This was our "joining hotel" with GAP adventure tour where we met up with our local guide as well as the rest of the group. It is located in the centre of old city Bangkok at Ratchadamnoen Avenue and walking distance to various attractions like the Grand Palace, buddhist temples as well as flower and vegetable markets. Ask for an address card from the hotel and carry it with you to show the taxi driver, this is easier than trying to pronounce the street name. The rooms were roomy and clean but a little run down and the buffet breakfast was just okay. There is a new wing that they've added and this was where we stayed on the return back from Northern Thailand and it's wonderful. I would recommend this hotel if on a budget and for the location.
Directions: Old city Bangkok
For travellers seeking a decent place to stay in Bangkok, Royal Hotel is a good choice in terms of economy and location. The buffet breakfast is a big treat. I will recommend this hotel to my friends and family members who are intending to visit Bangkok.
Unique Quality: Excellent location. Just about 5-10 minutes walk to the Grand Palace, and to the Giant Swing. Very close to Sky High Restaurant which serves good food at reasonable price.
We ended up staying here three times during our three weeks in Thailand... We booked originally online through www.asiarooms.com and paid £23 a night for a triple room. Our first room was in the older part and we had a stunning view over towards the Grand Palace. Nice sized room and comfy beds. A/c worked well as did the shower. Buffet breakfast was pretty good with plenty of choice of both western and asian food. On our second stay, we were given rooms in the newer wing and charged a higher rate so, if you're on a budget, ask for a room in the original part of the hotel. The pool was a really nice bonus - lovely to have a swim before going back out exploring at night. We found the staff really friendly and helpful. It was a great location too, Khaosan Rd being just around the corner, the river within walking distance, the Grand Palace a few minutes away too.
Unique Quality: There is a desk by the front door where you can arrange rail tickets, excursions etc. We booked here for the overnight train to Chaing Mai and back to BKK, a hotel in Chaing Mai and also a 2 day jungle trek for an all-in price. ( We paid a very fair amount (can't remember exact price now, sorry!) after being warned against unscrupulous agents along Khaosan Rd). Was all arranged for us after we'd said what we wanted to do, all we had to do was pay and collect tickets from them. Lazy I know, but we had much more time to explore BKK!
I would absolutely recommend this hotel for anyone staying in Bangkok who wants to be close to the temples and other cultural attractions. The National Museum, Wat Po, Grand Palace and other great sites are within easy walking distance (just be careful crossing the roads! crazy!). Khao San Road is also just a few minutes walk away.
I stayed here in the summer of 2006--the hotel staff was friendly and very accomodating. Room service and restaurant meals were more than adequate and the massage services were inexpensive and wonderful!.
I think I paid approximately $33/night and it was a great experience. Rooms were large and comfortable (though the bed was a little too firm, but that's been my experience overall in Asia, anyway). I couldn't have asked for a safer, more comfortable, and very easy location in Bangkok. HIGHLY recommended.
Unique Quality: Facilities are good--the massage services/beauty salon was excellent! There's a small out door pool that was very nice and easy to access. Good food in the cafes and restaurants. The small shops inside the hotel were nice, too; good places for postcards, and I bought a beautiful black star sapphire ring for a very reasonable price. And you certainly can't beat this place for location to local attractions.
Directions: Directly across from National Museum. Most taxi drivers knew how to get there.
Stopped at this hotel a few years ago ( may have changed by now!). The hotel in general was in need of a bit of TLC.
It was adequate, nothing more.
Breakfast was quite good, until I found a cockroach in my coffee!!!!
After a long flight from Australia a good nights sleep was needed and the Royal Hotel in Bangkok offered just that.
Its situated on ratcha damnoen road just opposite the popular Khao San Road. Close to all city centre attractions, temples, restaurants etc.
Unique Quality: The rooms are very spacious indeed. The feel of the hotel is very welcoming indeed, bright and spacious reception area. Buffet breakfast is on offer and i must say its great. A selection of local cuisine and continental foods are available. Very friendly and helpful staff are available 24 hrs a day.
Well, the main asset of the Royal Hotel is certainly its location close to the Royal Palace and Khao San Road. It needs a major make-over though, especially the old wing. New carpets and new wallpaper would be a great start!!! In our room they put some magazine clippings to cover the missing wallpaper parts...
There's a small pool, which is quite nice after long walks in the heat of Bangkok.
A hotel has a restaurant and a coffee shop with the charm of a school canteen. The breakfast buffet is ok though.
Staff is not always friendly.
If, like me, you don't like the grotty backpacker-ghetto atmosphere of Khao San Rd., but don't want to shell out for a staggeringly expensive, new, four-star hotel either, the Royal is a great choice.
The better rooms are lovely, you couldn't ask for a better location (Rattanakosin, walking distance from the Royal Palace), and the slightly faded glory of a declining classic hotel has a real charm all its own.
Ask for a room in the old wing, and look at several -- they're not all equal. But overall, this hotel really is a good value for the money.
Unique Quality: The atmosphere is truly unique, and you have the dubious distinction of staying in the hotel that served as an emergency clinic for those injured in demonstrations against the last military coup in 1992.
The Royal Hotel is centrally located, between the backpacker's area of Banglamphu and the Palace.
Unique Quality: The building isn't great looking from the exterior but, if you're not looking for outmost luxury, it is very nice inside.
The hotel is divided into two parts: a new building with double rooms around 1600B/night and an older one with rooms around 1300B/night (price to be negociated!).
We stayed in both parts - both are nice and clean. In the older building, rooms are a bit larger, some with balconies. If you stay in that part, ask for a room on the last floor with a view of the city.
All rooms have A/C and TV. There is also a swimingpool.
We will be in Thailand next april (during songkran too, yay!) for 16 days and have earmarked 3/4 days in bangkok plus 3/4 days in koh samet but would love some ideas for remainder of time. Daughter is 13, wld like her to see as much as poss of local life, (also i hear the tiger temple is fab) Thanks for yr help!
Tiger temple is a daytrip from BKK, and can be combined with Kanchanaburi - a great day - done it twice - and my kids loved it. My kids also loved Chiang Mai - trekking and elephants. Definitely worth considering. Then you'll have seen the beach, the city and the country! Have a great holiday!
Thanks for the tips, looked at yr thailand pages, they're great! Can't wait to experience it all! Looking at staying in chinatown at the royal hotel bangkok following yr location tips, looks ok from its website but we'll see! Thanks again..
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Address: 2 Ratchadamnoen Klang Bowon Niwet, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand