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.
PLAZA MENAM RIVERSIDE BANGKOK: 2074 Charoenkrung Rd.,
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 in Bangkok. With a
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.
GLOW PRATUNAM: 919 Petchburi Road, Kwang Thanon Phayathai, Rajdhevi
PHONE: +66 (0) 2257 3999 FACSIMILE: +66 (0) 2257 3999
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.
Hotel & Resorts are part of the Dusit
family of hotels.
HOTEL UNO (***+):
Budget but trendy, superlatively well located,
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 in 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).
Sacha's Hotel Uno is a top 5 low cost -yet
luxury- hotels in Bangkok.
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.
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
PHONE: +66 2721 8400 - 32, FACSIMILE: +66 2721 8432
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 comfy, 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.
is about THB 4,000 till 6,700. Suites start from THB 8,800. Packages
promotions are permanently available.
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.
approximately THB 2,900 (US$
71) per night in a huge suite, and less than 2,000 in a deluxe room,
is a best traveller's choice in the whole heart of Bangkok.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
standard rates are about
THB3000 (USD90) per night, cost may be reduced by 50% -at least !- if
book on a package. This is one of the most popular hotels in the
and advanced booking is kindly suggested.
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.
very lovely place to enjoy
PHONE: +66 38 36 1402 FACSIMILE: +66 38 36 1590
MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS IN BANGKOK