From the off the staff couldn't find my booking which sent me into a blind panic. They giggled it off when they did find it completely ignoring the fact I just spent 1000 baht in calls to Expedia.
The rooms were a lot bigger than I was expecting and very clean but very, very dim. Was such a pain having to turn on/off 5 to 6 light switches every night. And even with all lights on was still too dim. Also the do not disturb button didn't work so had to latch the door.
Breakfast was really poor and the staff didn't seem to check if I was actually eligible for breakfast. The gym was pointless, pool was big standard.
With regards to the staff the bell captain earns all the points went above and beyond a couple of times. And you'll need to use him as getting taxis to and from the hotel is difficult at best. I'd recommend you learn how to say the address in Thai.
Traveller from England
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Hotel is next to a metro station so easily accessible to the night market and cost us 24 baht each. Hotel staff were very polite and tried to be helpful but their English was still very broken. Hotel was also difficult to locate, our taxi driver wasn't sure where it was, but it's on a main road and easy to locate once familiar.
Right next to MRT station, shopping center with Tesco in same building and large Rama 9 shopping center across street. Friends traveling with us needed to go to hospital after recommendation from hotel nurse and doctor. Staff member escorted her to hospital and assisted the entire time.
The hotel itself looks very nice and modern initially, rooms less so. Location is good as it's not too far from the malls and stuff so taxi drivers are far less likely to turn you away 'it's on their way' as it were. Room was a pleasant size but no tea making facilities AT ALL. Rooms were clean but a lot of build up of dust behind the bin so its cleaned on a visual level. Breakfast is pretty mediocre but You do feel like the staff are watching you almost willing you to eat quicker.
The gym is pointless don't bother with it. The pool was ok though, a few loungers to get tanned up on before heading out for the evening.
Out the front door head right for a nice seafood restaurant a couple of bars and a 7 eleven. Head left for an even better (more expensive) seafood restaurant and some street food carts.
On a whole good for the price but you might want to bring a kettle.
Note: Not an area for families, debatable for couples.
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The price is reasonable, very clean and comfortable, convenient in a sense that they have a complimentary shuttle to take you to places like the shopping areas. They will even give you a ride back to the hotel.can save CAB fare, FOOD- love it! and room service is really fast, they say it's 20 mins. but it actually arrives at your door earlier, the room facilities are not that advanced, like the TV is not exactly a flat screen but good enough. The bathroom? I loved the shower, the pressure was excellent, it even has a towel drier. Blow drier works very well, they have a souvenir shop which I liked. staff are very helpful and nice. Even the driver who picked me up at the airport, he couldn't speak english but he tries his best.oh and you have your own iron in the room. I would most definitely stay here again. Thank you Golden Tulip! ^_^ I had a wonderful stay!
I took the express line to Makkasan and wanted to catch a cab to the hotel but very few cabs go into the terminal. Also for some reason, the ones that did arrive didn't want to go to the hotel. It was ~4:30 pm so I couldn't understand why. Gave up after waiting 30 mins. Luckily, Makkasan is connected to Phetchaburi MRT station so took the MRT, one stop to Phra Ram 9 MRT then ~5 mins walk to hotel.
Staff were friendly, room was quite large, simple but clean. The mattress is a little on the stiff side so fair warning for those who don't like that. 1000 THB room deposit is required. I requested a late checkout and it cost an additional 500 THB, if anyone is interested. Had an oil massage (600 THB) from the place inside the hotel and it was decent. The hotel is located on a side street surrounded by houses, it's quite quiet but felt safe walking outside late at night. A few food stalls, some street food carts, 7-11 and a Pizza Hut nearby. Next to Fortune Town Mall (Tesco Lotus supermarket) and Central Rama IX so very convenient to shop and eat.
FYI, as most cabbies weren't familiar with the location of the hotel, I would suggest getting dropped off at the Grand Mercure, which is very close by and on the main road. Also most don't read or speak very good English so have the address and name in Thai handy. That saved me a lot of grief. In all, I would definitely go back as this hotel met my expectations.
This entertainment district on the MRT Metro Line caters to locals and offers everything from go-cart racing and ice skating to karaoke and Thai theater. The dance clubs on Royal City Avenue, a lively pedestrian street, are open an hour later than venues elsewhere in the city. Foreign guests can also visit the Thai Cultural Center for free exhibitions on Thai history and culture.
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