I stayed here as I wanted to experience Banglamphu without ending up in some horrible backpacker fleapit. The hotel is about a five minute walk from Khao San Road with its bars and so on, and had I not already visited them (trekking over from Patpong) earlier in my holiday it would have been a good base for visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
I wouldn't say the hotel is amazing value for money, but I think by Bangkok standards the price is reasonable-verging-on-good for the quality of the accommodation.
I turned up about 7am rather dishevelled after an all-night bus trip from Chiang Mai. My room wasn't ready but I went out for breakfast and a wander and was allowed to check in just after 9am, which I thought was pretty good given the nominal check-in time is something like midday.
The room was clean and modern, the bathroom was one of the nicest I came across anywhere in Thailand.
The wifi worked OK, though since this is a "proper hotel" it would be too simple to just have one password for the wifi network which guests are given, you have to use your web browser to enter your own private username and password, and then repeat that if you haven't used it for a few hours.
The air-conditioning also worked fine.
The staff were very helpful and advised me how to get to Don Mueang airport for my flight out and how much time to allow for the journey, they got me a taxi off the street to take me there as well.
I would definitely consider staying here again. It's not the hotel's fault, but Banglamphu is not very well connected to the public transport in Bangkok (unless you feel comfortable using the buses). I had quite a bit of trouble trying to get taxi drivers to understand where I wanted to go, even after showing them a sheet of hotel notepaper (which didn't have the address in Thai script). Saying "Khao San Road" sometimes, but not always, got me at least that far so I could walk the rest of the way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tara Place is the brand new hotel, where it is located at the perfect area. The hotel is away enough from pubs and bars that ensure your comfortable stay. However, you are able to experience the amazing walking street, such as Khaosan Road and Rambuttri Road, in just 10 minutes walk. We also serve the customers for the free TukTuk to Grand Palace and Wat Pho at the scheduled time. Importantly, our friendly staff make every effort to help the customer enquiries with sincerity. ... more less
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