If looking for hotel to stay in Taiwan was a challenge, looking for a decent hotel to stay in Bangkok was mission impossible! Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit, but it was so tough! I now realised it is a bliss for not having too many choices.
There are so many hotels in Bangkok. Take note here, MANY. Just go to TripAdvisor and search for “hotels in Bangkok” and you’ll understand what I mean.
How do you choose one out of so many? First, you gotta eliminate those that’s out of your budget. Then, you decide the location. Thirdly, look around and see if the hotel is near to any public transportation system. Then, read tons of reviews from the reviewers about the cleanliness and whatnot of the hotel. Finally, you make your own judgement and decision. Seriously, you can’t blame others for misleading/confusing you. Always remember, one man’s food is another man’s poison. What may be bad to others, can well be OK for you. So long as you are comfortable with what you choose.
The mixed reviews on TripAdvisor, didn’t make it easier for us. Melissa and I were headache about those reviews every now and then. This minute we thought we found a good, then we read something bad that freaked us out. We were going round the circle and it was pretty frustrating.
I saw a friend’s photo on Facebook about Citrus Sukhumvit 22, a very modern hotel. Then Melissa’s friend gave us a few suggestions and we short-listed Citin Pratunam too. I personally love Citrus Sukhumvit 22, but Citin Pratunam is slightly cheaper. So, we kind of decided to stay in Citin Pratunam and we planned to book the rooms when the date drew nearer.
Late March, Melissa came and told me one of our mutual friends, Vivian just came back from Bangkok and she stayed in Bangkok City Hotel, which is cheaper. Argh…… Another one to consider. -__- Of course we welcomed the choices, but too many choices made it more difficult to decide. Anyway, we went ahead with Bangkok City Hotel figured that we wouldn’t stay long in the room and a relatively cheap and clean one would do just fine. For a double/twin bedroom, it costs 1190 Baht per room per night, inclusive of breakfast.
The directions on how to reach the hotel, is unclear and confusing. The information provided on the hotel’s website was not very clear and it took us a while in the BTS station to figure out where exactly we should head to. Imagine 6 headless flies dragging their luggage walking here and there in the train station. LOL!!! Now I feel that it was funny. :P
Okay, for the ease of everyone, I’m going to tell you exactly how to go to Bangkok City Hotel, right from the Suvarnabhumi Airport. If you do NOT want to take a taxi from the airport, you can travel to the city by Airport Rail Link and get off at the last station, Phaya Thai. I can’t remember how much it costs, it’s not expensive don’t worry. It’s pretty convenient and comfortable. Again, I can’t remember how long it takes, not more than half an hour definitely. Here’s the link to the BTS’ website.
After you get off at Phaya Thai, purchase a ticket to Ratchathewi station. It is only one station, costs 15 Baht. When you reach Ratchathewi station, please take Exit 3. Exit 3 is the direction to go to reach Bangkok City Hotel. Walk for about 5 minutes until you reach an intersection, turn LEFT at the intersection. Don’t cross the road, just turn left. Walk for another 5 to 8 minutes and you’ll reach Bangkok City Hotel which is on your left.
If you’re up for the “adventure”, you can walk from the hotel to Platinum Mall, about 15 minutes walk. When you come out from the hotel, turn right, the way to go to Ratchathewi station. When you reach the intersection, cross the road and go straight. Walk all the way straight until you see the mall. Basically it’s like walking all the way straight from the hotel. :) I won’t say it’s near, because it was bloody HOT! However, if you do not mind the weather, it’s good to just walk.
All right, back to the hotel. The hotel is still pretty new, less than 2 years. So, you can expect that it is pretty modern and clean. Being Ashley, when I say clean, take my words for it. It is clean. Love the timber floorings in the room, I didn’t have to wear slippers in the room. :) It is pretty spacious with plenty of room for your luggage, especially after days of shopping, you do not have to worry about where to chuck your stuff.
You may want to request for a room at higher floors or a room facing the back of the hotel. The hotel is on the main street, you may get some noise from the traffic if you were at lower floors facing the street. We were staying at 9th floors facing the back of the hotel, totally quiet. :) Only some noises from the corridor if you so happen to have some noisy guests staying on the same floor.
