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Updated 24/02/2017

GOOD VALUE HOTELS IN  Bangkok, Samui, Pattaya & Jomtien: 
 

BANGKOK: 
 

RAMADA PLAZA MENAM RIVERSIDE BANGKOK (*****): It took us time to discover and enjoy one of the most pleasant, and definitely the most affordable riverside hotels in Bangkok. The former tourist class Menam Hotel has been totally upgraded into a lavish, yet family friendly, four star superior - five star (for its lovely suites) hotel. Re-branded with Ramada in 2008, this international hotel has kept an authentic Thai atmosphere and a superb service which enlightened our four days stay. 

The 525 rooms and suites (featuring 23 rooms for disabled guests) have been pleasantly designed. We felt like the practical American comfort, with a subtle Asian touch. Our Deluxe Room, located on the 14th floor, overlooked the pool, allowing a breathtaking river view. Rooms have twin or king sized bed, coffee / tea facility, a large working desk, and are all en-suite with bath and separate shower. There is of course Sat TV with indeed many western channels, a digital safe, and WiFi, which comes with a fee in the room; it is free-of-charge in the public area (lobby, restaurants, lounge and pool), and the speed is fine.  

This large hotel has got smoking / non-smoking floors, and Executive Club Floors located on the two top floors. Deluxe Executive Club Rooms, Plaza Suites, and Terrace Suites guests enjoy private check in / out, and exclusive access to the Executive club lounge offering a fine buffet breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening cocktails, use of a boardroom for 1 hour per day and internet access. All complimentary. It comes with extra bonuses: 2 items of clothing pressed per day free-of-charge, late check out until 2pm, etc. 

Just like the lovely Terrace suites, the Presidential suite, located on the 16th floor, offers spectacular views of the river Chao Phraya from its large terrace, equipped with a private Jacuzzi. With two bedrooms, a large lounge and dining area, it is a very enjoyable for romance or business.  

A good choice of restaurants and bars completes the warm, friendly ambience of the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok. Using fresh local ingredients, plus some imported delicacies for a finest cuisine, all of them apply a very reasonable policy in term of price: much cheaper than what one could expect in a luxury hotel. The "Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant" is well known for Chef Yeung Koon Yat's Hong Kong style cuisine, specializing in abalone. Our favorite bar is the romantic, cool "Terrace@72 Restaurant & Bar": with its illuminated bar and chairs located in the open air, along the river. This is where we enjoyed one the best breakfasts in Bangkok (with a yummy Asian and Indian food corner): though serving each day hundreds of guests, the staff always recognized  us, remembering perfectly that we didn't like American coffee, but double espresso. Extremely busy to serve everybody promptly, we always had a short discussion with a kind word from part of the anticipating head waiter. We actually felt like sitting in the neighboring -and much more expensive- Oriental Hotel terrace. We experienced the same top quality level of service in the room (our kind maid inquired each morning and evening about any special request)  and in the lobby area (with one of the most efficient concierge in Bangkok). 

There is a well appointed fitness & SPA, and a large pool which is not so much oriented to the sun: ideal for children (and Asian guests, disliking sun-tanning). Those preferring «farniente» can use the spacious and airy sun-deck, with many beds along the river, just close to the pool. 

We have read in some reviews that the hotel was «far» from the city center. Which sounds like misleading. The location is ideal. Certainly away from the noisy downtown districts; but a 7 minutes complimentary pleasant cruise, aboard the complimentary hotel shuttle-boat, brings you to the Taksin Bridge sky-train and public speedboats station. Making all the attractions, shops, and business a few minutes away from the  hotel: avoiding the stress of the terrible traffic jams which participates in the infamous «legend» of Bangkok.  By night, the entertaining Silom-Patpong district is a ten minutes taxi drive. Moreover, the hotel stands in a very authentic, safe and friendly area which is well worth the exploration, away from the tourists paths. You will love the small temples, fresh fruits and flowers sellers, and the old Chinese shops all around. 

Rates vary according to the season. Extremely affordable in its five star superior category, a Deluxe Room with breakfast costs about THB 4,000 in the low season,  till approximately THB 6,000 in the high season. Exciting packages and special offers apply. 

Warmly recommended. 

