This time home in Thailand – I had a few little trips to Bangkok. Only a couple of nights each time.
Where to stay?
The Rats tend to stay in Ratchada. But as I have no idea where the fook that is – and have no desire to subject myself to riding in stinking taxis or share a BTS carriage with dirty old perverts I tend to stick to Sukhumvit are – where I can walk to most places I want to go.
What is it you want out of a hotel? Well, if you’re intending on being out all the time, there is little point in spending good money on an empty room.
Personally, when I am staying in Bangkok, I do like to spend some time in the hotel / room. Watch some tv, order some room service and just basically lounge around. I like it to be relaxing. It’s a balance. I like going out – but at my age, I need my recovery time too.
So when I choose a hotel, I want it to be a little bit nice, but also don’t want to waste money.
A buddy of mine lives on Soi 31 – and as it was him I was primarily going to see, I thought I’d stay at S31. I’ve stayed at S15 many times and have always been impressed. It’s the little things – like not making me fill out a soppy little form, having already given my information online.
I booked the Duplex Suite. Not sure why? Duplex sounded like it wouldn’t be out of place in New York or somewhere else that’s pretty cool. In reality, it’s a pain in the arse – having to go up and down the bloody stairs all the time.
Don’t get me wrong, the room was nice. Very nice. Two toilets, kitchen, lounge, bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and a fantastic ensuite bathroom. Top notch. Impressed I was.
It could probably do with a little update though – as the ipod speaker was for the older type ipod/iphone. Who still has them?
And why is it these hotels don’t have Smart TV’s yet?
S31 is pretty nice. It was around 4k per night – which I didn’t think was bad at all. Good place to hang out and ‘entertain’ if that’s your thing.
The staff were very professional and helpful – but that’s to be expected when staying at an ‘S’ hotel.
Being on the corner of Soi 31 – it’s a great location too. For that visit I stayed mainly on soi 22 and the like. All in walking distance.
One of the main things I’ll take away from my stay at S31 is – the view. Overlooking the Dinosaur park!
– What on earth is that place? Do they have any customers? Surely its worth more to property developers? Get rid of it.
I returned to Bangkok a week later – hoping to stay at S31 again. For the days I wanted – it was fully booked. Well, all the rooms under 5k a night were booked.
That’s o.k, I’ll try S15 instead. – Fully Booked.
Not far away and another hotel we like ‘Grand Swiss’ on Soi 11. – Fully Booked.
Really? What’s going on?
For a moment I thought about the Citidines at the end of Soi 11 – but as that road is one big long construction site – I didn’t fancy it. It’s just a mess at the moment.
Thinking about it a little more – I was going to be hanging with the Rats – so staying closer to Soi 4 was a better option.
DyNasty Grand on soi 6 it is. Around 3k a night for the Exec Suite. Not sure why it’s called Exec? To me, it looked like just an average (old) room. I remember when this place was being built about 10 years ago. I used to live next door in Saranjai Mansion. Oh boy how the area has changed.
It was clean which was good. It had a sofa and the usual stuff, but it wasn’t really a place I’d want to hang out in for too long. Certainly not a party room.
Soi 6 is also a bit of a construction site these days – more on that later.
Dy-Nasty Grand was ‘ok’. Probably a little bit pricey for what it is – but then I guess it’s comparable with most of the hotels in the area?
I did like the feature of pressing a button on the phone to state ‘Do Not Disturb’ or ‘Please Tidy Room’. How many times have I had to crawl out of bed with a stinking hangover to put the sign on the outside of the door.
I’d stay there again, but probably opt for the cheaper room. It’s one of those places where I want to spend more time out of the room than in. Staff were good and very pleasant.
I’ll be back there again next month – so need to start looking at hotels soon.
I wonder how the Omni Tower is doing these days? Must be (over)due for a refurb by now?