This is a branch of the ever reliable Thai "Amari" franchise, albeit not a hotel owned by the Amari Group itself. It is popular with European tour groups as well as airline crews, Far Eastern tourists and increasingly with Indian, Middle Eastern and Russian visitors, together with a smattering of middle class Thai families, though these remain the exception given the price of the hotel. Indian & Bangladeshi business conferences are increasingly common, and it is also a popular wedding venue for more affluent Thais. Keep an eye open for the grand staircase to the second floor being dressed ahead of a wedding!
We have stayed at the Amari Atrium on a number of occasions and would not consider staying elsewhere. The hotel is situated in a residential / business area, thus restaurants in the locality aimed at westerners are very few and the standard of these indifferent. The hotel's own restaurants however are excellent, though pricey.
To compensate for its distance from the tourist hot spots, the hotel offers free, daily minibus runs into the city itself, during the day to the main shopping area, in the evening to the Suan Luam Night Bazaar, an experience like all Thai night markets best avoided, though it is useful to get into town from here and at weekends to the JJ Weekend Market.
Taking a taxi is an obvious option, but the more adventurous are recommended to take the modern and clean (puts London to shame!) underground from Phetchburi station, an easy 10 minute walk from the hotel. One stop takes you to Asoke where you can change to the SkyTrain, or continue on the underground to other areas of the city. China Town can be easily reached by staying on the train to Hualamphong. Other alternatives are to use a bus - a bus map in English can be bought from many shops - or the really adventurous should walk to the canal pier a few hundred yards from the hotel; getting on ad off is an experience you will not readily forget!
Rooms come in standard ("Superior") and Premium ("Deluxe"), as well as a range of Executive rooms on which I cannot comment. Having previously been upgraded from Superior to Deluxe, I cannot recommend paying the premium. Rooms are airy, light and always scrupulously clean, with enormous beds - they appear to be conjoined double beds, making them the biggest beds I have ever slept in. Views at the front of the hotel overlook New Phetchburi Road and beyond to the local temple - not actually worth the visit - and those at the back the canal and the residential housing on Sukhumvit Soi 3. We prefer the rooms at the back, but it is a matter of choice.
Breakfast is included in the price by most agents - but do check as paying for it daily is costly - and on a buffet basis. It offers a very wide choice of Western, Indian, Thai, Japanese and Korean dishes. Eggs can be cooked to order at the "egg stations"and there is a wide range of cold meats, cheeses, breads and pastries (all freshly made that morning) as well as a range of hot dishes. We find it carries us through the day.
There is a gym, sauna and rather small pool on the fourth floor. For those looking for a pool scene, this is not it and the poor leisure facilities reflect its original business focus.
Unique Quality: The staff are without doubt one of the hotel's great assets. We have always found them friendly, smiling and unfailingly helpful, even if occasionally language gets in the way. A smile and laughter together usually gets around this. The fact that they now recognise us when e visit each year is a nice bonus.
The atrium after which the hotel is named makes for a very impressive entrance lobby and a memorable visit.
Overall the hotel is modern, very clean and very welcoming. The location is without doubt a downside, but if it encourages you to venture a little closer to the real Bangkok, that without tourist stalls jostling for space on every pavement, perhaps that's no bad thing.
Directions: Outside the tourist area on the margins of the Sukhumvit area, popular with ex-pats.
We visited this hotel back in 1995 but when visiting Bankok for a second time we picked this same hotel again in 2005.
We picked it because of its unique location downtown, and because it is a few minutes from the subway.
It has 568 rooms and it's convenient for both business people and tourists as well.
Very close to Bangkok's business district and shopping centre.
Unique Quality: The hotel offers free shuttle service to tourists. The shuttle takes tourists to several spots of the city, - spots like malls, markets and nightlife attractions. This free service is appreciated especially by tourists who visit Bangkok for the first time, and those who don't want to spend money on taxis, or are afraid to move on their own.
The staff is very friendly.
The hotel is really beautiful, and the rooms very spacious and clean.
