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“Large but faded room. 38 Floor”
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Column Bangkok
Ranked #95 of 1,389 Speciality Lodging in Bangkok
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Paid 110 aussie dollars for a 1 nighter and on arrival got an upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite on the 38 floor which is 3 from the top.
They also offered up a 1400hrs check out the next day free of charge.
Room 3806 had 2 bathrooms and second one had the laundry, both washer and seperate dryer so they were well away from the bedroom and you could not hear them when they operating another good point was the dryer was actualy ducted out of the room.
Large kitchen with everything you need, did find the fancy microwave hard to read as it had too many operations for me.
The view from room was spanking and huge though the furniture was a bit dated and basic.
Large bedroom with floor to roof windows and curtains which blocked out the light.
Large on-suite with seperate bath and rainforest shower.
Breakfast in morning was nothing special, had everything you need and served in the long bar but no atmosphere.
Pool area needed some work, with stains and missing panels and some sort of floor placed over half the pool (see pictures) it was not welcoming.
Now have stayed in may places in Bangkok and due to the troubles just now some spanking deals to be had. But even though the room was huge and had a 24hr foodland below and very close to skytrain, I would not stay here again as no wow factor or atmosphere.
Its perfect for business, work or people that want a place that is quite and not geared up for children, which makes it very quiet.
Last thing is the place was very clean and the staff very compotent and good understanding of english.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

A 3.5-4 star hotel. Not 5.

Pro: Central. Price is ok.

Con: Poor breakfast in selection and quality. Poor cleaning of the room. Sewage smell in the bath room

Book without breakfast. Foodland next door is only a supermarket.

Room Tip: Ok package if you do without the breakfast and are not too fuzzy about the cons listed in the review...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Reisenissen
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The room was huge, super-fully equipped and everything was impeccably clean. Though a standard room, it was like a one bedroom apartment with everyone one needs, including a washer and drier! I stayed for work and booked a number of rooms so got a great discount too.
The wifi works well all over the building and the large windows offer a great view of the city.

Room Tip: A room that's higher up for a better view.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

It was part of my frist trip to Bangkok and I decide not to stay any where els in Bangkok. When I entered the room just one word to describe WOWWW. It was in 38 floor and view is amazing it was 2 side open with balcony with lake view.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank amrisde
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

I was here a couple of year ago, the place it is very good as it is linked at only 100 meters from BTS Station. Just a few steps from hotel you will find a restaurant open 24/7 with an international full service food market.
Very good for business and leisure

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

By e-mail before we left home, we contacted the hotel to confirm our reservation and the type of apartment we preferred; also to let them know that the flight would arrive about midnight and that we would probably arrive between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. by the time that we had cleared immigration and customs, and traveled by taxi to the hotel. We received a courteous and accommodating reply.

When we did arrive, a pleasant woman at reception expected us, and promptly and efficiently checked us in. (All the reception staff whom we encountered during our stay were pleasant, helpful, responsive and cooperative.) We went up to our apartment on the 39th floor.

On entering there was a spacious lounge-dining area with, at the far side, high floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows affording a fabulous view over a night-lit Bangkok. That, and the complimentary plate of fruit, were a pleasant start to our stay.

The building has apartments from the 26th to the 41st floors with 12 apartments per floor. On the 42nd floor is a discotheque in the course of completion, but used even in its unfinished state (at the time of our visit, December 2013). We suggest that you try for an apartment on a floor as high up as possible. The city views are superb, and one looks down on most of the surrounding buildings and across to the horizon. (The photographs on TripAdvisor and the virtual tour videos on the hotel website accurately illustrate the accommodation and its surroundings.)

The lounge area had an area rug on which were a sofa with pillows, a side table with lamp on either side, a coffee table in front and an easy chair and an ottoman on either side of the coffee table. Opposite them were a flat-screen television and a cabinet with a CD-DVD audio-visual system. Next to it was a work desk and chair for using a laptop and writing. The WiFi worked well. All windows had privacy and room-darkening curtains. The dining area next to the lounge area had a circular dining table with four chairs and a light above.

The modern kitchen was equipped with a sink, washing-up liquid, sponge and teatowel, counter surface hotplates, microwave oven, full-size refrigerator with separate crisper and freezer sections, electric kettle, and cutlery, plates, cups and glassware adequate for two people. The cabinets did not contain cooking utensils, which we would not have used given our sightseeing all day and dining at a restaurant at night; however, we understood that these were available upon request, as we saw a staff member bringing a frying pan to another apartment. The kitchen floor was tiled while the rest of the apartment had parquet floors. Next to the kitchen was a room with a toilet, sink and a clothes washer and a dryer. Daily, housekeeping provided two bottles of water, and replaced used sachets of coffee, tea and powdered creamer.

