Having spent a lot of time traveling in Thailand and having visited a lot of different hotels in Bangkok, I've really grown to appreciate this place over the years. This place really gets a lot of the details right, especially with regard to room design. You can tell that this place is part of a major international hotel brand that has obviously done a lot of research on how to optimize functionality. For instance, it's great how the studio apartments have a sliding door that separates the bed area from the couch/living area, which has the effect of making a small single room feel like a small suite. Other nice little touches are free umbrellas that are available to borrow when it's raining, and a tuk-tuk service to get you to the metro when you don't feel like walking.
The staff is especially sweet and helpful. In the dozen or so times that I've stayed at this hotel, they've always gone out of their way to make sure that everything works out well, even if that means bending the rules a little bit to accommodate my specific needs. This is something that doesn't usually happen at large brand-name hotels, where institutional processes often get in the way of client service. The staff are also really nice people, and I often enjoy chatting with them when they're not too busy checking people in and out. They provide good advice on where to go and what to do in the area, and have even helped me improve my Thai with some impromtu language lessons!
The location is convenient, but it's a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's in a very central area, with easy access to both the skytrain and the metro. There are also some nice restaurants around, and down the road to the left is a little field that's part of a local university and that's good for jogging or sports. On the downside, however, the street is one of Bangkok's major prostitution centers, and is lined with massage brothels staffed with women that can be somewhat aggressive and obnoxious in trying to hawk their services. I spent a month here last October and after a few weeks I became little tired of the constant catcalls. Of course, plenty of people come to Bangkok precisely because that's what they're looking for, so if you're one of those people, this hotel is probably perfect for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Citadines Sukhumvit 23 Bangkok offers international travelers the comforts of an urban city apartment. A wide array of popular shopping and entertainment outlets, local and international restaurants, museums and theatres are in the immediate vicinity or just a short drive away. All 138 apartments are very comfortable and have all modern amenities, a fully equipped kitchen and home entertainment system with cable TV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citadines Sukhumvit 23 Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Citadines Hotel Bangkok