Had a scheduled late evening flight on China Eastern airlines from PVG-BKK, scheduled to arrive at 12:55AM... well that went 1.5 hours later than expected (don't even get me STARTED on China Eastern's service, even in Business Class)... but needless to say we were 2 hours late getting into Bangkok. We were able to locate the ones waiting for us at the airport (some of the reviews said no one was waiting for them after late night/early morning flights)... but they were, we waited another 15 minutes or so and the van arrived to take us to the hotel. By this time, delirium along with jetlag were in their advanced stages on my Wife and I (now around 4AM by the time we arrived). I had already booked and paid for our room on agoda.com including airport transfer and breakfast... we were checked in promptly, without too many questions. We were given a small room on the first floor very close to the checkin area. There was a little noise in the hallway from people walking by but we were soooooo tired we didn't even notice.
Bed was rock hard but again, we were too tired to care very much. The room was small but very functional and sized properly in my opinion for a $25USD per night room.
I was surprised to see along with the minibar items and snack items you can eat, right mixed in there was a small box of condoms available... I've NEVER seen that before in ANY hotel room I've been in... but it was done as "tastefully" as possible I'd say, and should someone need them... there they are.
The toilet and shower area are all in one room and the shower just soaks everything and gets water all over the bathroom floor, but it dries promptly it seems without issue. No problem there.
In the "morning" when we woke up, tested the free wireless internet and it worked fine, speeds were good, and wireless is available around the property, even near the pool and restaurant.
The set menu breakfast (obviously for westerners) wasn't the best I've ever had, but it was alright. Again, about what I would expect from a $25 per night hotel)
We were given vouchers to get a free 10 minute foot massage by the masseuse and when she arrived in the morning we received that. It was really nice. We enjoyed it so much we went ahead and purchased a 1 hour massage (330 baht), split 30 minutes for each of us. She did an excellent job. My Wife is very small but likes a firm (I'd call it painful) massage and she gave the right amount to my Wife, while I'm a big, inflexible guy and she flexed and twisted me just enough for it to be enjoyable yet not too painful. If we would have stayed there another night, I would have gotten more massages.
Finally, checkout was a breeze, the front desk all spoke reasonable english and it was all fine. The little restaurant on site has reasonable food for about $4 for a set plate of Thai food.
I would NOT call this a resort by any stretch of the imagination, however, it was good for what we needed and it was a great introduction to Thai culture.
Next review, the Intercontinental, Bangkok.
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