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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Siamese Views Hotel Bangkok