I stayed at this hotel twice for three nights at a time as part of a multi-city break, it seemed best to review both rooms as a single post:
First room: Hotel checkin was swift & efficient, I don't do credit cards so had to leave B1000 deposit against room charges. (Be sure to get a receipt!) I was informed 'Guests' may be taken to the room, but incur a charge of B1000 a night. The room had a minibar, bathroom goodies, safe, tea/coffee making stuff. TV with remote. Universal power adaptor at desk. Shaver sockets 110v & 220v in bathroom. Good lighting. Carpet, not tiles. Telephone & lighting control console between the beds. The console also controlled the airconditioning, which was effective. The beds have very firm mattresses. The window goes right up to the wall, unfortunately the curtain doesn't, so the sun shines brightly into the room early in the morning if the room faces the back of the hotel like mine did. The clock on the bedside console showed the wrong time, there was no way to correct this, luckily I always travel with my own travel alarm clock. This hotel has somewhere around 18 floors, but the lift is surprisingly fast.
Second room: Checked in as before, B1000 cash deposit for room charges. As I had stayed at this hotel (10 days) before, they gave me a free room upgrade. This time on the opposite side of the hotel, on the 11th floor, at the front overlooking the pool. Still had the same problem with the curtains not blocking out the morning sun, but at least as the sun rose facing the other way it wasn't so bright... Also had the same issue with the bedside console clock being wrong, this time I mentioned it to reception, who had it corrected promptly. The bathroom goodies as before, but also two toothbrushes, a razor, and a comb. A small bowl of fresh fruit, and some sweets in a small packet on each bed. I had a late flight back home, so paid B1000 for an extension on the room, to checkout before 6pm. But they also have a changing room, I think this would have been free to use, so worth considering.
I didn't have breakfast at the hotel, so can't comment, but I did have a club sandwich for lunch which was a good size. However the pot of tea I had with it was weaker than Heineken beer, so I stuck to coffee at the bar after that, which was OK. Be aware that the prices in the hotel restaurant menu don't include vat at 7% plus service charge at 10%, this is shown in the small print at the foot of the page, but I felt that this was misleading all the same. The bar has a happy hour.
Taxi from airport to hotel: time about 50 minutes. On the first trip, the driver paid the tolls and gave an all-in price of B400. Second trip, the driver asked me for the change to pay the tolls, the price was then B300 without the tolls which I had paid for. So make sure to get some small change before leaving the airport, you will need: B25 for one toll, B45 for the other. By the way: it's MUCH cheaper to change sterling to baht at Bangkok airport than here in the UK, likewise to get rid of any left over baht at the end of your holiday. Just make sure not to get any notes bigger than B500. I gave both drivers B50 tip, they seemed happy with that. The hotel can book a taxi transfer from the hotel to the airport, this will cost B650. Time from hotel to airport: 40 minutes at 2pm on a Friday. But this was the tail end of the rainy season, so not so busy as it would be at Loy Krathong or Christmas time.
The hotel is situated on a side street off of Sukhumvit Road, opposite from Soi 4/Nana. There are three small convenience stores in the same street, a minute or so walk to Sukhumvit road and you'll find plenty of street market stalls, restaurants, & shops. Turn left at Sukhumvit road and carry on walking to Soi 19/21 for the 'Terminal 21' airconditioned shopping mall.
Overall a good hotel, good location, good rooms at the price I paid through a travel agent. They need to sort out those curtains though, I could do without being woken up at 6am by sunlight coming in the window when I'm on holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the boutique hotel favoured by savvy travellers and the city's elite who need to be at the centre of the action. A portal to all the treasures of the kingdom, BelAire Bangkok, is nestled in a quiet street just off bustling Sukhumvit Road, with its wealth of shopping, business and entertainment possibilities.Just a 30 minute drive to the Airport on the Expressway, in close proximity to embassies, the Central World and Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, and mere steps to the BTS skytrain and MRT underground transportation systems, getting around has never been easier. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bel-Aire Princess Hotel Bangkok
- Bel Aire Princess Bangkok