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The Royal City Hotel
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

Stayed here in a standard room for a week. Conditions and the way the rooms were decorated clearly reflect their age - outdated. This hotel would be considered luxurious back in the last 15 years. Several significant wear and tear items found throughout the room. Beds were uncomfortably firm. Neither coffee/tea or electric kettle was provided. Limited choices of TV channels and on top of that most of the TV signals were bad. Cleanliness was just okay. We found some stains on bed linens though.

Service was disappointing. Don't know how they normally serve foreign guests but for us we were treated unimpressively especially staff at the reception - they never smile; their acts and sayings obviously indicate a lack of service training. However most of the housekeepers were exceptions - they were quite friendly and always smiled.

Location of the hotel is considered a bit out of the city. No skytrain or MRT around so unless you are adventurous enough to take one of the crazily driven buses the only way to get into the city is by cabs. Nearest attractions are the grand palace and a famous Khaosan Rd. which are around 10-15 mins away by taxi; 10 mins to the southern bus terminal where you can catch southbound coaches; 30-45 mins to inner shopping areas such as Siam Square and Pratunam. We didn't try their restaurants so cannot comment. A hugh shopping mall with heaps of choices for dining is just 2 bus stops away (Central Plaza Pinklao) - about 10-15 mins walk. You can perhaps do some serious shoppings there without a need to get through a traffic into the city centre.

All in all, if you are doing your first visit to Bangkok or you are going to travel by your own without provided hotel transfers I would recommend to stay in other areas that are more central and more convenient to explore the city. Only if you really have to stay in this area or you are somewhat a frequent visitor to Bangkok wanting to try something new, this hotel would be your best bet as I have heard that the other hotel nearby (SD Avenue Hotel) is even worse.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor rooms with odd numbers so you can have a good view of the bangkok skyline.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank sprarom
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

Nice hotel to stay but bit far from the center, 10 minute by tuk tuk to Khaosan road should only cost 100 baht .the wifi is not free, we have to buy card that vary from 1 ,5 and 24 hour.the pool is fine and quiet the fitness center is poor with only 5 item inside. The massage is ok for 350 baht per hour for body massage and in the room massage for 450 baht.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank faozanrizal
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

I was skeptic about staying in this hotel and when I got there I saw that I was right. The hotel is not in a very good situation, seems like a old and not very well maintained hotel. The first room that they gave us was in a very poor situation. It was very dirty, the bed linens had dirt on them, the sofa was dirty, there were hairs in the bathroom and the water was accumulating in the sink. Also the furniture was quite old, not mentioning the uncomfortable beds. However they were friendly enough to move us to a cleaner room, but I'd already had a bad impression of the hotel. If cheapness is your way to go, this is an ok hotel but I'd suggest avoiding this hotel. Also avoid the restaurant which is under-satisfactory.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank cagribal
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Because I have business in the area I have stayed at this hotel several times, but unless you have to be in the Pinklao area I would definitely give this place a miss. Service is patchy (waiter with earphones in whilst on duty), the breakfast buffet is third rate, and the hotel generally is in need of refurbishment. The SD Hotel just down the road (nearer to the Central shopping centre) is much better.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled on business
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5  Thank EnglishmanAbroad63
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

This is one of the hotels who deliver what is promised. Great Place to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Sudhirappan
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