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Miami Hotel
Ranked #692 of 849 Hotels in Bangkok
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“God Awful”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2010

The lady owner and her unprofessional staff should be ashamed of themselves for the service they give there customers. Do yourself a big favor and Stay away from here.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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28 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2010

We haven't stayed in Miami hotel for a couple of years.
We've first stayed in Miami hotel in 1988. I don't know how may times we've stayed there. Sometimes with a group of 12 friends.
But since our children grew up their mindset was changing and they started disliking it. So, when in Bangkok, we moved to the Ambassador or the Zenith.
And this is what I do: Every time when we are in Bangkok I just enter the place to check if everything is still in place.
And that is exactly what I like about Miami. It hasn't changed for decades. And on the corner of Soi. 13 Sukhumvit the lady still knows what drinks I like best and Young Lee and his family still run the restaurant on the corner of Soi. 15. Nostalgic?
Maybe! But I still like this place very much becaus of its old world charm.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Palmfreak
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2010

cheap hotel in a lovely position, if you don't like the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. I would recomend for a couple of night. If you ask for better service there are many hotels around, but the price at the least double

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank aledal74
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Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2010

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The Miami is not a Hotel for everyone. It's situated amidst the entertainment area of Sukhumvit Rd., which means bars, go-gos, and other establishments not suited for minors. If you travel with your spouse or family, better take a hotel near Siam Square, if you want youth culture (backpackers), go Khaosan Rd. If you want night-life in all its forms, the Miami is a good choice.
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I stayed at the Miami twice a week in April and May 2010, in two different AC rooms for 900 TB/night. One of them was immaculate and freshly renovated, the other was a bit worn, especially the bathroom armatures and tiles. Seems that nobody cares to remove water spotting. Air condition was a bit noisy until the machinery was cleaned after three days.
Bedclothes and towels were spotless and clean, most appeared to be new. It is advisable to give a tip of 20 - 100 TB (depending on how long you stay) to the chambermaid/boy to assure quality. The icebox was empty, neither a Mini bar nor free water bottles. Drinks can be purchased at the reception, but the all-night mini market 50 yards further into Soi 13 is much cheaper. The cable-TV has one English speaking service (Al-Jazeera), and 7 or 8 Thai stations - for the typical guest's overnight companion. Internet access can be purchased rather expensively, but there are cheap coin-operated browsers in the reception area. The pool is wonderful. The sleep quality was excellent once the noisy AC-machine was fixed.
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I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of service at the Miami, having read the reviews here. Maybe it helped that I speak a little Thai and generally try to behave in a polite way that avoids "loosing face" for both. Whatever problem arose ( and I had quite a few), I was helped in a very friendly and polite way, regardless of the time of the day or the personnel at hand. Thais are proud, they tend to treat customers the way those treat them, arrogant if approached arrogantly, polite, if approached politely.
The tours I booked at the reception were a bit expensive, but they included the taxi costs to where the bus started, usually Khaosan Rd. or Victory Monument.
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I would recommend the Hotel for elderly Gents who intend to spend some time nightclubbing and such.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank SteffP
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2010

The Miami is a genuine 1960s Bangkok hotel. During the Vietnam war period it must have been one of the biggest, busiest, most modern places to stay in the Thai capital. Now the international hotel chains have established themselves all around the hotel. Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world now operate in the Sukhumvit district. Additionally, 21st century office blocks, glitzy shopping malls and fashionable condominiums are now clustered in the vicinity. Despite this fierce competition, The Miami remains.

The friendly family who have run the hotel since the start have been careful to preserve most of the original features. For example, the authentic coffee bar/restaurant has recently been refurbished but not changed in style. I enjoyed spending large periods of time in there in the mornings eating breakfast, drinking coffee and waking up gently while the fans kept me cool. I especially liked the jukebox.

On the corner of Sukhumvit soi 13, the Miami is more or less halfway between the Nana and Asok entertainment zones, and also midway between the 2 Skytrain stations serving those areas. Market stalls, bars, restaurants, night clubs, food vendors and supermarkets are all conveniently close by.

The rooms I had during 3 separate stays in 2010 totalling 32 nights were spacious and clean with good air conditioning. The décor was well maintained and well designed. The flooring varied from part laminate/part tiled, to tiled throughout. I appreciated the deep bathtubs in the pleasant, well-ventilated bathrooms.

A variety of people from many different countries, including Thailand, seem to stay at the hotel. Old, young, families, couples, singles, backpackers. Many had kept coming back year after year. One American man I had the good fortune to chat to frequently had stayed every year since 2000. Swedes, Australians and Germans who knew a lot about the Miami history had been staying off and on since the 1990s. I even met one well-travelled man from the UK who first stayed at the Miami in 1974.

I think when I stayed the charge was B900 for a room and B1100 for a suite. Paying in advance for a week or a month got an even better deal. I think the Miami is unbeatable for overall value for money in Nana/Asok, where accommodation seems now to be generally much more expensive than 2 or 3 years ago.

The swimming pool. The pool is large and has a proper deep end. The water is the perfect temperature to cool off in the Bangkok heat, especially during the morning and evening. During the hottest part of the day I tended to retreat to the shade and sip the drinks the staff gladly served.

Staff members were hospitable and eager to please me but also respected my privacy - a difficult but important combination to offer in a hotel. The positive staff attitude was infectious and often put me in a good mood. I appreciated the fact that the team worked hard to provide customer satisfaction, and kept smiling at all times. I feel that Thai people are experienced experts at receiving foreign visitors, perhaps the best in the world, and that the Miami Team is a particularly good example.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Iliketocallhimsteve
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Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2010

The staff was rude and disrespectful to me when I asked them to help me with the computer in the lobby. The man at the receptionist desk said that they don't like black people in the hotel. I could not believe that he said that in front of his wife and the other workers. None of them seemed surprised or even cared. I asked his wife why he said that, and she said that black people cause problems. I'm sure they didn't know I was American, but that is no excuse. Unfortunately, there is a lot racism toward non-whites in Thailand and throughout Asia. Do not support this appalling behavior by staying at this awful place!

Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2010

We booked into the Miami april 1991. We were planning to stay one night before heading off again . It was Easter and we hadn't booked a hotel and thought we would go to one of our regular hotels but we found there were no vacancies except for the Miami - i wonder why !!!!! It was a stinking hot April day . We went up to the room and it was so dirty my wife wouldn't even lay down on the bed
We had a shower to clean up and cool down . The towel was so dirty i wouldn't feel comfortable using it . Luckily it was so hot i didn't need the towel but could have used another shower soon afterwards. We left after an hour. Shortest time i have ever spent in an Hotel.
The Miami is on the edge of the Arab section of BKK (regular travellers to BKK will know the area) and apparently most of their clientel are from the middle East: maybe they don't complain !. It could be a great hotel with a renovation . The verandas surrounding the swimming pool , some palms, it could be so stylish instead of a dump .

  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank xen7
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Property: Miami Hotel
Address: 2 Soi 13 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Sukhumvit
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #692 of 849 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Miami Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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