Ten years ago Bangkok’s lodging scene was dominated by either big city hotels or grimy backpacker dens- with little in-between. Things have been changing fast. Taking their cues from British style B&B’s, a string of small designer hotels are offering travellers a more intimate- and stylish- Thai experience has come to the fore. The latest is Seven. Tucked into a small lane off Sukhumvit Soi 31, the six roomed property was put together by a group of designers, including Studio Output from the UK and local landscaper Piyachanok Wijarn (who also did Leonardo DiCaprio’s boutique hotel in Belize). Rooms have ceiling-to-floor murals inspired by traditional Thai art that are coloured according to the seven days of the week in Buddhist philosophy (the seventh room being the lobby); book the pink room for extra space and a balcony overlooking the street. Added contemporary touches are LCD screens, wireless internet, rain showers and Ipod docks. Big on personalised service, rooms also come with a charged mobile phone with details on the owner, Pylin Sanguanpiyapand’s, favourite Bangkok haunts, so you’ll never be short of places to party.

3/15 Sukhumvit soi 31, Bangkok; +66 2 6620951; www.sleepatseven.com; Rooms from $120

This article was published in a late 2007 issue of Travel + Leisure Magazine Australia.