I stayed for a few nights in this hotel during a short trip to Bangkok in November.
Bangkok is a city I know quite well, having been there many times mainly on vacation. Usually, I like to stay in various parts of the city in order to get different vibes. This hotel is located at the very end of Sukhumvit Soi 2, and it will take you 5-10 minutes to the end of the soi, and another 5 to the Ploen Chit BTS station. However, the hotel does have a tuk tuk that will take you to the end of the street… when it's there and not broken that is (it malfunctioned a couple of times during our stay). The hotel is a stone's throw away, actually just the nearest street to Soi 4, and its infamous and sleazy Nana plaza. The area is crowded with girlie bars, dubious massage parlors and pool joints.
Due to the location described above, things get a bit complicated in terms of clients and atmosphere. When we were there, the hotel was populated by single males and some of them definitely looked like they chose it mainly for its "convenient" location. If the hotel has a no guest or sex-tourism policy, it is not clearly stated on their premises, but I have to say that I did not witness any dubious outside guests while there. So if girls and bar-hopping in a red light district are what you are looking for, then don't hesitate. Otherwise, I would definitely not recommend it!
Another down side is the pool. Not only is it minuscule, it is also located off the breakfast room and right in front of the only elevator (you had to wait ages for it by the way), so don't expect any intimacy. There is not a single lounge chair, only a few tables and the pool never gets a ray of sun. I did not go there even once, even though it was very hot in BKK at that time.
My room was positively huge! It had a kitchenette, a table where you could sit 2 people, a desk and chair, a large double bed, an immense dressing room and a large bathroom. On first look, the design is pretty nice, but when you look closer, the floor is laminated wood, and the furniture is pretty cheap. There is a large flat-screen TV, a stereo system, a large fridge and even a microwave, which is nice and useful. However, the biggest drawback was the deafening noise… Although the hotel is at the end of what seems like a quiet soi, it sit a few meters away from the super-highway, and my room was looking right onto it. The traffic noise was so loud that it made it impossible to sleep without earplugs, and even then, I could still hear the constant hum of cars speeding by.
The staff is in general nice and polite. In the rooms, things are kept pretty clean, but the housekeeping still leaves much to be desired. On each day I was there, the staff forgot to clean one thing or the other (it actually became a joke), such as: the bathroom trash was not emptied when I arrived (ugh!), the dishes were not washed, there was no toilet paper, a dirty glass would be left somewhere, etc… Not an eye for detail, that's for sure!!
Although there was a large choice, quality was not good. The orange juice was chemical, the hot dishes always dried and overcooked and the choice of breads very poor. They should try to do less, but better!
I guess the main advantage of this hotel is its very low price, but there are other cheap options in Bangkok which are of better quality.
Too many drawbacks… I would not stay there again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aspen Suites Sukhumvit 2 provides 65 spacious rooms and suites designed in a fresh and contemporary style. All of our rooms are brand-new and offer in-room entertainment, LAN and WiFi connections, and a fully-equipped kitchenette. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aspen Suites Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Aspen Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Aspen Hotel