The first indication this is not a hotel but an apartment building is the lobby. Focal points are three near empty pastry display cases lit by white florescent bulbs. If this were a hotel it would rate the low side of 3 stars. Rented a 1 BR unit. The unit is spacious and the kitchen seemed adequate (did not use it). The springs of the sofa were worn out. We sat on stacked accent pillows to remain level. The fabric on the two dining room chairs was stained and the two small tube tv's appeared 15 years old. They required brightness adjustments every time they were turned on. The bed was firm and comfortable and the bathroom was adequate. The apartments, indeed the entire building suffers from beige-out. Everything is beige; furniture, drapes, carpets, hallways. Overall, it has an institutional feel to it.
The pool is swimming size and dimly lit at night, perfect for a romantic swim with your partner. Surrounded by nearby high rise buildings, its probably the only cool feature.
The restaurant appears to be an afterthought. Too little space to accommodate the breakfast crowd. The breakfast was adequate and varied. From Asian to Continental to American, including cooked to order eggs.
The registration staff appeared slightly bored and remote, probably because this is not a hotel, but an apartment building. However, the parking lot attendants were always attentive and helpful.
The hotel is located in a premium part of town near embassies and not too far from good department stores. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance and the Villa Grocery store across the street is exceptionally well-stocked with a surprising array of foodstuffs, ranging from American junk food to French Champagnes. It also has a remarkable selection of wines.
All in all, a convenient set-up for stays over a week. If your trip is shorter than that, spend an extra $40 per night and stay in a four star hotel in a more convenient location.
- Get a room on a high floor facing the street. The units in the rear face a tall apartment building, close enough you could carry on a conversation with its occupants if you opened the windows. Zero privacy and views.
- Get a card from the reception desk showing the address of the building in Thai. We had a hard time finding taxi drivers who knew how to get to the building and, apparently, even fewer knew how to read a marked map.
- Ask the parking attenants to flag down a taxi. They will jump out onto the street to do it and tell the driiver in Thai your destination. Note, there are always taxis in front of the building. Just make sure they have the meter on when you get in. If not, just say "meter please" and they will
- Unless you enjoy dining alone in the NV's restaurant, as my wife and I did upon our arrival day, go to any of the nearby luxury hotel restaurants or European styled restaurants down the block. Entrees at NV run from $15-$30 per entree, which is substantial for Thailand. The food is merely OK and the portions are small.
- Visit nearby Lumpini park in the morning. An absolute delight. The park is well maintained and spotting the giant lizards (related to the Komono dragons) is a hoot.
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- Also Known As:
- Natural Ville Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Natural Ville Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Natural Ville