We had our towels changed daily.
There is a mini market next to it, and a few metres from the hotel the road is full of local people selling food.
Directions: Very near the subway.
The hotel we had originally booked was not available and the Amari Atrium was offered as an alternative. We couldnt fault the hotel except that it was just that little too far out from the centre of things. You couldnt walk...too hot , too much traffic and too noisy, so a taxi was needed to go into the centre of the city and that took forever. The hotel had a courtesy bus which ran to the Shopping Malls but it was the same as the taxi....a half hour journey for a couple of miles trip. The rooms were lovely with amazing views of golden pagodas, skyscrapers and shacks, what a mixture. I would say this hotel was more for businessmen than tourists as it was nearer the airport, but never the less it was pretty good value. Breakfast was buffet style with the "egg man" cooking your eggs just the way you like them. the restaurant was beautiful with a little ornate strem running thru the centre. We counted more than 7different nationalities eating , so there was something for everyone. Lots of fresh fruits and yoghurts, pastries, cooked foods and coffee and tea in abundance.
Unique Quality: The staff were charming, friendly and professional. The swimming pool is on the roof, so plenty of peace and quiet. The entrance has a huge glass atrium with an enormous tree growing up thru it.
be carefull to choose the right category of room. There are Standart Rooms, Corner Room (recommended), Room on the 20th floor (new renovated), and Rooms on the Business floors (go for the 20th floor!)
I would say the service was exemplary from when we arrived at around 7.30am (Thai time) & the automatic door was opened for us by the doorman. I felt like a real V.I.P. I particularly liked the orchid on your bed every evening which was a lovely touch. The food in the hotel was to a very high standard and I thoroughly enjoyed trying the thai dishes on the menu. I would recommend this hotel to anyone in fact I have to friends of mine who went a few years ago & they were not dissappointed.
Unique Quality: I loved the fact that the pool was up a number of floors (4/8 can't remember exactly) you had a lovely view over the city from it. All the restaurants and the bar in the lounge area had the best service & the cocktails were pure magic in glass!! The rooms were large & had all the amenities in them that you would expect from a 5-star hotel at home even though the hotel I know is 4-star, bravo!!!
We liked this hotel, the staff were very professional and friendly, it's a city centre hotel with a nice pool, gym, and the bar area included a very tasty menu.
Complimentary mini-bus was available to drop you at the night market and Patpong, but you have to book with the bell captain for this and it was fully booked at departure time.
Unique Quality: We liked this hotel, especially the open space of the Atrium inside the lobby area.
A mega-massively huge ( it's not small! ) tree actually grows inside the lobby and stretches up a number of floors.
service was excellent. great health club and great aerobic classes. nice services such as foot massage, jet lag massage, etc. free shuttle bus to MBK, Central World Plaza, Petchburi subway station, Patpong Market, Emporium, Chatuchak market on weekends,- fantastic american breakfast buffet. amazing italian gourmet food at Vivaldi restaurant at affordable prices. We stayed for 3 weeks. the only downside is the pool which is small - never bothered with it. totally recommend this hotel as the rooms are pretty much new and the towels are super fluffy - the only reason it's not rated a 5 star is probably because the pool is too small.
This has been my first accomodation in Thailand, when I first go 8 years ago.
I slept here as, that time I came with a pakage, the hotel is luxurious but not so central, very good buffet breakfast, definitly worth!
Unique Quality: Their breackfast is great
In the Amari Atrium with beer.
Pool Deck, Amari Atrium Hotel
Hi There! Has anyone stayed at this hotel and if so, what did you think? Do you have to pay extra for the fitness center or is it included?
a friend stayed there before. rooms were clean & comfortable. i believe the fitness center is free for guests.
The hotel is a bit out the way for many of the tourist areas. However it looks as though the new subway station at Petchaburi isn't too far away so that will make getting around a bit easier
Thanks Phil for all your help!
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Address: 1880 New Petchburi Road, Bangkok, 10310, Thailand