This hotel has a funky art deco foyer and a restaurant that serve up the most delicious food I have EVER had on any trip to Thailand. The fresh fruit juices blended with mint are heavenly, all servings are generous and really cheap! Note though that they only allow people who are staying at the hotel to enjoy the restaurant, so you can't share these treats with friends who may be staying elsewhere.The woman who offers tourism advice in the foyer is lovely, there is a swimming pool and although the rooms are basic they are clean and have a balcony and it all comes at a very low price tag. All these things are great. Me and my friend were however treated with arrogance and INCREDIBLE rudeness, in its worst form, by the man in the reception (who is there every day), from the moment we arrived at the hotel until we left. He made us feel really small and VERY unwelcome! I wish we had reacted with anger and that we had just left the place but we were so stunned at the way he treated us and questioned us and were also too tired to start looking for another place. We were also asked if we were staying there, EVERY time we had food in the restaurant. We were the only ones they asked and were the only ones with more exotic looks. I am Swedish (Half Indonesian/Half Swedish) and my friend is French (born in Madagascar) and we are short and brown. We are nice and friendly and dress "properly" and really didn't do anything to warrant the reception man's behavior towards us. The girls in the restaurant were just doing what they have been asked to do but it was actually still really hurtful. You don't want to be faced with racism on your holiday. If you are "white" and preferably 40+ or have children, they will treat you nicely and you will enjoy the place. If you are dark or in a mixed couple, I would recommend you to stay somewhere else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok is, literally, untouched by modern pop culture. Walking into The Atlanta is like walking into another world, a long lost world. Most of what a guest sees and hears is old and classic - and authentic. ***The Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok, founded in 1952, features many superlatives, notably, the most photographed and oldest unaltered hotel lobby in Thailand, the first hotel swimming (diving) pool in Thailand, the largest selection of Thai vegetarian dishes in the world, a unique jungle-like garden right in the middle of Bangkok. The western menu features dishes made in the 1950s style - dishes that were on the original menu of The Atlanta, and prepared in the same way. ***The historic Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok has strict policies: sex-tourists, drug users, trouble-makers, and undomesticated people are not welcome. Any of these found on the premises are dealt with summarily. Because of these strict policies, The Atlanta Hotel has many detractors or even enemies. The Atlanta Hotel upholds its principles and policies without compromise. As of 1st September 2013, smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on the premises. ***The Atlanta Hotel is also home to destitute cats and terrapins. Injured and abandoned cats seem to find their way to The Atlanta. Many are rescued from elsewhere. There are at the time of writing 36 cats. Some live in an enclosure on one side of the garden; others live in the staff section of the hotel. The terrapins are all rescued and saved from loss of habitat. There are at the time of writing 27 terrapins. They live well in and around the pond of the jungle-like garden of The Atlanta. Two staff are employed full-time to look after the animals, and visiting vets often volunteer their services, which The Atlanta welcomes. There is a celebrated drawing by a regular guest of The Atlanta of the lobby featuring cats lying on the round sofa. The caption reads (in Italian), "Cats, the real guests of The Atlanta." Guests of The Atlanta are typically animal lovers. *** The Atlanta, being at the bottom of a lane, has no passing trade. All our guests are either regulars or friends of regulars. The Atlanta has many returning guests who have been coming to The Atlanta since the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and, of course, much later. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atlanta Hotel Bangkok
- Atlanta Bangkok