RAMADA PLAZA MENAM RIVERSIDE BANGKOK: 2074 Charoenkrung Rd., Bangkorlaem, Bangkok 10120 
PHONE: +66 (0) 26881000           FACSIMILE: +66 (0) 22919400, +66 (0) 22911048 
E-MAIL: reservation@ramadaplazamenamriverside.com    

 

GLOW PRATUNAM (****)This trendy “low cost 4 star” hotel (at US$ 50 – 90 per night using the "lowest rate guarantee promotion", with an easy cancellation process), perched atop the local and affordable Shibuya Pratunam shopping complex, is one of our 2015 best finds best cheap hotels in bangkok glow pratunamin Bangkok. With a dreamed location, in the proximity to the Ratchaprarop Airport Rail Link and Phaya Thai Skytrain / BTS, it has all shops, from the cheapest to the most prestigious, available next door: World Shopping Mall, Siam Paragon Mall, Gaysorn Shopping Centre, Siam Centre, Siam Square, Platinum Fashion Mall, and Pantip Plaza can be reached by a short and pleasant walk over lively and picturesque streets.

A must for Singaporean tourists and businessmen, this precious address remains quite confidential on the western market. A pity, as it fits perfectly the taste of those, like us, looking for a 4 star cocoon with a relaxing, so-Zen touch. Asia is everywhere, under a modern declination: in the top-comfy, bright rooms inspired by the four seasons, with rich colours balanced by plush linens and pillow-top mattress and two types of dreamy pillows. Each perfectly sound-proofed room boosts a fantastic floor to ceiling view over Bangkok. We liked very much the spacious size (42 Sq m) and smart display of our Deluxe Corner Room. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet access, and mini-fridge with free-of-charge coffee, tea and water come as an appreciated bonus.  The bathroom is nicely appointed. Large 32″ LCD TV with cable channels, and iPod docking station with radio and speakers give the room a geek note.

Besides the location, comfort and savvy rate, the real advantage of Glow Pratunam compared with the neighbouring hotels targetting Western guests, is the very attractive F&B. We found the breakfast buffet better compared with what we used to get in many international four star hotels brands in Bangkok, with plenty of fresh tropical fruits, and lots of delicious specialties from the local cuisine which is, everybody knows, one of the best in the world. Maybe due to the competition of the inexpensive restaurants all around, Luna Sky Garden Café gave us the opportunity to enjoy a spicy, tasty and refined cuisine with a dedicated service. Do like us and try the Tom Yam Noodle Noodle Soup, or the Pad Thai noodles sprinkled with fresh lime. Last but not least, you can digest after lunch in the in-house massage parlour, just besides the reception desk, for a foot massage before relaxing by the hotel terrace-swimming pool.

This most recommended hotel is managed by the fast growing InVision Hospitality group, featuring in its portfolio top-luxury properties like the legendary Villa Maroc Pranburi, close to Hua Hin: one of our favourite five-star resorts in Thailand.


GLOW PRATUNAM: 919 Petchburi Road, Kwang Thanon Phayathai, Rajdhevi
10400 Bangkok
PHONE: +66 (0) 2257 3999       FACSIMILE: +66 (0) 2257 3999
E-MAIL: rsvn.pratunam@glowhotels.com



TRINITY SILOM: (****) Located in a prime shopping location (5 minutes walk to Silom Rd, Patpong entertaining district and major banks / business headquarters), it operates the “low cost” concept: fulfilling the modern best cheap hotels in bangkok glow trinity silom bangkoktraveler’s needs just right, with ease and convenience, providing savvy guests with precisely what they need.

We liked the advantages that he offers to the tourist and business guest alike. First, the BTS Chong Nonsri station stands almost next door: making any major location in Bangkok less than 15 minutes from the hotel, even at peak hours. Then, the street is extremely quiet, with small and cheap restaurants all along. It offers a direct access to Trinity walking street mall: an animated "walking street mall", catering to foreign tourists and reputed for providing the best bargains from Asia in high end designer labels and souvenirs.

All rooms are large and nicely appointed. We enjoyed a 36 sq.m Premier Room, with the same prime-quality amenities provided in all Glow properties: fantastic beds with a collection of top quality pillows and signature plush linens, complimentary Wi-Fi access, LCD TV with cable channels, DVD player with an impressive DVD library available in many languages. The 24-hour laundry services are complemented by a washing room with iron & ironing board, accessible by all hotel guests.

