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“Good hotel - From a muslim perpective”
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Bangkok City Hotel
Ranked #265 of 887 Hotels in Bangkok
Reviewed June 4, 2012

HOTEL : Bangkok City Hotel is about 2 yrs old and is located along the very busy Petchaburi Road. It is always busy with group tours and lots of luggage at the lobby. We stayed here for 4 nights on a 19th floor room overlooking Petchaburi Rd. My double room is medium sized with a decent toilet and shower bath. The bed linen and toilet are clean. There are 3 lifts ( incl the service lift ) and they worked very well. The front desk staff are polite but they are not so responsive – maybe to English speaking patrons. Here, you must deposit 100 bht for each access card. They will refund the amount when you check out. I have seen other muslim family from Malaysia with children patronising this hotel. We always meet them at Soi 7 for their meals.

TRANSPORT : – Use the sky train to go anywhere. They are very reliable - punctual, quiet and comfortable. The airport link train ride is a worthwhile experience – cheap and fast in traffic congested Bangkok City.
Hotel is About 10 mins walk to the nearest BTS Rachathewi Stn where you can go to BTS Siam, BTS Nana or BTS Asoke. From BTS Siam you need to change train to National Stadium/MBK. Shopping is our main focus. We went to Patunam area/road side stalls using the non aircon bus taken from the station opposite side of the overhead bridge ( 6 bht for 2 persons ). Try to get your souvenirs here. It is cheaper than MBK. We also visited Indra Market and had lunch at the food court on level 3. Only one halal stall here selling Yellow chicken rice ( 45 bht ). Across the road is Platinum Fashion Mall. During the weekend, after breakfast, walk to the Phaya Thai condo and take the skytrain at Phaya Thai Station to Mo Chit Stn where Chatuchak market is located. Note : Hail the tuk tuk or taxi from the street infront of the hotel if you need one. They will start with 100 or 200 bht. The refund from the access card is useful if you need the money to your Tuk Tuk to Phya Thai BTS (40 bht ) and Airport Link from Phya Tai to Airport (45 bht ).

FOOD : Hotel breakfast/food is non halal. They serve pork. We took the overhead bridge near the 7 Eleven and went across the road into SOI 7 where Darul Aman Mosque is located. A lot of street vendors here selling Halal food e.g. roti prata ( 10 bht ) , sticky rice ( pulut ) with fried chichen/garlic ( 25 – 30 bht ) , rice/vege/gravy ( 50 – 60 bht ) , Thai breakfast noodle with egg. On Friday morning, there are more Halal food vendors selling Chicken/Beef Biryani ( 45 bht ), big prata ( 30 bht ). Wash down with coffee. Tea, milo etc.
After 7 pm, the street here comes alive. After you get down from the overhead bridge, a Muslim girl sells sliced mangoes ( 30 bht per fruit ) and further down before SOI 7 a young Muslim couple selling halal ice cream ( 30 bht per scoop ). At the junction of Soi 7 is the stall selling roti prata ( 10 bht ), beef murtaba ( 30 bht ) and Teh Tarik/with cows milk ( 20 bht ). Seat always full of youngsters. Walk into the lane and you can get Ramly burger and I tried Mdm Sarah’s beef ball noodle ( 30 bht ) and tomyam ( 50 bht ) from a makan shop. There are others selling so called Halal food during the day and night along Petchburi Rd before Soi 7 but they are Chinese owned.
We also visited Nana Soi 5 and Soi 7 and there are a lot of restaurants selling Indian, Arab, Yemen food. This area is predominantly Arab and Pakistani. Nothing mush to shop here. One big restaurant is Hussein but this place is rather expensive. We found one reasonable restaurant which has a big lighted numbered board selling set meals (180 bht per set ) – just before Hussein Restaurant if you enter by way of Soi 7. They have Patani Muslim food here.

PROBLEMS : :
1) Do not take the recommended tour company from the Airport arrival hall. They coax you with offers/discounts for the period. This is actually a city and temple tour - not that good. You can take the aircon public bus from the bus station infront of 7 Eleven and it only cost you less than 10 baht. The lady also advised me to drop off the Transit train at Rajprapop Station. This is inaccurate. You must drop at Phya Thai as recommended by other travellers in Tripadvisor. This is very near to the hotel.
2) Beward of the Tuk Tuk. One driver took us from Rajprapop BTS but after going some distance, told us that he was not going that way. We came down with our luggage and had to hail several taxis before we get one nice guy to take us. Every Tuk Tuk or taxi driver will use his fingers to denote 1 for 100 bht or 2 to denote 200 baht. You must always respond with 30 baht and bargain.

SUGGESTION : Maybe the hotel management can turn this into a Halal hotel to attract more muslims to stay here.

