Here at the golden bling bling Empress I had a front row seat on the Pattaya version Pamplona's Running of the Bulls!
Specifically, during the onset of the rainy season Pattaya ingeniously replaced Bulls with a cheaper and arguably safer substitute: buckets of rats happily scurrying in and out and all around, scaring tourists but barely getting a rise (as it were...) from the ladyboys and hardened hookers hanging out on the beach-walk directly in front of the hotel.
Well, to be fair - OK I'll admit it - YES rats got a bad rap when everyone pinned the Black Plague on them but that was so very long ago plus now we have antibiotics to cure most any ailment one could catch in Pattaya!
As to the hotel's Liberace Lobby it proved the adage that all that glitters is not gold - the food was descent, the Deluxe (Johnny Walker Double Black) Platinum Executive Jacuzzi KIng "Suite" was mediocre and worn, the toilet faultlessly flushed (half-way) and the giant roaches didn't bother me since they were fast on their feet- I would have intrepidly stayed in the room were it not for the ceiling leak - but then they moved me to a "king" suite with a nice front view below (of the streaming flow of rats, hookers and seaside effluvia)... but it's truely a romantic's view at dark or sunset -- only Indians seem to come to Pattaya for the fresh air.
The location was good, being quite central, yet I'd only stay again if I reserved far in advance so as to get an ocean front view room.
So I'd say this Empress spent too much time in the harem but she still has her charms.
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