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.
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