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.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Bangkok
- Bangkok Best Western