We stayed at Viengtai for six nights in mid-December, 2013. As mentioned in most other reviews, the hotel is situated close to Khao San road, and the vibe on the street outside is very similar during the day and night (drink, eat, drink some more), perhaps only a little more laid back. Viengtai is within walking distance (15-20 minutes) of a number of historical sites (Grand Palace, Wat Pho etc.), but it's important to get your hands on a good, detailed map before setting out.
- Rambuttri, along with Khao San, can be something of a sanctuary after a long, hot day exploring other parts of Bangkok; there are plenty of street food stalls and bars right on Viengtai's doorstep geared towards tourists. At the same time, if you want a more upmarket, luxury experience, you have to trek to the other side of town (Sukhumvit road), more or less, and this can be a bit tricky with buses (like the number 15) that only seem to come once an hour or so.
- Room was clean when we arrived and kept well-maintained by housekeeping for the duration of our stay.
- Buffet breakfast is pretty decent, offering a mix of Thai and Western options. Good to fill-up on and save a bit of time/money during the day.
- Free WIFI, BUT you have to get a new password each day from the front desk.
- Getting information about tours, transport, local maps, etc. from front desk was a bit hit-and- miss; some of the staff seemed to have absolutely no idea what was going on, while others where very helpful. Be persistent! A couple of times the front desk tried to direct us to "information service" offices within the foyer which were really just tour operators looking to make a quick buck.
- Like the above, the front desk will generally suggest you get a taxi to your destination, and don't (or won't) provide any clear, reliable information (probably 'cause there isn't any) about public bus transport) in the area. We used the number 15 bus to Siam Square which stopped on the corner of Rambuttri and Chakrabongse, 1 minute walk from Viengtai.
- Laundry service can be a bit pricey for budget travellers (owing to the Thai VAT and service taxes) and are on a per-item basis that can add up very quickly.
Overall, a fine option which we would recommend to mid-range travellers, just do your research on the area and make sure it's what you're after. Next time we'd probably stay somewhere more upmarket along Sukhumvit road and surrounding area, which has the added bonus of easy access to the air-conditioned Sky Train.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Viengtai Hotel Bangkok