My husband and I had a very quick weekend getaway in Bangkok last December. We have been to Bangkok many times but we love staying near MBK, our favourite shopping complex in Bangkok.
The property we booked for 2 nights and 3 days is the Diamond City Hotel in Ratchathewi, Bangkok. It is 15-20 minutes walk from the hotel to MBK. If you're feeling very lazy, you could actually take the Ratchatewi line since it is near the BTS to reach Siam Centre, MBK and other shopping malls nearby.
There are nearby convenient stores like 7-11 and other small eateries nearby if you get hungry. The hotel also offers room service as most hotels do in Thailand.
The hotel itself is just ok. It is not a fabulous hotel but rather an old one. It needs a lot of updating since the furniture are worn out and outdated. It is also not a very clean hotel. I saw some small cockroaches in our room and the electrical outlet is not properly fastened on the wall that you could see the wiring inside.
The lighting in the room was ok and sufficient. I also like the fact that our room has a mini balcony.
The room is ok with good working air condition unit and a very fast free wifi connection. There is a mini bar but the refrigerator seems to be malfunctioning even if it was plugged. It wouldn't get cold.
The bed was big and comfortable but there were patches of lace on some of the bed sheet. I mean, if the bed sheet is seriously torn or has huge holes, rather than patch them up with lace strips here and there which only make the be sheet untidy and very unprofessional, why not throw them or recycle to pillow cases? I felt the sheets weren't too fresh, maybe because I got turned off with the lace patches in one side of the sheet.
Other amenities in the room are the standard like free water bottles, coffee and tea condiments and toiletries.
The bathroom is large enough but really needs some serious make-over, as the whole hotel does.
The old cabinet inside our room was dirty and dusty. Although there was an extra pillow inside, I didn't use it because it didn't look fresh at all.
The free buffet that came with our booking was nice. We had a selection of noodles, chicken, steamed rice, cereals, sausages, eggs, coffee, juice or tea. The hotel also provided free water and coffee for guest for 24/7. A welcome drink of orange juice and some mandarins were provided upon checking in. That was nice of the management to offer.
There is an indoor pool but I didn't see anyone using the pool. It smelled like chlorine the whole time we were there in the hotel.
(The pool area was just behind the sofa)
Staff are all friendly and courteous. They spoke good English and are always ready with tips for arriving guests on how to navigate Bangkok safely without falling prey to scammers and the tuktuk drivers.
The rate is ok and a real value for money.
MBK Shopping Plaza
Jim Thompson House
Madam Tussauds Wax Museum
SEA Life Bangkok Ocean World
Bangkok Arts and Culture
My recommendations: (2 out of 5)
The staff are all friendly and very willing to help. However, I cannot overlook the fact that it is not a clean hotel with electrical outlet jutting from the wall, some small insects crawling in the bathroom and a serious make-over is already long overdue for this property.
If you are not a fussy traveller who is after value-for-money accommodation, then this one is for you. However, if you have kids or a bit picky with cover all cleanliness then you may want to look for other accommodations nearby.
(This is just outside our room. The area was used as storage of some linens, boxes, and other maintenance supplies/tools.)
Diamond City Hotel is located in 594/23 Soi Payanark ,Rama 6 Road | Thanon Phetchaburi,Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
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