05 April 2014

Review: Park Saladaeng Guesthouse in Bangkok

Park Saladaeng is a new budget boutique guesthouse, where all the facilities and interiors are still new, clean and working fine. I didn't take any photos, but you can see the pictures in its website, they really look the same: beautiful and neat. Design of the room is nice, except that the air conditioner is directly facing the bed.


Even though the Queen Deluxe Room was a little bit small, only 18 sq.m, but it had everything we needed. They cleaned the room everyday. They gave us 4 free bottles of mineral water per day. There was no water boiler at first, but they provided it when we asked for it. It would be nicer too if they provided me some tea and instant coffee sachets :P

Toiletries are complete, except toothbrush, toothpaste and shower cap. The electric sockets on the wall is universal, so we can plug our cables without any converter.

There is cable TV with a lot of good international channels (but some of them are dubbed in Thai) and the most important thing is free fast wifi in the room!

The location is good, between Saladaeng BTS Skytrain and Silom MRT Subway stations. So, if I needed to take MRT I could walk to Silom, and if I wanted to take BTS I could walk to Saladaeng. The hotel is about 10 minutes walking distance to each station. On the first night we walked to the hotel from Silom MRT, it felt so faraway, but then we got used to it and didn't feel that far anymore. This area is crowded by workers during weekdays because of many offices around. Silom road is also packed with massages, shops and restaurants.

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I booked this hotel via Agoda for IDR 1,9M ($167) for 4 nights. It's really cheap, what's the catch?

Well, this hotel has only 8 rooms, 4 rooms are in 2nd floor and the rests are in 3rd floor, without elevator. We got a room in the 3rd floor, and with limited rooms like that, there's no available room in the 2nd floor where we could move. So in the end of the day, after exhausting walks around the city, I still needed to climb up 3 floors to get a rest T_T. Maybe if I wasn't pregnant, I wouldn't mind about the stairs.

Second thing is the hotel don't provide breakfast and they don't have restaurant. The shops and restaurants are near the stations, so we have to walk about 10 minutes to find some foods in the morning.

The third thing is the staff barely can speak English. It's difficult to ask them the direction to go somewhere, and they don't provide information about any tours around the city. The hotel is located inside small streets (or in Thai they called it Soi) along with local residents. There's not much travel agent around the hotel because this place is not so touristy. Why is this annoying? Because at that time I could only find 1 travel agent near the hotel, and I couldn't compare the price with other travel agents. In the end I booked a tour too much overpriced! Anyway, it's half of my fault either, because I didn't do some research before taking the tour.

All in all, I think its ratings in Agoda, Booking and TripAdvisor are overrated, all of them gave more than 80%. I would give 75%, because nothing's too special.

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