We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights on the first leg of our tour of Thailand & we definitely got the seedy Bangkok experience staying in this area of Sukhumvit. Do not be fooled by the Burj Al Arab-style architectural 'sail' design or the alluring green neon lights, this is a nasty place if ever there was one. It was a mistake to stay here and I am miffed as to how Trailfinders - whom we booked through - could recommend this as a decent resort which it clearly wasn't.
The lobby is vast and gives a false impression of luxury; once inside the lift (which, by-the-way, has the deadliest door mechanism that nearly sliced us in half on numerous occasions) you are whisked away to fairly non-descript corridors and a horrid basic room waaaaay below what should classify as 4*-star standards. Please see my photos of the dodgy step & mouldy shower corners. How this exemplifies 'deluxe' is beyond me. The room had a basic balcony, it was a block of concrete with a view of mostly...concrete! There was constant noise from the nearby Sukhumvit line of the Skytrain and various eateries/nightclubs directly below the hotel so a restful night was an impossibility. An odd & obvious thing we noticed was that the reception staff were much more conducive & friendlier to visitors from the middle east, a fact loudly observed by other European guests staying at the hotel the same time as us.
Unfortunately, the area of Nana directly surrounding the hotel exemplifies the worst of Bangkok's seedy reputation: there were curb-crawlers & their p***ps on every corner and they were extremely aggressive in their touting for custom. The market stalls lining the streets were dirty & seedy & a real obstacle to being able to walk through the streets. There were dubious men of a certain age proudly parading their new acquisitions, obviously underage Thai girls. The hotel itself seemed to cater for a large multitude of Arab families but I was then surprised that these modestly dressed females in full burka allowed their young children free reign to witness the unsavoury goings-on in the nearby streets. I certainly would not feel comfortable bringing my family to stay here, it's local industries are far too 'adult' in nature & I stress it is not a healthy nor a safe environment for young children.
The three positives to the hotel that I can muster in this review are a) the urban pool area, a little oasis in the middle of the asphalt jungle which my husband assured me was very relaxing to use, b) the Foodland mart directly opposite the hotel steps which was a perfect one-stop shop for all your basic essentials, groceries as well as a cheap & convenient place to have breakfast, and c) Nana Skytrain stop is literally a minute's walk away from 2 Soi and you can quickly hop on to escape from here!
On the last evening of our stay here, my good Thai friend and her mother kindly dropped us off back at the Amari Boulevard after spending the evening out. My friend was very worried and embarassed that her mum had to drive through this part of Sukhumvit & when I quizzed her on the area she said it has a reputation even among locals as being 'dodgy'. That sums it up neatly. Enough said.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Sukhumvit Road, the throbbing pulse of Bangkok, Amari Boulevard is the perfect city-centre accommodation from which to explore all that this dynamic Thai capital has to offer.From business to shopping to tourism landmarks, all of Bangkok is at your fingertips, within walking distance, or just a short skytrain or subway ride away. Be swept away with the urban rhythm at Amari Boulevard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amari Boulevard Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Hotel Amari Boulevard