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“Almost Perfect” 4 of 5 stars
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LiT BANGKOK Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   36/1 Soi Kasemsan 1, Rama 1 Road | Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 , Thailand   |  
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“Almost Perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The Lit Hotel is a beautifully designed building and a wonderful little hideaway in such a central location. Although you may get spectacular views and big buffet meals at other high-rise hotels in Bangkok, at Lit you get cosy, designer atmosphere with individual treatment.

The whole building is designed to be compact, yet still wonderfully creative. It's as though the design itself guides you along through the building giving a sense of flow and a greater sense of space.

The rooms are lovely, the bathroom we had was like a long corridor rather than the usual square and sealed rooms at other hotels. Our bath had a window view to the courtyard and infinity pool below.

I spent a good many hours sitting in the courtyard, just relaxing in the shade of the trees. In the evening there was some lovely music by a guitar/singer duo.

The infinity pool is very enticing, but not exactly private as one whole side is next to the restaurant windows, but then again its not that busy to worry.

Underneath the pool and courtyard is the well-equipped gym, which also has a beautiful view to another inner courtyard. I also decided to spoil myself to a three hour spa treatment for the first time ever, which was just sublime. The prices were comparable to the UK or Australia, but I wasn't after a cheap thai massage, that would have defeated the purpose of staying at the Lit.

The food at Lit was delicious, if somewhat adapted to western tastes. The Thai dishes seemed rather toned down to what I ate elsewhere but still very nice. The bar also makes wonderful cocktails which go well with an evening in the beautifully lit courtyard.

The staff at the Lit Hotel are all extremely polite, although the reception staff could be a little warmer.

The one place where I found the hotel let themselves down was in their advice to guests.

My mother fell ill and wanted to see a doctor and asked where she could find one. She was instructed by staff to go to the shopping malls across the road but after lots of searching there were no doctors to be found (except for beauty treatments). We asked one of these practices what we should do and it was they who told us that we would have to go to one of the hospitals and they suggested one of the two english speaking hospitals nearby.

The next day I wanted to arrange to have some of my things sent home by post or courier. In the hotel directory folder in each room it clearly says that the Hotel Host can arrange all these things, but when I enquired after this service I was told to go to the shopping mall across the road again. After asking again specifically for the hotel service she eventually called another member of staff to help me, but in the end I was given a map to the shopping mall where there is a post service.

In both cases we eventually found the hospital and the post office ourselves, but I felt that as a 5 star hotel they should have been more proactive in offering us proper and accurate advice. They didn't really seemed prepared for our questions and when you're ill the last thing you want is to be running around in the heat of a city you don't know that well.

OTHER FEATURES:
Free WIFI is available throughout the hotel, including in the courtyard, guests are given a login valid for 4 days. Rooms have standard features of a hotel of this type, including a very well stocked mini-bar, coffee/tea making facilities, free coffee machine also in the lobby, book exchange in the lobby behind the coffee machine. Robes, umbrellas, slippers etc, it seems most items in your room can be taken and added to your room bill. Hairdryer wasn't that great, but a nice Sony flatscreen TV with international channels and a CD player.

TRANSPORT:
Taxis and tuk tuks are permanently parked outside waiting for business, but the hotel will arrange for transport if you ask.

The BTS train (National Stadium stop) is just at the end of the street which I would recommend if you want to avoid traffic to/from suvarnabhumi airport.

But for those going to Don Muang airport taxis are the only real option and traffic is crazy around the hotel so give yourself plenty of time around peak hours. It took me 40 minutes at 2.30 pm.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:
The Jim Thompson house is in the next street parallel to the hotel. I've been there twice now because it's so beautiful. It gets really busy but we went on the 9.30am tour this time and it was great because the crowds only began to arrive as we finished. I recommend that you also go early to avoid the crowds.

Then of course there is the shopping nearby. This hotel is hidden amongst all the big shopping malls including Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon, MBK etc.

