We have stayed here every year over the course of more than 8 years. We like it. You must have a certain set of mind and preparation to appreciate this place however, because there are obvious down sides which have not been improved over the years. I will talk about this later.
Babylon BB and suites still carry the status for high taste level and quality for their architecture, interior decorations, and displayed art. Yes, Barrack is aged, but still holds the original quality and minimalist design spirit. You realize that none of the wall or floor parts are even chipped after so many years. This place is built solid. New Bvlgari garden suites are fabulous. Here you can see how much the owner really cares for the quality and artistic value. Splendid original art and artifacts are displayed and melded into the interior architecture.
I must also congratulate them for serving high quality fresh home made cooking, using in house baked breads and pastries, home made rice noodles and sauces. Their fried rice noodle is the best in the world. Of course you may not expect the same standard for non Thai food. But still most of their creative dishes served here are superior or comparable to high end restaurants in town.
Babylon BB and Suites are "clean" as you see Thai ladies cleaning the place all the time. I never smelled sewage or toilet as you might expect in south Asia. Only smelly city supplied water is unavoidable in Bangkok. You might have heard that there were incidents in the past of fumigating the entire floor due to mice infestation. This never happened whenever we were there. We were told that this was due to the food left in the guest rooms. The building is secure, but quite airy to outdoors.
We appreciate our breakfast time in the lounge as we meet interesting people every time not to mention the breakfast is very good. Cooks and servers are quite charming and make us smile for the start of the day.
The location is fine depending on what you want to do. It is quiet. Silom is taxi distance for a little over $1. So is Paragon and other department stores. Not much happening near by except Lumphini park and night market.
As mentioned earlier, here are some facts you have to be prepared for. Most employees speak and understand English poorly, you have to be patient and be extra cautious about everything you have to communicate. They do make mistakes as well for billings, and other paper works. Just make sure the numbers make sense to you. Mind you however over billing happened only once in 8 some years and was corrected before the we got home. I used to stay in 5 star hotels in Asia and experienced the same problems there as well including theft.
I would not ask for airport pick up as it only adds complication to them. I have never asked for pick up and always take metered taxi from downstairs of Suvarnabhumi airport where you are supposed to take if you are arriving BKK internationally. It is easier and safer than trying to find the driver. Print out the map from the website before hand,
Morning calls(manually done) were never failed. We never missed our flights because of it. On the contrary they do not have voice mail. Our friends could never be able to leave messages even with live person.
There is a theft problem from in guest rooms. Never use the safe as it can be opened by removing the label on the door. Make sure you always know where your valuables are. We were victims once, and were refunded by the hotel. It was a large sum of cash. We also heard there were more victims prior to us. Most employee are of course very helpful, kind, and honest just like we are. A very very few are not unfortunately who take only part of your cash. There may be other schemes to steal things without you noticing for a while. So be aware. Also we heard from a separate source, a manager who runs 5 star hotel in UK, that this could happen at any class of hotel.
Wireless internet may not work like a charm, but I never had problem with my iphone. They used to charge for internet use, but now charge free. I respect their intentions.
The rates can be lowered especially for Barrack considering other hotel rates.
So we still like Babylon BB and Suites because it is unique and has special qualities. We will return next time and look forward to it.
- Also Known As:
- Babylon Bangkok Hotel Bangkok