3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

2, Soi Somprasong 1, Petchaburi Road, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand

8 Reviews

First Hotel Bangkok
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Value Score Poor Value

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  • Families54
  • Couples37
  • Solo38
  • Business30
  • HebaM's Profile Photo

    Location, location, location


    I stayed 5 days at first hotel in 2007! as far as I remember the Location is the best thing about that hotel it was close to the shopping area , 5 min walking to the MBK, 7/11 and burger king are nearby, However,staff were unfriendly, the lobby is small, I was staying in a deluxe room in the Tower wing which was nice, I was hoping for a nice view but instead the room was over looking a dumpster and I found a cockroach and there was that weird unpleasant smell on the hallway. if it wasn't for the location I would have been extremely disappointed...I don't think I'll stay in that hotel if I visited Bangkok again.

  • yukisanto's Profile Photo

    If you really really want the location


    Pros: It's 5min walk from Platinum, the major wholesale retailer shopping mall. If cheap shopping's all you come to Bangkok for, then this place is just fine. The hotel rate is alright, at 1000 baht per night.

    Cons: baby roaches. Yes, I stayed there 6 nights and over 5 nights each I find one baby cockroach in the room. It really makes me wonder about how often they clean the place. I stayed in the city wing. There's also the main block, which may be better I think. The wing feels eerie sometimes at night since not many stay there.

    Others: The hotel is at the end of a small road off the main road, but that road is always bustling, so no prob. Actually, other than the question of cleanliness in the room, I have no other really huge complaints. Coz for me location is very important. Free breakfast, usual food.

    Directions: It's at the end of the side road opp from Platinum mall.

  • travelpug's Profile Photo

    Good location


    The room was okay. Not the best. If you stay high enough, you will get a good view of Bangkok city. Breakfast buffet was good, but it's the same every morning. Location is great. It's in between Phayatai and Ratchatewi Skytrain stations.

    Unique Quality: Location location location. Skytrain is within waling distance. A short cab ride, you will reach Siam Square, Siam Paragon, etc.

    Directions: It's in between Phayatai and Ratchatewi Skytrain stations.

  • P0intman's Profile Photo

    Non-smokers Stay Away


    My wife and I stayed there with other friends for 7 days early March 2007 in Bangkok through a friend who booked this through a travel agency. Our 1st day was pretty much disappointing with our room assignment. We requested for a single bed (queen size) room in the new wing. I am not sure if this was due to communication problem due to staff not that fluent in English or just plain bad service. When we arrived, it was 2 single beds put together side by side and away from the wall because there was a nightstand that cannot be moved. The room smell like cigarette smoke and the carpet was full of cigarette burns. Others in our group also complained of cigarette odor of the rooms. One couple had to move 3 times since she was ashmatic. They have cable tv alright, the local Thai channels are clear but not HBO.The Palm Garden Thai restaurant in the 7th floor was another place to stay away from. The staff were not accomodating to help you rearrange 2 tables together so you can eat with your friends as a group. Pretty much a self-service restaurant. This meal was part of the travel package so that maybe explain of the poor service.
    Don't use the room telephone if you don't want to pay for local or long distance calls. Don't call the phone numbers listed on the Massage Service since 2 phone numbers there are long distance calls. You will end paying for them when you check out. You have been warned

    Unique Quality: Walking distance to shopping malls and skyway station

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo

    Business Hotel in Bangkok


    Stayed at this hotel for a night.

    Good facilities and excellent location, close to Pratunam Shopping Center and World Trade Center. Room came with breakfast.

    Walking distance to Skytrain Station.

  • nicnacs's Profile Photo

    One very good place to stay in Bangkok!


    My family and I stayed there for 6D/5N.. We booked our hotel from Manila (a travel agent somewhere in Cubao)... For four adults housed in two twin rooms 6D/5N, we only paid Php 17,000... That's roughly US $350! That includes daily buffet breakfast and airport transfers.

    The hotel had two wings. We stayed in the new wing. The room was very spacious, well lighted, had cable TV, phone, bath tub, hair dryer, small ref, electric kettle. It's very clean actually, from the room all the way to the lounge and restaurant.

    Right outside the hotel is a 7-11 store. Across the street, there's a restaurant that sells really good food starting at 40 Baht or roughly $1! Right beside that restaurant is an internet cafe. Walk to the corner of the street and you hit the MRT that goes to Chatuchak, the weekend bazaar. If you can walk the length of one MRT station to the next, you'll get to Mabungkrong.

    Walking the other direction you'll reach Pratunam, the main shopping district. (To Filipinos, that'd be like our Divisoria). There's this mall halfway through Pratunam that sells electronic stuffs (PC, laptops, mp3 players, etc) and has KFC in it.

    Also, it's on the main road, unlike Baiyoke and First House. So no problem getting a cab or taking a bus from here.

    Unique Quality: (i) it has a pool.

    (ii) walking distance to the main shopping tiangge or bazaar (Pratunam)

    (iii) unlike Baiyoke or First House, the outside of First Hotel is the main road and not the bazaar. It's very easy to get a cab or walk to the MRT.

    (iv) walking distance to shopping areas.

    (v) 7-11 and internet cafe right outside.

    (vi) doesn't allow durian inside the hotel premises!

    (viii) tough on security. My sister has a friend from Bangkok. She visited us in our hotel. We were surprised to find out that a security personel accompanied her from the front desk all the way to our room.

