Last month when travelling through Bangers I stayed at the SM Grand. Never again. What a crap hole. When I left, my driver pointed out the Citrus hotel on soi 6.. informing me it was a new hotel.
Within 5 minutes of frantically tapping on my iPhone app… I had booked a room there for the following week when I would once again be travelling through Bangkok (in the way to the Philippines)
Who doesn’t like a new hotel? Everything works, the TV is not the size of a washing machine, the power sockets take USB’s, the wifi works and the knobs on the toasters are still in place. Yes, we like new hotels.
The Citrus was (for me) perfect. I didn’t have to fill out loads of forms or wrestle with the porter to take my bag. The staff were all still under the influence of a ‘new fresh atmosphere’ that a new business has. They were all keen and enthusiastic. Long may it continue.
The room was surprisingly good too. Decent size – everything was new of course, so it’s expected to be nice and new looking.
There are hotels which you plan only to be in while you sleep for 8 hours – so all you want/need is a clean room with a bed, aircon and a fridge – and there are hotels where you will spend some of your waking day in – so you want a nice environment. For me, I do enjoy kicking back in a (nice) hotel, ordering up some room service, watching a movie and surfing the odd website. That’s how I relax.
The Citrus was suite was perfect for that. No need to describe it – you can see by the pictures.
The staff were great. The breakfast was surprisingly good. Usually the buffet breakfasts are just a load of cheap crap – but this was different. A large selection of all the usual breakfasty type stuff, but cooked eggs/omelettes were cooked to order. Perfect.
Again, pleasant kitchen/dining staff.
This is now my fave hotel. O.k, so it’s not the Landmark or the Marriott, but it’s not the price of those.
We had only one night there – but will certainly spend more time there next month for sure.
If I had to think of one thing I didn’t like about it? Hmm…. I’d say it was the other guests. Every hotel has them… the assholes that don’t respect the meal times.
Breakfast is something like 07:00-10:30. We were checking out at 11am and could see some ‘Asians’ still turning up, sitting down and keeping the staff from clearing everything away.
Why does it bother me? Well, I am thinking of the Staff. They have many things to do. We would complain if they didn’t open the restaurant on time, so why should we delay them in closing? Some people are just ignorant assholes.
At check-out, I was asked if I needed a taxi. I did. I told them I wanted to go to the airport – but didn’t want a scumbag taxi off the street. For some reason each time I flag down a taxi, after HE has decided he will take me to where I want to go, having argued with him to use the meter and then listen to him telling me about how he needs a tip, I then have to negotiate with him to put on the aircon and turn down his crap music. That’s assuming the cannon he is using as an exhaust isn’t drowning it out. No…. I’d rather pay a few quid more to ensure safe passage to my next destination.
I asked the hotel for a car to get me to the airport. They said it would be 400bht. PERFECT!
A new Toyota pulled up 5 mins later. It was spotless inside, the driver never said a word for the whole journey apart from ‘thank-you’ when he dropped me off and I gave him 500.
So ignoring the breakfast douches… the hotel stay was great and I thoroughly recommend staying there!
Next stop… the Philippines…..