I often walk past this hotel in China Town, as it is just down the road from pier 5 on the river boat service. I have never been in until this week.
I was waiting for a friend who was shopping so I decided to go to the revolving (revolting) restaurant on the 25th floor.
On the face of it, this should have been easy, but only one of the 4 lifts actually goes this far, and it took me 10 minutes to finally work out how to get there, apparently, if you use the wrong lift, you have to change on the 10th floor, however the correct lift only wanted to stop for me going down, never going up - I had to do it Thai Style and go all the way back down again, then up!.
I imagine this was a highly prestigious hotel when it opened 30+ years ago, sadly you can only imagine its former splendour as it's all a bit sad and run down now.
However, the trip WAS worth it for the views from the restaurant, which sadly doesn't start revolving until 8pm. Great views of Bangkok, and you can see how small it really is and wonder why every journey takes so long.
Baht 510 for 3 small Heineken's is about right for a hotel with tax & service, just about worth it for the view. I wouldn't want to stay there though as unless you had business to do, it is not very well located and any trip out is through traffic jams all day, if you can even get a taxi to take you.
If you find yourself in China Town, take a look from the 25th floor, it is certainly much more affordable than the bar at the top of State Tower.
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