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Siamese Views Lodge
Ranked #116 of 728 Bangkok B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 February 2013

This is a cute place that's in an alley off the Democracy Monument. This location is good because if you're going to be traveling by taxi, you want a landmark that's easy to point out to drivers. It's a bit hard to find, but if you're arriving by taxi, it will be the first alley to the left immediately after the Sidewalk Cafe. There's a sign for another guest lodge at the entrance of the alley. And yes, this is really close to Khaosan Road, so you won't need to worry about going hungry...except in Thailand, there are markets and fresh fruit EVERYWHERE, so you won't need to go hungry by any means.

For such a good location, it is really, really quiet. It's not near any wats, so if you're lucky, you won't be blasted with music from loudspeakers. Breakfast was not a lot, but adequate (we had worse in another hotel and it seems that Thai people eat very little...), and the staff (comprising of smiling women) are polite and friendly. Like many other hotels in Thailand, the common area is open and there was no AC while we were there. The bathroom is starting to show some wear and tear, but the place seems to be scrupulously clean, as evidenced by the staff who do not wear shoes. I dropped some medicine on the floor while there, and the staff immediately noticed and brought a mop to clean it up.

The bed seems to be a box spring and very hard -- but we experienced beds like this in other places as well, including an expensive villa-type establishment, so this seems to be the norm. The water system in all the Thai hotels are based on individual water heaters, but if you turn the faucet to the highest, the water will be cold. It's hottest when you only turn it a little bit. The only thing that I can suggest to improve the rooms would be to put in a full-length mirror. There were no mirrors in the room, which was a bit inconvenient, as well as no hair-dryer -- I think you probably can request this at the front desk, but we brought our own. Wifi was okay for us.

We had an issue with mosquitoes one night and the staff was very nice and gave us bug spray as well as medicine to deal with the problem. And you will have to deal with mosquitoes in Thailand -- lots of them, and of varying pedigrees and venom -- even in the airport.

Overall I think it's not hard to make a hotel stay pleasant if you have a clean, quiet place with smiley staff. But most places dispense with smiles, so this was quite a pleasant experience.

Room Tip: It seems to be a fairly quiet hotel, and all the rooms appear equable in size.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

me and my fiance stayed here for 1 night in January - It was small hotel, great price and staff were very friendly they prepared our room earlier than check in time. The room was clean however it was a little dark and tired looking.
It is only a 5/10 minute walk to Ko san road which is a must do stop off if travelling through bangkok. Siamese views overall was pleasant stay and good value for money for a base to explore bangkok for few days.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed here based on reccomendations from trip advisor. For the price, its great. A good location, very helpful staff and large clean rooms. We had some issues with the wifi on the 3rd floor and our room didnt smell great - was either sewerage from outside or the plant outside our room. The breakfast is small, more like a snack but ok. Its the ambience of the place we loved, and the lovely staff.

As others have mentioned, this place is very hard to find. No taxis were able to locate it. So please follow my instructions: ask the taxi to take you to the democracy monument and to stop at the mcdonalds. Cant miss it. Stand in front, facing mcdonalds. Look right and you will see a little down the way a large restuarant called Sidewalk. Walk towards it. As soon as you pass it, there is an immediate alley to your left. Go down the alley and the lodge is located around the corner. Good luck!!

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Reviewed 19 December 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. It is about a 5 minute walk from Khao San Rd which is where all of the hustle and bustle is. I preferred it being slightly out of the way as it wasn't so noisy. The walk up to the hotel isn't great as you have to walk past a building site and stray dogs/people hanging around on the street but once you're in the hotel it's lovely. We stayed in a basic room with no window which was not an issue at all. The air con worked well and the room was clean. The wifi was fast with good connectivity. The staff were excellent; very helpful and accommodating. Breakfast was good (as English breakfasts go in Thailand!)
All in all, i would highly recommend this hotel and would not hesitate in staying there again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

Contrary to other reviews here, we found the location OK, since it is secure and quite close to various places in the city (note that taxis are very cheap eitherway).
The stuff is very polite and helpful.
On the downside, the room we had was gloomy and a bit worn out. It felt like a place only to sleep and leave as soon as possible. Probably for this price, somebody can find slightly better acommodation in Bagkok.
No credit cards.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

It is the fourth time we stayed at Siamese Views Lodge, and for sure next time also we will not look for something else. It is decide: this is our home in Bangkok.
Located at Km 0 in the middle of the town, right next to Democracy Monument, it is the perfect location for visiting the City. Khaosan Road is just 5 minutes away, the Grand Palace is in reach by foot, many temples also, it is really in the perfect spot.
Every time we go back here, we feel like arriving home. This small Boutique Hotel, welcomes you as soon as you enter the door with beautiful furniture and decorations, a spacious reception, impeccable services and a break from the noise of the City.
The staff is very friendly and always there to help and give directions, or tips on the events of the day. They speak good English, so you will have no problem with communication. The rooms are clean and spacious enough. Comfy beds that smell fresh, air con, fridge, you will find each day fresh bottle of water in your fridge (not the cheap iod treated water, but filtered quality water), TV, free WiFi, and if you don't have a smart phone, tablet of laptop with you, they have on the first floor computers. Also on the first floor, there is a great variety of books and magazines. Specially if you like Cars, you will find what to read. Next to the stairs on the first floor you will always find flyers with places to visit, and a chalkboard with the main events of the day.
Free breakfast is a big plus, just wake up, eat something and you are ready to explore the city. Come back as late as you want, and you will find always someone at the reception welcoming you back. The entrance is locked over night and at the reception is always a member of the staff, so you feel safe, never had problems leaving our stuffs in the room.
If you like Thai food, just go out on the main street, first restaurant you will find is the Sidewalk Cafe, there you can eat the best Tom Yam ever, and they have a great variety of food and drinks. And if you are a Harley Davidson fun, you can see many times great bikes parked in front.
ATM's are very close and many, first two at Mc Donalds, and two more a little bit further, than 4 more few steps further, and 1 more few steps further at the 7 Eleven (3 minutes from the Hotel on the way to Khaosan Road).
Can't wait to go back! Our home in Bangkok...

Room Tip: I think all rooms are OK, we stood in two types of rooms until now on the first floor, and both wher...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

Hotel is clean, quiet and nice with good staff service. It is about 5 minutes walk from Khao San, in small lane close to the Democracy monument. 30 meters from hotel are food stalls (fot those they like eating on streets). We stayed in Junior double without window and well-working air con. Bathroom is clean. The room is smaller, but we fit in it pretty easily - usually you do not spend much time there. The hotel has met our expectations - close to Khao San but quiet, clean, air con and comfortable bed. When was raining stuff provided us with umbrella.... We will stay there in our next visit again.

Room Tip: Taxi with taxameter is cheaper than tuk-tuk.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 211/21-23 Soi Damnoen Klang Nuea | Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Bawornivet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #116 of 728 B&Bs / Inns in Bangkok
Price Range: £25 - £26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Siamese Views Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Siamese Views Lodge is situated in the heart of harmony at the center of Democracy and on Ratchadamnoen (meaning "Street of King" in English) Avenue which is the first road of Bangkok built since the era of King Rama V. ... more   less 
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