Hotel Name: Bangkok City Inn Hotel.
Address: 43/5 Rajdamri Road, Prathumwan, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand.
Bangkok is one of my most frequently visited cities, so I was familiar with the Bangkok City Inn Hotel. It’s in a central location not far from Siam Square, which is one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok. I wanted to stay here because it looked like a hotel from a bygone era.
The hotel is in an interesting building with a wide street frontage, though the surrounding buildings are the typical drab concrete shophouses of the mid 20th century Thailand Style. There are some massage parlours in the little area as well, though it is a busy area and doesn’t feel seedy. Most of this area has been redeveloped, so this block of low-rise shophouses is a remnant of what this area used to look like.
The Bangkok City Inn Hotel is in a small grid of buildings off Ratchadamri Road and near Pratunam Pier. You are within walking distance to the major shopping centres of Siam, and the closest BTS station is Chitlom (11 minute walk / 750 metres according to Google Maps). Wherever you decide to stay in Bangkok, make sure to stay near a station of the urban rail transit system.
I liked that the hotel has still maintained its old wooden furnishings in the reception area. It has a distinct vibe of pre-internet travel in Thailand.
I booked a “2 Double Beds Standard Room Non Smoking”. A non-smoking option implies that that there is smoking allowed in the hotel, though maybe it is only in some rooms. There was no smoking in the foyer.
The beds were more like large single beds than double beds, so a twin room in reality. I just booked what was available, and this was a suitable room for me. The bed was comfortable and the room was spacious enough.
My room had an uncluttered work desk with useful power outlets. There is wifi throughout the hotel, and I had a good reception in my room.
The bathroom was typical of the old-style hotel bathrooms of Thailand. There was a big bench space around the sink (which I prefer), but I don’t prefer the showers in the bathtub.
There was no breakfast service included in my booking, so I went to the nearby 7/Eleven for a not-so champions breakfast. There is a little cafe area in the lobby.
Overall this was an interesting stay in an older budget hotel that is tucked away among the glitzy malls and 5-star hotels of the Siam area.