Breakfast served in the Roadhouse Saloon (restaurant reputed for its grill meat imported from the USA) is fine. Fitness Center, Swimming Pool & Sauna are all located in the Trinity Complex adjacent to the hotel. Which means that you cannot visit the swimming pool directly, wearing a bathrobe; this slight disadvantage is largely compensated by the full-sized, semi-olympic outdoor lap pool, and the professional gym with sauna, cardio and weight machines... as well as an outdoor running track, children’s playground and a basketball court! There is even a tennis court, accessible for a reduced fee!

Rate is approximately US$ 50 – 90 per night.


TRINITY SILOM: 150 Silom Soi 3 (Naratiwas Soi 3 or Sathorn Soi 8), Silom Road, Bangkok 10500
PHONE: +66 (0) 2231 5050         FACSIMILE: +66 (0) 2231 5417
E-MAIL: rsvn.hotel@trinitycorp.com



PATHUMWAN PRINCESS (****): In the middle of the city's best shopping and entertainment facilities, with connecting corridors to the MBK (Mah Boon Krong) shopping and business centre, a stone's throw away from shopping centres Siam Square, Siam Centre and Siam Discovery Centre and walking distance to the World Trade Center: this is a first class hotel with a first class location. This is also one of the most Asian deluxe hotel in town: the guests invading all year long the magnificent Pathumwan Lobby, cool and spacious, with it's luxurious marble floor and pillars leads, is 75% originating from far east. We have been astonished that westerners, who would like its discernible comfort and shopping facilities (home to over 2000 vendors, the MBK arcade is one of the best value for money in South East Asia), still didn't discover the Pathumwan Princess. 

Individual traveller receives special attention: like separate check-in, quietly sitting being a guest relation desk. Away from the groups. Though the hotel was almost fully booked, it took us less than five minutes to reach one of the 382 guestrooms and suites. Our Deluxe-Room was fully equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, minibar, personal safe, IDD telephone, and a nice bathroom with hair dryer, bathrobe, toiletries and telephone. The hotel is a 29-storeys high rise: we had therefore a splendid panorama over the "City of Angels". The Pathumwan Princess is only four years old; but it seems that, due to their immaculate cleanness and excellent aspect of fabrics, some rooms have already received some minor refurbishment. There are also two Executive Floors: complemented by an Executive Lounge, they are perfect for an upgraded stay, and will suit the requirement of business travellers. In addition, there are 64 service apartments for long-term stays. 

We spent our evening at eighth floor amazing Olympic Club. This is the largest fitness centre in Bangkok: with the latest and best equipment by Cybex, supervised by highly trained personal instructors, it is rated by many professionals to be one of the best in the world. A superb roof top pool, tennis court, jogging track and squash courts, complements it. 

The Pathumwan Princess is reputed for its restaurants. Great Asian food -including generous buffet breakfast- and good live Latin music at the Salsa Club. 

Interesting rates, with an average US$ 60/night/room for corporate and Internet booking. 

The Princess Hotel & Resorts are part of the Dusit family of hotels. 
 

PATHUMWAN PRINCESS: 444 Phayathai Road, MBK Centre, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 
PHONE: +662 216 3700            FACSIMILE: +662 216 3730  
E-MAIL: ppb@dusit.com 
  

DUSIT PRINCESS SRINAKARIN (****): Half way (20 minutes) between Suvarnabhumi International airport and city centre, this business hotel comes with many advantages to those who -like us- don't like that much impersonal airport hotels. On a transit or short stay in Bangkok, this fine, four star hotel looks like a perfect solution for shopping (the Seacon Square Shopping Center stands next door), business (the Bangna district hosts many banks, companies headquarters and, last but not least, the BITEC - Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre), or just relaxation between two trips.  

The Dusit Princess Srinakarin is actually pleasant, with a trendy Asian touch from the smart lobby up to the 198 comfortable rooms and suites. Finely furnished in contemporary Thai style, they all come with satellite cable television, central air conditioning with individual thermostat, Internet connection, IDD telephone, working desk, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and a personal safe. 

