I have stayed here twice in the past (2004 & 2006), and am sad to report that our stay this September will be our last. The wrinkle in time lobby, friendly staff, amusing signs and interesting to read menu were just as charming as always, however the rooms are sadly lack lustre to the to almost to the point of austerity. Although we were happy to find the small bathrooms had been recently renovated, the beds are too firm and no blanket is supplied. There is no fridge in the room and no in room wifi. The hallways have a dormitory feel. The pool is tired and just passably clean, and the surrounding gardens feel dank rather than welcoming. Food in the restaurant is good, but nothing special, and definitely coasting on it's old reputation.
All in all I feel like this hotel is stuck between two classes. It's charming lobby connotes something more special is on offer than other budget hotels in the area, but the rooms are such a disappointment it's really not worth the long walk down to the end of the Soi everyday. They really need to take a step forward in time in the rooms. If they updated the rooms, renovated the pool and gardens, and re-invented the menu at the restaurant, I'd be happy to stay here again at double the price. As it is now, we won't be staying at the Atlanta again.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Atlanta Hotel Bangkok
- Atlanta Bangkok