I stayed here on a trip with my college, where we travelled all over thailand and cambodia. We stayed here on 3 or 4 seperate occasions for 1 to 3 nights at a time. So I think I am in a good position to tell you about the hotel, as I have been in a lot of different rooms!
The position of the hotel isn't great. It's just under a freeway, so from the outside it looks rather ugly. It is in central Bangkok though which is great because pretty much everywhere is easy to get to. However the inside is pleasant although there are some grubby areas. There is a small cafe in the lobby which serves drinks and cakes. The drinks were good and the milkshakes some of the best you'll ever taste but the cakes were abominable. Do not buy them!
The rooms themselves were of a reasonable size as were the ensuite bathrooms. The rooms were equipped with a hairdryer and 2 bottles of complimentary water, which was good because the tap water in thailand should never be drunk, so it was nice to have some bottled water in our room when we arrived. The minibar like the rest of thailand is very cheap, so even though it is more expensive than in the local shops it is still cheaper than your local shop in England, so no complaints there. The view from the rooms though was disappointing. From one side of the hotel you have a view of the freeway, and from another you have a view of some old run down buildings. To be fair to the hotel though, finding a good view in the centre of Bangkok is difficult if not impossible. I've stayed in many hotels in Bangkok and even the best hotels cannot avoid views of the abundant slums and ugly buildings.
The beds were comfortable and I had no problems with my sheets. However my friends were not so lucky. Brown stains were commonly found on the sheets and one of the people in my room found that their sheet was covered in what was unmistakably semen. We were horrified! However after contacting the lobby this was quickly rectified, but from then on we had to rigorously check the sheets each time we stayed there, and often found something unpleasant! After reading reviews on tripadvisor we considered ourselves lucky after many people have found bed bugs in their room, so it could have been a lot worse! I'm not sure if bed bugs are still common in this hotel, but after having stayed in many different floors and rooms in the hotel I never had a problem and so can only assume that this problem is no longer apparent.
The food at dinner and breakfast was fine. There was a buffet for every meal with water, juices, salad and typical thai food as well as an 'english' breakfast. There was also a grill where chefs would cook meat in front of you from a wide selection. I always stuck to the basic thai food, which was pleasant, but not great. The food isn't very spicy here so if you want a taste of thai but don't want the traditional very spicy thai food, this is a great introduction! Since it's a buffet you can always go back and get something else if you don't like what you chose, so that's a bonus. However being in Bangkok I'd advise eating out of the hotel for most meals other than breakfast, and getting a better experience. I recommend the Silom Village Restaurant for some great thai food with a good show, all at a good price. It's the perfect way to indulge in some Thai culture with good food and an introduction to some Thai folk tails and the famous finger nail dance.
The pool is fine for an inner city hotel, and you shouldn't expect much. It is right next to the freeway so it's not the best of places to relax, but for a quick dip after a long day in the Thai heat it's good. The pool is large and much bigger than a lot of other Bangkok hotels, and has a bar by it where you can buy cocktails and other drinks.
One of my favourite places in the hotel was the bar in the evening. The bar is large and spacious with loads of comfy chairs. They sell a huge range of cocktails and other drinks. There is also live music every night and you also have an option of karaoke from a massive list of English, American and Thai classics. We enjoyed this most nights that we stayed at the Bangkok Palace Hotel, and it was a great way to spend the evening after a day travelling over Bangkok and beyond.
All in all, the hotel is fine but I would advise you to check your sheets! It's not the sort of place you would want to stay if you were spending a lot of time in the hotel, but then again, Bangkok is not a place you should stay if you don't want to explore. Bangkok is full of excitement and interesting sights, so if you want to go somewhere and experience the culture and the city, staying at the Bangkok Palace Hotel is a good choice! I would give it 4 stars but until the hotel invests in new sheets, I'll have to stick to 3!
I had stayed there for 2 nights during my business trip to Bangkok. I was not expecting too much because this was late booking due to my addendum trip to Bangkok I was very impressed kind of services they had provided. Easy pickup from airport after my long flight. The room was very good and all staffs are very friendly and egger to help. The restaurant was much better and food was amazing. I recommended this hotel for small trip and must visit again whenever I will be in Bangkok. I had booked Bangkok Palace hotel through http://www.southalltravel.co.uk/newoffer/far/thbaban.aspx
Bangkok Palace Thai Restaurant - Whitley Bay
12 Park Avenue
Whitley Bay, NE26 1DG
0191 251 0379
Nobody has reviewed this place yet so I though I would be the first. If you are in or around Whitley Bay and looking for somewhere to eat, you should definitely check this place out.
