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“Hua Chang - Jewel of Siam (BTS)” 4 of 5 stars
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Hua Chang Heritage Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   400 Phyathai Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #129 of 772 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Hua Chang - Jewel of Siam (BTS)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

As soon as we stepped into the hotel, we knew this was going to be different. "Good" different or "bad" different was what we had to wait for. And then .... we entered the room and were truly floored. Modern chic is the only words I can use to describe the room. The bathroom was fantastic. the bathtub was actually in the room and great way to soak and watch TV or your fave movie on the Blu ray player. They don't carry any movies, so you may want to load up that flash drive.

Arriving in Suvarnbhoomi airport for a 5N/6D vacation, we hit the taxi station and reached the hotel at 8 am. The total fare including tolls (70 baht) - 300 baht. Ended up paying 400 baht since the taxi driver insisted that's what I had to pay. However, on the way back to the airport, we had a more scrupulous driver who took only what was due.

Since our check in was not until 2 pm, we paid half a day's tariff for checking in early. This was about 1950 baht including breakfast for two. We booked the room on booking.com and paid 3900 per night for a deluxe room (garden view - room no 708) with breakfast for two.

Located just across the road from the famous MBK mall and the Siam group of malls and in close proximity to the Central mall, Platinum malls and Pantip plaza, Hua Chang was in the reckoning right away. All these malls are within a mile radius. Best explored walking. The BTS was also only just a few minutes away.

Check in was a breeze and the staff at the reception were very helpful. In fact the staff at the hotel during our entire stay were extremely helpful and courteous.
The only problem of course was their English language skills. According to Wikipedia, Thailand ranks at the bottom two when it comes to English proficiency in the entire Asian region.

Most importantly, "Siam Exchange" was right next door for our currency exchange and this place was offering the best bang for the dollar in the whole of Bangkok. Please carry your passports though.

We ate once at the only in house restaurant in the hotel. Nothing to actually write home about with regards to the fare. Could have been definitely better. Breakfast was only so so.
A spa would have been a great addition. The pool seemed to be small yet very inviting the way it was designed to appear something like a tropical pond.

I would definitely stay here again, since all the places (malls) are nearby and the area is not congested like Sukhumvit. However, Sukhumvit is close by and can be accessed by BTS if you don't want to be stuck in the notorious Bangkok traffic.


FYI:
If you are looking for branded, original sunglasses/ watches/ cosmetics / fragrances, skip the malls of Bangkok. The promotions they offer are a big farce. Wait till you get to the airport. The prices at the malls were ridiculous and the discounts were in the range of 70% but still at least 20% pricier than the duty free shopping at the airport.

I was thoroughly disgusted with myself for paying 5500 baht at Siam square for a pair of sunglasses that was selling at only 4500 baht at the airport. And I got a discount 20% !!

Don't forget to get your VAT refund certificates from the stores your shopping in the city. They are not going to remind you, but be aware you can get 7% of the sale back at the airport. The sale has to be over 2000 baht and you have to get the certificate the same day. There will be a long wait as the person behind the counter will check and recheck and recheck again to refund the money. BTW you have to go the last entry in the airport, get your stuff verified from one counter and then go the gates to get your refund. Tedious. May be fun for some. Can be skipped altogether of you were to shop dutyfree at the airport.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Very nice hotel. We arrived one hour earlier at the airport and they were already waiting for us at almost midnight! We spent four nights, went to Angkor Wat and came back to spend one last night. We left all our big luggage with the buttler while we were away. They took good care of it and it was free.
As everybody has mentioned it, it is in a perfect location! You can easily take the BTS (National Stadium station) that takes you directly to the Taskien Pier where you get in the ferry to go NOrth: Grand Palace, Nonthaburi, etc. Although it is in the corner of two big avenues it is in a calmer area than if you choose to stay in any other hotel close to Suhkmuvit (soi 23, 24, etc). Although there are less litte shops around but you still have the enormous MBK with lots of vendors.
You can go walking to Siam Centre and eat at the big food court or have a pizza right around the corner in a little street on the way to the BTS station.
We liked the breakfast and did not get sick. Go for it if it is included with the room, if not it is 24 USD per person. I will definitely go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband and I spent 3d2n at this boutique hotel which just had its grand opening in January this year. Facilities are pretty new, services are welcoming. Since it's pretty new, on our last stay we saw a crew of local TV production team shooting for commercial ads.

Overall we love it's boutique styled rooms and decor, the bed and pillow make me feel like home! Their porters are very helpful as to arrange airport taxi service well before we mention it. And its really sweet that they greeted you with their traditional two palm closed gestures, to make sure the guests are being attended at all times.

Perfect location, with the BTS and Siam Centre closed by. but the breakfast is quite disappointing with its limited selections and lack of freshness, as we both had diarrhea after we had the Thai traditional sweet cakes that places at the noodle booth outside the restaurant.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Nice hotel with nice decorated room and good location near the shopping malls (MBK, Siam Bragon, Siam Center), and close to the train BTS train station. Free Wi-Fi. Helpful staff.

But the breakfast was poor with little choices.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This hotel is a fantastic find in a really busy area of Bangkok. Close to all the best shopping at MBK, the train BTS train station, walking distance to Siam Paragon/Siam Center etc. The rooms are over the top trendy, really nice use of space for shower, bath tub and bathroom area. Everything in the room is controlled by a high tech tablet. Everything flowed easily and i loved the high tech gadgets in the bathroom, lol. Nice warm toilet seat, what's not to love? Only minus for us was the dine in options, not a varied selection, but reception butler was helpful in obtaining food that we wanted outside the hotel. Great find, will visit again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Manama, Bahrain
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I would recoded this hotel because of their staff they were very helpful always smiling and welcoming
Beside the staff the hotel had a great location near the major shopping malls it was just few minutes walking to MBK or SIAM
room was nicely arranged with a touch of high tech
the breakfast was nice but with limited options especially if you were like us limited to the hala food
Small swimming pool but nicely designed
I think this hotel is one of or maybe the best boutique hotel in Bangkok

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 May 22, 2013 via mobile

This hotel.is a really great find in this busy city. A hidden gem indeed.

Staffs are friendly and helpful. They speak good English. Pool is relaxing. Last but not least, the room is impressive and shampoo and shower gel are from Thann.

I will be back to Bangkok just to stay in this hotel.

Keep it up!

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Address: 400 Phyathai Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #129 of 772 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hua Chang Heritage Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hua Chang Heritage a luxury hotel in the heart of Bangkok, providing easy access to many popular locations around the city. Opposite are the Sra Prathum Palace and the palace museum. Other cultural places of interest nearby include the Suan Pakkad Palace, Jim Thomson's House and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Only 15-minute walk away are several upscale shopping centres including Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and the MBK Department Store. The hotel is also just a stone's throw from the National Stadium BTS station, allowing guests convenient and easy access to the Sukhumvit, Sathorn and Silom commercial and business districts. Whether it's business, sightseeing, shopping, dining, or entertainment, nothing is out of reach. ... more   less 
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