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“Too many negatives to offset the few brilliant positives” 2 of 5 bubbles
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M2 de Bangkok Hotel
Ranked #516 of 1,131 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
Wairoa, New Zealand
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85 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Too many negatives to offset the few brilliant positives”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

I have this hotel to be the most difficult one to review. On the positive side, the room design and amenities are outstanding, and the shower (which actually works with unvarying heat and good flow, consistently (a rare thing in Thailand)) and bathroom are just great. For those Jack Bowers of you waiting for that call from the President, an additional phone is thoughtfully provided adjacent to the toilet. Room cleanliness is impeccable, and the staff are all very friendly and helpful. However, all these positives cannot overcome the very troublesome negatives associated with this hotel. There are so many of them I have numbered them below:

1. structural instability. My room was on the 4th floor of the 5-storied hotel. It was not until I went to bed and lay down for a while that I realised that the entire structure of the hotel ‘sways’ when heavily-laden trucks drive by. Looking back at the comments of other guests on various review sites, this is a common complaint. The feel of this was akin to lying in bed on Christmas morning, and having an over-excited 8-year old grab your mattress and pull and push it repeatedly in order to get you up to deal with the presents under the Christmas tree. I am from New Zealand originally, and have no problem with small earthquakes. The building movement was very similar to a small, unthreatening earthquake. However, given that heavy trucks passed the hotel at least every 10 minutes, it took me an hour or so to ‘settle down’ and go to sleep. I imagine on the 5th floor, the swaying would be even more exaggerated. If you do book this hotel, I suggest that you request a lower floor room – you will be less exposed to structural sway. God help this place if there is ever actually a real earthquake!

2. The hotel is literally a stone’s throw from a massive busy motorway interchange. Traffic noise is excessive, and never stops;

3. The hotel has thoughtfully been constructed directly opposite an emergency ambulance station. Screaming sirens yank you out of your sleep as ambulances head out to deal with the relentless road carnage on Bangkok’s streets;

4. The location is dreadful. Seedy, motorway-interchange-noise-contaminated and bereft of any pleasant Thai massage sites where you can get a relaxing massage to assist you to drift off to sleep amongst the earthquake simulations and motorway/truck noise. I have stayed in many, many hotels and locations in Bangkok, but this one wins the prize for a combination of noise, seediness, and lack of proximity to those attractive elements of Thai culture – nice restaurants/massage spas etc;

5. Don’t make the mistake of going for a walk outside the hotel (a 7-11 is just a couple of minutes walk away) where several street stalls are located, and buying a noodle soup. You cannot eat this back at the hotel, as the hotel provides no bowls or spoons for guests to enjoy such fare. You could buy something on a stick, though ……;

6. My Wi-Fi was free initially, but when I awoke the following morning, I found that I was expected to pay for 'extra' access. Beware. If you were expecting a pleasant lie-in and browse for great holiday spots to visit - put that thought on hold as you get dressed, and trudge down to reception to collect your new password slips, and then return to bed in a different frame of mind. Beware, also, that the hotel has an explicit policy stating ‘All network activity will be monitored, this includes: websites, bandwidth usage, protocols’. 'Big Brother' is clearly alive and well at M2. Not conducive to feeling comfortable about accessing your banking or other privacy-sensitive sites – so drop that idea right now!;

7. The room is supplied with 2 bottles of Evian (50 baht), and 2 bottles of naam bplao (plain water) (10 baht). There is no mention within the room that any plain water is complimentary. All water is listed on the Minibar price card as chargeable. I have a personal ‘thing’ about those (rare) hotels that sting you that miserly bit extra just for the right to sip drinkable water when you arrive at your hotel room. If you want to quaff a Coke – maybe pop out to the 7-11 next door and get a can for 14 baht, rather than the 40 baht which the hotel charges for the pleasure.

8. A metered taxi (which you can just flag down yourself on the street outside) will cost you around 85 baht to get you to Mo Chit Bus Terminal (Note, available taxis show a lit-up yellow light above the dash – in Thai it says ‘Waang’, which means (literally) ‘Free’). Of course it’s not free – it merely means it’s available.

9. I recommend not accepting the hotel’s offer to arrange a taxi for you, which will involve an excessive overcharge;

10. In summary, although staff service and room quality were exemplary – I could not recommend this hotel to anyone who is not (a) deaf or significantly hearing-impaired, (b) indifferent to emergency vehicle siren activation at any time of the day or night, and (c) fully accustomed to the lateral structural momentum associated with sleeping in a tree hut in a high, softwood tree in an intermittent high wind. It’s a great pity – as if this hotel was located in Sukhumvit near Terminal 21 (for instance) – I would be beating a path to its door. As it is though – my recommendation is to select any one of the myriad of other (better-located, and quieter) hotels out there …..

