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S33 Compact Sukhumvit Hotel
Ranked #300 of 896 Hotels in Bangkok
Reviewed 20 December 2012

I stayed at the S33 just last week. The hotel is on the left side, about 500 metres up soi 33. The map supplied on the hotel website seems to show it about 300 metres up the soi on the right. When you approach the hotel it's quite imposing with its quadrangle design and outside bar. There are quite a few steps to climb to get to the lobby, with no apparent access for the disabled. Luggage on wheels can be dragged up a steep, but flat tiled area, but handle luggage must be carried. There were no staff available to help.

The reception is rather strange, just two chairs to sit on whilst being attended to. So if there are more than 2 people waiting, it's hard to know who is next. I prefer to stand at a reception desk. Checking in was fast. Actually, too fast. The lift requires a key card for operation, but they don't tell you so. If you are not used to key card lifts, it can be confusing. I pressed the floor button several times, but the lift didn't budge. I assumed there was a fault. I stepped out of the lift and called to the receptionist. She still didn't come over to assist, she just called back that I needed to use the card. Fortunately a helpful guest came along and I was on my way up.

The drama continued when I wanted to go back down. Reception (lobby) is on the 3rd floor. Normally one would expect the lobby to be on the 1st or ground floor. So I got back into the lift, inserted my room card and pressed 1. Nothing happened. So I tried 2. I wound up in a closed restaurant floor. I was getting very angry with this lift system. I went back my room on the 4th floor and phoned for assistance. I was told that the lobby is marked as being on the 3rd floor, which in all fairness, it is. But how often do you read the tiny letters by the button? You just get in the lift and press 1. Not at this hotel.

The room however was excellent. There wasn't a window in the room, but there was one in the bathroom, albeit with a blind. Everything has been thought of as far as guest comfort is concerned. Big double bed, very comfiortable. Good lighting. Wall mounted flat screen TV. (Curiously, there were 4 coat hooks above the TV. If used they would obscure the screen. Strange). The bathroom was well equipped too with stainless steel fittings. There were two shower heads, including a rain shower. It was difficult to know which tap would supply the hot water, and given that the hot water was very unstable, it was difficult to decide which tap to turn to improve matters. I had hot water for just a few seconds, the rest of the time it was light warm to cold.

Would I stay there again? I was going to stay again this week, but the price has gone up by 25%. There are better hotels in the area for the higher price. (Ambassador, soi 11). And the other gripe is that at night the traders block all the pavements, so you are forced to walk in the road for 500 metres, not so easy if you are carrying luggage. The taxis and tuk-tuks pass by as close as they can get to your body. Scary. Morning time however, the pavements are clear. If you crave entertainment, the area is full of bars and restaurants. But at a price. 160 baht for a small beer? No thanks.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

otherwise you'll stuck in a box without a ray of light - just like we did. Out of 3 double rooms we booked only one had a window, and it was at... the toilet (room 711).
The showers were nasty with the water temperature alternating from hot to cold with no visible explanation.
I would not recommend that area for a single female traveler (in fact my girlfriend decided to switch to a different location for the last night, when I left already).
The breakfast was as basic as it gets..

The hotel looks nice from the outside, but in my view that's all it has to offer.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

I had a booking with S33 from 30th Dec to 2nd Dec in standard room type. The washroom is horribly designed. One cannot use the western style of loo as there is no place to sit in the toilet. When i approached the reception they asked us to manage somehow and showed no concern. With no choice left we had to upgrade the room by 3 notches due to unavailability of other rooms. Really an unpleasant stay at S33. Further being a vegan, only choice is fruits. I had stay in other hotels around thailand. but this problem i never faced. Rooms are to be designed for the comfort of customers and not mint money by leaving no choice with customers but to upgrade the rooms. Never recommend anybody to stay here.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
2  Thank krishna m
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Reviewed 17 November 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights. Location is allright, indeed in the "Japanese red light district" but (or so..) it felt really save as a female traveller, no unwanted attention. My room was nice, with window, enough international channels on tv (CNN, BBC, HBO, Eurosport etc.) so I don't agree on those comments, but the shower was indeed not hot. Breakfast was average: good choice of eggs, but rest was basic. The main reason why you should stay here is the awesome staff: real nice, friendly and reliable. They will go out of their way to satisfy you!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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1  Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

Echoing other reviewers about the strangeness of a hotel room without a single window. Waking up in a pitch black room is disorienting, especially when you travel and are a bit jet lagged and you can't really tell if it's day time already when you open your eyes. 2 other friends got rooms with windows, albeit very tiny ones.
It's also not very convenient to access from the street (flight of stairs a bit far from the front door, cabs can't drop you off at the door). Basically this was not built to be a hotel; it's a building the owners of the bigger S31 Hotel had in their possession and decided to turn into a hotel, explaining some of the shortcomings.
Otherwise it's a pretty good hotel with a nice and friendly staff. The breakfast included is decent.
The location is convenient (close to BTS) but it is located in the "Japanese red light district" so you have to pass by a few bars with scantily clad girls hanging out at the front door.
Half of the place is also under construction (adding windows?) so there is banging going on early in the morning (October 2012).
As others have said, good hotel for singles or couples, not so much with family.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

The price was convenient. Breakfast okay and sufficient. Room was clean. Front desk people were nice. However I never experienced a hotel room without having a window before. It was like in a basement room, no daylight and it wasn't described in the hotel description. It was not possible to change the room. Finally building work started in the morning at 7 am ... no sleep late

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank John D
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

As a single female traveler in Bangkok, this hotel was perfect for my three nights in the city. First, the location was great since it was near a BTS station (around a 5-7 minute walk). This made it easy to explore the city. Although some of the establishments near the hotel were a little shady at night (the only drawback), I felt comfortable walking back around 11pm to the hotel from the station. The room I was in was very large for a single traveler, which was amazing since the room price was pretty cheap. I thought the decor was modern and well-done, especially the bathroom. The only minor complaint I have is that the shower temperature was lukewarm, but that was fine considering the heat from outside. My room did not have a window, which was fine since I was out most of the day. The air-conditioning worked great as well, which was very welcoming after a long day in the heat. The staff was very friendly my entire stay, and I thought the breakfast (fruit, toast, cereal) was good considering it was included with the room. I would love to stay here again the next time I'm in Bangkok. Make sure you ask for a free map of the city so it's easy to see the sites.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Address: 9/10-14 Soi Sukhumvit 33 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Sukhumvit , Wattana
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #300 of 896 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range: £32 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — S33 Compact Sukhumvit Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
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