Citadines Sukhumvit soi 8 is located far far away from the main sukhumvit road. At night this becomes one of the quieter streets as compared to the notorious nana plaza behind the JW marriott. Thoughtfully they provide a 24 hour (we took ride at 1 am) complimentary tuk tuk to the main road or the nearby 7-11. When at the other end at main road call the hotel reception and they will send the tuk tuk to pick you up. Remember to pickup the hotel visiting card from the front desk which gives driving directions in thai (many taxi drivers still cannot or pretend not to speak English to rip off foreigners) to the hotel and the hotel no. on which to summon the tuk-tuk to the main road
We checked in the 1BR apartment early at 10:30 am with adjoining rooms on the 5th floor (smoking floor). We checked in with the property running at near 100% capacity.
While the studio unit was pretty well thought out (25 sqm) the 1 BR design is disaster despite a much bigger area of 38 sqm. There are five distinct areas, entrance, kitchen to the left, sitting area with a writing desk, sofa and flat TV ahead, bedroom with queen bed (nothing else can fit in) & built in cupboard, wash basin commode and bath tub shower area. Beware the bed is a standard Queen size. They could have done so much with the 38 sqm space available and put in glass separators between the sitting area and bedroom but they put in a wall. poor design also meant you could see the TV in bed.
All the apartments have a two burner electric induction stove, microwave, plates, glasses, frying pan, full fridge, utensils and cutlery. They also give two small bottles of water daily.
Guest safety is concern, so like all 4 or 5 star properties you need tour key card to access the elevator to go to your room or for the very small pool / gym.
We had read about the loud noises coming from the reception but honestly we spend 4 nights in complete peace with no noises.
The breakfast priced at THB 200 + 7% VAT seemed to be an attempt to make money. They have a horrible 3 dish spread , plus cornflakes/ cereal with milk, 3 types of juices in dispensers, plus choice of fresh made 4 types of eggs (Thai omelette, Masala omelette, Scrambled, Fried), fruits and tea/ coffee, butter choice of 2 jams and bread/toast. Latte or expresso coffee is extra starting from THB 85 + tax. Absolutely NO ham/ bacon/ sausages, hot chocolate, fried rice, mashed potatoes etc. Recommend the masala omelette, but go easy/skip the red chillies. You could get charged extra if you have more than one egg as we were informed. Seems a rip off but you don't have a choice. Cheaper and easier to go to nearby 7-11 in tuk-tuk to buy bread, eggs, cereal, milk, sandwiches, butter/ jams , juices and cook yourself.
In case you dont want to cook, citadines thoughtfully has dial a meal option and places a whole book to order in from various restaurants.
Bring your own tooth brush / tooth paste, slippers, bathroom robe and shaving kit as this was not provided in room. However we were rude enough to call reception (and guest services, being one and the same person attending to both tasks) and they were made available. Next time at reception we were shown a small sign which said these were available on demand.
Across the Sukhumvit Road is Vasu Exchange (carry your passport) where you get the best forex rates in the area. For food supplies you can visit foodland. For those ready to try the indian curry, there is namuskar at the end of the road, near main street. Consider get a fancy suit, many available on the main street. MBK is only four stops away and cost around THB 60 by BTS train with a change at Siam.
Must eat the street fresh cut pineapple (THB 20) and fresh orange / pomengranate juice in small transparent bottles (THB 50) and a foot massage or full body massage with a special yellow balm on feet and thighs (THB 200, negotiable, one hour)
Beware of trying to take a taxi back from MBK, Platinum mall, Big C after 4 pm till 9 pm as the cabbies will demand anything from THB 150 - 250 ( against a regular cab fare of THB 75).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok is just a five-minute walk from Nana skytrain station, close to major office and business centers. Vibrant colours and bold interiors underline the property’s modern yet sophisticated style, all 130 stylish apartments offering a fully equipped kitchen, separate bedroom and lounge and sliding television. Stay tuned for great information through WIFI internet access in all apartments and public. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Citadines Hotel Bangkok