I travelled to Bangkok along with my wife and teenaged son on 8 May 2013. A week earlier, I had emailed the hotel requesting for confirming reservation of a three-bed family room. When we arrived at the hotel at 4am in the morning, we found a young Thai man, who spoke no English, snoozing at the reception. I politely woke him up and showed our room confirmation on my lap top. The young man spent about 15 minutes looking at the hotel's register but could not find our names. He went and woke up the owner of the hotel: a middle-aged Australian lady, who agreed to provide accommodation for us in two separate rooms until noon when she promised to transfer us to a large room with three beds. Me and my wife went to our room; I kept my baggage and came out to the reception where my son was waiting. The Australian woman at this stage harshly accused me of using four-letter words when speaking to the young Thai receptionist. Of course, a person of my age and academic background would never ever think of being rude to anyone, and using four-letter words, which i never did, was out of the question. The lady warned that if I ever used any vulgar words with her staff she would throw us out of her hotel. I simply struggled to explain my position to her without any success. Finally, the three of us decided to leave the place expecting more trouble. I had been to many redneck places before, but Hotel California, located in Thailand, was a horrible experience to me, and particularly my teenaged son, who had never before come across such behavior from a hotelier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel California is located in the heart of Bangkok Sukhumvit area,making it a perfect venue for business, holidays and shopping. This trendy boutique hotel offers contemporary accommodation just 50 meters from the beginning of Sukhumvit Soi 30. With Prompong BTS station just minutes away, And Thonglor entertainment area nearby.All spaces are with bath, double or twin bed, Satellite TV, LCD flat screen TV,Electronic Safety Box, Mini Bar, free internet Access in all the hotel area. Air conditioning.Electric current is 220 Volt.Our place is non-smoking. If you need one, use the terrace.You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave... ... more less
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