Having been forewarned about the obscure location I didn't have much trouble locating it behind Citismart Condo at the mouth of Soi 18 (actually relatively convenient to Asok BTS, via the Exchange Tower building on Asok intersection - go up to the second floor for the walkway connecting to the station). One overhead bridge walk away from Soi Cowboy, if that rocks your boat. Lots of good food stalls on the main soi outside, if you are ok eating street food.
Rooms were cosy but well furnished and new, and this is the major attraction to this hotel. You would be hard pressed to find such cosy rooms for the price in the heart of Suklhumvit. Some small technical issues like some lights not working etc but they offered to fix them pronto.
Bed was well made-up, but slightly hard (not in a good way, just in a cheap material way). DVD player was a welcome touch, and very necessary as the selection of TV channels was dire. Bathroom small but completely adequate, with a bathtub to boot.
Cleanliness was acceptable if not impeccable as there were often traces of stray hairs on the floor etc., but mostly everything was very well maintained. Just investing in a vacuum cleaner would do the trick (as I suspect they use a broom).
My biggest, and probably only, major complaint is with the hot water shower. Water pressure is adequate, not great. Controlling the temperature is an exercise in futility. Warm water would run for a minute, then turn scalding hot, and 30 seconds later, the water would turn ice cold and to reactivate the heater, one would have to turn off the water for a few minutes. Perhaps it was only my room, but I was reluctant to complain and change.
The key point here is that if you are looking in the 1200 - 1400 baht range, this is likely your best bet. Hardly any problems, and the superb price justifies any other minor shortcomings, which 500-700 baht more a night in a better place would spare you from. Definitely a strong contender within this price range, now that the Ibis hotels seem to have upped their rates (and offer very little extra for the money).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This recently opened gem of a small boutique style hotel is the first of its kind in Bangkok. Attention to detail and style ensure that this property stands out from the crowd. There are only 20 rooms, 5 on each floor, which are all furnished in the most exquisite style. The hotel is only 200 yards from the Sky Train station at Asoke. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Darjelling Boutique Hotel Bangkok