This cool, calm hotel is managed by the Dusit group; which means great F&B! We experienced The Chinese Restaurant, specializing in Cantonese and Szechuan dishes which can be nothing but succulent... as many Asian travellers stay in the hotel. Miyuki is also reputed, with its own sushi bar and teppanyaki tables for preparing authentic Japanese delicacies. Square One offers a grand choice of Thai, Mediterranean, Californian and other international foods served a la carte or buffet style, while Petit Four provides a rendez-vous point for afternoon tea. 

A state-of-the-art Health Club with swimming pool, invigorating sauna and steam bath ensured us a  great time following our long-haul flight from Europe. 

The service is very «Dusit»: which means polite, faultless and extremely friendly. Rooms rates are great value for money, starting from less than THB 3,000 for a Double Deluxe Room. 
 

DUSIT PRINCESS SRINAKARIN: 53 Srinakarin Road, Nongbon, Pravet, 
Bangkok 10250 
PHONE: +66  2721 8400 - 32,     FACSIMILE: +66  2721 8432 
E-MAIL: dpsb@dusit.com 
 

CHAOPHYA PARK (****): Fairly well located in Rachadapisek, one of Bangkok’s newly emerging business, leisure and entertainment districts, this top comfortable, yet affordable hotel makes any attraction at easy reach: the subway, MRT station stands two blocks away.  

Two lobbies on separate floors allow a quick check in. The recently refurbished 402 rooms and suites, displaying a pleasant Thai design, are chaophya park cheap luxury hotel rachadapisek ratchadapisek bangkok city centrecomfy, large and well appointed: all with IDD Phone, complimentary high speed Internet, Sat TV, electronic control panel board, safe deposit box... Tea and coffee facility is available, free of charge. There is an Executive Floor, with a lounge. 

We like the «green» concept of the Chaophya Park, where many efforts are undergone to protect the environment. This eco-oriented hotel hosts the 70 treatment rooms «Bali Spa and Thai Massage Centre»: one of the largest therapeutic massage complexes in Bangkok. The hotel has a fully equipped gymnasium and out door swimming pool with Jacuzzi. It is the only city hotel to feature a full service Golf Driving Range on 2 levels, with fully computerised caddies. The complex in which the hotel stands includes a huge convention center and the «Entertainment World» recreation center. 

The 7 restaurants and bars include the recently opened, and yet reputed Al Massimo Ristorante Italiano: featuring fine Italian cuisine along with walk-in wine cellar. If you want to mix with local people for cheap, delicious Thai dishes, just cross the road, and join one of the small open-air restaurants after dark, when the air gets cooler and the «sanuk» warmer. 

Room rate is about THB 4,000 till 6,700. Suites start from THB 8,800. Packages and promotions are permanently available. 
 

CHAOPHYA PARK: 247 Rachadapisek Road, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400 
PHONE: +662 290 0125     FACSIMILE:  +662 290 0167 -68 
E-MAIL: info@chaophyapark.com 
    

SACHA'S HOTEL UNO (***): Budget but trendy, superlatively well located, closely supervised by InVision Hospitality, this is a dreamed hotel for the savvy traveler who prefers to spend less on a good bed and breakfast offer, and spend more on the plentiful attractions best cheap budget low cost hotels bangkokin the animated Sukhumvit area. Asoke transportation hub, with BTS Skytrain and MRT, is strategic: we ignored Bangkok legendary traffic, arriving at our appointments always in time. Those on a pleasure and leisure trip won't need to go more than 50 meters from the hotel to find the best bars, all categories of restaurants, gym, or massage parlors. The most prestigious shopping malls and attractive boutiques are all within walking distance (from 7am till 9pm a complimentary tuk-tuk operates between the hotel and Sukhumvit Rd).

We spend a couple of nights there, and Sacha's Hotel Uno met 99% of our expectations. The missing 1% goes to the lack of a swimming pool, in a region of the world where the average temperature goes around 30°. But the businessman on a short and tight stay, or the active tourist, won't mind this detail when the price of a
clean and well air-conditioned room, modern, with silky signature beds, interactive HDTV with multiple channels, is approximately USD 65. Of course,  WiFi is high-speed and complimentary; just like the good coffee (chocolate, tea...) from the machine located opposite to the trendy lobby. The reception staff, young and nice looking, is four-star: so kind and efficient.

