I must have been sleep-deprived when I booked this one, as I clearly did not do enough research. I was looking for something close to the airport, since I was arriving late at night after a very long day of travel. The hotel description and map led me to believe this hotel was down the street from the airport. I was also led to believe they had a free shuttle to the airport. I did get a free ride from the airport, but they showed up an hour late, and were in a taxi. The best part was the ride to the hotel (15 minutes according to the website). It was probably about 45 minutes, late at night, no traffic, and a lot of winding side streets. I honestly started to think I got in the wrong taxi, but we finally arrived, at least an hour after I had planned on.
Check-in was simple, but the room looked absolutely nothing like any of the pictures on the website, much more sparse and run-down. They do have heated water for the shower, which is a big plus in this part of the world. We got a free breakfast, just an egg and some toast, but who am I to complain for free. This 'resort' has more a feel of a run down slum apartment building, and I do not think a mini-fridge justifies calling it an 'apartment hotel'. Plus the wi-fi is not free, if you need it.
I told them I needed a taxi for my check out, since I had to go into Bangkok (this hotel in no where near the airport, and even further from the city). The hotel 'conveniently' had a taxi ready, the same guy who had been sitting out front of the hotel all day, and was certainly in alliance with the hotel. The driver, who by the way, seems to know his way around Bangkok less than I do, and this was my first time in the city) took us to the wrong place (an MRT station in the middle of the city) I asked for Lumphini, he took us to Silom. I told him I needed to go to Lumphini, showed him the same map I showed before our journey, and he reluctantly agreed to where I wanted, which was a mile down the road. Then he dumped us off 1/2 way there, on the wrong side of an uncrossable street, with 100 pounds of luggage to roll on a crowded sidewalk for about a mile. Best of all, he charged 400 Baht for the privilege, which was twice what it should have cost.
Granted, I was hopelessly naive in thinking that hotel would actually care enough about their guests to ensure that the taxi driver they requested knew where I wanted to go. I showed them the map, which they were not interested in reading. I was just expecting to get a regular taxi, verify the driver was going to use a meter, and make sure he knew where i was going, Instead, I assumed the hotel-hired taxi driver, who doubles as the hotel shuttle, was going to take care of us, rather than ripping us off and dropping us off in the wrong place. I really do know better than to trust taxi drivers in Bangkok, I just made the mistake of trusting the staff at Nawarat to care about their guests.
There is a mini mart downstairs, but I would recommend walking down to the Family Mart around the corner. The street around the corner did have a wide array of street food and small local markets to buy toiletries/etc. It was definitely a very local feeling, not at all a touristy area, which was kind of nice for me, but probably a turn off for most people.
But, please do not stay here, there are nicer and cheaper hotels that actually are close to the airport. I actually found out after I booked the hotel that it was not as good as my initial research concluded, but I mistakingly booked a non-refundable fare, which is very rare for any hotel, and a good indicator of how shady this place really is. I have booked many hotels on that booking website, and this is the only one that was non-refundable.
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