We stayed in bangkok over the weekend, and the hotel was allocated to us by our agent as included in our free & easy package.
Getting there: From the airport, we took a train to the to the hotel (Suvarnabhumi Airport --> Makkasan --> Huai Khwang) Do note that from Makkasan station, you have to walk for about 10min to get to Petchaburi Station where you can change to the blue line mrt to Huai Khwang station. this walk includes walking by the road under the highway/flyover which involves some steps and uneven pavement tiles (good to note if you are dragging along a large suitcase or if someone in your party has difficulty walking)
From Huai Khwang Mrt station, take exit no. 1. When you come up from the station via exit one, you'll see the Huai Khwang intersection right in front of you. you should take the road on your left. you DO NOT need to cross ANY roads/traffic lights. i stress this because the intersection is pretty confusing and unfortunately for us we spent a good 20min walking in the wrong direction, asking for directions which were not all correct, and crossing the intersection twice. (i.e standing at the top of the escalator you come up from, right in front of you is a parking space where you'll see tuktuks and motorcycle taxis lining the road, that is the road you should walk along to the left)
Anyway once you've got that left turn correctly, its easy from there. just walk along that road right to the end and turn right.. continue walking on and you'll see the hotel on your right. If its raining when you arrive, i'd suggest you take a tuktuk for 40baht to the hotel, cuz the uneven pavements (and rain) make it a huge pain to walk. Otherwise, a usual walk from the hotel to Huai Khwang station takes around 15-20min.
Room: We got 2 double rooms on the 6th floor. They were very spacious, and the toilet had a bathtub and standard amenities. Most tv channels are thai-subbed, however you'd probably find 1 out of 10 channels thats in english, and if you're lucky it'll be a nice movie. There'll be 2 complimentary bottles of drinking water placed in the fridge for you daily, and standard complimentary 3-in-1 coffee and tea. There's a hot water flask for you to boil your own water, and a hair-dryer in the toilet (which didn't work very well for me as the handle got too hot to hold within 3min of usage)
Breakfast: Breakfast was excellent in my opinion, there was a salad bar, 3 types of fresh fruit, bread basket and toaster, juice, milk, cereals, egg station, porridge/congee, soup, fried rice, fried noodles, mixed veg, bacon, sausages, ham, mash, etc.
Service: Service at the hotel was not too bad. Staffs taking the morning shift when we arrived were friendly and nice, as were the staff who served us upon checkout. Staff in between those periods though, were just average. The consistently nice ones were the 2 guys that help us to get a taxi whenever we requested for one. They're the ones who constantly smile, were polite, who genuinely showed effort and pride in their job even if it was just to hail a taxi and to help ease traffic at the hotel entrance for the taxi to pick you up and drop you off.
- when the hotel staffs help you to hail in a taxi, do remember to tell them that you wish to go by the meter. they will convey the message and inform the taxi driver in advance. before our trip we read that some drivers refuse to go by the meter, but when we were there, whenever the hotel staff got us a taxi and we requested to go by the meter, there was never once an issue as the hotel staff will inform the driver accordingly before we board (perhaps its a thai to thai thing! easy to negotiate :P)
- the roads right outside the hotel are one-lane roads in each direction, hence during peak hours, do be prepared that if you're taking a taxi back to the hotel, if you're stuck, you're stuck. there's no overtaking or u-turning, one-lane in each direction with no extra space!
- from huai khwang station back to the hotel, along the way there are some food stalls, quite a few massage parlours, hair salons, some fruit stalls and provision stores
- at night, using the same road from the hotel to the huai khwang intersection where you first arrived, continue going straight ahead crossing the intersection, and straight along that road you will reach huai khwang night market (row of stalls along the pavements on each direction)
- if you need to borrow a travel adapter from the front desk, do note that you'll have to pay a deposit of 300baht
- and always remember to get a hotel card from the reception desk whenever you go out, as many taxi drivers need the address and directions in thai (as attached in my photos)
- i'm not sure if its a huai khwang thing, but during the peak hours many taxis refused to go to that area (many mentioned due to the jam). when we returned to the hotel in on sunday evening from pratunam mall, we couldn't get a taxi unless we agreed on their fixed price. NONE of them were willing to go the area due to the jam. 9 out of 10 taxis quoted 200baht and we got our ride at 180baht. fyi we paid a taxi fare of 95baht from huai khwang to pratunam on a sunday morning.
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