Last but not, the hotel operates a fantastic restaurant, definitely inexpensive and cool, mostly patronized by locals, and serving cooked to order “pet-pet” (very spicy) Thai cuisine. Curries at Sessions are hot like fire, and surely among the best in Bangkok. Phat Thai and Thom Kha Kai compete in term of quality and authenticity, with  Sala Rim Naam and Celadon.


SACHA'S HOTEL UNO: 28/19 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110
PHONE: +662 651 2180
E-MAIL: info@sachashotel.com


BAIYOKE SKY (***) : Taxi drivers know the Baiyoke Sky as Baiyoke II (pronounce bayok song); we would rather like to call it "Baiyoke plus". Plus compared with the neighbouring Baiyoke Suite Hotel : with larger and more comfortable rooms and suites, superior quality of service, and with its 309 meters making it the tallest hotel in South East Asia. Over passing the Westin in Singapore. Brochures and inscription by the entrance gate still spam this is the "World's tallest hotel"; which was true, before megalomaniac Red Chinese most recently built a higher one in Shanghai !  

We could enjoy altitude after being quickly lifted up to the very top of the tower, where three levels are already opened to the public. No need to be a hotel guest to visit the Observation Deck, on the 77th floor: tickets for this Bangkok leading attraction are on sale for as less as 100 THB (US$ 2.5). We recommend you should rather order some set lunch or dinner: much affordable for less than 10 US$ per person... including entrance to the deck ! Advantage of the second solution: the Baiyoke Sky Restaurant is perched on the78th floor. One step higher, for gastronomes looking for delicious Chinese cuisine, is the 79th floor Stella Palace: ideal to enjoy Dim Sums or aristocratic Shark Fins feeling like flying in the air.  

Out of the 310 rooms, most of the standard ones are sold out by tour operators. Which makes this nice hotel packed all year long: advance booking is much recommended. Businessmen will also like the Baiyoke Sky: its suites are the best value for money in Bangkok. We found accommodation in one of them: number 3508, on the 35th floor. With 75 Sq.m, it displayed a total comfort for executive travellers, or for a family. We enjoyed the large living room, with plenty of space for reception: a large armchair with remote leg rest incited to fair relaxation in front of the HI-FI stereo satellite TV set. In-room coffee and tea complimentary amenities were available, and there was a minibar with affordable drinks. A circular table allowed dining in the intimacy of the suite. A large window opened to the horizon, over the most bustling city in South East Asia. Great panorama from the bedroom, also: falling fast asleep after observing Bangkok by night from under fine sheets is a splendid  experience, only the Baiyoke Sky guests can live. Bathrooms are large: more than four star, indeed. Just like in  a old style palace hotel, there is a closet for luggage and clothes.  

The pool is beautiful, though small; which is not such an inconvenience, when most of the guests are touring away from dawn to sunset. When businessmen will like to make reservation there -and they will do sooner- they will also need to develop a decent fitness center.  

Out of the comfort of the hotel, and the pleasure we had to stay in a real landmark, what impressed us in the Baiyoke Sky was indeed the service. More than fair; we found it dedicated. Smiles were not for sale: they were authentic, and warmed up the somehow pharaonic design of the public areas.  

For approximately THB 2,900 (US$ 71) per night in a huge suite, and less than 2,000 in a deluxe room, this is a best traveller's choice in the whole heart of Bangkok.  
 

BAIYOKE SKY: 222 Soi Ratchaprarop 3, Rathaprarop Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
PHONE: +662 656 3000                                FACSIMILE:  +662 656 3555  
E-MAIL: baiyokesky@baiyoke.co.th 
  


TAI-PAN (***): Definitely one of the best value boutique hotel in town, the Tai-Pan is first of all highly praised for its great location : one of the most enjoyable in the Sukhumvit area, and still one of the most quiet. The hotel stays in an elegant residential lane, a few meters away from the nicest taipan.jpg (7586 octets)shopping arcades in Thailand. 

