Value Score Poor Value
Good For Families
Suites Near Lumpini Park and Central Bangkok
This is an upscale Marriott with suites that are very comfortable up and out of the bustle of the city. Walking distance to the city center and Lumpini park. As with most Marriotts you are going to feel more at home than absorbing the local thai culture but if you are business traveler and going to be there for a few weeks this offers a nice step up from the standard single room.
Unique Quality: 24 hour work out center, nice views.
Directions: Lumpini Park close to Sky train.
A taxi driver's nightmare
Very pleasant stay here. The staff are very courteous. The rooftop pool has gorgeous views of the city in the day and night.
The 2-bedroom apartments are nice for family stays. We stayed at both. The first leg of our Thailand 2nd honeymoon have us staying at the 2-bedroom while our return from Kanchanaburi have us staying in the 1-bedroom. Pictures here are from the 1-bedroom apartment.
It is not really a hotel but lease apartments. Nestled around the embassy row of Lumphini Park. Quite a choice location.
Coming here by taxi is not a problem. It is getting out of Soi Lang Suan that is a problem. I think it has to do with the traffic flow, the taxi drivers dread coming here to pick up passengers. You best way to get out will be the short walk to Ratchadamri station. Just exit the main driveway entrance, turn immediately right into the entrance with the sign telling you the way to the Villa Market. See the pictures.
The restaurant is rather small but you shouldn't be bothered about this because the big buffet is Bangkok city itself. Breakfast served here is very hearty and good to start your day off.
They do have a small spa present at the second floor but again, you shouldn't be bothered because there are many other good and more affordable spas in Bangkok itself.
Unique Quality: Located at Soi Lang Suan. It is called Bangkok's best kept secret for a reason. The restaurants in the area are unique offering tastes from around the world.
Excellent location - albeit a good 10 minutes walk from Chidlom BTS station where also the area has the Central shopping mall. The access to other train station at the back of hotel , close to Four Seasons hotel is guarded but a bit quiet.
At the back of the hotel is Villa kiosk - gives you excellent supplies of snacks, drinks, and cooking staff. Opens 7am -10pm.
There is internet connection in the room. cost a bit much 600 baht ++ per day!!!
Otherwise roomsare excellent - nice sized room and kitchen and fridge, oven, etc
Unique Quality: The way to go these days are to live in serviced apartments while on travel. you get the comfort of home away. and great - 2 tvs...so i can flick my channels and so can my husband. Also there is so much more room and space, i prefer this to Banyan Tree which we been staying often - mainly becos of its location along Soi Lang Suan which has lots of glittery restaurants - gourmet ones too.
Consider Serviced Apartments
Want to avoid crowded hotels, but still get a full hotel experience? Need more room or beds than a typical hotel? Cannot book a hotel during peak season? Consider staying at a serviced apartment instead of a hotel.
I took several friends on a tour one year, and we stayed at a three-bedroom, serviced apartment with easy access to both Skytrain lines (Chitlom - where the original Central department store is located - and Ratchadamri Stations). The Mayfair Marriott was not even a year old when we visited. It targets executives, embassy workers, and other expats who were relocated to Bangkok, but it is open to tourists too. You can stay less than a week.
Service was absolutely first rate. Not one single complaint. Even the guards (one to let cars into the underground parking area, another at the door) were friendly and would snap their heels and salute us, especially since few people came in/out at any one time. I wanted to say "Easy boys, I'm just a lowly farang."
We had originally planned on staying at the Pratumwan Princess (PP) for convenience, but it was fully-booked, so I found the Mayfair. The cost of three rooms at the PP was about the same as the three-bedroom Mayfair unit. My guests loved the place, and it helped give them a great impression of Thailand.
I think our unit was a bit over US$200/night (in 2004) including breakfast, but there are one and two-bedroom units starting under US$100/night [now, rates are higher - around $150 for the one bedroom thanks to inflation and the weak dollar]. For six people, we had much more comfort, privacy, and luxury than at most hotels, and better service and no crowds.
There are several other serviced apartments nearby, and you can search for others in other areas, depending on where you wish to stay.
Unique Quality: These are apartments, so they include a fully-furnished kitchen, two full bathrooms, dining, and living areas, complete with washer/dryer, dishwasher, stereo, a few TV's, etc., etc. The unit faced two different directions, so the view was great from our 14th floor. A maid thoroughly cleaned the unit every day, including washing the dishes. At the top levels are a pool (see photo), fitness area, and sauna. It's covered, so it was a bit chilly, but there was a hot tub next to it. The open-air view is great with nice breezes.
Breakfast is included and consists of a very adequate buffet in plush comfort. No crowds, and once again, the service staff there was tops in a country where service is generally excellent. They said they do not like seeing tourists overcharged in Thailand and offer helpful tips to those who are new to the country. You get to know them day-to-day.
This is an upscale area full of apartments, embassies, and fancy restaurants with Lumphini Park at the end of the street. Central Chitlom (an upscale department store) has some good food options, but there are many more choices within walking distance, such as Central World Plaza (a huge mall) and the many street vendors along Ratchadamri Road. You can cut through an alley to the Ratchadamri Skytrain Station.
Directions: From Chitlom Skytrain Station: Walk south on nearby LangSuan Road. The Mayfair is about 500 meters down on the right side of the road.
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