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Bangkok City Hotel
Ranked #278 of 859 Hotels in Bangkok
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“Relatively new budget hotel, pretty good deal”
Reviewed December 8, 2011

I was first checked into room 1809 at 2200. I had a late flight and what was in the room to welcome me was not desired. After a brief check of the room, I turned back to the washroom only to find an adult cockroach greeting me. A complete shock of my life! Luckily my travel mate took care of it. Next? The aircon is spoilt. Took more than 20min for the housekeeping to send the technicians to my room. Took another 20min before they decided it's beyond repair and 'upgraded' me to a deluxe room 817.

Not much of an upgrade. it's situated at a corner, blocked by a thick wall which cuts out the wifi completely (only accessible when you stepped out of the room). The room view has changed from a city view to some old buildings less than 20meters away, which means curtains are forever down for me.

Is there any merits for the hotel?? yes of course!

1. It's a stone throw from the last stop Phaya Thai (Airport Railway Link). You can either take a 15min walk from there to & fro the hotel when you have light luggage. Alternatively, a 50bahts cab ride will take you there comfortably after a week of shopping.

2. Lots of cheap food available. A few restaurants and road side stalls are just adjacent.
Very cheap & authentic thai food which are frequented by locals up to 2am.
ordering is easy as they provide menu with english labelling & photos.
Soi12 also provide some nice snacks when you aint up for a heavy meal. Across the road are also some stalls where you can get bread with pandan pudding & the signature Thai milk tea for less than 50bahts.

3. massage parlour is just next door too. Foot massage is always a treat after a long day of walking.

4. breakfast (7am-10am)is included in the room rate, which is already a steal for a 3star hotel in central bangkok. but you do need to get up early to get any decent spread. My first breakfast starts at 9am and I ended up at Soi12 with dumpling noodles instead.
They do not refill even upon request. Hot soup or porridge are not kept warm too. I took a bowl at 730am later & it was only slightly above room temperate.

5. Guided tours can be easily arranged at a counter at the lift entrance. The guy speaks chinese and simple english so it will come in handy for some travelers. He's not pushy in getting you to sign up for tours, and was kind enough to provide information as & when you need it.

Would I stay there again?
Yes, proximity to public transportation & major shopping points are a big welcome.

No, if there's a newer budget hotel within the vicinity. One consideration could be Siam Swana, just next to Asia Hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

Nice hotel but beware even when having a confirmed reservation, they dont know the meaning of reservation. Had a confirmed booking but when checking in was told "Sorry Sir we are full!"

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

I stayed here about a week after they opened for business and found it to be perfectly acceptable. I notice that a number of people have commented that the front desk people don't speak English well, which is true, but why should they? After all, this is Thailand so I find that to be forgivable. The rooms were very clean and well-appointed although they didn't have shower curtains. (Knowing what I know about Thailand, they probably still don't!)

I've visited Bangkok more than a dozen times and have stayed all over town (including next door). This place is in a good location, close to 2 sky train stations and there are a number of good places to eat nearby. There are lots of very good bargains on hotels in Bangkok but I think this is a 'better than average' deal.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

Very conveniently situated. Near the Phaya Tai station, which one can board the Airport Express Train, just 15min from the airport to the city center, last stop at Phaya Tai station. cost only 150 baht per person for return trip from airport to phaya tai. so can conveniently go to the airport in less than 1 hour and could even be faster if you manage to catch the train which is punctual. the hotel is within walking distance, however, not recommended if you have heavy luggage with you. can easily take taxi, by meter, may cost you around 35-40 baht if no traffic..but a nightmare during lunch hour, taxi refused to go there from the hotel, as it's too near and with the traffic jam, i guess not worth the trip for them..but can still walked.around 15 minutes walk. also very near to Pratunam, if you can walk, it's within walking distant. taxi will cost 40 baht. can easily walk to the BSK station, and siam paragon is 1 stop away. cost only 15baht to get to siam paragon by sky train. taxi back from siam paragon to the hotel cost 45 baht.

hotel itself is new and clean. i like the concept of no carpets in the room and the wooden flooring is clean and nice..bathroom clean, food in the restaurant is good and the price is reasonable, for the cleanliness and taste..there are alot of food stalls/street food just outside the hotels, and market with food stalls, pharmacies, 24 hours convenient shops just round the corner.

will definitely stay there again if go back to Bangkok

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 30, 2011

I stayed at the Bangkok City Hotel at the last minute as I decided to fly instead of taking an overnight train to Bangkok. Good choice - staff were very friendly, rooms were comfy and clean, and a great value for your money.

Location may not be the best, but as there is just a short walk to Skytrain station/BTS it was generally worth it. Recommended.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

Low rates for a classy hotel. The room decor was like 4 star. Good breakfas as it was included in the tariff

  • Stayed April 2011
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

I checked in on Tuesday 22nd November after spending a night at the Wattana Mansion which is actually managed by the same people that owns The Bangkok City Suite and The Bangkok City Hotel. I left because I need to be in the central area of Inner Bangkok and the Bangkok City Hotel suits my preferences very well. Wattana was allright but it was not near to any Halal food or restaurant. By staying at the Bangkok City, I am just a few minutes walk to Petchbhuri Soi 7 and the Darul Aman Mosque. One can also walk a few minutes to the Bang Krue Muslim community where the Darul Falah Masjid is located. I was at first a bit annoyed that the receptionist stated to me that there is no smoking room at that moment but I was offered a room on the 17th floor with double bed which I do not mind paying as the hotel was actually filled with locals from Bangkok and other provinces either from the flood areas or on a holiday. Check in was easy, I need not bother to ask further assistance but the 2 receptionists who attended to my reservation were both very polite and prompt without too much strain on their work. I was fortunately not met by the 2 very rude receptionists who purposely put me in a non-smoking floor during my last trip in September.. do watch out for these two, complaints have been written in the quest's book if you care to look up in the lobby.As always, I can use the metered cab (just tell them in simple Thai where to go..the taxis are Toyotas and very comfy), the skytrain /underground or MRT plus the air-conditioned buses to places like Tesco Lotus Ram 1, MBK, Siam area, Sukhumvit until Bearing, Jatujak market and also Ramkamhaeng as this hotel is very centrally located. If you take the buses from Ramkamhaeng to Bangkok Noi like number 60 or Metrobus no 10 and 4, the buses will stop just infront of the hotel near the 7-11 store. There are 3 7-11 nearby, many ATMs.The route to and from the hotel is always busy with people and traffic but once I am up on the 17th or 18th floor, you are actually up there and able to look all around you till the Chao Phraya area. Breakfast is limited for me as a Muslim to bread or cereal but the unlimited coffee and fruit juice and the comfortable new eating area just near the lobby always make me return back again to this place. The bellboys are wonderful, forever smiling and opening the door for you. The reception are all right except for the two I had mentioned earlier but just ask for Kalanya, she is just wonderful. The cleaners are alway there, when I come back after a day of buying my stuffs, the towels will be changed and the place is again neat and tidy. It is always been my place to stay here in Bangkok, I have tried other hotels in Bangkok before but this place is always my first thought when I plan to stay in Bangkok. Do reserve your room or rooms early, it is already 1 year since the soft launch last year but it can get fully booked most of the times. Highly recommended... and do check out the swimming pool on the 5th floor, at times, you have the pool all to yourself.. wonderful...

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Property: Bangkok City Hotel
Address: 268 Soi Petchburi 10 - 12, Petchburi Road | Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
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Ranked #278 of 859 Hotels in Bangkok
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bangkok City Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 252
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