Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bangkok Mid-Range Hotels

Mid-Range Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok has one of the best choices in the world for accommodations. If you want history, luxury, and special guest services with a view of the Chao Phraya river, then you could choose the Peninsula, Marriott Royal Garden Riverside, or the Shangri-La.

If you'd like a medium-sized hotel within close walking distance to the Skytrain (and easy connections to the underground MRT) - then choose from the following:

Amari Boulevard Hotel - 2 Soi 5 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 Tel. +66 (0) 2255 2930, Nice luxury hotel with excellent Sukhumvit location, walkable to the Skytrain and to a 24-hour grocery store. Cheapest price $65-85 USD. See picture above.

The Grand Business Inn - 2/11 Sukhumvit, Soi 11 Tel: 66-2-2557-155, 254-7881 A premier room (24-28 sqm.) 1,500B net. Premier suite (27-35 sqm.) 1,800B net.

OK - the website looks a bit dorky but this hotel is brand-new from Jan '05 and looks exactly like the pictures. This place is on same street as Ambassador Hotel and just around the corner from the Skytrain station. The staff is very efficient, good security, and there's one free internet computer in the lobby. From the lobby to the rooms - everything is sparkly clean.

It's near a 24-hour Foodland Market and half a block to a Skytrain station. Nearby is the Ambassador Hotel, Amari Boulevard Hotel and the Soi Cowboy nightclub area runs parallel to Suhkumvit on Soi 18-21 - can take Skytrain to ASOK Stn and go to Soi 21 also called Soi Asoke and walk down to Soi 23. To see what's around your hotel: and choose places around station NANA BTS STATION (E3). You are on Soi 11 - corner Sukhumvit (before AMB HOTEL). Not yet on the map - but you can find restaurants and things around it.

V.I.P. Golden Guesthouse - 1025/5-9 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 is 1,200 w/o brkfast or 1,300 w/2 brkfast. It's a bit older but on a small, quiet, safe-looking street directly in front of the Chitlom station. You can walk to the Grand Hyatt Erawan's shrine, CentralWorld (formerly World Trade Center), taxi to Big C or to the view at the Baiyoke Tower. It takes 15-20 minutes above the street on the Skyway to walk to Siam Center (Skyway OPEN 6am-12midnight). Of course - taking the Skytrain would be 5 min. and 15 baht.

You can go up the escalators to the Skytrain and one stop down is the Grand Hyatt Erawan/CentralWorld (formerly World Trade Center) followed by the SiamCenter and the National Stadium (MBK, Tokyu Dep Store, Jim Thompson's House) stations.

Also can walk by going up and follow the Skytrain tracks to the Grand Hyatt area via the Skyway elevated walkway (OPEN 6am-12midnight). You can walk on a clean, elevated sidewalk and look down upon the Erawan Shrine - goes all the way to Siam Center.

To see what's around your hotel: and choose places around station: NANA BTS STATION (E1).

You can see this guesthouse (it's the one with the wooden house on the rooftop) from the Chitlom station. Some caveats: 1.) the website doesn't seem to work, so you'll have to call to reserve a room and 2.) the lobby/rooms are definently older-looking than the pictures.

The closest interchange station from the Skytrain to the MRT is at the Asok BTS station & the Sukhumvit MRT station. Exit the Asok BTS station and go down to your left following the people down a few escalator to the underground Sukhumvit MRT station. For the weekend market, you pass the Chatuchark Park EXIT and get off at the Kamphaeng Phet (Gam-paeng Pet) EXIT. This is the one with two entrances right inside the Chatuchak weekend market!! The underground MRT is faster and cheaper to get to places like the weekend Chatuchak market and to Chinatown/Hua Lamphong railroad station to see the Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit.

Map of the MRT Kampaeng Phet Station:

Please post your comments or suggestions (w/ details) on other budget, mid-range and luxury accommodations in Bangkok!

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