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“Good old fashion service” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand China Princess
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   215 Yaowarat Road | Samphantawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #333 of 766 Hotels in Bangkok
Pakenham, Australia
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“Good old fashion service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is our 2nd stay at the Grand China Hotel in Chinatown Bangkok and we have found it again a hotel with great service. The hotel is showing its age with rooms and some areas needing a spruce up, but the location for good food and low cost market shopping is ideal. Our stay co-insided with Chinese New Year which was an added bonus with Yaowarat Rd closed with hundreds of market stalls. The only downside was this caused traffic chaos. The rooms are a good size with views from all. The 20th floor pool gives some teriffic views of Bangkok. The breakfast menu is broad catering for nearly all nationalities. If you want to see the hustle bustle of Bangkok then this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Room facing Yaowarat Rd give the best views. Although have great size windows comes at a cost if you...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We only stayed for one night as we were travelling on to Chiang Mai the next day. On arrival the reception was attentive and efficient, the bags were looked after quickly and without fuss. The room looked a little tired but was acceptable, and the view was quite good overlooking the river. The restaurant was fully booked when we arrived, but they squeezed us onto a small table which was OK. The meal was good but not as "Thai" as we had hoped (more international). The restaurant experience was a little disappointing as we thought that it was a rotating restaurant, so that we could cover the full vista of Bangkok whilst eating. The restaurant, at least while we were there, did not rotate. The staff were generally friendly and efficient, but the hotel seemed to us to lack personality, maybe because there was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing around the reception/entrance area much of which did not appear to be caused by guests. Internet access in the room is ridiculously expensive, and if you take advantage of the free usage in the reception area it is VERY slow. If you want to spend the time in Bangkok in the Chinatown area then this hotel would be fine. Even though the hotel is on a main street it was difficult to get taxis to go there because of "traffic". It wasn't easy to get a taxi from the hotel either. The only transport we managed to get after waiting 15 minutes was a Tuk-Tuk, but be warned......
Do not accept Tuk-Tuk drivers offer of 40 Baht round trips to anywhere, this is a scam that wastes your time (an hour at least) looking at and declining goods you don't want and at inflated prices. In addition, the drivers seem to get annoyed when they don't make their commission (so called petrol vouchers) and start to drive recklessly, which encourages you not to take the return trip with him whenever you get to your real destination. There are many of these drivers outside the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Me and my wife stayed there last December 2012.
The hotel is located in Chinatown, on a main boulevard, which is convenient. It's about 20min away from the Main train station (Hua Lamphong). It seamed reasonably safe walking from the station to the hotel at around 9pm even though the streets were dirty, smelly and filled with weird people selling stuff, sleeping on the curb, cooking or whateva' else. They seamed harmless, but looking back on it I'd recommend getting a Tuk-tuk instead of waling to the hotel.
The hotel is big and once I'm sure it have been a moder and even luxury building, but now, after 18 years of service and almost no renovations it seams a bit worn.
They have this weird rule for a 1000 THB deposit for the room which they give back on check-out. I've seen this elsewhere as well, but it wasn't stated anywhere on our reservation so it was a surprise for us and very inconvenient as well.
Other then that the rooms are big enough, reasonably clean (no bugs at all), but again - very worn.
The room service (the meals) was just ok, but on the good side they had a big screen TV and a security box.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Grand China after a recommendation from a friend. On first looks it was a great step up from a budget hotel we at previously however it was not in a convenient location and many taxi drivers refuse to drive to the area due to the traffic jams this proved to be very inconvenient and expensive. The bell boys also try to get you to pay extremely high set fairs. Instead if you must stay here ask for a metre taxi only.

The hotel staff were ok. When we arrived they had booked out the room we booked so we had to take a twin before being moved to a double the next day. The staff made it seem like a huge inconvenience however wait and housekeeping staff were friendly and efficient.

There is no free wifi in rooms and is highly expensive if required.
Stay here if you need to be near china town however if you want to see Bangkok sites this is not the hotel for you.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The Grand China Princess is a lovely hotel within vibrant Chinatown. Clean, quiet and modernised to today’s western standards. Massive flatscreens in your well sized room (smart tv’s so you can play your own films if you brought along your USB and connect your camera to watch your today’s footage of Bangkok), daily clean towels and sheets if you desire, a rooftop restaurant and 360 degrees turning skybar (European prices but good sushi) and an excellent indoor massage service. We arrived (01/02/2013) 2 hours prior to check in time and waited on the rooftop, at the small pool. Nobody was there, it was bliss. Yes, the pool area looks rundown and the toilet (one floor up) gave me the sensation of being part of "the Shining" (remember the film?), but I was not expecting a 5 star deluxe, massive swimming pool on the rooftop of a Chinatown hotel. If you bring along some fresh fruit juice, bought along the street, it’s a great place to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle downstairs and your tiring flight. Plus, with this view, there’s really no need to go to the windy uptown Sirocco. Together with the enormous rainshower and constant supply of hot water, this hotel, for us, was the perfect stay to sleep away our jetlag. We always love to stay in Chinatown, just because of the good eateries on the street (try T&K!!! People always stand in line here since they serve great fish), the closeness to Hualampong station and the busy vibe. Also, the canalboat hub, Ratchawong, is a 5 minute walk around the corner to hop to the royal palace, reclining Buddha, Wat Arun etc. I do agree it’s a pity there is no internet access inside the room, unless you pay THB 500 per day, but if that’s all, why complain? And yes, the beds are very rockhard, but anyone know of a place abroad where mattresses are like home? Last time we were in Bangkok, we stayed at the Shanghai Mansion. We payed twice as much, just for pretty decoration, no flatscreen or inroom internet and more noise. Next time we will definitely stay here again. If you are looking for expat, western style Bangkok, stay in Sukhumvit or Silom, not China town. Looking for Hello Kitty to knock off bags galore on your doorstep? Join the shop till you drop crowds in Chinatown!

Room Tip: We were in 1503, nothing negative to mention. It's on a good floor, quiet and rooms are updated.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Low ceilings, tiny bathrooms (family suite for 4 grown ups share one bathroom perhaps 2mX2m), dirty surroundings (China Town), pool a joke, old wall to wall carpet.

Room size OK. Clean enough. Most staff very friendly.

Ask for a "Tuk Tuk" in the Sky Bar. Very positive experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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south wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Stayed at the grand china princess 2nd -4th jan ,this hotel is idealy situated for exploring the temples ,a short walk to the chao river terminal,and the hustle and bustle of chinatown.
We had a room on the 21st floor (top floor) and the view was unbelievable,
The rooms are clean and tidy ideal hotel for a couple of nights,breakfast was buffet style ,bacon omelette,toast and too much more to mention.
In all a good experience and would stay here again...

Room Tip: room 2102 excellent panoramic views over wat arun and grand palace
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 215 Yaowarat Road | Samphantawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#99 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand China Princess 3.5*
Number of rooms: 155
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