We spent five days/four nights here. The hotel facilities are very good. The pool, gym, rooms, breakfast and restaurants were all superb. As with all hotel restaurants, they are pricey and we ate and drank generously for far less elsewhere. Free Internet is available from three workstations in a room opposite the breakfast area. It is sometimes overrun by kids playing games and updating Facebook and there should be some limitation on this, but generally the wait for a terminal was not too long. Perhaps a separate kids area is needed. Although there is a shuttle to the major shopping areas, we only tried to use it once when trying to get to the Airport Rail Link (ARL) at Makkasan station close by. It was full at the time we needed and the hotel offered no assistance other than a taxi. We felt that they could have done more - like a second trip or additional shuttle. The standard of English is abysmal and we gave up trying to get any sense from staff at the restaurants, pool and gym about their specials, opening hours or anything else. Their understanding was limited to pointing to signs and menus. When our room was made up on one day and the coffee and drinking water had not been replenished, we had a fruitless conversation with housekeeping before asking the manager to call us. When he came to the room the matter was resolved in minutes. The concierge was knowledgeable, very helpful (except with the shuttle) and bilingual. The TV channel choices were very good offering 30 options, but no movie option and mostly news.
Beware of the Tuk Tuk drivers outside the hotel. They are expensive and want to take you to all their contacts - gem "government" shopping outlets, food places, suit shops and more. We were quoted Bht 100 per hour for a tour of Bangkok (not realizing that it would include their commission outlets) and found an alternative near the Pratinum market close by for half that.
Local fare from the hotel to Pratinum is Bht 20. We were quoted from 40 to 100 regularly and simply walked on if the offer was not in line - unless it was raining - grin.
Central World and MBK are all within walking distance or you can use the Skytrain. We switched happily between the Tuk Tuks and excellent train service once we had worked out the train routes. MBK was the best shopping experience and offers good food options too. Take the train to National Stadium.
Take a trip to the river by train getting off at Saphan Taksin on the Silom line - the orange boat line is inexpensive and fun. It will take you to all the riverside attractions, including the Grand Palace. No one mentions that shorts for men and sleeveless blouses for women will prevent your entry once there - so dress conservatively if you plan to go inside.
We used the Intercity Airport Rail Link (ARL) to get to the airport and walked with our luggage to the nearest station to the hotel, Ratchaprarop, rather than Makkasan. We paid Bht 40 each for the all stops trip rather than the Bht 90 for the Express and were at the airport in under 30 minutes. We were not overtaken by the Express at any point.
The Attica restaurant on the 23rd floor of the hotel is well worth a meal. The views are spectacular. The daily specials offer the best value.
When asked to rate this hotel, I first marked it 3 stars - average, but it is better than that by maybe half a star. While offering a great location and good facilities, it is the kind of hotel that is perfect as a base for scouring the area, not a resort or place to spend a lot of time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Value for all occasions hotel in Bangkok. Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok is designed with an emphasis on supreme comfort and style featuring a contemporary interior reflecting our international chain brand essence. Our 4 star hotel in Bangkok provides excellent in-room facilities, various dining options, fully equipped function rooms and all the amenities expected of a deluxe hotel including complimentary Wi-Fi Internet throughout the property. Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok is the ideal destination for both business and leisure travelers, providing family floors with child friendly facilities, a boardroom located on the 31st floor catering for small corporate meetings and The Attica Sky Lounge for private events featuring unparalleled panoramic views of the city skyline. Eastin 4 star hotel in Bangkok is conveniently located on Makkasan Road in the Pratunam Area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eastin Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Eastin Hotel