    (ix) excellent breakfast buffet!

  • litekimchi's Profile Photo

    First Hotel is OK for a shoe string budget


    My best friend and I decided to spend 4D/3N in Bangkok as a farewell trip. She was leaving for Singapore to study and I was moving to a new job. Because we didn't have time to do everything ourselves, we hired the services of a travel agent to booked everything for us (air transportation and accomodations). We chose the cheapest package available and opted to stay at First Hotel (different from First House Hotel).

    First Hotel is ok for a budget hotel. It's about a 10-minute walk to the Skytrain, a 10-minute walk to Pratunam (the wholesale market) and a 15-minute walk to the World Trade Center and nearby malls.

    The rooms are musty and have seen better times. The bathroom was clean enough. We didn't really expect much, we just wanted a cheap place to sleep and stay. We didn't have any major complaints, except that I wish they'd assign us a room nearer the elevator and far away from the fire exit--seeing that we were women.

    The staff can do better and learn to speak for fluent English. I find that they were difficult to talk to because of the language barrier.

    Breakfast was OK. For its price, it does have a wide variety of offerings. But I normally opt for youghurt, fruits, rolls, butter and jam and juice. Maybe a sausage and mini pancakes every now and then.

    I'd probably come back the next time we visit.

    Unique Quality: Great location. Near many 7-eleven stores for toiletries, late-night snacks or phone cards.

    Directions: Tell your driver or guide that you're going to First Hotel, and not First House Hotel. They're completely different hotels located within a few blocks of each other. But in any case, more drivers are familiar with this one.

  • AudK's Profile Photo

    Worst Hotel I have ever stayed at


    Always remember First Hotel = probably the 1st hotel left untouched since it was built.

    We could not get a room at the hotel of our choice (5 of them actually), due to peak season. And because we took a night flight and would arrive around midnite, we really desperately wanted to book a room in advance. So, when we were told that ONLY First Hotel had a room available, we jumped at the offer. Of course, budget and location was also why our choice of accomodation was more or less limited.

    My oh my. what a mistake! Hmm. where should I start..

    1. Carpets were stained and i think maybe even decomposing! (and i mean all over the building)
    2. Room had tiny cockroaches (?!!)
    3. Smelled old
    4. Plants were dying
    5. Ceiling had stains (also allover)
    6. Aircon probably dirty because I kept sneezing throughout (dusty??)
    7. Staff were ok though
    8. Didn't even have a tv until I requested for one
    9. Shower curtain dropped off!!!
    10. Furniture looks older than I am.
    11. Not a place you look forward to returning to after shopping the whole day.. we dreaded going back, even when we were about to collapse from fatigue..haha..kinda funny now that I recollect.

    Ok, enough said.. you get the picture!

    Unique Quality: Yes, one really unique quality = cockroaches in a hotel room???? I have never ever ever encountered that!

    Directions: Pratunam.

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by ejroberts

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers This hotel was right on the Chao Phraya River which runs through the center of Bankok. We had a view of the river from our hotel room and we enjoyed watching the river meander by with all of the boats and water taxis. You can take a water taxi from this hotel to the Grand Palace, which is an easy and fun way to get there. The rooms were fantastic, the pool was next to the river, the dining was excellent but somewhat pricey. The famous Oriental hotel is next door.

General Accomodation Tip

by Pat&ZoAnn about Know Your Source

We only stayed in three cities in Thailand, and for two of those places, we didn't arrange accomodation in advance. On arrival at the airports in those cities, we went to the hotel kiosk, thinking that would save us some time and energy. In both cases, we were very disappointed with the hotels. They weren't very nice, and were overpriced. We stayed one night in each, then scoured the towns on our own for new hotels. In Chiang Mai, Zo Ann wanted to stay in a more traditional Thai style place, so we went to an internet cafe and did a search on Thai style accommodations in Chiang Mai. When we found something we liked, we asked the girl that worked there if there was anything like that around that area. She told us about the Lai Thai guesthouse, which was close and affordable (see our Chiang Mai page for more info).

In Bankok, the hotel we were placed in was close to Kao San Road, so there was lots of accommodation near by. When we left the first hotel after breakfast, we saw a couple of young women leaving the guesthouse next door, and they recommended it. Now, that accommodation was very sparse, the room was big enough for only the bed. But, it was more realistically priced, and since we were near the end of our trip, we were more interested in saving money than staying in luxury. Anyway, we didn't spend much time in the room, as there is much to see and do in that area.



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Forum Posts

Advise on Bankok

by Mkanganga

Am going to Bankok next week, Ineed advise on where to find nice stuff and at reasonable amount. Where to shop for Sandles, handbags, jeans and children cloths. How much is the exchange rate against the Kenya shilling. What to eat and where to eat.

Many thanks

RE: Advise on Bankok

by xuessium


I will like to invite you to take a look at my VT BKK pages and see if the tips are any useful, especially on the part of shopping. If not, there are plenty of VT BKK pages out there.

1 Kenyan Shilling should be about 0.53 Baht at the moment as per:

RE: Advise on Bankok

by Mikebb

hi Go to MBK shopping complex , Siam Square, also the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
As for eating there are many good cafes and restaurants at reasonable prices, otherwise the food halls at major shopping complexes.
Good Luck, Mikebb


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Address: 2, Soi Somprasong 1, Petchaburi Road, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand