This is a hotel operated by Thai people for Thai people, although they do their best to make foreigners welcome. But the differences are worth noting. Most Thai hotels are a mix of longterm and short term stays, so in this building you will find local permanent residents. These kinds of places are run differently than holiday stay hotels geared towards foreigners. Most notable is the maintaining of the rooms. They are maintained more like rental housing than hotels. You will find scuffing of the interior and furnishings and bathrooms which do show their use. The towels aren't new and fluffy and the sheets while clean aren't bleached to within an inch of their life either. Perfectly acceptable to the local market but quite different to what most
westerners would expect of a hotel. I did find it good value for the price, but you need to keep
in mind the price. It's certainly superior to anything you'd find in your home country at the same
The staff in the hotel reception speak English and can help you get about. While not overly
friendly they are courteous and helpful which is all I really want.
I found the location pretty good, it's quiet at night and the MRT station and main street with market are a straight line 2 min walk from the hotel. It's only a 15min train ride to the downtown area and the locals working in the MRT station speak English and can help you. But it is a local residential area and you won't see many other foreigners in that area. The food in the
local market is good and extremely cheap. The onsite shop can sell you a local sim and
recharge value (if you bring your own phone) so that you'll be able to call the hotel and get the
golf cart to pick you up from the station if you return late at night. The prices in the shop were local prices, not inflated in the least.
Your taxi driver will need to call this hotel in order to find it, so be sure to have the hotel number handy when you get in a taxi. They guide the driver there as although the building is quite tall it's not at all visible from any of the main streets.
Staying in this area will give you the advantage of a truly local experience and access to a great market that has yet to see a lot of foreign traffic, keeping the prices low and the quality of goods high. If you hate the tourist areas then this hotel will afford you a comfortable stay at a
very good price. It will be worthwhile though having some basic Thai up your sleeve if you go
this route. It's a place you need to be a bit adventurous and independent to stay in.
If you are after a more comfortable and familiar experience for your visit then you need to pay the higher tariff of the tourist hotels in order to get it. You have to remember that you're not staying in a hotel that makes you pay for your beautiful soft furnishings with $100 a night rates. You are staying in the kind of rooms locals would live in with a maid service. For anyone used
to residing in backpackers you'll be thrilled with this kind of hotel, your own bathroom and
security as well as good free Internet. If you are used to big brand hotels then you will notice the difference. I certainly found my stay enjoyable, safe and comfortable. I would overall recommend this hotel for the budget conscious who are ok with forgoing the cushions on the couch in return for a very affordable rate.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Orbitz, Ctrip TA, Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com and Agoda so you can book your Diamond Residence Ratchada reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Diamond Residence Ratchada Hotel Bangkok