I know its never good to walk into a hotel without a reservation and it was no surprise to me when we were charged the full Western rate for a hotel in a moderate location in Bangkok. But the hotel looks very grand from the outside and the lobby looks reasonably impressive and you are entitled to expect something decent from a Ramada hotel.
However, this Ramada just isn't up to scratch in many departments. The staff at the reception were particularly unfriendly. They failed to tell you where the lifts are located after check-in and did not take the time to explain how to use your room card in the lift. Once in the dark room, I spent time looking for the light switch before finding a bow next to the bed with some switches. After pressing some random switches the lights came on. Other than that, the room was reasonable enough but the airco was noisy and the flow of air was very noticable when lying in bed.
The breakfast food was reasonable enough but if you are unfortunate enough to have to stay in this hotel, be sure to take care on choosing your table for breakfast. Pick one where the cutlery sets are complete and where there is both salt and pepper. And try to find one thats within the range of the coffee and tea waiter, it saves having to stand there and waive your arms to catch this man's attention.
The final irritation was the five minute wait at the reception when checking out whilst they check that didn't wreck your room and take the towels with you. A very degrading 5 minutes.
Relatively minor irritations but a hell of a lot of them and quite acceptable for a budget hotel. I think you are entitled to expect much, much more for the price paid and the hotel name.
My advice is find an alternative!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offers 286 tastefully decorated rooms, ranging from 32 to 38 square metres, including a variety of one and two bedroom suites tastefully decorated and equipped to please the leisure traveller as well as business executives. It features an international style restaurant with large Gallery of original oil paintings by a famous local artist which are for sale, a lobby lounge, several meeting & banquet rooms, 24-hour room service, business center, an outdoor swimming pool which includes a snack bar and fully a equipped gymnasium with saunas.D'MA Pavilion Hotel is closed to the Central Business District, shopping areas and within distance from the famous "Bangkok Night Life". It is also conveniently located near expressway to and from the airport and other destinations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada d`Ma Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Ramada