By night, the atmosphere becomes frantic : the legendary "Soi Cow Boy", its go-go clubs, bars and seafood restaurants, welcome the expats who know that "leisure" here are cheaper, better, and much more friendly than along the touristy Patpong Road . The wise guests will discover that place with much pleasure, and mix with expats, catching useful travel tips from them.  

Actually, it should be easy for the management of this privileged hotel to take profit out of its fame to neglect all the rest : service, rooms, and F&B ; on the contrary, the place is professionally run. The 150 rooms and suites are huge, permanently refurbished, extremely clean, with a very elegant decoration mixing mahogany with nicely designed fabrics. It will approximately cost you THB 1,800 (circa USD 50) per night, only ! Tai-Pan also means, even for outsiders, the best buffet lunch in the whole area; and one of the cheapest, where great food will cost you approximately less than THB 200 (USD 5,5). This is the only buffet lunch animated by a pianist ! 

Of course there is a swimming pool, but also a ‘Fitness Center’ with brand new tools for an efficient work-out, a sauna , aerobics, and a traditional massage parlour (by very gifted & diplomed staff; for hawky-panky ‘oil massage’, just try Soi Cow Boy !). 

Whenever you would like to travel to Singapore, Vientiane or Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), the same group of hotels owns some nice properties in the three capital cities / you may book from here for the most reasonable rate.  

TAI-PAN : 25, Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok 10110  
PHONE: +662 260 9888 - 98             FACSIMILE:  +662 259 7908 
E-MAIL: info@taipanhotel.com 
  

EMPO HOSTEL (***):  This brand new hostel, located in the heart of Bangkok, in the safe and chic Sukhumvit area, close to the prestigious hotels Marriott and President Park, is run by the very reliable Khun Arun: owner of excellent tailors shops, and of the delicious empo female only hostel sukhumvit safe shopping area bangkokand inexpensive Horapha Thai-Indian restaurant where you can have your lunch and diner at the first floor.

It is clean, and fully equipped with air-con in all rooms, shower, locker with CCTV camera to insure more security, cable TV and free WiFi (there also a cybercoffee next block).

Ideal for discovering the city avoiding the infamous Bangkok traffic jam, thanks to the nearby BTS station Phrom Phong, the Empo Hostel stands an easy walk away from the sophisticated Emporium Shopping Mall, largest movie theatres, supermarkets (Seven Eleven, Villa), fast-foods (Mc Donald, Pizza Dominos, Subway...), trendy local restaurants, and the lushly Benjasiri Park. You can't dream a better location in the most actively police-controlled part of Bangkok. If you are tired after a long walk in this so exciting city, you can relax in the massage parlour shop next door!

This most recommended hostel charges approximately THB 300 (less that USD 10) per night: which is a great value in the posh Sukhumvit.

More information in Facebook.
 

 
EMPO HOSTEL: Sukhumvit soi 22 , Shophouse 627, Klongtoey 10110, Bangkok (near Davis Hotel)
PHONE: +662 045 6651
E-MAIL: 

    

WOODLANDS INN (***): This first class budget hotel located in the heart of downtown Bangkok will fulfil the requirement of our budget minded readers, looking for a great location in the very heart of Bangkok: with shopping, business and entertainment centres within walking woodlands inn cheapest hotels bangkokdistance. Only 500 meters away from the famous Chao Praya River, and 1.5 kilometres away from the Central Railway Station. 

Established in 1995, the Woodlands Inn is a first class budget hotel, consisting of 75 very comfortable rooms. There are actually two categories of accommodation. The Deluxe and the Economy rooms: the first category is still very much affordable, with VIP Rooms for approximately USD 25 per night, and single for USD 15. A double would cost USD 18 only. Economy rooms are about USD 10/12,5: depending if you take single or double. Which is extremely cheap in Bangkok: moreover in this area. All room rates are net, and include American breakfast. The Woodlands Inn offers very good value for money packages, which would make the stay even more affordable. All major credit cards are accepted. 

Four star facilities are available: like IDD telephone in the room. Guests can also send and receive facsimile, surf the Internet, or use the round the clock room service (few budget hotels would offer such a convenience). There is also a cheap laundry and dry cleaning, baby sitter, hotel taxi and tours in and out of Bangkok with the hotel taxi or a larger van. The airport pick up and send-off service is very convenient: both for who comes to Bangkok for the first time, and for the busy businessmen who like to stay in this quiet hotel with a family atmosphere. Everybody will enjoy the warm and friendly service of the South Indian management team: with proficient Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Urdu, Thai and English speaking trained staff. 

