The Eugenia has the potential to be a really special boutique hotel. Indeed if style were the only criterion I'd give it six stars. But good hotel-keeping is about detail and here, alas, the Eugenia falls.
The vintage cars they use for airport pickups are a case in point. They look fabulous, but the interiors of the two cars we tried both smelt strongly of petrol - one of them so strongly that it argued a leaking fuel line. Half an hour in this atmosphere and you feel as though you've taken up glue-sniffing.
The antique fittings are another example: somebody had a wonderful time tracking down antique electric switches and sockets - but shouldn't they have checked that they all still worked? More seriously, at 4 am one morning the antique fitting on our antique bathroom door decided to lock us out - and this at a moment when my wife was suffering from mild food poisoning, with its predictable results... Our phone calls to the front desk went unanswered, and it was not until 6am that we were able to find help, my wife having spent the intervening time roaming the corridors to find a bathroom with a functioning lock. Granted, we were then moved swiftly to another room but surely a hotel charging this much should have all-night cover in case of emergency?
It's all a real shame. When things went well, this was a lovely place to stay. The staff were individually pleasant and helpful. But something is wrong somewhere. We were left feeling that what the Eugenia needs is a good Swiss-trained manager to lick it into shape - at which point it might achieve its full potential.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The Charming Embodiment of Fine Living" " The Eugenia ", an old world style architectural beauty, is embodied in a late 19th century colonial-style house, charmingly decorated and tastefully furnished by its owner in the heart of down town Bangkok for travellers with refined taste who seek to enjoy more than a touch of the Fabled East.Each of the 12-suites of The Eugenia is appointed with antique furniture and fittings. The four-posted beds, settees, dressers and desks in the suites are of various vintage as are light switches and light fittings; they bring you back perhaps eighty or a hundred years, or more. The period decoration even extends to the bathtubs that were made of hand - beaten copper and aluminium-alloy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Eugenia Hotel Bangkok
- Eugenia Bangkok
- Eugenia Hotel Bangkok