Stayed here for 5 days in April, 2010. I usually do not rate a property 5 stars unless it is exceptional and this place fits the bill. I paid $100 US on a senior rate. Had this hotel been in the US, the cost would be in a range of $150 to $275 depending on location. All of the staff were wonderful, friendly and helpful. The lobby is beautiful and super clean.
I was in the smallest and cheapest room which was a Studio and it was more spacious than most hotel rooms and more than big enough for 2 people. The room was very clean and, very nicely furnished. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom very large with oversized tub, separate shower area and marble sink. The hotel provided toothbrush, shaving cream and toothpaste everyday. Shower has two heads-a standard head and a rainshower one. Kitchen has everything you need: stainless steel fridg, microwave, sink, utensils and hotel provided two free bottles of water each day. There is a huge work area for computer and a flat screen TV. My only complaint is, as noted by others, the internet charge is $17 US a day. Since the room was worth so much more than I paid, I just bit the bullet and paid for it. It did work very well. Room was quiet-I never heard another person or heard a door close. Floors are wood which are healthier and easier to keep clean than carpet . I was there the hottest time of the year and the AC was fine.
Tips for your trip to Thailand:
Hotel Tuk Tuk runs continuously from 6 AM to 10 PM and takes you to the Skytain, which is very easy to use. It blows away US transit systems like Chgo's CTA. Despite the hot weather, the trains are all freezing cold and the trains and platforms are very clean. You can travel for as little as $.75 a trip with a 15 ride ticket.
Turn right outside the hotel and walk 3-4 blocks to McDonalds (open 24 hours), Subway (open 24 hours) and a very upscale Au Bon Pain. Hotel is in an area of very nice high rises, mostly for expats, and there are a number of restaurants there.
Turn left and there is a huge seafood viilage and a 7/11, great for snacks and light eating. Bought a yogurt, orange juice and croissant for less the $2.00 US. The 7/11's are very popular with Thais and nicer than the ones in the US.
Vist the Grand Palace and Wat Arum and take the tourist boat ($5 unlimited ticket for a day) up the Chao Phraya River. (You can take the Skytrain right to the Pier) If you get off at the last stop, Phra Arthit Pier, you can walk or take a Tuk Tuk to the famous Khao San Road, home of backpackers, hippies and street vendors. Lots of places to buy things, plan travel and eat.
Do your souvenir shopping at the MBK Mall, indoor and AC but with individual vendors like a Flea Market or Swap Meet where you can buy everything Thai and bargain like a madman. Also, MBK has an entire floor of electronics/cellphone vendors and you can work out a way of calling the States CHEAP. A friend lent me a Nokia phone to use in Thailand and I bought a SIM card and 200 minutes to US for all of $20. Even if you had to buy a cheap Thai phone, it is the cheapest way to call the U.S. MBK has several food courts, one entirely Asian, along with McDonalds and Au Bon Pain.
Public taxi from the airport to the hotel was a bit less than 400 BHT or about $13 for a trip which in Chicago would run $30 to $40.
If you care to visit the red light districts, Skytrain stop Asok will lead to Soi Cowboy and stop Nana for Nana Plaza.
I am weird and do not eat Thai food so can't help you with that.