We booked a room at the Sky Place Srinakarin because we needed a hotel that was convenient for the airport: we were flying into Suvarnabhumi airport late in the evening, and flying out again the next morning. The Sky Place advertised itself as an airport hotel, and had lovely pictures on its website, so we assumed that it would have everything you need from an airport hotel: 24-hour room service, a 24-hour English-speaking concierge, access to food and drinking water, and so on. It was also advertised as a “serviced apartment”: pictures showed a useful kitchen. At US$55 for a room, we thought it would be fine: hotels in that price range in Bangkok are generally pretty good.
The hotel was about 20 minutes’ drive from the airport – no worse than other airport hotels for the new airport. The building stood on its own in the middle of a swamp. We arrived to a car park containing a few cars and some stray dogs. We eventually managed to rouse the concierge, who didn’t really speak English, but through some sign language we managed to convince him that we had a reservation. We were let in to a bare lobby with a few steel chairs and tables. The concierge eventually found our key and took us upstairs.
The room was, well, sparse. There was a bed, a TV which sort of worked, and a couple of second-hand desks. The “kitchen” was a sink and an unplugged, mouldy fridge. The bathroom was OK, except that something leaked, so whenever you had a shower, the floor got soaked. The mattress was OK, and one of the pillows was useable. The room looked nothing like those on the website.
There were two very small bottles of drinking water in the fridge – not enough for two people staying overnight. Normally, we’d buy some more water. But there was no room service – it had already closed for the night – no housekeeping, and no drinks machine. There was no way to get more water, or anything else, within the hotel. The concierge managed to explain to us that there were no shops within walking distance, so we would have no chance of buying water elsewhere.
In such a situation, you would normally boil the tapwater. But that would involve a kettle. There was no kettle. But there was a note explaining that for an extra Bt300 (US$9), you could rent a kettle for the night, as long as you did so during office hours. So we had 500ml of water between two of us for the whole night, after getting off a five-hour plane flight.
It was hot, but we couldn’t open the windows as we were in the middle of this mosquito-infested swamp. The air-conditioning was pretty effective though. The only trouble was that after it had been on for about an hour (by which time we were asleep, so we didn’t notice until it was too late), it started spurting water onto the floor, and, more importantly, into our suitcase, soaking all of our clothes for our holiday.
Do not stay at this hotel. It’s completely inappropriate as an airport hotel, and an absolute rip-off at US$55. If it advertised itself as a backpacker place with rooms for US$10, and warned that it had no facilities and no access to food or drink at night, it would be borderline acceptable.
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