It was our first visit to Thailand and came as quite a culture shock! I suppose it was everything I was expecting, and we had a great experience. This hotel is pretty central to the main attractions in Bangkok. We arrived at approximately 10 am and the hotel reception informed us that we would have to wait until 2 pm to check into our room! We had travelled for more than 12 hours and our body clocks told us it was 3am! We were given a complimentary drink and asked to wait in the lobby, or alternatively we could pay extra to check in immediately. This would have amounted to £10 an hour, which I was not very happy about. So we went for a walk and when we returned, the room was ready for no extra charge ( so be a little patient).
It is a short walk to the main streets and sky walk ways. The hotel provides a tuk-tuk to take you to the main streets, and there are also private tuk-tuks which you can hire on the street, the hotel advises that you use licensed taxis, but we had no trouble with the tuk-tuks. In fact, we stopped one and asked the driver to take us to the market, and as it was a little early, he suggested taking us to some other shops. Then he asked would we like to go on a boat ride, so we did that. He would not take payment when we got out, but waited until we had been on the boat ride and then he took us to a restaurant and waited, and then eventually took us to the night market. We arranged a time to meet back, (he trusted that we would return) and then took us back to our hotel. In all, we had spent 7 hours with him, and began to worry about the cost! We asked him his price, and he asked us how much we thought we should spend! He asked for 1200 bahts which is approximately £23, and I think he expected us to offer less. When we gave him 1500, he was overwhelmed! Can you imagine taking a taxi in London, and asking a driver to follow you around for 7 hours?
Thai people are so friendly and helpful. Never once did I feel vulnerable.
The Rembrandt hotel has a smoking area in the front area outside the lobby.
There is a small rooftop swimming pool which was very quiet. I think most people are too busy seeing the city to lie by the pool. There is also a restaurant, but we ate outside the hotel. There is a cafe opposite the hotel that provides breakfast for a very reasonable price.
There are several massage "parlours" in the same street and I had a manicure for £2!
We went on one excursion with our holiday company to the Royal Palace and some Buddhist temples. It has to be done!
The night markets sold lots of cheap products, such as "designer" watches and silk scarves. You can barter at these markets and get some bargains.
There are lots of street vendors selling food at the side of the road, and although we spoke to people who had eaten there, we didn't risk it! I know too much about food hygiene to realise it would be too much of a risk!
So for anybody who is considering booking this hotel , I would say to go ahead and do so. You spend very little time in the hotel anyway! The room was clean, very comfortable bed, and good facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok is conveniently located in the new, trendy Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. Our hotel is within walking distance of Asoke (BTS) as well as Sukhumvit (MRT) public transport stations offering our guests access to all major shopping, entertainment and nightlife areas of Bangkok. Here at the Rembrandt, we pride ourselves on our high levels of service, great food, diversity, offering great value for money and giving our guests the home away from home feeling.Welcome!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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