The hotel is a favourite for the Indian businessmen, very much involved in trade with Thailand. Tourists from all around the world like to mix with them at The Woodlands Indian Restaurant: very popular in town, it has various Indian and Thai dishes to satisfy all tastes. Including vegetarian meals. Lunch set menu starts at THB 60 and dinner at THB 100: which makes approximately USD 1.5/2.5, only! 
 

WOODLANDS INN: 1158/5-7 Charoen Krung 32 Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 
PHONE: +662 235 3894 – 6640        FACSIMILE: +662 237 5493
E-MAIL: manager@woodlandsinn.org 
 
 

TWIN TOWERS (***): We discovered with pleasure this hidden luxurious hotel, with 700 large guest rooms and suites attractively decorated and top comfortable. All the electronic amenities can be remote-controled from your bed ! The welcome in the lotwin towers cheapest hotels in bangkokbby is very friendly, with traditional Siamese music and charming hostesses. There are also a good coffee shop haunted by talkative Spanish and South American guests (the hotel is a JV between Spain and Colombia), and gourmet restaurants: including the reputed Fu Marn Lau (specialized in Chaw Chow and Cantonese cuisine). The Sol Twin Towers offers the best valued top luxurious Presidential Suite in town (approximately $600 per night), and a very relaxing massage parlour we kindly invite you to try at least once during your stay.  

TWIN TOWERS: 88, New Rama IV Rd, Rong Muang, Patumwan, Bangkok 10333
PHONE: +662 216 9555               FACSIMILE: +662 216 9544
E-MAIL: info@thetwintowershotel.com

 

BAIYOKE SUITE (***): Like or not the impressive architecture of this sky-scrapper, the Baiyoke is extremely popular among tourists from all over the world. Why? Because this is a cheap, comfortable, and family oriented hotel, with huge and recently refurbished suites they charge for the price of a reclusive room anywhere else in Bangkok. There is a pool (too small for so many guests), a massage parlour, and a very good restaurant on the top floor of this43 storey building: there you will get the cheapest and highest "panoramic dinner" in town.  

This is a Best Western hotel. 

BAIYOKE SUITE: 130 Soi Ratchaprarop 1, Rathaprarop Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400  
PHONE: +662 255 7755           FACSIMILE:   +662 254 5553 
E-MAIL:baiyoke@mozart.inet.co.th 
 
 

SAMUI:  

 
 LE CHABLIS (***): This charming and intimate French managed bed & breakfast provides most pleasing accommodation, right on the famous Chaweng white sand beach: the place where action goes in Samui. Five minutes walk to the bustling shopping, entertainment and nightlife areas, Le Chablis offers an unmatched mixture of European quality and style in the warm tropical paradise island of Koh Samui. Just like the regular guests, among who lots of expats living in Thailand and staying there by personal recommendation, the distinctive traveller will love the place at first sight. The 16 immaculate 1 or 2 rooms apartments are top comfortable: quiet and safe, with nice rattan furniture, they come full equipped with air-conditioning & fan, satellite TV, DVD player (with more than 100 films available for rent), individual computer with high speed Internet connection, mini-bar, hot water, IDD telephone, and private balcony. Guests who prefer to relax on a poolside will receive private access to the pool, Jacuzzi and other attractive facilities at the Corto Maltese Resort next to the hotel.  

We found Le Chablis a perfect first class though cheap favourite lodging in Samui. Not only for its comfort; but also for all those facilities offered to the guests for a most affordable price. Its Thai restaurant, intimate and friendly, is reputed all over Chaweng beach area. This is also the place to enjoy European snacks -including some French meal- with a glass of fine wine. If you don't drink their beloved Chablis, let's try some chilled and not expensive Australian wine. Some are quite palatable, and suit well the tropical weather. Le Chablis is considered the place for wine on the island: it has its private Wine Bar. Moreover, the hotel offers a very suitable new service offering package and tailor made tours: elephant trekking, swimming at Na Muang waterfalls or untouched Anghtong National Reserve islands, scuba diving, jet skis, para sailing, or visits to monkeys working picking coconuts ... everything can be organised a most serious and money saving way by the friendly hotel staff.  

