We were in Bangkok for one night before flying home after travelling around Asia for a month. Deciding to treat ourselves a bit, we chose to stay at Sabai-Sabai because of all the great reviews here and the promise of a bathtub or spa in our room. Getting to the hotel in the first place is a bit annoying, you have to take the SkyTrain almost to the last stop on the Bearing line, which takes at least 10 minutes, and from there it's still a good half hour walk. We didn't realize how far away it really was, and after walking a while with our heavy bags we ended up paying a taxi to take us.
We arrived at the hotel and were excited to finally have a nice room! The staff offered us a double room for $40. The room was very beautifully decorated, nice contemporary paintings and fun colors, and the bathroom was very clean. We were very disappointed that we didn't have a bathtub though, and the staff assured us we could use the jacuzzi in the spa downstairs. Also, the water constantly fluctuated between being boiling hot and uncomfortably cold, so we didn't even enjoy showering.
We went downstairs for dinner, and ordered three dishes, all of which were very average. Nothing unique. After dinner and excited for a relaxing jacuzzi, we walked into the spa and were greeted with very confused looking staff who didn't seem to understand why we were there. We asked if we could look around and they pointed us to the front desk where we were told it was going to cost us each 500 baht to use the jacuzzi for half an hour. That's nearly $20 each! (The jacuzzi was also the cheapest thing available in the spa, things like massages were insanely expensive.) Incredibly disappointed, we went back to our room and watched a bit of tv before sleeping.
One plus was the breakfast in the morning was quite good! One egg, toast, ham, sausage, pork soup, coffee, and orange juice, which was a great value. The staff arranged a free shuttle to take us to the SkyTrain, which was also nice, and later on got us a taxi to the airport with plenty of time.
Overall thoughts about Sabai-Sabai: absolutely beautiful hotel, but it is a pain to get to, and definitely not worth paying $40 a night just for a pretty room. We were under the impression from reading reviews here that the spa was free for guests to use, but absolutely everything in this hotel costs extra. By all means stay here if you have the money to spend, but if you're not prepared to pay a lot, you could do much better somewhere else.
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