The hotel service is simple and easy-going: they answer any questions you have the mind to ask, but don't offer any helpful information of their own accord. The room was clean and bright, the showers worked and the toilet flushed.
All good news. For 100 baht more than that flat rate, you get a room with a window. I didn't really care and saved 100 baht per night - which is usually enough for dinner and Chinatown. Really the best possible thing I can tell you about this hotel is the location: straight in the middle of Chinatown on Soi Yaowaraj. You walk downstairs and you are right in the middle of all the street food stalls. If you're an experienced traveler with a solid stomach, this is the place for you.
Unique Quality: None really. It truly is an average hotel, with the exception of it's fantastic location within China town.
Directions: Right in the middle of Chinatown, can't be missed
This boasts itself as a hotel, but it would never rate at par even with the 1 star lodges I've been to. We booked for an Executive Room for three, but they gave us a standard room. Take note i would'nt even describe the room as standard, i'd rather classify it as a Box Room. It has no windows, no slippers, it has cockroach inside the bathroom, the shower is leaking, the ceiling too low, it has no lights at the ceiling which makes the room dark and creepy. This dysfunctional hotel staffs would even try to fool us and thinking that were stupid insisted that this standard room was their executive room!!! We contacted our internet booking agent and let them talk some sense to this stupid hotel and thanks to the agent (AsiaRooms) we were transferred to a bigger room with a small window, this time again saying this was their executive room. If indeed this is the standard that this hotel have then I rather you AVOID this hotel and look for some other places.
Unique Quality: BEWARE! DO NOT BOOK IN THIS HOTEL!!!
Directions: Chinatown District
A two-star hotel. Kinda old and musty. Standard room size is good but it has low ceiling and it makes you feel all the more claustrophobic. AC's good though and the hot and cold water is always available. Decent toilet and bath, too. Their TV and mini-ref are kinda the old styles. The TV, for some reason when I went there, shows only 5 channels, where only one is in English, and it's even a fashion channel showing models walking down the runway 24/7.
The food is so-so but i like the fresh fruits every morning at the restaurant.
There is an internet station that charges 120 baht per hour; fast connection to be fair.
Directions: It's at the heart of BKK's Chinatown. If you're coming from any of the areas in BKK and would go to Chinatown using the subway (MRT), get off the last station, Hua Lamphong, cross the street and turn left to Yawaraj Road and walk for 10-15 minutes.
Although The White Orchid in Chinatown sounds like a fairly good deal, I haven't heard many people say much about it. If anyone has stayed there, please let me know what you thought about it. Does it have fairly easy access to the train station, or the river? For the price, is it worth it. My main hope is easy access to the exciting things in Chinatown as well as getting the train to connect to the skytrain and shopping.
The White Orchid is on Yarawat Road near the Eastern end of Chinatown. We stay down the road at the Grand China Princess which is at the corner of Ratchawonge which is the road that leads to the pier.
My wife and daughters are the Chinatown shopping guru's and seem to know which day - and what time of day- for which market.
It is a fairly easy walk to the skytrain and the BTS and the ferries.
The advice I can give you is not to try to catch a taxi to the hotel on Saturday night there seem to be dislike of driving anywhere near Chinatown on Saturday nights. Therese's travel pages have plenty of thoughts.
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Address: 409-421 Yawaraj Road, Sampanthawong, Bangkok, 10100, Thailand