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“Heaps of character, but coasting on its reputation”
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Atlanta Hotel
Ranked #277 of 884 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 5, 2012

A difficult hotel to rate - it's not really what you'd call average, but neither is it very good. The main selling point is that it hasn't been renovated since the 1950s, so it's like stepping back in time. This has its good and bad points. The public areas are a treat, but our room was like a concrete bunker, with little ornamentation, and the beds have no blankets. They're not really necessary in Bangkok's climate, but it felt a little Spartan. The pool is great - not too many budget hotels in Bangkok have anything like this, and it didn't matter too much that some of the tiles were chipped and there was algae growing on the bottom - the water was clear and reasonably clean, apart from a few leaves from the wilderness-like garden.

The restaurant was again a blast from the past, and had an extensive menu with many vegetarian options, which our travelling companions appreciated, but several of the meals we had were distinctly ordinary - well below the standard we found almost everywhere in this foodie paradise of a country. Other negatives were the 600-metre walk to the train station (there are taxis along the street, but they laughed when I asked them if they were metered), and the obsession with sex tourists. Everywhere you go in the Atlanta - and even on the menu and hotel stationery - are signs saying "Sex Tourists Not Welcome". True, there are some dodgy places not far away, but we didn't see any obvious sign of them, and this seemed like overkill. On our return to Bangkok we stayed in another place not far away, which was perfectly respectable without all the signage. We got the feeling that the place is coasting on its former glory, established under its founder, Dr Max Henn, who died 10 years ago at the age of 94. As budget hotels in Bangkok go, it's something out of the ordinary, but could be better.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

I have stayed at the Atlanta 6 or 7 times and will happily be back. I love the restaurant as much for its atmosphere as for the food, and the manager there, Anong, is like a stern, kind Aunt. She remembers me and comments on what I'm up to when in the hotel (not in a stalky way!)

The other staff are generally lovely and if you have any awkward moment at all, it's probably down to that person being new.

The rooms are basic, but I spend all my waking hours either out or by the excellent pool/garden. The lobby is fantastic and people do gather there sometimes, though less since smoking was banned indoors. A certain strata of the clientele can be snooty in an academic way. Who really cares about that?

The location is good for SkyTrain and airport taxis. I like to walk to the Siam area sometimes for a browse. The Ploen Chit supermarket, downstairs from the McDonalds, etc, on the corner is very very good for picking up a few treats like wine, snacks, nice soap or whatever, and some souvenirs too. There is an ATM there that takes overseas cards.

The street restaurant on Soi 2 is great and I can say I've never had an upset stomach from the food there. I recommend a peice of fried chicken and a som tam salad, taken back to the pool to savour slowly.

When I leave the Atlanta I've always have staff members come outside and wave goodbye. It seems to be a place that rewards respect and humility.

I can't wait to take my wife there. I know she will appreciate the literary atmosphere.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Thank JimmyFuture
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

travelling with a family of 6 we chose this hotel BECAUSE of their stand on NO SEX TOURISTS. It was a quiet, ambient sanctuary in a busy city and we LOVED our stay there.
You pay a budget price but have the glamour, and ambience of the original decor. The rooms are in the process of renovation. The restaurant had a huge selection, and wonderful waiting staff, but small helpings for our large Kiwi appetites, so if you have a large appetitie...order more servings. Easy walk to skytrain, and shopping, and local food vendors for snacks.Because there were so many of us we just used a taxi from here to Chinatown etc.
Lots of useful info available here...wifi downstairs and a pool for the children.
Will definitely stay here again on our next visit to Bangkok. Why stay somewhere with a stark hotel interior when you can have this kind of character!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
Thank chris w
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Dear fellow traveller,
The Atlanta Hotel off the Sukhumvit Road in Central Bangkok is an institution, loved by its many many repeat guests. "Party Central" it is not, but a retreat from the hurly burly Bangkok streets, maybe better appreciated by the more discerning, mature traveller. Guests either "Get" The Atlanta or they dont ! It is NOT luxurious and the rooms are very spartan with NO frills, NO WiFi in the rooms (there is FREE WiFi in the lobby, garden and restaurant), NO TV's, NO fridges and often not a lot of hot water ! BUT the history of the place is a delight, the staff are great characters and very helpful, the garden and slightly tatty swimmimg pool are a joy and the food from the restaurant is AMAZING and inexpensive (as are the rooms inexpensive). Another great joy is that seedy "Sex Tourists" are not allowed at The Atlanta Hotel and the bringing into the establishment of sex workers is strictly forbidden. The management of The Atlanta Hotel is ably assisted by a wonderful Brit, Mr Roger LePhoque, a former food & wine writer and an old University friend of the hotels owner. Roger goes out of his way to assist guests with their myriad questions, queries and problems. I consider myself very fortunate to stay at The Atlanta in an inexpensive second floor, C class A/C double room, every January/February and I very much consider The Atlanta Hotel to be "Home from Home".
Haste me back,
Andrew Bruce
Dumfriesshire
Scotland

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We LOVED this hotel! It looks as though nothing has changed here since it opened in the 50s, but we loved the antique decor. The staff are friendly and helpful - they carried our bags, offered us a welcome drink, and gave us plenty of useful transport and sightseeing advice. We ate in the restaurant on our first night here and the food was excellent and very reasonably priced. There are very strict rules at the hotel, with signs up everywhere saying that sex tourism is banned, but as we weren't sex tourists, we were more than happy with this policy. The pool also has a large outdoor swimming pool to relax in, which although, like the rest of the hotel, was a little dated, was lovely and clean and great for relaxing in after a hard day's sightseeing. The hotel is pretty centrally located, and the rooms are basic, but large, comfortable and clean. The room rates at the Atlanta are very reasonable indeed - this unique, quirky place is excellent value for money, and also offers discount to NGO workers. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Staying at the Atlanta is sort of like visiting your grandmother's house -- dated and a bit worn, with quirky rules but ultimately homey, warm and welcoming.

The place puts on sort of a Soup Nazi pose and pretends that the restaurant manager is stern and scary, but it's just a pose. She's a sweetheart. The food is good, prices hard to beat and there's atmosphere galore.

Note that there is no a/c in the lobby and no lifts, and there never will be. Wifi is free but doesn't reach the rooms. The clientele is a mix of tourists and regular visitors (one of our neighbors was a American reporter for a Cambodian newspaper).

The rooms are spacious and clean but spartan -- no television, nothing even hanging on the walls. We stayed in both the "small suite" and slightly cheaper "room with airconditioning." There's not much difference but "small suite" has a small sitting room that you probably won't use.

They do NOT accept reservations via Internet, only by fax and snail mail -- and they're as likely as not to lose them. Despite faxing and calling to verify, they had no record when we arrived, and we had to move around among three different rooms over five days. But we liked it enough that we returned after a week in Phuket.

The hotel is at the very end of Sukhumvit 2 -- tell the airport taxi driver "sook-um-wit soi song, krap." And check that he starts the meter. :-) BTS Phloen Chit and Nana stations are within walking distance.

There's a tour desk that is very pro-actively helpful. We used it only to book our cab back to the airport, but I'd highly recommend her ("Lek").

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stay here every time we come to Bangkok. With its strict policy against sex tourists and low prices, this is the place to stay for us. The rooms are humble but clean, the food is inexpensive and good, the atmosphere is wholesome but artistic. So many European families bring their rosy cheeked delightful children here, and it's safe for single women. It's clear that the owners take pride in this old gem with it's sweeping wrought iron balustrade, and improvements are always being made in one form or another. Right now they tell me the fourth floor bathrooms are being completely renovated and the rooms painted. Also, there's a new Egyptian restaurant a couple of doors down with delicious food. Close to Sukhumvit Road and two sky train stations, I feel sure that the owners could sell this property for an amazing amount of money, so I feel grateful every time we get to stay here. Not for folks who can't climb steps. No elevator. The service here, though, is amazing for the price. You can get room service, and a porter will bring up your luggage. Long live the Atlanta!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 78 Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Sukhumvit
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#153 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: $24 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historic Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok is, literally, untouched by modern pop culture. Walking into The Atlanta is like walking into another world, a long lost world. Most of what a guest sees and hears is old and classic - and authentic. ***The Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok, founded in 1952, features many superlatives, notably, the most photographed and oldest unaltered hotel lobby in Thailand, the first hotel swimming (diving) pool in Thailand, the largest selection of Thai vegetarian dishes in the world, a unique jungle-like garden right in the middle of Bangkok. The western menu features dishes made in the 1950s style - dishes that were on the original menu of The Atlanta, and prepared in the same way. ***The historic Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok has strict policies: sex-tourists, drug users, trouble-makers, and undomesticated people are not welcome. Any of these found on the premises are dealt with summarily. Because of these strict policies, The Atlanta Hotel has many detractors or even enemies. The Atlanta Hotel upholds its principles and policies without compromise. As of 1st September 2013, smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on the premises. ***The Atlanta Hotel is also home to destitute cats and terrapins. Injured and abandoned cats seem to find their way to The Atlanta. Many are rescued from elsewhere. There are at the time of writing 36 cats. Some live in an enclosure on one side of the garden; others live in the staff section of the hotel. The terrapins are all rescued and saved from loss of habitat. There are at the time of writing 27 terrapins. They live well in and around the pond of the jungle-like garden of The Atlanta. Two staff are employed full-time to look after the animals, and visiting vets often volunteer their services, which The Atlanta welcomes. There is a celebrated drawing by a regular guest of The Atlanta of the lobby featuring cats lying on the round sofa. The caption reads (in Italian), "Cats, the real guests of The Atlanta." Guests of The Atlanta are typically animal lovers. *** The Atlanta, being at the bottom of a lane, has no passing trade. All our guests are either regulars or friends of regulars. The Atlanta has many returning guests who have been coming to The Atlanta since the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and, of course, much later. ... more   less 
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