I wrote a review of this hotel a few years ago and have stayed recently so though I would update my review.
It is an excellent location - close to Khao San road, with many shops and restaurants nearby, but still manages to be quiet.
Unfortunately, it seems over the years little or no money has been spent on the place. They still have the same old 4 desktop computers for internet use, but I wouldnt bother using they are far too slow to be of any use to anybody. Plenty of other places nearby for internet that are far better.
The food from the restaurant is generally OK but not great, some of the dishes I tried were greasy and quite bland. There are better options nearby for food. I think the menu is too large and the chef doesnt cook all the dishes very often. It would be better to reduce the size of the menu and focus on a few great dishes.
I found the rooms disappointing. This hotel allows smoking in the rooms and many of the rooms really stink of stale smoke. This goes for the beds and the bed linen too. The bed linen was well worn and the beds in all the rooms I had were very hard. One room I stayed in the mattress was rock solid and I ended up sleeping on the couch.
The TVs are good, if a little old, they have a decent selection of movie channels, thai TV and BBC/discovery channel etc.
Something that got me down was the lack of a FRIDGE in the room. This was a real pain in the neck because you cant have a cold water/orange juice in the morning unless you want to go out to the 7-11.
The prices for the rooms are not bad, and if u book 3 days or more you get 50B discount per night. If you want to check in early or check out late they will try and eke money out of you for the priviledge. And they still want 1000B deposit for the key which is puzzling as many other places do not ask for this. I must say I never had a problem getting the deposit back though.
I used to love staying here but just can't put up with the dark, depressing, smelly rooms. It's such a shame, with a few changes this place could be one of the best hotels in the area easily. A small inexpensive fridge in each room, a lick of paint and some new soft mattresses and this place would be top of my list next time I go to Bangkok but I don't think that'll happen. The staff are nice and the hotel has quite a nice relaxed atmosphere, but I have to say I am going to stay somewhere else next time I come.
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