I have been staying here around four times a year on my business trips to Bangkok and this for the last 7+ years. The rooms that have all been renovated over recent years, are spacious and well equipped. Depending on building side and floor, the view from hotel room is gorgeous, overlooking a nearby lake and the city. What I like most is the calmer atmosphere compared to normal tourist hotels as a good part of the hotel guests are long staying professionals (mostly Japanese) who leave the place before 8am and returning only in the evening. This means that you often have the swimming pool (there are two, one in each building) or sauna for yourself. There is also a ping pong table and even a squash court inside the newer building. The only setback is the fact that one can have problems getting a taxi at times (most time it is no problem), especially when it rains heavily -and this is the time, you really need one to get around- as the hotel is about 300m from a main road (Asoke). Otherwise, a 10 minute walk or a ride with the hotel tuk tuk brings you to Asok sky train station on Sukhumvit Road where there is also Bangkok's latest a new large shopping center "Terminal 21" and the night entertainment area of Soi Cowboy for the adultery, sorry for mistyping, adventurous ones of course, among us. Nana Plaza, another well know night spot, is only one sky train station away and even the shopping center hub of Bangkok, Siam Square, is just a few stations down the road (seven minutes by train but up to 45 minutes by taxi if traffic is bad what normally is the case) as there is the airport express that you might want to take if you are traveling light.
One of the main reasons to choose Somerset Lake View as my regular hotel is of course the very friendly staff which often makes the difference for frequent travelers in their decision where to stay. Five stars also or maybe even because of the staff!