We stayed at the mermaid for 2 nights march 2013, I must admit after reading a couple of reviews regarding thai females accompanying western males to the hotel in the evening and being particularly noisy I was starting to think had a booked the right type of hotel for my family, however it turned out I had nothing to worry about whatsoever .
As we have 3 kids we booked a corner suite for ourselves and a standard room for the kids , we were given rooms next to each other with a connecting door. The rooms were beautifully decorated and modern in style , both rooms had mood lighting, cable tv , a mini bar with free water daily, and beautiful bathrooms with rain shower . The corner suite also had a huge bath tub which was just fantastic, especially after a busy day in the wonderful madness that is Bangkok!!! The balcony on the corner suite looked over the city and was particularly nice at night when the city is lit up.
The pool was lovely, it was green in colour while we were there however was still fine to swim and the kids enjoyed splashing around! The colour was due to the pool recently being treated , as its a saltwater pool this can happen I know myself as I used to have a saltwater pool in my garden and this is common after treatment.
We did not use the bar so I can't really comment.
The hotel itself is on a quiet soi just off sukhumvit , asok BTS and terminal 21 mall are about an 8 min walk away so its very easy to explore Bangkok, the infamous soi cowboy is in close proximity but to be honest its only one street and if you chose to stay away you wouldn't even know it was there !!!!
Theres a seven eleven and a family Mart within a couple of mins walk and a number of restaurants and bars all around , we didn't visit any restaurants as there were so many fantastic streetfood sellers around we didn't need to, the best one in particular is a noodle soup seller, you will find him by walking onto sukhumvit, cross the road and pass by the 7/11 he is the next stall after the stall outside the 7/11 and I can guarantee you will not get a better meal anywhere!!! he does pork or chicken noodle soup or pork and chicken with rice that's it, his food is fantastic only 40 bahts for a huge portion and you can even bring your own beer from the 7/11 !!!!
We plan to return to Thailand again later this year and will defiantly book this hotel again when staying in Bangkok.
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