Room Tip: Take a room on the 19th floor overlooking the Petchaburi Road. The scenary is beautiful after 7.00 p...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Nice location with walking distance to the Ratchathewi MRT station and Phaya Thai station which station to airport with costTHB45.00 per person. We book a family room for 01 queen + 01 single bed. Room very spacious and clean with comfortable bed. However the bathtub tap water is broke when press the button to switch to the shower. The shower curtain needed during the shower. The whole floor will get wet. The front liner Bell boy and Receptionist is very kind and helpful.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Stayed there April 19 - 22nd. Was sold a room I hadent booked. Charged Bhat 1299 for a Single room when I had booked a boom on the net for Bhat 1090. When challenged was told this was the only room take it or leave it....

The reception women are the pits.... non compromising and basically you are a bother to them... or thats what they make it sound like....

The bell hops are great and try to make aments but for what?

Rooms very clean and nice. Food really great.

Room Tip: Dont get caught to the scam mentioend above. Pay forwhat you booked nothing else. Be careful and lis...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

It has one thing going for it, it's cheap. IF you are on a budget this hotel is fairly good and centrally located. However, the wireless was malfunctioning and the reception staff was totally uninterested in helping. The sheets were unchanged from the previous guest with pubic hairs and unidentifiable dirt hidden under the blankets. The bathrooms have unsealed service ducts that let in foul air, as do the drains. The soundproofing is non existent and coughing, talking, door slamming and general noise is clearly audible in the room at all times. There is also loud gushing any time anyone upstairs is showering or using the bathroom. The absolute clincher though, the rows of bedbug bites that appeared on my thigh 2 days after staying there.

If money is your only concern, it might be worth while, otherwise avoid it like the plague that clearly infests the place, at least the 19th floor.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Jim M
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

I stayed at this hotel 2x. First time was 3 nights (Feb 2011), and 2nd was 2 nights (Dec 2011). The receptionist was good on my 1st visit, helpful. When I would like to talk to my Thai friend to let her know that I arrived hotel, she willingly put me thru. However, on my 2nd one, a bit rude. I couldn't understand her English well, and she raised her voice when explaining to me again.
Room was good and clean, and room amenities were complete, but no toothpaste. Breakfast was very good, a lot of choices. We liked fried noodles, steamed bun, and juice.
Housekeeping staff, and bell boy were friendly and helpful.
The location was great, just 10' walk to BTS station. It's convenient to reach Chatuchak. It's not far from malls. A convenience store is just next door.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

Stayed in a triple sharing room with fantastic views -

Pros -
Centrally located, around 300 mts from the nearest BTS.
7-11 Right next door
New property, so everything was neat. Sheets were changed everyday, and 3 bottles of mineral water too
Polite bell boys

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Very limited options for a vegetarian/halal foodie, we got tired of eating the same stuff everyday because nothing changed.

The aircon didn't work, but we were quickly changed to another room

Would stay again and recommend to others.
At the time of check-in, rude receptionist.

Room Tip: Choose a room on a high floor
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank FidaR
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

This was a good value hotel for something within 10 minutes' walk to a BTS station. It is located on Phetchburi Road, next door to Samran Place, a couple of doors from a 7/11, and in an area where plenty of street stalls set up for dinner. Really if you feel like it, it's within walking distance of MBK, but it's not a short walk.
Staff were not particularly friendly but none were rude. The hotel is certainly popular with Asian and caucasian tourists alike, and some tour groups also use this as their base.
The swimming pool on Floor 5M was a welcome addition, though it is only open until around 8pm from memory, which is a shame because it's not like they have a lifeguard there watching the pool. The size is pretty good, and there are a few one-person alcoves up one end of the pool with spa jets. What was most surprising was that the pool was clean, yet did not seem to use the excessive amounts of chlorine that most other hotel pools which I have encountered in Thailand seem to use.
Rooms were an acceptable size. I'm sure for two people they would be fine, however the 3 person room was a bit of a squeeze. The selection of TV channels was reasonable, though most were Thai channels and I would've expected a bigger variety of channels.
The bathroom had a contemporary design and was equipped with a shower over the bath as well as a hairdryer.
Rooms were also equipped with a safe, and strangely there was a kettle but no tea or coffee making facilities. This was a bit of a disappointment.
WiFi signal worked well, though I had to keep logging in through my web browser every time I switched my computer off and on.
Lifts were not air-conditioned, and neither were the room corridors for some reason. Nevertheless I suppose I could live with an extra minute or two without aircon after having walked around in the Bangkok heat all day.
Overall the hotel was good value for money. It wasn't the most impressive place I've ever stayed at, but it did the job, was still reasonably new, had internet, breakfast and a swimming pool included in the room rate, and it was not hard to understand why it was popular.
If staff were a bit more friendly and all the usually expected amenities were provided in the room, I'd have given it an extra point.

Room Tip: Higher floors have nicer views. The swimming pool is on floor 5M.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 268 Soi Petchburi 10 - 12, Petchburi Road | Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
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Swimming Pool
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Ranked #265 of 887 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range: $41 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bangkok City Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 252
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