I spent a long time on Tripadvisor.com trying to sus out the best budget hotel for my stay in Bangkok and I'm so glad I listened to all the great reviews. Getting to this hotel can be a little tricky if its your first time, be sure to print out the map in Thai and show it to your taxi driver when you're at the airport, this helps tremendously.
Aside from that, I have absolutely no complaints for this hotel, it was a total gem. The room prices were very much worth the money. The rooms were basic, but comfortably spacious. This hotel sticks to the basic no frills rooms, but whatever they provided they provided very well. The shower was lovely, and the water always ran hot. The free wi-fi in the lobby was a nice touch as well since most travelers like checking their inboxes every now and then.
The entire feel of the hotel was very clean, bright and welcoming and I could not praise the service more. The service was impeccable - all the counter staff spoke very fluent English and were often very friendly and helpful. They have an all-day tourist counter, I believe it is run by one of their male staff. One incident that stuck with me was this.
I'd heard Platinum Mall was around the area, and I was planning on checking it out. I was about to approach the tourist counter when I realised he was busy with two caucasian clients. I then went to eat lunch around the area, figuring I'd come back when they were done. When I came back to the hotel, the tourist counter staff himself approached me and said, "I noticed you wanted to ask some questions just now..." All in all, the service was absolutely 5 star. The staff made us feel so welcome and went out of their way to help us with our baggages and passports, they definitely played a big part in making our trip so pleasant.
About the location: While it is difficult to navigate at first, one will quickly realise how charming it is. Citin is situated in the middle of a tiny cultural hub, walking out of the hotel you'll find inexpensive and authentic thai food, massage centres, fresh fruits, shopping carts and everything one can imagine. It is truly convenient and loads of fun for those who enjoy exploring new cultures.
Note: I'd recommend taking a taxi from the main road instead of walking to the BTS. Surprisingly, taxi rides can be more economical than the BTS because taking a taxi is so affordable here. Be sure to avoid rush hour though! You might even get stuck in traffic for up to an hour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of the city's vibrant Pratunam neighbourhood, Citin Pratunam features 126 studios designed in a modern style. Facilities and services include 24-hour reception and security, WiFi Internet connection, in-room electronic safe, LCD flat screen TV with satellite channels and more. Additional facilities include Citin Cafe which serves vegetarian fusion cuisine, Citin Spa for those tired feet, a sauna and gym. Within walking distance or a short ride by our free tuk-tuk shuttle service are Pratunam Market, Platinum Mall, Pantip Plaza, Central World and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citin Pratunam Bangkok
- Hotel Citin Pratunam