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Lake_Road_B_and_B
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Looks like high fasion place nice furniture, there were also parking lots for cars. the location is nit the best but if you want to be at that part of the city i founded perfect and there bathroom is amazing you can se trough the bed to the bathroom if you open the carpet.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Hotel amazing and food delicious so cheap as well. This is out the way though need to get a taxi everywhere which cost about £2 quid to main areas. No a lot of English speaking Thai's in the area. close to the weekend market.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Missjoes
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Siem Reap, Takev, Cambodia
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

Experience 3 nights with this hotel during attending the World Spa Well-being and Convention in Bangkok in September 19-21 , 2012, i got a very convenient and comfortable experience in my first experience there . The good concept of room designed plus the accommodated staffs make this hotel value for money. But the breakfast provides by this hotel, it's just OK to me.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vitou Y
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Stockholm, Sweden
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41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

I loved staying here for three days, especially for the money I paid (about €20 per night). The rooms are new, clean and comfy (although the naked art on the walls is a bit tacky imho).
What isn't good with the hotel is the location - if your interests are in the city and not in Rachida Pidesek especially, either tuktuk or taxi is needed. Also, no-one knows about the hotel so be sure to ask the from desk to write down the exact address in Thai. I ended up in the middle of the night 30 km away from the hotel. But Rachida Pisek is a good neighborhood that I really enjoyed. Ate food on the street and took the 10 minute drive to the Centrum Plaza - a gigantic mall in the middle of the vibrant Rachida Pisek.

Also, the wi-fi was kind of bad. When it worked it was good but every 3rd hour you had to have a new code and needed a separate login for the smartphone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BazonBacon
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Chennai (Madras), India
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

A great little hotel. The staff are very friendly and helpful even though their knowledge of english is limited. Got a bus stop nearby(the bus conductors barely speak english, if you know where you're going and you have a map or a GPS with you, you should be fine). Or you can always hail a taxi though it is not as cheap as the bus. You can find Tesco and 7/11 stores at walkable distance from the hotel. You can find lots of small shops selling food around the hotel(they are pretty clean and cheap). The room was spacious and clean but the bed starts shaking once in a while cause of the heavy traffic on the road.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Luvs_to_travel123
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Penang Island, Malaysia
Level Contributor
84 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

Before staying at this hotel, the most important thing to do is to print out the location map and pass it to your taxi driver. Even then he will scratch his head furiously. Once reach the hotel, pick up the Taxi Card. That will be the lifesaver for the entire stay.

Pros :-
1) Hotel is spacious, clean and modern looking. The front desk is quite friendly with the exception of one surly old man. Please seek their assistance to write down in Thai language your desired destination and then pass it to the security guard sitting conveniently in front of the lobby. He will then hail a taxi to your next destination
2) The street along the hotel has 2 convenient store chains : 7-Eleven & Tesco Lotus which has most of what you need. On mornings, there are street food stalls selling coffee and at night, selling BBQ sticks and other local delicacies. Just give it a try. There is a local cafe with English language nearby with quite good food as well in case language becomes a major issue.
3) Despite being in outer Bangkok, it is still near to Chatuchak market and other major tourist attractions as it is situated next to the tollway.

Cons :-
1) Not near any BTS or MRT station. On the map it looks to be near Sutthisan MRT and BTS Saphan-khwai, however in reality it is a tedious 15 minutes walk along the streets with no clear landmarks to determine your actual location. Just spare yourself the hassle and take the taxi which leads to number 2
2) Traffic in Bangkok is a hellish experience. As M2 is situated next to the tollway and on the outer parts of Bangkok, it is not a popular taxi destination and be prepared to negotiate with the taxi driver to use meter. Occasionaly you might need to fork out 45THB for the taxi driver to use the tollway to cut down the time travel due to the traffic. Taxi from Siam Paragon/Terminal 21 back to hotel will not exceed THB100.
3) Wi-fi is limited to 1 account per ID. It is quite a hassle to relog-in everytime
4) The hassle of needing to update the room keycard daily to enter the room.

If not for its inconvenient location, M2 will be a good place to stay again. I will move in to a hotel with near BTS/MRT access next time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank A_Screw_Loose
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Property: M2 de Bangkok Hotel
Address: 168 Vibhavadee-Rangsit Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #516 of 1,131 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — M2 de Bangkok Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Thailand’s most ultra modern avant-garde boutique hotel, M2 de Bangkok. Unveiling a unique architectural accomplishment containing within it a contemporary statement of embellished art deco designs, rich colorful furnishings, dark wood trimmings and featured black and white avant-garde works of art, the M2 de Bangkok hotel is not only renowned for its chic setting but also recognized for its accomplished first-class customer service in style. ... more   less 
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