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“Pleasant Stay”
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Tongtara Hotel
Ranked #411 of 887 Hotels in Bangkok
Reviewed January 5, 2014

It was a pleasant stay for me for two nights in a big superior double bed room! Hot water and buffet breakfast are overwhelming! Staff are attentive to your need. Overall pleasant and excellent stay plus the view i got when i requested was given riverside view! Happy with my stay.

Room Tip: Riverside view is good refreshing!
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Late review, have been meaning to do for a while...
Certainly not a 5-star resort, but good value for money. I stayed on a higher-up floor on my own for a few nights about a year ago. The room was clean, spacious and comfortable. Some of the furniture was a little dated, but everything worked fine. There was a huge window with a gorgeous view over Bangkok.

Room was cleaned nicely every day, the staff were friendly and tried to be helpful (with a bit of a language barrier). 5 minute walk to Asistique, 5 min taxi to BTS. Lots of convienience stores and small food vendors in walking distance. I would stay again if I wanted to be in this part of the city.

Room Tip: Request a higher floor for great views of the city/ river
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Me and my sister booked a superior room for three nights. When we arrived at the hotel we were pleasantly surprised by the hotel's exterior and the nice and interesting decor at the hotel lobby. The location was also really nice.

However, when we got out of the elevator at 10th floor where our room located, the mixture of mold and air fresher stroked us. The carpets in the hallway and in our room were old and stained. The room and its decoration (television, refrigerator) were shabby and looked like more than 20 years old. We felt cheated and by this point I already had a terrible headache (I do not recommend the hotel for anyone who is sensitive or suffers from migraine).

We went back to the lobby and checked out.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank ansku2014
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Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here twice during a prolonged tour of south East Asia. I am a married young professional from London who wanted to travel on a modest, but higher budget than the average back packer. I include this info as with any review so much relates to your expectations and desires... I booked a Superior room on the 12th floor for a total of 8 nights
Pros:
Extremely friendly, professional and helpful staff all proficient in English.
Very spacious room with very large bed (extra pillows were provided on request)
I was provided with 2 free wifi tokens for 7 days each. Good connectivity in rooms
Good amount of TV channels and good reception including 3 eng language movie channels
Very clean room and hotel in general
Beautiful and well decorated reception and restaurant areas
Beautiful views of downtown river
Very quiet hotel both in terms of surrounding areas and no noisy guests giving a peaceful nights sleep
Bathrooms have a bath - a big plus for an Englishman!
Close to Asiatique and plug ins to main bangkok public transport, River taxi
Well located for airport taxi as south east based and close to required connecting road avoiding BKK city centre
Hair dryer, mini bar etc in rooms

Cons / negative angles
Breakfast buffet costs 300b per head - quite good food but expensive with little local alternatives
5th floor pool is shaded most of the day as it's west facing and shaded by the 14 floor hotel itself
Hot water In room was not alway pipping hot
Room decor is not quite as fine / opulent as the common areas but still a 7 out of 10 (...you may see the odd stain on the carpet - this was not a big deal to me :) )
Being a large establishment you won't enjoy the advantages of a personally owned, smaller guest house but that is good and bad...I include as you may find things done a bit 'by the book'
Other than Asiatique you're always a journey away from attractions, restaurants etc.

Things to note - Stop reading if you're bored ;)
The hotel not quite 'on the river' the hotel is set back some 500m as you'll see from the west facing rooms
It is about a 5 to 10 min walk to Asiatique - great place
The river taxi pier is another 2 minutes onwards - reception will give you a map and direct you
Your pier stop is the end of line named Wat Rajsingkorn pier. It is 2 stops to Saphan Taksin BTS sky train station at Sathorn Central Pier which connects you to the whole city
The river taxi is a fixed 15b fee on the orange line (which stops everywhere) and is quick, the longest journey I took to the other end of town was c35 mins)
The river taxi gets extremely busy at weekends
From 16:00 to circa midnight there is a free shuttle boat from Asiatique to Sathorn Pier - also extremely busy, particularly at WEs however this can be a useful connector from BTS to Tongtara even if you're not using Asiatique
The walk to taxi pier and A is along Charoen Krung, road which is a typical busy main BKK thoroughfare, but easily navigable. NB - the pavements / sidewalks are narrow and uneven so note if you have luggage or reduced mobility it can be tricky
Charoen Krung road is extremely busy for traffic, taxis , tuk tuks may sit in traffic for some time and even occasionally refuse to go there (BKK taxis are often worth avoiding anyway, thy refuse fares, won't use meters etc - it's a city wide issue). You can navigate using the metro, BTS and river taxi system once you get the hang of it and save money and frustration!
My conclusion would be if you are a person like me or on a similar budget who doesn't mind being a little out of the thick of it it's a great hotel for a few days to a week.
Hope the long read was helpful

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Very near to Asiatique riverfront. Not too bad on the location. You may access public transport by Chao Phraya express boat transits to Saphan Taksin (BTS).

Room and facilities are old but clean. Apparently riverview is not the stuff you imagine because the hotel not just on the shore of river like Shangri la, Hilton etc.

Good staff and you may request them to call metered taxi without waiting on the roadside and cause any risks of unmetered taxi.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

My Thai wife and I stayed here for a week on our honeymoon. We both loved the Tongtara. Our room was very spacious with huge comfortable double bed, nice carpeting, nice bathroom and absolutely stunning views from our huge room window on the 11th floor, of the river and city. The staff were all very nice and friendly, the restaurant was good and there is a nice outdoor swimming pool on the 5th floor. WI-FI was also free for 1 computer per room. The location is also excellent, being only 5 minutes walk from the new and very nice Asiatique complex which is full of many nice shops and restaurants etc. The hotel is also close to many shops including 7-11s which is also very convenient. We would would definitely return here, great value for money.I recommend booking a river view room on or above the 7th or 8th floor, the views are stunning, especially at night.

Room Tip: Book a room on or above the 7th or 8th floors with river view.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

The room was very badly cleaned and there were stains and dead bugs everywhere. Even stains on the sheets.. Really nasty. I would not stay here again, altough the location is pretty good, close to Asiatique.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Additional Information about Tongtara Hotel

Address: 9/99 Charoen Krung Road | Bangkoleam, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#126 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: $34 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tongtara Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 188
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tongtara Riverview Hotel is located within the old historical Bangkok Chinese community on Charoen Krung road and lies next to the Chao Phaya River, locally known as the River of Kings. Well located for business, shopping, and entertainment together with easy access to The Sky Train, River Boats, and local busses for your transportation requirements.Enjoy breathtaking views of Bangkok's city skyline and sunsets at the end of an exciting day from your room and the Sky Pool on the fifth floor. With easy controlled room lighting controls and air comfort, you will enjoy a peaceful night and wake up refreshed for another day of activities and new memories to take back home.The hospitality of the Kingdom of Siam, as it was known before, is offered by our hotel to provide comfort, security, and satisfaction for your stay. Centered within the old area of the former riverside Chinese business centers and shipping port, Tongtara has a local ambiance, style, and traditions which will provide you with different experiences as you walk along the streets meeting the local people and trying some of the local foods sold by the street vendors.Down side streets and pathways will take you to the Chao Phaya, River of Kings filled with ships coming in and going out of the main port area and local river barges carrying supplies to other cities outside Bangkok, together with public taxi transport boats which will take you up and down the river while enjoying the different scenery along the river. ... more   less 
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