I have stayed here twice. For years I ignored it on my visits to Bangkok because it looks old and sleazy. And it is. But for 1,000 baht a night it offers very good value. I tried it when my usual low price hotels in Bangkok were all full. The hotel is from the 60's. And it shows. But from the friendly staff on reception to the bellboy with excellent English (and memory, he remembered me from my previous visit), the hotel makes you feel welcome. In other words it doesn't try to be something it's not. There is a large swimming pool and a small sun deck with loungers, tables and chairs. The room features a bath tub. Wonderful after a hot sweaty day. And there is hot water. Rather slow to run, but hot nonetheless.
The bed is springy, not hard, perhaps a bit too soft, but I slept well both times. The TV is tiny and the reception is poor. but who wants to go to Bangkok to watch TV? The toiletries are minimalistic, Tiny shards of soap. Not the stuff you take home as a souvenir of your stay - but sufficient. After all, this is a 1,000 baht hotel.
The electrics in the bathroom are best not mentioned. The wiring is haphazard to say the least, and my ancient hot water heater looked like it would fall off the wall. I touched it to see if it would. But it was rock solid. And the wires are well above reach and of splashing water. So I suppose that's ok.
If I had any complaint, it's the old air conditioner. So noisy. I still slept once I got accustomed to it, but its a bit like camping next to Niagra Falls. And it was an on or off situation. no knobs on the air conditioner, presumably to stop people turning it down to very expensive to run lows. I'd say it was 25 degrees. Pretty well perfect.
There is a large fridge befitting a 5 star hotel. But it's empty, not even free water. A very expensive TV stand! But if you are staying a few days you can fill it with beers from the 7-11 store next door. Bars and restaurants are within crawling distance.
For 1,000 baht it's good value with a pool and a bath tub. The Star Inn nearby is cheaper, the rooms are marginally better to look at, but no pool, no bath tub and no blankets, just a thin linen sheet. Down the road in soi 22 is The Pelikan guest house. Another of my haunts. Cheaper than Miami with a better bed, but still no bathtub or swimming pool.
Try the Miami. If you're not too proud, you'll like it.
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