Help me pick a Bangkok hotel

Jun 14th, 2010, 07:19 AM
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Between your two choices, I'd go for the ROS. I've never stayed there. Several of the regulars here stay at the ROS all the time.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 07:30 AM
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WHile I've been staying at the ROS for some 25 years, for the price Chatrium is the better deal. Make sure they will give you a river view room for that price. Someone here reported on the Chatrium and had a good experience there.

The Chatrium is not ideally located, as it's not walking distance to good restaurants or shopping. But it has a shuttle boat to the skytrain. Some people (like Bob) like to be a little out of the way. The Marriott is even farther away, as well as being on the "other" side of the river and it's his favorite hotel.

I do consider the ROS the best located of the hotels you are considering, as it's on the "right" side of the river and is walking distance to a number of excellent restaurants, to shopping and to Chinatown. But for the price, the Chatrium is a good deal.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 08:41 AM
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The boat rides to/from the farther afield river hotels can be relaxing. The problem occurs when you are returning to your hotel PAST the last shuttle and skytrain/subway rides and then have to rely on taxi service (yes it's cheap) to get you there. I prefer a place where I do not need public transportation for getting to some of my favorite food and shopping. My feet can easily get me there from my soi 8 location.

I'd still say, ROS for your first trip.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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Another vote for Silom Centrepoint, super location!
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Jun 14th, 2010, 11:53 AM
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Somehow I don't picture Centrepoint as a honeymoon place, just as I'd said earlier that my favorite (and newer than CP) Adelphi Suites doesn't really 'feel' like a honeymoon hotel. But it's the OP's choice to make after all. And CP would be fine for a return trip to BKK, I would think, for a riverside stay.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 11:55 AM
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OP, I just went back and re-read your original post on this thread. Looks like your sight seeing will be in 'other' locations than Bangkok. You might enjoy the river cruise up to Ayuthaya (sp) since you list that as one of your must do's. In that case, staying along the river would be handy.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 04:22 PM
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You can even go on an overnight cruise up to Ayuwhatever...
http://www.asian-oasis.com/bangkok/cruises/mekhala.html

or
http://www.manohracruises.com/
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Jun 15th, 2010, 09:58 AM
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Thanks for all the help folks. I think we are going to go with the Chatrium. It appears a little more luxurious and honeymoon-esque than Centrepoint Silom and has a better overall value than ROS (not taking into account location). We will take BillT's advice and hope we like the shuttle to the skytrain as much as he does. I will be sure to let you know if Chatrium's tripadviser reviews stand-up to the test. Thanks again.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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Have a great time! And do let us know how you like Chatrium.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 11:15 AM
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Hopefully their boat will have the cold towels like the Marriott. It really refreshes one to have that cold towel!
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Jun 15th, 2010, 06:09 PM
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It's faster to taxi to the skytrain station from Chatrium as the boat takes quite a while. A Thai friend and I took it from the skytrain station to Chatrium. I was on the Chatrium boat in November and went to the buildings for a walkthrough of them as they're pretty new buildings. From what I remember, there are 3 towers; hotel, serviced apartments, and condos. Plus the owner of Chatrium, named Chatrium, is the same owner of Emporium Suites where I've stayed for years. So, I've waited years for the Chatrium to be completed as there was so much talk about it. It's in a quiet location and is right across the fence from an elementary international school. Happy Travels!
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Jun 17th, 2010, 02:42 AM
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During my last visit, I had taken up my Bangkok accommodation at Khao San Road, well….it is a maze of travel agents, hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, pubs, clubs…It's a world by itself.

Check out: www.bangkok-accommodation.com
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