Good value for money rates vary according to the season. A 1 room apartment would cost between THB 1,190 and 2,190 per night. A large 2 rooms apartment is about THB 2,190-4,290. Including taxes and breakfast. Special rate is applicable for long stays. Transfer from / to airport (10 minutes from the hotel) is free of charge. 

Warmly recommended. 
 

LE CHABLIS: 119/22 Moo 2, Tambon Bophut, Chaweng Beach Road, 84320 Koh Samui  
PHONE: +66 77  422 601          FACSIMILE: +66 77  422 544 
E-MAIL: lechablis@kohsamui.com 
 
 
PATTAYA & JOMTIEN: 
 

CHOLCHAN PATTAYA RESORT (***+): Away from the noisy, crowded and therefore polluted North Pattaya area, but still part of the most famous resort in all SE Asia, the former Mercure Pattaya tends to be one of the very best value four star hotel in town. This is also the most family oriented, and the one of the most friendly indeed.  

More than 50% of the 540 rooms and suites are "Seaview": huge, light, comfortable, designed with good taste and simplicity, they are all equipped with minibar and cable TV. Very beautiful landscaped swimming pool, and well-equipped fitness club: this is all complimentary, except sauna and massages. Guests dont use that much the beach, though it is cleaned up every hour, with a water reported to be much clearer than in South Pattaya (never swim in South Pattaya, by the way !). 

The brand new property still need many years to be spoiled by both time and severe tropical weather: contrary to many hotels all around, everything here remains immaculate, cleaner than the cleanest Swiss clinic. Like in its Bangkok sister hotel the Bangkok Palace, the service is anticipating, smiling, and actually friendly. We found here the real Thai hospitality. There is a complimentary transfer, by air-conditioned shuttle bus, between this Paradise and the Hell of South Pattaya: the contrast is amazing. 

Though standard rates are about THB3000 (USD90) per night, cost may be reduced by 50% -at least !- if guests book on a package. This is one of the most popular hotels in the district, and advanced booking is kindly suggested.  
 

CHOLCHAN PATTAYA RESORT: 19 Moo 1, Tambon Nagulea, Amphur Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi 20150 
PHONE: +66 38 702 777        FACSIMILE: +66 38 702 778
E-MAIL: sales@pattayaresort.com

  

PINEWOOD CONDO HOTEL (***+): Located in the entertaining heart of Pattaya, this is one of the most popular hotels in town. With the Pattaya Bay sand beach, best shopping, restaurants and cafes accessible by a short walk, this is the perfect place to drop one's luggage. 

The family oriented Pinewood Condo Hotel offers 102 very comfortable rooms and suites, generously sized from 48 up to 110 sq.m From the intimate standard rooms till  the two-room studios or the great three-room Penthouse -one of the most luxurious in Pattaya, with private sauna and Jacuzzi- accommodation meets the highest expectation. Designed in a lovely Thai concept, with a generous use of tropical wood furniture and nice fabrics, all rooms are fully equipped with cable TV, IDD telephone and, we found it clever for long stay, a very useful  kitchenette with refrigerator and cooking facilities. 

The pool is superb. Very tropical, indeed, and large enough for a pleasant swim after a good sauna. Breakfast is served in such a great environment: at the poolside restaurant, which is also an extremely romantic place for dinner prepared according to international standards of a four star hotel. Whose who prefer to eat in the intimacy of their room can buy goods at the Minimart: without even leaving the hotel. 

Among the multiple facilities of the Pinewood Condo Hotel  are a laundry, a reliable baby-sitting service, and a well fitted business-centre with secretarial assistance and internet facilities. There is a parking, and a shuttle service to and from Bangkok and U-Tapao Airports. 

Last but not least, rates are very attractive. 

The Pinewood Condo Hotel  is a member of NEO Corporation Singapore. 

A very lovely place to enjoy Pattaya.
 

PINEWOOD CONDO HOTEL: 78/3 Moo 9, Second Road, 20260 Pattaya  
PHONE: +66 38 36 1402                FACSIMILE: +66 38 36 1590
E-MAIL: pinewood@loxinfo.co.th 

 

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