We booked this hotel with Agoda.com before arriving in Bangkok. The hotels website has a very useful map of the hotels location with the street names written in Thai. Our taxi driver at the airport found this very funny, as did the other taxi drivers he showed it to, but he certainly found the place without any problems. Whether this was because of the map or because he already knew the place well I don't know, but it certainly gave us peace of mind for a first night in the city as we have had trouble with taxi's finding our hotel on other holidays. Also when we booked another hotel near by for the last few days of our stay, the taxi driver took us to somewhere that sounds very similar in Thai (we wanted the Lamphu tree hotel, and he was sure we wanted the Rambuttri Hotel). So the map was a nice touch. Thank god for cheap pay and go Thai sim cards and amazingly cheap taxi fares.
The hotel is very close to the Kohsan Rd. area, but far enough away for noise not to be an issue. It is very easy to go between the hotel and the Kohsan Rd. area as it is a straight walk over the canal and down the street (4/5 minutes) either way. The street is busy enough for it to feel safe walking along at night.
They have a very nice decked lounge area on the roof, with sun beds, and tables and chairs. It has a pretty good view over the area. There is also a Jacuzzi which we never used.
The Room was fairly small, with little floor space but it had good storage facilities, and a safe. The bathroom isn't very private, its behind a distorted glass sliding door and wall which doesn't reach the ceiling. So noises will be heard by other opucants. However nothing can be made out through the glass other than a shape, so you won't be on display.
The room we stayed in had a window, not much of a view but good enough to people watch while you wait for someone to get ready etc. There was a flat screen TV on the wall which had a few English news channels. The bed was a bunk bed. In the pictures on the website it looks as thought the bottom bunk is a double bed, it isn't, it is slightly wider than a normal single and one person trying to sleep on it as a double bed will have the bedside table sticking into them through the night (me, in this case). Obviously there are rooms with double beds available, but I can't comment on them as I didn't stay in one.
When used properly the beds are reasonable comfortable.
There is also a well stocked and cheap minibar, and some of the water bottles in it are free.
The staff looked slightly unapproachable at first, they were sat there watching soaps on the TV in the reception/restaurant and didn't look up when we walked in. This illusion was shattered as soon as I approached the reception desk they were very helpful, and friendly enough. One of them seemed a little grumpy when I asked if we could take our drinks up to the roof with us, this turned out to be a misunderstanding as she thought I wanted her to follow us up to the roof carrying our drinks. And to be fair to her, despite her demeanour, she was going to take them before the misunderstanding was sorted out.
I had one breakfast in the restaurant, a cheese omelet. It was OK. Not expensive, sort of what you would expect from a greasy cafe here in the UK. One person seemed to like the food as every time we went in and out her was sat at the same table outside, reading the paper, smoking Marlboroughs, and eating a hearty fried meal. Service was quick and friendly.
The trips that can be organised from reception seemed fairly expensive so we booked ours somewhere else. They may well have been worth the price, I didn't go on any so I don't know. There are plenty of places to organise trips from, mostly connected to hotels in the area so there is plenty of choice.
When we found a hotel in the city we were going to next on the cheap and speedy internet in reception (I can't remember if they have wifi. We didn't bring a laptop and just used their computers) they rang the hotel for us and helped us make the booking. We were charged a very reasonable small fee for the call.
We asked to book a taxi and they said just to flag one down on the road outside. They were right, legitimate taxi's drive past constantly and all you have to do is be there and they stop. When you don't want a taxi this can get irksome, but when you do its brilliant. Make sure they use the meter, they won't be offended if you ask them to turn it on, most do anyway but it can be an expensive question not to ask.
Overall the hotel was good. It wasn't stand out brilliant, but the price was good, the facilities were good, the staff were good and the location was good. I am returning to Bangkok this summer and am considering staying there again.
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