This hotel, within stumbling distance of Patpong, has been remarkably well maintained since it was built in 1970. Prices are slightly higher than you'd expect for the area, but the rooms are spacious, and discounts are often available. In-house fortune-tellers, who will read your palm for a small fee, are one sign of the quirky neighborhood a few doors down.
Jan 28, 2005
You would have to pay twice or three times as much to beat the Montien for its location and the spaciousness of its rooms. And speaking of price, do not ever pay rack rate in Bangkok. If you are not getting it for half-price, you have not tried very hard. Almost every Bangkok travel agency, every local hotel reservations' Internet site and many international sites will get you many hotels at 30-60% off, if you pre-pay. But back to the Montien.
The check-in and check-out lines can be quite long, but generally the staff all make agenuine effort to get the job done and to keep you happy. Most room packages include the buffet lunch, which seems nice if you've never eaten a hotel breakfast, but gets tedious after two days. The coffee shop is very pleasant at other times of the day, but can be far too noisy and crowded at breakfast time. My complaint is that there is never enough light in any lamp to allow me to read a book in a Bangkok hotel. I carry my own 80-watt bulb (at Thai voltage). My only complaints about the Montien are (1) that they give you worn-out slippers that other people have worn out, and (2) that they charge you to use the in-room safe. The best $65 (B2500)hotel room you will ever see. Just don't pay B5000 for it.