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“A hotel for the local market but good for foreigners too” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Diamond Residence Ratchada

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Diamond Residence Ratchada
Ranked #497 of 1,136 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A hotel for the local market but good for foreigners too”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2011

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
star rating.

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

I stayed at Diamond for 7 weeks in 2011 while working nearby and sad to say goodbye. My room was very clean, it was quiet, laundry facilities (including cleaning service) were great and the people were friendly - all for a very reasonable price. The location is not ideal if you're a tourist - but it is right on the MRT line (5 stops from Asoke/Sukhumvit) and there are plenty of eating spots nearby. There was free internet, cable TV, a little gym, and a convenience store onsite. There is also a handy cafe in the lobby. If you're looking for great value budget accommodation I highly recommend Diamond.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Sammo23
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2011

I slected this hotel on the many reviews...but must admit I was rather disappointed. the staff were aloof, there was no room service menu or folder with info in the room. It was really out of the way down a small soi and like other reviews the taxi had trouble finding it even with directions. The best bit was the shuttle (golfcart) to the main street and local markets. shopping was a way off...beware of taxis ...make sure they put the meter on and if not get another one. 200 bht from airport only! The room was large, clean and comforatble and the tea/coffee facilities were a good touch..but no mini bar tho there is a small shop on the premises where you can get supplies. Would not stay here again as there must be 1000's of choices in Bangkok that must be better

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shardyYorkWA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2011

The hotel looks brand new however, the rooms are not upkept, the room we stayed in smelt of eggs when the air con was unsed, the second room was stained every where and had mold around the bath tub, the thrid room a deluxe this time was fine,

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Mart456
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Property: Diamond Residence Ratchada
Address: 62 Soi Hatsadisevi | Suthisarn, Huai Kwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #497 of 1,136 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Diamond Residence Ratchada 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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