I recently stayed at the Babylon Bed & Breakfast during a stopover for a few days in Bangkok, en route to Cambodia. I had first heard about the place after finding it listed in the reputable Time Out City Guide, which had described Babylon as “the world’s best gay sauna.” Curious, I visited their impressive and informative website, and made my reservation online, booking a standard room which, given the prices of many other hotels rooms these days, even in relatively inexpensive Bangkok, seemed quite a bargain. As I was arriving late at night, I was pleased to find that this small hotel even had a pick-up service that was waiting for me as I emerged from customs and immigration, looking somewhat tired and dazed. The wide smile that greeted me from the driver, not to mention the even warmer welcome that awaited me from the staff at the check-in desk upon arrival, all boded well for my stay. To be frank, I was somewhat surprised at the cleanliness and décor of the hotel. In my experience, many gay friendly hotels are often rather seedy affairs. Not only was my standard room more than comfortably furnished, I later took the trouble to check out some of the other rooms in the hotel and these took my breath away. They looked as if they belonged on the Asian version of Architectural Digest magazine. Next time I shall definitely book a room at one of the Botticelli Suites. Even the five star Peninsula and Ritz Carlton hotels would struggle to compete with this in terms of space, comfort, or design – and definitely price! As a seasoned traveler, I was truly impressed. The hotel tariff included a delicious breakfast each day, cooked and served by a very attentive staff. Overlooking the leafy suburbs of this upscale party of the city, and munching on my fresh muesli and either Western or Asian fare, I felt truly pampered. As if that was not enough, adjoining the hotel, is the main sauna and spa complex that provided enough distractions of a different kind, and offered free access, as part of the hotel package. With a swimming pool, several bars and restaurants, massage facilities, a fully equipped gym, sauna, and steam room, there was almost enough to see and do not even to leave the complex and venture out into the city. A tropical oasis, if you will, in this chaotic city! By the time my stay had come to end, I was truly sad to leave. I could not recommend the Babylon experience more highly. I shall be back soon!
- Also Known As:
- Babylon Bangkok Hotel Bangkok