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“Comfortable, clean "base camp" in Bangkok”

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Swana Bangkok Hotel
Ranked #325 of 851 Hotels in Bangkok
Scotland, UK
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“Comfortable, clean "base camp" in Bangkok”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

Probably the worst thing about the Swana is finding your way there (even though it's on a big, well-known road). Eventually you realise that taxi drivers expect you to pronounce it "Sa-wa-naaa" and the street should be pronounced "weesoot-kassat road". A top tip is to pick up a hotel business card at reception and use it to show the address (written in Thai) to taxi drivers!

Anyway. The hotel itself is affordable and clean. The rooms have comfortable beds, free cold drinking water in the fridge, air conditioning and wifi. It's not noisy, so you get a good night's sleep - but the doors aren't particularly well soundproofed so you do hear if anything's going on in the hallway.

We arrived really early - about 9am - and we were allowed to check-in early without any fuss (which was great). Our room didn't have an iron or ironing board in it - one quick call to reception and they brought one to us. There was an issue with our safe - one quick call to reception and someone was there literally within 2 minutes to fix it.

The hotel has a little café where you can get snacks and drinks.

Location-wise - this hotel is good for getting to Khao San road, but you kind of need a taxi to get anywhere else. (Ask the taxi drivers to use the meter or you'll get ripped-off).

As an aside - beware of Tuk Tuk scams in the area - and beware if anyone mentions a tailor's shop called "Bobe" or "Bobe Collection Group." It's a real tailor, but there are some very elaborate scams going on to get you there and trick you into buying overpriced suits.

Hotel felt safe, and had a 24 hour reception with a security guard. Not much else to add, really! Better than a Travelodge - not quite Shangri La luxury, but it was exactly what we needed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

We arrived at 9.30pm and left the next morning at 6am - so it was just somewhere to sleep. Very clean, comfy bed, a/c and free wifi. We arrived from Cambodia and were going to Kanchanaburi from Thonburi railway station the next day, so it was conveniently located.

We found some difficulty getting a taxi driver at Bangkok´s main railway station to take us to the hotel. Most didn´t seem to know where it was, which was surprising as it´s on a busy road.

Don´t think I would want to stay more than a couple of nights, but it served our purpose very well. Breakfast was not included in the price.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

I stayed here with my girlfriend on the first night of our 4 week trip in Thailand. It was clean, it had air conditioning and it definitely did the job we needed it for... A place to sleep. It had no frills, pool, breakfast or extras but as far as a place to rest your head after a long flight it was great. Only thing we didn't like was the location. It was on a busy road without much around. Could walk to khao San road in less than 10 minutes but there are places closer by if you can get deals on them.

  • Stayed February 2012
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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2012

We have stayed here twice now but only because of its location and cost. The hotel is clean and the staff are polite but it has something missing!

Last time we booked we had a hotel voucher that clearly stated that breakfast WAS included, however NO amount of reasonbale talking was going to change the Swana's mind all they kept saying was "Its a mistake NO Breakfast" so NO breakfast was had!!!!

Would we stay again, probably not but only because there are so many others to choose fro

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

We had no expectations, but the Swana had good reviews, so weren't too worried. We wanted to be near Koh San Road for our first time in Bangkok. It was about 15 to 20 minutes walk away, which was fine. The area didn't seem that nice, but its hard to know.. and there wasn't much around, but seemed very safe all the same. The staff were so friendly. The room was nice for the price, very clean and quiet except for a rooster on our last night, that was on the roof beside our window!!! The only bad thing is the shower isn't sealed so the water gets all over the bathroom floor.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2011

We stayed here on our way to and on our way back from Koh Lanta.
It was just want we wanted, a nice hotel at a reasonable price, friendly staff and to be able to sleep at night!
Go out the back entrance and explore the back streets and find your way to the local markets. Far more interesting than the increasingly westernised Khaosan road. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wairoa, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights, at an excellent rate of 850 baht/night. However, the cheap rate did not make up for the fact that the hotel is in a mad-traffic-soul-less-free-of-all-interesting-sights sort of place. If you are interested in Kaosan Road - a 15 minute walk will get you there. That's about the highlight, really ..... The rooms are very clean, only a few (8or so) channels on TV. One English (HBO). Food is average. They do not serve wine with the meal, but you can order beer. The Wi-Fi internet worked only one day while we were there. Service was attentive but usually ineffectual. When you order room service, be prepared to wait for a telephone call back to confirm whether they can serve your order. We wouldn't stay again, and cannot understand why anybody would stay here a second time, given the enormous choice in Bangkok, and such wonderful areas to explore/enjoy elsewhere?

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Swana Bangkok Hotel
Address: 332 Visuttikasat Road | Bannpantom Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu , Old City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#52 Best Value Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Swana Bangkok Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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