We stayed in the "So Comfy" Earth Element room for two nights. First, the taxi driver couldn't find the hotel, and we had to navigate him through the city to find it. Good thing we had a GPS in our phone! Later, we found out that almost none of the taxi drivers knew the hotel location. Another problem is the area... traffic is so heavy, you cannot go anywhere without being stuck in traffic for long time. BTS is 10-15 min. walk away, and it is a very HOT journey along one of the busiest roads in Bangkok.
First, when we arrived, we were welcomed by this really nice guy, who spoke an excellent english, he was really polite and told us some stories about the hotel. Then we went to the lobby at 9th. floor for check-in. Here, we were presented to the welcome-drink, a fun gimmick where they bring these glasses to the table and mix the drink, which changes color when the last ingredient is added. Then we started a magical journey to 21st floor, where our element room was located. We were happy to find out that we had a view over the Lumphini Park. Though we had to look out through dirty windows - they looked like they haven't been washed or polished at all, on the outside that is. What a shame. The room was as taken out of a fairy tale, WOW!
After the first day, we really enjoyed the comfy bed. We went out the first night, and found out that nobody in the reception area on ground floor were greeting or asking for help getting a taxi. Everytime we had to go to them and "interrupt" them while they were doing nothing.
When walking around the hotel, the staff in Red Oven seems to be very bored. It is not a busy restaurant, and we only spotted a couple of people eating lunch or dinner there. The prices are a joke - over 300 baht for a Tom Ka Gai soup! 690 baht for kids meal? 180 baht for a Latté, that wasn't even warm when brought to our room... And then there is this awkward feature, when signing the paper brought to you with the items ordered to the room: you have to fill in your name and room number of course, but then there is this field called "Tip", and i guess they think it's normal to tip everybody for even the smallest thing. Like bringing a cold cup of hot latté to the room.
We paid a fortune to get breakfast included to our room. But what a joke. Tables in Red Oven are so close to each other, that you can almost smell what they eat on the table next to you. The breakfast buffet was a joke. They ask you what you would like to drink, without presenting any list of choices for you. So i just ordered some orange juice and boiled egg. The eggs never arrived to our table, i guess they forgot. Breakfast buffet ends at 10:30, i can understand that, but 15 minutes earlier, staff starts to take the buffet down, not caring about the many guests still eating and picking food from the buffet. The buffet was a joke anyway - such a mess, impossible to find anything. Bread and pastry is located one place - cold cuts and cheese - a completely different place. Had problems locating the butter too.
The hotel focuses a lot of their energy on promoting countless events, and during our stay two filmcrews were shooting in the kitchen and at a common area. I guess there will be a lot of partying going on in the weekends, and with only 4 lifts it will get "fun" to share those with the party-crowd i guess... The Hi-So Club is not accessible unless you are "something". The Park Society bar has this crazy dresscode, with no flip flops and no shorts. That means many hotel guests. I guess they don't want us to use these facilities.
They have these nice rooms for people who wants to relax and enjoy a good time, but the rest of the hotel is so snobbish! What a shame.
Wanted to book 4 more nights, but instead we will go to Hansar.
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- Located in a prime central location on the corner of North Sathorn and Rama IV roads, opposite Lumpini Park. SO Sofitel Bangkok offers panoramic views of both the park and the city's skyline. Few steps from Lumpini MRT Subway station and only10-min walk to Saladaeng BTS Skytrain station. Guests can conveniently access shopping & nightlife attractions including Silom, Terminal 21, Central World, Siam Paragon. Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airport are approximately 25 km away. ... more less
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