Post Office:
In case you need it it's in the carpark basement of the Siam Centre (This is the mall sandwiched between Siam Discovery and Paragon). The Siam Centre is closed for renovation at the moment but the carpark is still in operation.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in a few weeks ago...lovely clean modern rooms...a ittle narrow, but fantastically designed..great ultra modern decor...helpful staff, lovely pool with fluffy white towels and pool service for food at a reasonable price.Very good breakfast with plenty of variety...from Chinese noodles and chicken to toast and marmalade...anything you like really...very impressed...all good quality. Great location for department stores and sky train. The fitness room was adequate. Little disappointed that we couldnt redeem the massage voucher that we were given, and didnt really understand why so didnt use the beauty salon, but it looked nice.Overall...lovely place and reasonably priced.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Brilliant Hotel. Excellent location. BTS at end of the laneway. MBK and Siam Paragon Malls a short walk. Service was also spot on. Loved the breakfast. Had one treatment in the spa which was very good. Wish I had time for more treatments.
Hard to find any fault in this hotel. Will be back for sure.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

A great place to stay! It was a very short work from the National Stadium skytrain station which made getting around very easy. The facilities were good and so was breakfast. Everyone was really helpful and the quirky room designs added to the interest

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

Myself, my wife and her parents recently stayed at The LIT Bangkok for 3 nights in early December.
I have to say that the hotel did live to its 5 star hotel billing and if we ever to stay in Bangkok we would not hesitate in staying here again.

We had 2 Different Degree rooms. They were spacious and clean. Complimentary wifi worked well and 111 Baht per day meant a free drink from minibar each day above and beyond the free bottled drinking water. The only downside to the room was the view - not sure what the back of the hotel's view was like

Food wise we only ate breakfast here but there was a great deal of selection including good quality western style food as well as more Asian style cuisine. The cook to order food provided for breakfast was also very good.

The pool was a decent size and the spa was also very nice (only used for 10 min free foot massage that hotel offered guests)

Virtually all staff spoke English very well and we had no lost in translation moments. All in all an excellent hotel.

Location wise having the major shopping centres just 5 minutes walk away, same for Jim Thompson's house and most importantly the SkyTrain stop was just as close.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

LIT Bangkok. In a great central location with lots of street vendors right outside the door.

Well appointed with a good Gym, Spa and pool. The only downside was the strange bathroom setup with no doors. Its a little more intimate than most people would like.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Can't quite recall why I chose this hotel, but glad I did. Despite being on a hidden side street and some how feeling that the building isn't quite right for the locaton, it's proximty to everything is perfect. Walking distance to some of the major malls, plus two sky train stations that will get you most places.

Rooms are innovative and comfortable (a few too many light switches to deal with, but who cares). The staff are curteous and professional, plus the other hotel services are ample. Excellent mini bar set up in case you need a night cap. In short, lots of little nice touches throughout your stay. The free 'shoppers foot rub' is simple, but makes all the difference.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 36/1 Soi Kasemsan 1, Rama 1 Road | Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 , Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Bangkok
#18 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
#26 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
#34 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#35 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — LiT BANGKOK Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LiT BANGKOK Hotel offers an enviable location that combines authentic Thai charm, premium service and the convenience of central city living. It's a mere five minutes walk to Bangkok's major malls such as MBK, Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, for shopping, dining, and entertainment - as well as outstanding city attractions and landmarks including Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Jim Thompson's House and The National Stadium skytrain station.All 79 rooms are designed to furnish guests with a superior stay via surprising architectural features and a plethora of thoughtful design details. All rooms feature flat screen TVs, DVD player, mini-bar, and ambiance lighting.The hotel also offers guests a superb spa, fitness-centre, pool, restaurant, room service and the hotel's unique 'Fiesta Steppe' chill-out zone, a great space to drink in the local atmosphere with a glass of your favorite tipple. ... more   less 
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