There’s a small bathtub in the bathroom. There is some toiletries, they changed our towels and make up the room everyday. I don’t think they did a good job in cleaning the bathroom though, I could still see hair (my hair lah :P ) here and there in the bathroom. Well, since it was MY hair, I could live with that. As long as it was clean the first moment I stepped in. :) I broke my foundation bottle on the 4th day, the floor was sticky even after I cleaned up, thought they would clean it when they came to make up the room, but they didn’t. Came back at night and the floor was still sticky. -__- Perhaps I should have made mention to the housekeeping.
The TV channels available are rather limited, but well, we ain’t here for TV! So, we didn’t mind some boring shows. In fact, we have watched a very boring movie and a great movie in the hotel at night. Hahahaha. I still remember the titles, Lost In Translation and United 93. :P
The hair-dryer in the bathroom, takes ages to dry my hair. The air is not warm enough, and after 5 minutes of using, the handle becomes very hot. -__- If you’re someone who relies on hair-dryer to style your hair, just a little note for you that you’ll need more time to do that. Lucky for me I only need my hair to be 80% dry.
The hotel provides FREE wi-fi! WEEEEE!!! How cool is that huh? :D Just get the user ID and password from the front desk and you’re good to go. Please also note that you can only use one ID for one device. If you have multiple devices, you’ll need to get a few ID’s from the front desk then. The speed is pretty fast. Can’t complain. :)
The daily breakfast, is boring. They’re practically the same EVERYDAY. @__@ My taste buds couldn’t seem to agree to the taste of their fried noodles/rice, I was only having some pastries and cooked vegetables every morning. Well, it’s free, what do you expect? Just fill your stomach so that it can get you going until lunch time. If you seriously don’t like the breakfast in the hotel, there are lots of delicious food on the street. Don’t be too sceptical of them, they’re pretty hygienic. Most of all, they’re yummy. :)
Good thing about this hotel is, there are so many restaurants/street food when night falls!!! Along the street towards the hotel, it is so quiet during daytime, but it is so bustling with people and activity at night! We had our dinner there twice! Don’t know which one to go to? Choose the one with a lot of customers. Or, there is one that the tour agent in the hotel told us to go, when you come out from the hotel, walk towards your right, all the way until you reach the end of some GREEN hoarding, the one at the end of it is the famous one. We somehow missed it and went to the wrong one. Anyway, it was good too. :)
There are also some massage centres along the road. We went to the one few doors away from the hotel, costs us only 200 Baht for the foot massage. Do go to the tour agent in the hotel (located at the lift lobby) and ask for some massage vouchers from another massage centre, you’ll get some discount with the vouchers. :) Our men went for the Thai massage on the 4th day while we women went for shopping.
7-11 convenient store is at the corner of the street (left side of the hotel). In general, the hotel is at a pretty convenient location. TESCO Lotus is also nearby but you’ll need to take a cab. To get a cab in front of the hotel is very easy, the bell boy is more than happy to haul a cab for you. Just make sure that you insist on going on metre. After 2 days in Bangkok, we’ve learnt the fact that taxi is way cheaper than BTS if you travel with more than 2 persons.
We took a peek at the hotel’s guestbook and we were surprised to see that a lot of guests commented that the lighting in the rooms were too “romantic”. Hahahahaha. I must admit, it is. I find it a lil’ bit difficult to do my make-up and there’s no lights at the entrance/closet area. It didn’t surprise us at all when most of the guests commented that the breakfast was boring. :P
Again, if you’re travelling with a group of people, it is always wiser to take a taxi to your destinations. We hired 2 MPVs from the hotel to send 6 of us to Suvarnabhumi Airport on our last day. It only costs us 800 Baht in total! Comfortable, convenient and cheap! I was so happy that we didn’t have to go through all the hassles with the BTS. It takes about 40 minutes from the hotel to the airport, with some traffic.
Bangkok City Hotel isn’t a bad choice at all. Will definitely go back again, just because it is so near to Platinum Mall and Siam Paragon! Hahahahaha. :P
Looking in from the entrance, closet on the right.
There, there, the bed and my sleeping “beauty”. LOL! He refused to move away when I was taking photo! See the platform at the corner beside the windows? That is enough to put 2 luggage bags! Great convenient for us.
The bathroom. Pretty spacious and most importantly, clean and tidy.
Bangkok City Hotel:
268 Soi Petchburi 10 – 12 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand