I visit the Atlanta as regularly as I can.
My first visit was over 20 years ago!
The ambience remains the same however, the rooms have recently been updated and although still simply furnished, the beds are comfy with new mattresses, the new European style bathrooms are über clean and the owner of the Atlanta still manages to keep the prices at budget level.
This is a family run hotel with strong family values.
People who like animals and recognise how many suffer on the streets of Asia, will be delighted to see that the Atlanta Hotel has been quietly rescuing mostly cats, but sometimes dogs, from an otherwise certain awful fate. Rescued cats of all ages are nurtured back to health and reside in the staff quarters in the hotels grounds. They are let out into the gardens on a rotational basis where they enjoy catching some sun or lazing on a chair. The hotel has rescued and cared for 100's of animals over the years.
This is no mean feat as veterinary help and medicine is spare and very expensive in Thailand. The owners of the hotel do their very best to help as many as they can and often there can be over 50 being cared for at one time.
As an animal lover myself and also, having seen some atrocities whilst visiting Thailand, I always make a conscious effort to leave a donation towards the cats upkeep or bring basic veterinary treatment like flea/ wormer which is so much cheaper overseas. Any little helps.
This hotel ticks all the boxes for me.
It is very reasonably priced, clean and safe, a little quirky with plenty of character, has a tremendous restaurant, wireless internet access, a wealth of interesting guests that do not include the sex tourists, an in house travel agency, staff that treat you like family and if you want, a cat to sit on your lap to really make you feel at home!
The Atlanta now has it's own website for Internet bookings. This is a busy hotel do you need to book in advance to secure lodgings.
- 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