Not one for doing things in moderation, I bring you not one, not two but three hotel reviews from our recent stay in Bangkok. We were only there for 6 nights in total but managed to spread ourselves out around the city both in terms of location and budget. Here’s what I thought of each place we stayed.
This photo is taken from my favourite hotel. Read on to find out which one it is….
Oh, the suspense. Onto the reviews!
Suvarnabhumi (main international) airport, approx. £130 per night
Reason for stay ¦¦ S and I flew over to Thailand with my sister to help her look after my niece and nephew. We had about 30 hours in Bangkok so we picked the hotel nearest the airport for some R&R. Unfortunately I don’t have any decent pictures of the hotel (can I play the jet lag card?!) but I’ve used pictures from their website which give a good representation.
Good things ¦¦ Super convenient for the airport – you just walk along an underground (albeit slightly eerie) passage and you’re there. It’s also very convenient to get on the Skytrain or Airport Express to the city, which is down the same eerie tunnel. The staff are incredibly kind, the rooms are perfectly nice and contain everything you’d expect, the beds are super comfy and there are good facilities in the hotel itself. There’s a nice pool, although it’s overlooked by all the rooms so can feel a bit like a goldfish bowl. There are a couple of restaurants in the hotel lobby, and whilst we were a bit confused as to what happened where, the main restaurant did perfectly well for our needs during our stay. There’s also a children’s play area in the lobby which was a godsend for entertaining my niece whilst my sister and nephew slept in their comfy beds. The hotel was also reasonably well kitted out for childcare, with free cots in the room.
Not so good things ¦¦ It’s really quite expensive for what it is, especially for Bangkok. There’s no view to speak of, and if you don’t fancy any of the hotel options for meals you’ve got nowhere else to go.
Overall verdict ¦¦ 3 stars. This was a comfortable place to stay and I’d definitely consider staying here again if I was ever passing through on a stopover, although the price may make me think twice. I wouldn’t stay here for any other reason, though.
Sala Daeng, £26 per night
Reason for stay ¦¦ We met up with some missionary friends of ours for a catch up. They opted to stay here so we figured we’d join them.
Good things ¦¦ The price, firstly. Secondly, the location was fantastic. You’re just around the corner (literally) from the Skytrain at Sala Daeng, as well as lots of bars, restaurants, a decent shopping centre and the infamous Silom and Patpong markets. The staff are friendly and helpful and there are plenty of locals around, giving a slightly less touristy feel which we liked. The rooms are perfectly adequate, and there’s a fridge for you to use for water etc. There is also a freezer full of ice creams for sale in the lobby. What more do I need to say!
Not so good things ¦¦ There’s a red light district around Patpong and if you look around the markets you’ll be assailed by people trying to get you to go to sex shows, but as long as you don’t mind fending them off it’s not too serious. The room was not the comfiest I’ve ever stayed in; the towels were postage stamp sized and the aircon was a bit finicky – I was either boiling or freezing. Also, the aircon doesn’t stay on whilst you’re out which means you come back to a hot room – environmentally friendly but frustrating when you’ve been out and about in the heat and humidity all you want to do is cool down. The breakfast was a bit sparse; fine for normal people, but for coeliacs the options were just fruit and yogurt.
The decor might generously be described as ‘kitsch’, but we thought it was hilarious. Just check out the clock.
Overall verdict ¦¦ 4 stars. The location is incredible and if you’re looking for a step up from a hostel then this would be a great option. It is a Christian venue, and is quiet and wholesome, so if you’ve come to Bangkok for debauchery this won’t be the place for you.
Sathorn, approx. £60 per night including free Skytrain day travelcards for each night you stay
Reason for stay ¦¦ Our missionary friends had departed us and we fancied a change of scene.
Good things ¦¦ Where do I start! The hotel adjoins a Skytrain station, which is all kinds of convenient. That plus the free Skytrain passes which we got included in our rate made this a no-brainer. The rooms were absolutely lovely and the facilities were all top notch. The breakfast was extensive and delicious, and – you guessed it – the insane cityscape infinity pool from the top of this post was from the Eastin.
It was also good for gluten free food as well, with a plate of gluten free bread and cake which you could order in advance for breakfast, and then I found this little gem in the room service booklet…
[You had me at crepe]
Not so good things ¦¦ It’s in a business district which means you can’t really just wander out for some food. However, with the Skytrain passes we didn’t really mind as we could travel so easily. It’s a giant hotel so it didn’t feel very personal, although the staff were as friendly as they could be. To be honest, I’m clutching at straws here.
[Our view, showing the Skytrain line]
Overall verdict ¦¦ 5 stars. This was my favourite of the three. The combination of price, location and hotel facilities was perfect for us and I’d definitely like to go back here if we return. It’s worth noting there is a brand new skyscraper being built next door, which didn’t bother us and wasn’t noisy at all, but does spoil the view from the pool a little.
Have you ever stayed in Bangkok? Where did you stay, and would you recommend it?