The spacious bedroom was decorated in simple, contemporary style with light-colored wood and opened onto a balcony; however, the sliding door was locked for safety and needed a key from reception. The king size bed had comfortable pillows and a mildly firm mattress. On either side was a table and lamp. There were two, full-size, built-in closets and, on the other side of the door to the bathroom, another closet with an iron and ironing board, two bathrobes and a room safe. (Slippers were provided in the closet just inside the door to the apartment.) Because of the combined hot water-air conditioning system, sometimes we could hear the gurgling of water; however, we did not find it bothersome.

The bathroom included a full-size bathtub, a separate shower stall with both a hand-held showerhead attached to a wall mount and a rainshower head on the ceiling, and a wash basin with a hair dryer and a set of scales underneath. Toiletries provided included solid soap, shampoo, bath gel, body lotion, toothbrush and paste, comb, shower cap, sanitary bag, sewing kit, cotton buds and detergent for the clothes washer. There were hand and bath towels, and a bath mat but no face cloths.

The hot water worked by a heat-exchange mechanism connected to the air conditioning system. We did not have any difficulty with either during our separate visits involving two different apartments. Just ensure that you have the air conditioning on when you want hot water. A sign at the entrance to the apartment briefly explains how the hot water functions in connection with the air conditioning.

We did not use other facilities offered by the hotel, such as the swimming pool or restaurant (whose menu and staff left us unimpressed on the one occasion that we dropped by to look). For us the apartment served as a pleasant and convenient base for sleeping, showering, having breakfast or snacks when we wished, relaxing, leaving our luggage, and going out sightseeing all day.

In the lobby opposite the reception counter were two computers with Intent access for use by guests. One had to use them while standing and obtain any printout from reception as the printer was in the office. Though ostensibly there was a small charge for printed pages, counter staff kindly elected to waive the charge and just give us our few printed pages gratis — thus creating goodwill.

Across the access lane at the left of the hotel as you enter (right as you exit) is a very convenient supermarket, “Foodland”, stocked with a mixture of Western and local foods, and where staff speak English. As you enter the store, in front of you there is also an inexpensive 24-hour diner, “Took Lae Dee”, which serves both hot and cold Western and Asian dishes. Next to the diner and the check-out cashiers is a pastry counter. All these services make it easy to have breakfast in the apartment if your prefer a leisurely start to the day.

Above the supermarket are several floors of parking with a night club on the roof: “Space 16” on the 11th floor. Try to avoid getting an apartment on the side of the building exposed to the night club, especially if it is on one of the lower floors, as the club plays loud music when functioning and you can hear it through the single-glazed windows of the apartment. Potentially you can cover the music by running the air conditioning unit on fan to provide white noise.

Apartments facing the park across the main road (Ratchadaphisek Road) running past the other side of the building or those facing the elevated BTS Skytrain line up the street are better, though these too will admit some outside noise because of the single-glazing. Generally, we did not find outside noise a problem; however, it is less noticeable the higher the floor of your apartment. If you have a studio apartment, you might hear the sounds of activity in the corridor entering through the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. This is almost unavoidable wherever one stays.

The Column Bangkok building is very well situated only a 5-10 minute walk to metro stations, buses and shops. Walk out the front entrance, cross over the street and walk left towards the elevated metro line in the distance. Keep to the right till you reach the Exchange Tower building. Go in the main entrance and walk diagonally left across the lobby where you will find a small shopping area with escalators. Take the escalator up. At the top you will find a pedestrian bridge which will lead to the main passageway going to the elevated Asok BTS Skytrain station, the Sukhumvit MRTA Subway station underground next door and to Terminal 21 mall (open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day) right next to both stations. Note that the stations serve two different systems and so have different entrances and fares (based on distance). Some ticket vending machines (also with the option of instructions in English) require change and so you might have to queue to change banknotes into coins before buying a ticket.

For us Terminal 21 mall was very convenient for avoiding a problem with our lack of Thai, as we could manage throughout with English. Furthermore, we thought that it had the best selection of restaurants of any mall that we dropped by during our visit. They were spread over two extensive upper floors: 4th (numerous restaurants of various cuisines) and 5th (more restaurants and an extensive food hall with counter cooking various dishes to order on-the-spot). A dedicated escalator serves the 4th and express lifts-elevators the 4th and above.

Buses run along the two intersecting main roads, Asok Montri - Ratchadaphisek Roads and Sukhumvit Road. (The latter parallels the elevated Skytrain and has night market stalls along the sidewalk from Terminal 21 mall.) You can buy a detailed bus map with routes and bus numbers for 99 baht at a bookshop such as “Asia”, which is a chain having some books also in English.

There are different types of buses distinguished by different numbers, colors and vehicle type. Some are air conditioned; fares are very low regardless (commonly 7 or 8 baht, or slightly more for special buses). Fares are collected by an on-board conductor, so have coins or low-value notes available. Keep the receipt that the conductor will give you. Wherever they might be inside the bus, press a buzzer before you need to get off. When waiting for a bus you want and it approaches your stop, wave to indicate that you want to get on. Some of the bus drivers do not drive smoothly, so hold on firmly if you are standing while riding.

