanctuary right in the center of the hustle and bustle. The hotel is fully gated and doesn’t accept walk in’s, so it has a great sense of privacy to it that really adds to the feeling of exclusiveness. As an added bonus, right across the street is one of my favourite vegan restaurants, May Veggie and a five minute walk away, my favorite yoga studio, Yogatique. The Terminal 21 shopping mall is also five minutes away.

THE GROUNDS

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation.

The intimate 40 room hotel is decorated tastefully with a fusion of contemporary Thai and Persian touches and large, luminous common areas. The main entrance opens up to a beautiful art collection and leads to an inviting and elegant white bar that is open 24 hours, an intimate restaurant serving a mostly French cuisine and a plush reading room, giving a first impression of peace, comfort and class without ever being over the top or extravagant. There is unfortunately no swimming pool on site, but it seems to be a nice trade-off since I don’t feel like Maduzi attracts so many families, which can be interesting for couples and business travelers seeking quietness. There is a bright modern gym on the first floor. The 40 rooms are spread onto seven floors, meaning that even the smallest rooms are still a sizable 49 m².

THE ROOM

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation.

This is one of the best and largest rooms I have ever slept in! My room included luxuries such as an espresso machine, a complimentary mini bar, walk in closet, Bose sound system, ultra comfortable king size bed with about a million marshmallowy pillows and, the star of the show, an infinity pool Jacuzzi. I kid you not. The lush robes, Panpuri Organic toiletries and bath salts were the nicest added touch and contributed to me spending a fair chunk of my time at Maduzi splashing around in the tub. Echoing with the rest of the property, the room is classy with Scandi-cool design touches, especially the bathroom with its large vanity and uber cool fixtures.

THE SERVICE

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Designer hotel Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Vegan and vegetarian friendly hotel.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Vegan and vegetarian friendly hotel.

Despite everything fantastic I have just mentioned, the service is where I believe Maduzi excels most. The fact that it is a small family business means that the owners are often on site (sometimes even behind the bar serving people!) and they will go above and beyond to accommodate special requests, be it dietary or otherwise. I inquired about vegan options at the restaurant and was presented (by the Chef himself) with a special breakfast menu (which was delicious) and told there would be soy milk behind the bar and in my room for my coffee. I also was told to ask anything and they would try their best to accommodate me, and they really did. Would you rather a handheld shower head instead of the fixed one? Sure. Macrobiotic diet? We got you covered. Fancy going undercover and use a codename rather than your own? We encourage you to do so. Check in a 6am, check out at 4pm? If we can, yes, by all mean. I was impressed.

THE LITTLE EXTRAS

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Designer hotel Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Designer hotel Bangkok

The Wifi at Maduzi was some of the fastest I have ever used in South East and the flexible check in and check out policy was a really convenient bonus. On a more socially aware standpoint, Maduzi’s restaurant has a special pancake menu where part of the profit goes to Food4Good, an organization that shares the donation money between the Holt Sahathai Foundation, the Foundation for Children with Disabilities, and the Baan Nokkamin Foundation to support nutritious meals for more than 1,000 children under their care. These were unfortunately not vegan, so I couldn’t partake, but they looked amazing and I love the initiative.

BOTTOM LINE

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Designer hotel Bangkok

Maduzi is a fantastic budget luxury option and you get a lot of bang for your buck. The hotel location is a major asset and the staff will go the extra distance to make sure your stay is a pleasant one. As a vegan traveler, I did find there were a lot of animal products in the room furniture (leather and cowhide), but I did appreciate the staff knowledge when it came to catering to my vegan diet.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Designer hotel Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Designer hotel Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Designer hotel Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel. Small, affordable luxury accomodation. Designer hotel Bangkok

Book your room at Maduzi Hotel now

Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110 (Direc­tions)


Many thanks to Maduzi Hotel for their hos­pi­tal­ity. As always, all opin­ions are my own regard­less of who is foot­ing the bill.

22 thoughts on “Budget Luxury in Bangkok: The Maduzi Hotel

  1. Stefan

    This place looks so stylish with incredible attention to detail. I am not vegan but have a lot of respect to places that cater to diets and we found that businesses in Thailand on the whole are so well attuned to this.

    Glad to see a gym – did you use it? ha ha ha (Not being cheeky – we’re big fitness enthusiasts as well, but on holiday we just struggle to drag our sorry asses to the hotel gym!!)

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    1. Amélie Post author

      No I didn’t! I’m big into fitness also, but I was there for a travel blogger conference and I was elbow deep in work and didn’t make time for my usual daily yoga practice :/

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  2. anna

    Looks lush! Good service can make or break a place and in this case, they look like they go above and beyond to accommodate your needs. 4pm checkout-AMAZING!

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  3. Mar

    lovely, may I ask what the rates were? this looks like a great alternative to the usual Holiday Inn options i book when I want a functional, well connected but cheap place to stay in Bangkok on my way to other places or for work

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    1. Amélie Post author

      Hey! Yeah, definitely a great alternative. I think the rate fluctuates depending on the season, so that’s why I didn’t list it, but probably around US $100. You can check the current rate on Agoda.

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  4. LeAnna

    You mention this being a “budget option”- did I miss the cost per night in the reading? One of the things that I really loved about SE Asia was that you can get some really great accommodation that anywhere else in the world would break the bank!

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    1. Amélie Post author

      I think it’s somewhere around $75 to $100 per night, so more in the “luxury budget” category, but definitely an amazing value for money!

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  5. antonette

    The bed looks super comfy! I generally travel budget style as well, or even go camping, but every now and then I love to splurge myself with a fancy stay. The bed is always the reason for that, nothing beats fluffy pillows and the comfort of a good mattress!

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  6. Mia

    I can totally relate to this as my husband and I usually book vacation rental apartments but every now and then we splurge. This hotel looks beautiful and I love the decor. It’s not everyday that you spend a bit extra on vacation but when you do, you want to stay in a place like this!

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  7. Meg Jerrard

    This looks like a fabulous choice of accommodation – we’ve started opting for luxury on a budget now too, because there are some seriously great choices out there. Though none I have come across yet which include an infinity pool Jacuzzi!!! So that’s definitely Maduzi for the win when we visit Bangkok later in the year!!

    Thanks!

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