Although Islam is a quite minority religion in Thailand, you can still find Muslim hotels obliging to your every need. Be patient, look carefully and you will find these hotels are attentive to the details of a Muslim lifestyle and are heedful not to touch and cross the taboo of Muslims. With patience and consideration, these hotels are beautifully set up and are a success in running a Muslim-friendly hotel. These are 5 best hotels for Muslims:
1. Nouvo City Hotel (from 69 USD)
This Halal-certified modern, stylish hotel locating in the hub of Bangkok’s historic neighborhood is simply designed especially for Muslims. All the Muslim facilities provided make you feel like you belong to this place. From the restaurants to the praying facilities, none of it will disappoint you. The Sara Restaurant with a five-star Halal rating certified by the Central Islamic Council of Thailand (CICOT) not only serves mouth watering halal dishes but also has gained rewards for its Thai, Indian, and European cuisines. The Canal Restaurant is well-known by its appetizing and never changing taste of its Halal food which pulls and holds the customers’ hearts.
The praying facilities are ready for you at the hotel with prayer rooms for both male and female, prayer direction accurately marked in the rooms and prayer time table available at the front desk or rooms. You can request for a female prayer dress, the location of the nearby mosques or praying mats. The toilets of the rooms are also accompanied by hand shower.
During Ramadhan, the hotel can arrange Halal Iftar and Halal Sahoor for you. For Taraweeh prayers and Eid prayers, the hotel will take you to the nearby mosque upon request. To respect the Muslim customers, alcohol, discotheque, gambling and adult channels are not available in the hotel.
Nouvo City Hotel
Address: 2, Samsen Road, Banglumphu, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand (see map)
Price: from 69 USD (8091.9 THB)
2. Al Meroz Hotel Bangkok - The Leading Halal Hotel (from 95 USD)
As the name implies, Al Meroz Hotel Bangkok - The Leading Halal Hotel is specially designed and set up to ingratiate the special needs of their Muslim customers. The staffs are well-trained to make you comfortable with the Halal lifestyle they provide. Both Diwan Restaurant and Barakat Mediterranean Cuisine in the hotel serve Halal-certified food and do not serve alcohol. Being respectful of the culture of Muslims, the pool and gym provide exclusive access for female guests in the morning and male guests after midday.
For the convenience of prayers, praying mats are obtainable in rooms and praying rooms with separate sections for male and females are available in the hotel. If you wish to pray somewhere else, The Foundation of Islamic is just across the road and various mosques are nearby. Getting around the city is made easy with a shuttle bus bringing you to the station, Central Plaza Rama 9 MRT station and Emquartier shopping mall in Phrom Phong. You will also reach Ramkhamhaeng Airport Rail Link Station in 10 minutes by foot from where you will get to central Bangkok within minutes.
Al Meroz Hotel Bangkok - The Leading Halal Hotel
Address: 4 Ramkamhaeng 5 Road, Suan Luang, 10250 Bangkok, Thailand (see map)
Price: from 95 USD (3163.5 THB)
3. Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok (from 207 USD)
If Asia taste and luxury is what are you looking for, look no further than Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. Well-placed by the Chao Phraya River, a view of the river traffic from some of the rooms is just under your eyes. Muslims especially love this place as it provides halal food and is near to the Haroon Masjid mosque open for prayers from all over the world including formal jum’a. The on-site NEXT2 Cafe serves pork-free and Arabic cuisine and its chicken, beef, lamb and seafood dishes are prepared using halal-certified ingredients. You will also find a Middle Eastern station during buffet in the night serving all the famous dishes you can think of.
If you are on a quest of more delicious food and shopping experiences, take the free shuttle boat to Asiatique by the river. You can also reach attractions like temples & the grand palace by ferry. To explore more places, Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station is directly next to the hotel. If you want to stay in the hotel, enjoy the spa, pool, steam room and sauna or join aerobics and dance lessons.
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
Address: 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, Bangrak, Bang Rak, 10500 Bangkok, Thailand (see map)
Price: from 207 USD (6893 THB)
4. Baiyoke Sky Hotel (from 76 USD)
Baiyoke Sky Hotel is great for Muslims as it is near to many Muslim restaurants nearby, from the Muslim stalls in Platinum Fashion Mall food court (9 minute’s walk) to the nearby Muslim restaurants namely Tom Yam Paa Nga (5 minute’s walk), Maedah Restaurant (2 minute’s walk), and Al-Sana Restaurant just beside the hotel. Darul Aman Mosque is also just 20 minute’s walk away. For dine-in, the hotel serves Thai and Malay and Indian food.
With just a 5 minute’s walk to Rachaprarop Train Station, you can get to anywhere you want. Being the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia, you get an exceptional view of the city from the rooms. Want a more enticing view? Head to the revolving observation deck with roof top bar at the roof to capture the sprawling view of the city while enjoying your meal. Complete facilities like outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre, beauty salon, tour desk and grocery shop are available.
Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Address: 222 Rajprarop Road, Rajthevi, Pathumwan, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand (see map)
Price: from 76 USD (2530.8 THB)
At Amari Watergate Bangkok, Muslims get to enjoy Halal buffet breakfast at a separate room. It is also 15 minute’s walk to Darul Aman Mosque. One of the upsides of staying here is that you get lots of choices of Halal food as it is also 18 minute’s walk to Halal Street Food which wakes up from 6.00pm to 10.00pm, a 14 minute walk to Farida Fatonee which serves Thai Muslim food, a 5 minute walk from Mak Yah Muslim Restaurant, an 8 minute walk from Al-Sana Restaurant, one of the oldest halal restaurant in Pratunam, and more.
Brace yourselves, shopaholics! You will be just in front of the Pratunam wholesale market where you can get the cheapest clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Central World Plaza, the tenth largest shopping complex in the world, is also just around the corner, presenting you with branded clothing outlets, bookshops, high-tech gadgets, imported groceries, restaurants and more.
Amari Watergate Bangkok
Address: 847 Petchburi Road, Rajthevi, Pratunam, Phayathai, Pathumwan, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand (see map)
Price: from 118 USD (3929.4 THB)
Have a favorable Halal holiday
As you see, some of these hotels are close to well known Muslim restaurants or serve Halal food in the hotel itself, some close to mosques, some with amazing Halal facilities even you won’t think of. With all the factors that meet your needs, you will have a smooth and uninterrupted Halal vacation. Now, juggle your choices and pick the best.
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