Travelling around Bangkok using the Chao Phraya river public ferry system is worthwhile knowing about before or soon after your arrival: ferries pass by or near some of the major tourist attractions and can travel more quickly and easily than a vehicle through city traffic. Also, a ride on the river can be pleasant, though the boats are single-deck and not large so can be packed at certain times of day, for instance at the closing time of temples and other monuments. Note the timetables, as public ferries stop running around 7:30 p.m. Each pier has an identifying number; however, often it is difficult to see, especially while standing in a crowded boat.

From the hotel, walk to Asok BTS Skytrain station. Take the train towards the National Stadium to Siam BTS Skytrain station. Get off and change from the Sukhumvit Line to the Silom Line. Get on the train going towards Wong Wian Yai station. Get off at Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station, go down the stairs and walk towards the river and the Taksin ferry pier.

Specific boats fly a particular colored pennant which indicates the stops that it will make along the river; some boats skip or include certain stops, so it will pay to know before you board whether a boat will go to your intended destination. Some piers have timetables and a map showing stops for each ferry route. It would be even more useful if you could find a printed map with the details; we did not find one so cannot say where. The boats carry a ticket seller so that you can pay on board. At the entrance to some piers you can buy tickets from a seller at a counter or in a booth. Check whether it will be worth your while before you buy a day ticket.

A caution about using taxis: have the driver turn on the meter before you move off; if he refuses, get out immediately, retrieve any luggage that you might have, and get another taxi. At airports do not use drivers who approach you in the arrivals lounge. Go outside the terminal doors and look for the official taxi rank where you will find counters. Even if there are a lot of other people, the queues will move quite quickly as there are lots of taxis waiting for passengers. Staff will take the address of where you want to go (we had printed it from a website both in Thai and English together with maps showing how to get to the address). You should receive a numbered ticket with details of the taxi assigned to you. Part of the ticket goes to the driver and the other part you should retain as it has details of the driver and taxi should you need to lodge a complaint. As a matter of course for longer trips, it is worthwhile to write down the vehicle number and the name of the driver, both of which should be clearly visible to you inside the taxi.

The two times that we had to take taxis from the hotel (and not the fault of its staff), we first had a driver who patently refused to turn on the meter after he moved off. If this happens, know that you will be taken for a ride both literally and figuratively. Once we knew that the fellow was definitely not going to turn on the meter, we opened both passenger doors of the taxi while it was moving (somewhat slowly before reaching the main road). This made him stop. We retrieved our luggage from the boot-trunk. With one taxi, my partner and the driver engaged in a shouting match. The driver seemed to have been experienced at this as he had a choice vocabulary of standard Anglo-Saxon obscenities. Not all Thai taxi drivers are polite, courteous and cooperative, especially when it comes to overcharging potentially gullible tourists. On both occasions we were still very near the hotel, and walked back to the entrance where we obtained another taxi and the driver used the meter.

If your are going to or from the airport, there is a fixed additional charge plus the standard fixed amount already on the meter. If travelling late at night you do not need the driver to take the elevated tollway as he can take an exit ramp before reaching the tollgates and drive along the main road below which parallels the tollway and will have hardly any other traffic. Fares are based on distance and quite cheap. If the driver provides honest, efficient service you can afford to give him a generous tip (and hope to encourage further honesty).

Room Tip: On the top floor (11th) of the supermarket-parking building next door is a night club: “Space 16...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Chelydra
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed here January 13th weekend in a 1 bedroom on the 39th floor. Amazing views of the city and protest on January 13th. Room was amazingly huge with a great washer and dryer that we used. The pool was small and the breakfast wasn't the greatest, but typical of a apt/hotel. Had a stove,but no pots or anything. Weird. The views, location and size make this place great. Excellent stay!

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Address: 48 Sukhumvit Soi 16 | Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (Formerly Column Residence)
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Sukhumvit
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #95 of 1,389 Speciality Lodging in Bangkok
Price Range: £57 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Column Bangkok 4*
Number of rooms: 238
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Column Bangkok is a luxurious 5 star Hotel and Serviced Apartment situated in the heart of Bangkok. We are centrally located in Bangkok’s main business and entertainment district providing the city’s best shopping and entertainment right at your doorstep. With up to 238 lavishly designed rooms, Column Bangkok provides a spacious and luxurious experience catered for both business executives and travelers. To add to this, situated opposite Benjakitti Park, all rooms come with an exquisite view; Column Bangkok overlooks the city’s largest lake and has one of the greatest views of Bangkok City’s skyline. Transportation to and from The Column Bangkok is a bliss with Bangkok's speedy metro system- BTS and MRT stations located only a few hundred meters away, car journeys are just as readily served with a number of expressways very close at hand. We also offer a Wine and Dine experience at one of Bangkok's legendary contemporary Thai dining venue, Long Table restaurant. Long Table is situated on the 25th floor which again, overlooks the breath taking panoramic views of Bangkok City sky line. To top all, Column Bangkok is located right next to a 24 hr international Supermarket known as Foodland. Foodland offers a wide selection of products and also houses a restaurant for easy convenience. ... more   less 
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