I caught a deal off Zuji which included flights via Cathay Pacific and a choice of hotels for 4 Days 3 Nights for S$296 per pax, twin sharing. The Hotel looked pleasant on the Zuji page and so I took a gamble.
It turned out to be more than the amount I paid for. Except for problems with the water pressure where hot and cold waters kept intertwining and rotating during a bath (the problem probably easily circumvented if you draw a tub soak), the hotel was way above the 3 stars it advertised itself. For once, humility paid bonuses.
The Hotel is located 5-10 minutes walk down Sukhumvit Soi 1 (or "neung" in Thai for 1), with residential homes surrounding it and a hospital within footsteps distance. There are a handful of convenience stores, restaurants, eateries, food stalls and even an art gallery down the side street. Ploen Chit BTS Station is just 5-10 minutes walk along busy Sukhumvit Road.
Reception is friendly and the concierge persistent. The language barrier meant that my request for a large taxi to bring my entourage around took a couple of trial and errors before getting it right...the staff was all apologetic and regretful....but most importantly, my request was met.
Free breakfast (consisting of a small but good choice of local and international offerings....you can pick from 5 different types of eggs!) was included with the stay, as well as a free flow of beverage between Happy Hours of 6-7pm daily. There is also free Wi-Fi.
The room was immaculately designed, minimalistic Thai, reasonably spacious, clean, comfortable and comes with a small kitchen with sink and microwave. There is even a tub!
There is a good choice of TV channels and the safe worked. There are robes, slippers, an umbrella and even an iron with ironing board.
Recreational facilities included a gym, sauna and an outdoor jacuzzi pool.
Alas, I never did find time to squeeze in an untilisation of these facilities.
As mentioned earlier, the hotel is boxed in by residential buildings on both sides. It does get a little surreal to be peeking out on your balcony and be looking at someone's laundry of the day.
So frankly, except for the water pressure issue, the Hotel outperformed the price I paid for it!
NOTE: The Hotel did warn that as the street was below sea level, during heavy rain, the road may get heavily flooded. Pack your swimming gears!
Unique Quality: 4 or even 5 stars, way above the 3 stars it self-advertised.
And 1 last bit: For Bangkok, this Hotel is Muslim-friendly. There are signs in the room indicating the direction of Mecca and the Hotel offers a Halal menu.
Directions: On the eastern side of the city, very near Ploen Chit BTS Station.
I am deliberating between 2 hotels : Bel-Aire Princess @ 16 Sukhumvit Soi 5 VS Unico Grande Sukhumvit @ 27 Sukhumvit Soi 1. Which one is better in term of : 1. Proximity (in walking minutes) to the BTS station.
2. Proximity (in walking minutes) to the main Sukhumvit Road.
3. Variety of street food vendors.
4. Cheap Thai massage.
5. Which street feels safer and more appealing?
6. Which hotel offers better standard room and breakfast?
Either place is a short walk to the bts. Bel-Aire is closer to the street vendors along Sukhumvit, however any place you chose in the area would be fine. Safety will not be an issue provided you "go with the flow". The sidewalks are very congested with vendors and tourists. In the evening the vendors roll up their wares and in their place are small food vendors which operate throughout the night.
I've never stayed at either place, but know they are fine. Another two great choices in this area are The Landmark and JW Marriot. Both of these properties are located directly on Sukhumvit and just steps to a bts station. Prices on the net can be quite steep with JW running more than Landmark. I think you can a place at the Landmark comparably priced to Bel-Aire, but check several sites first. i.e. Agoda, Sawadee, Asia rooms.
I have stayed at the Landmark a couple of times and would rate it below JW but very acceptable and usually at half the price.
I have stayed at the Bel Aire and found that to be very clean and had no problems at all.Stayed with husband and 2 kids aged 12 & 9 and am staying there again this year. There is heaps of places to eat there and is safe I never felt threatened at all in Bangkok. We are paying for 4 people (2 queen beds and kids now adults) including breakfast at Xmas time for $110-00AUD per night.Good deal and worth it. There are plenty of massage places around (legitimate) especially at the shopping centres.
Thanks for your advise. You mentioned that there are lots of traditional massage places, especially in shopping centers. How about just outside the Bel-Aire Pricess itself? I Usually like to end my day with a massage before retiring for the night. Thus, preferring to get the massage closeby the hotel. But not the spa in the hotel as that usually costs more. Thus, I prefer to stay n hotels with massage places in close proximity.
Another thing is we are 2 lady travellers so we are not interested in the A Go Go Bars. Read that Soi 5 is more 'happening' than Soi 1. In what context is it more 'happening'? We are not really into anything rowdy or noisy. Quiet happy to be in areas that has nice street vendors and traditional massage places. Nice bars are ok..
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Address: 27 Sukhumvit Soi1, Sukhumvit Rd., Wattana, Bangkok, 10110, Bangkok, Thailand