It is small and could easily be missed. It is located beside the Post Office and you have to go upstairs, once you do, there is a small restaurant (no bigger than my living room!) and bar. We found it by accident and being fans of thai food, decided to try it out. I am so glad that we did. We now eat there whenever we can and get take-away sometimes too.
Because it is so small, there is a great intimate feel and the staff are lovely. Apart from the owner, the staff are mainly thai girls who are over here studying for PHDs (I mention this in the hope that you will tip generously, the service is excellent, the girls are so nice and they work incredibly hard, imagine studying for a PHD in a foreign country and working all night too!) and the food is freshly cooked there and then (I know this as I have special dietry requirements and they are happy to cater to these every time).
The food itself is fantastic, fresh, bursting with flavour and seasonal ingredients. I am a huge curry fan so tend to have thai red, green or jungle curry. My other half likes the pad thai or sometimes fish. We have managed to work our way through a lot of the menu and never been disappointed with anything. If you go, please try the chicken hot and sour soup, it is the best I have ever tasted.
The prices are very competitive too and they currently do a "happy hour" with dishes costing only £3.50 between 5.30pm. There is also a "Sunday special" whereby you buy one main course and get another free.
The Bangkok Palace is a hidden gem, there is another thai restaurant in Whitley Bay which we tried once (and were a little disappointed with) and found it just wasn't up to the standard we had come to expect. Now, we aim to eat here as often as possible, I really recommend that you do too, you won't be disappointed!
If you haven't tried thai food before, then why not use the "happy hour" as an excuse to sample some of the menu, the staff are delighted to talk you through all the foods and will pass any requirements onto the chef. Oh and don't forget to wash it down with a nice cold Singha beer!
I have attached the website below, so you can check this place out, you will be glad that you did!
My views of the Bangkok Palace Hotel are a bit mixed, quite frankly. I have stayed there twice - a necessity, given the state of Bangkok early-morning traffic and the fact that the conferences I attended were hosted there.
First, the staff; typical Thais - friendly, welcoming, and eager to please. Some Westerners chided them from time to time for no real reason, but what the hell, they're just trying to do their jobs. The foyer is a kind of mock-Oriental facade with Buddha edifices located centrally, but the bar, which is not well used, is wondrous with a big TV screen and a band usually playing musak most nights. You order a drink they supply free nibbles, too.
The food and restaurant are okayish, and there are certainly much worse places to stay in Bangkok, that's for sure. The service at diner/lunch/breakfast is generally good, and the staff are not averse to a laugh and a joke with guests. it's genuine, too.
On the doiwnside, we found that the level of technical competence for running conferences is woeful. Trying to do Powerpoint presentations as fraught with problems from the outset. In the end, the conference organisers decided to host subsequent events elsewhere, in the Ramada D'Ma next door (more on this place later)
Finally, a word to the wise about bringing 'guests' back to the hotel for a 'nightcap', and bearing in mind this IS Bangkok. I'm not going to sit in judgement on my fellow man if they decide to drag a willing bar girl back for some horizontal jogging in their hotel rooms. Whether you question the morality of it or not, be hereby notified that the hotel levies a THB 700 (about £14/15) 'guest charge' for 'security' reasons'. If you stay there, you will note a number of crisply suited male employees hovering round the lifts, watching everyone who goes in them. When I was first there, a young married couple were apparently escorted by these goons to the reception to pay up - even thought they were on their honeymoon, and had booked in advance! you have been warned .. this story is not apocryphal as the couple in question published their story On tripAdvisor, too.
My wife and i stayed at the Bangkok palace in May 2006 and found it the perfect hang-out reflecting the spirit and soul of Bangkok itself,Tucked away under a scruffy looking flyover at first sight the hotel looks rundown and dirty,but step inside this pearl of the orient and you are in for a pleasent suprise,smartly dressed staff are helpful but respectful of your privacy, curtious without being cold.
Located ten minutes walk from the wonderful skytrain terminal a perfume filled jossle through the busy Bangkok streets,Keep the sky tower in your eyeline and head for its main entrance before turning slightly left and up to find the nearest boarding point.Try the Bangkok Palace for it's cheap room rate $18 pp for a dbl room inc breakfast ,but be ready to be romanced by its charm.