We stayed 4 nights at the Grand Watergate in Pratunam. It was slightly further, about 15 mins walk from the nearest BTS station, than Samran Place where we stayed during an earlier visit, but Grand Watergate is much much newer (just over a year old) and we didn’t mind the walking, and whenever we were too tired or lazy to walk, the hotel’s just a short walk away from the main road (Petchburi Rd) with its abundance of taxis and tuk-tuks. It’s also a short walk away from the Pratunam night markets, and even the malls (Central World Plaza, Siam Paragon, Siam Square etc) are accessible by foot if you’re up to it.
Overall, the hotel’s strongest point was its newness – everything still looked quite sparkly & clean – and its quiet location, tucked away behind the noisy main roads (though do try to get a room on a higher floor so you don’t have to hear the kitchen crew’s early morning banter like we did). Our rooms were spotless, very spacious, bed extremely comfortable, minibar nice bonus for chilling drinks, some cable tv channels. Our rooms did not have windows though, and I believe all rooms are tiled not carpeted as are the hallways, which means rooms are free of old carpet mustiness but passerbys’ conversations & footsteps in the echoey hallway may interrupt light sleepers’ rest. Bathrooms lacked shower curtains but there was always warm water and fresh towels, though sometimes slightly tired ones, were changed daily.
Breakfast was eat-all-you-can buffet style, though limited and repetitive. There’s no concierge or travel agent at the reception and counter staff were less friendly or helpful than your average Thai, but we encountered no problems during our stay. Overall, a real bang for the budget traveler's buck.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Watergate Hotel provide the most affordable rooms in the best location in downtown Bangkok. You will find how easy to go to the city's landmarks. Daily & long stay rates are available. Building : The exterior of the hotel is an Eearth Tone Color highrise with six storey. Parking space is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Watergate Bangkok