This is very surreal ... a taste of Africa slap bang in the middle of downtown Bangkok. Livingstone's os done out in African ndebele style paint (bright geometric patterns) with african themes, props and decor.
It is a low key casual oasis amid the madness of Sukkumvit Soi 33. Staff are friendly and try their best at all times even if their traning is not necessarily 5-star hotel level. An easy languid place to call your home away from home for a while.
Suggest get a room on the pool side rather than road (soi) side to reduce sleep interuptions from traffic and late night revelry from the busy bar strip on your door step. Although sometimes the late night revelry comes from within. Best for solo male travellers and open minded couples rather than families and wowsers.
Unique Quality: Set around a courtyard pool, this is full of local character (and characters!). A 'sports lounge' with a full complement of attentive hostesses, free internet which works great, breakfast included, and a laid back tropical garden atmopshere more like an African hunting lodge.
In room security is good with big safess and also alarms on doors if left open accidentally.
Directions: Near Phrom Pong BTS station along Soi Sukhumvit
I was told about Livingstones by a friend so I decided to give it a try. First of all it is located on Soi 33 near the BTS station and Emporium. It has an African theme to it so go figure that one. However one of the items it has is excellent service to guests needs. It is located on a street that has a lot of hostess bars however you will not even know you are in Bangkok when you walk through the hotel as it is set back from the street so you do not even realize you are in a major city. The open air reception leads to a bar which leads to the pool area. You can dine in the restaurant but majority of the folks dine by the pool which is relaxing and refreshing. The hotel sports wifi and wired lines in the rooms however it was so nice to sit out by the pool and do my work instead of being chained into the room. The room I had actually had a huge jacuzzi in it also. The hotel does have a bar however the hostesses are friendly and social and add a certain beauty to the location. The best item about this hotel is the individual attention the staff gives you. Being a boutique hotel, it is so much better then the unfriendly chain hotels and the customer to staff ratio is amazing. Every request was handeled quickly and perfectly, just amazing in todays day and age. And what amazed me... wa that this was for a whole lot less then what the other so called "good" hotels charge, much less. Forget JW and Landmark and Dusit and such, absoutely a waste of money for what you can get at this boutique hotel.
Unique Quality: The wifi / restaurant around the pool was a charm. The food quality in western and Thai dishes was excellent. But the most unique item besides the attention they give you would have to be the all day long free breakfast. Or maybe I should say, the whenever you want breakfast. You can sleep in and wake up at noon if you have nothing to do and you'll still get your free breakfast which I think is unique.
Directions: Don't drive so no suggestions.
I needed a cheaper hotel, and decided to give Livingstone's a try. It is a small hotel that is a little unusual. It was a former residence that has been converted to a quiet little hotel in the heart of Bangkok.
Unique Quality: The interior is South African in theme. It does not have a big airconditioned lobby or an elevator, but what it has is clean, new rooms with great beds and linens. The A/C in the rooms is new and very quiet, and it is set back from the road, so your room will be quiet.
There is a steak house, Thai food, a pool and sports bar that is populated with beautiful local ladies of the evening. The place is designed for the guys, but it seemed family friendly too.
There is a digital card door lock, room safe, TV with mostly western language channels, mini bar, wireless in the lobby and pool area and wired internet in the rooms, and more... Most rooms can also get the wireless signal
At 1800 + breakfast it is a good buy in a time of falling dollar value.
Directions: The best way in is to take Asok road to Sukhumvit Soi 33. Try to avoid the congestion on the lower numbered section of Sukhumvit road by doing this.
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Address: 7 Sukhumvit Soi 33, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, 10100, Thailand