PLEASE help me decide between these Bangkok Accomodations!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 7, 2012 12:11 PM Last Post By: peacock27
Jan 6, 2012 9:13 PM
PLEASE help me decide between these Bangkok Accomodations!I really need help deciding between these 4 places in Bangkok. I’ve been comparing for hours and I feel like I have made no progress deciding on a place. We’re going to be in Bangkok twice, first in January and 2nd in Feb.
In Jan we will have 3 full days in Bangkok and one day trip to Kanchanaburi and one to Ayutthaya. When we come in Feb we will have 2 and a half days in Bangkok and I want to make sure we see the chatuchak market during this time.
I don’t want just a place to sleep, I want an experience. By this I mean I want to be somewhere I will remember that it was a different place with great staff that will help make our stay special. It’s important to be in a good location where we have plenty of options for dining and something to do at night. I also want to be somewhere where I won’t be spending most of my time travelling to get somewhere. This is our first time in Thailand and I am extremely overwhelmed as to where to stay in Bangkok. Ideally I like to have to option to walk everywhere but I know this is not possible in Bangkok lol. I need to pick 2 places from the 5 below:
1. Citrus 22 on Sukhumvit Soi 22. Close to skytrain.
2. Loy La Long Hotel (1620/2 (inside Patumkongka Rachaworawiharn Temple), Song Wat Road, Samphantawong, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand 10100). LOVE the hotel but I am not sold on the location.
3. Focal Local. Really good reviews about the owner. 279-283 Soi Charoennakorn 28, 10600, Thailand. Confused about location.
4. Baan Dinso Hostel. 15 min walk to Khoa Son Road.
5. Lamphu Tree House. I forgot to add lamphu tree house to this list. 155 Wanchat Bridge Phachatipatai Rd 80100, 10200, Thailand
Please help me make my decision.
Jan 6, 2012 9:18 PM
Jan 6, 2012 10:37 PM
Jan 6, 2012 11:02 PM
3not familiar with any of those, since not hot out, pool isn't a requirement, so i would go with location, near skytrain / subway, BTS / MRT. stay clear of taxis, unless necessary, as traffic can be deadlocked most of the day.
since no pool time, i wouldn't worry too much about hotel, as you will probably be out and about since 1st time. street food is ok, iffy at times, look for running water, i usually don't eat it or make sure it's fresh cooked. paragon, siam, emporium, central malls all have food courts offering wide selection of local or western foods. good, clean and usually inexpensive.
chatuchak market ..... easy transport via MRT, a stop right at the market. get there early ENJOY
Edited by: udornla
Jan 6, 2012 11:14 PM
4I'm staying at Citrus 22 in a few weeks. haven't been there before but it's been recommended to me.
I've stayed at S Sukhumvit Suites before. Great little place right next to Asoke BTS. Perhaps one more to add to your indecision :)
Jan 6, 2012 11:40 PM
5Have you tried looking at the review sections of tripadvisor.com or agoda.com...? Many of the places you listed are included there with dozens of reviews. In general you'll have a better idea reading all of those and making a balanced decison based on that rather than relying on the off-chance that someone in this forum had stayed there and has a good, bad or indifferenet opinion on any of them. Agoda has also a map section which shows you the nearest BTS, major shopping, sights etc.
Jan 7, 2012 1:16 AM
6Focal Local is not so bad as location actually, it's about 1km from BTS Thonburi Skytrain station and shorter to the express boat stop, but it is not in a 'tourist area'.
Loy La Long is 1km from MRT Hua Lamphoong Station and close too river boat as well, again not really a tourist area.
So the other 3 are better in terms of pubs and bars nearby in the evening.
Jan 7, 2012 3:57 AM
7Thanks guys! Yes, I have read trip advisor and agoda regarding these hotels but it's not helping lol. The staff certainly can make your stay special.It's very different in a B&B compared to a major hotel as they like to get involved and help you as much as possible. They also give you an inside perspective as a local and not just a tourist which is what the larger hotels do.
Jan 7, 2012 8:43 AM
8I would go with 2, because you'd be within walking distance of Chinatown, which is good for markets and street food in the evenings (Yaowarat Rd). 3 is in the middle of nowhere, 4 might be okay but location is nothing special.
Jan 7, 2012 9:50 AM
Jan 7, 2012 12:11 PM
10I've stayed at citrus 22 before and liked it enough that I'll be back there a few times over the next month. It's a nice hotel, the staff are lovely, and I would highly reccommend it. I have one other reccommendation which isn't on your list, but sticks out in my memory as an "experience" hotel in Bangkok - the Dream hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 15. This one is also close to the skytrain, and it's a stunning, modern hotel . I was there in 2007, so my advice may be dated somewhat, but there was a concierge (a stylish, classy woman in her late 20s) who visited the tables at breakfast to reccommend places to go, things to see, and how to get there. I left early one morning on a day trip, and they had a boxed breakfast of fruits and pastries waiting for me at the front desk. It's a little more expensive than the citrus, and out of my budget for this trip, but I'll never forget the place! It's part of a small boutique hotel chain, with a few other locations across the USA and India (maybe more by now) - we were so impressed that we stayed at the Dream in NYC and were equally satisfied (for several times the price, of course!).
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