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Should we split our stay in Bangkok or does this idea just sound stupid?

Should we split our stay in Bangkok or does this idea just sound stupid?

Old Oct 4th, 2009, 07:44 AM
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Hmmm. The Marriot Resort & Spa is $145 per night, all taxes included, right now on agoda. Is it comparable to the Pen???
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 07:57 AM
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I guess I should clarify - the Plaza Anthenee looks amazing but we'd prefer to stay at the OBI in the city and then move to somewhere on the river for the last 2 nights.

I think I will change our booking at the OBI for the first two nights so as to not hold a room that someone else might enjoy.

Then, I will wait to see what deals evolve and what happens with the exchange rate. I have a feeling there may be some winter promotions....
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 08:08 AM
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I think you would enjoy the Marriott on the river. It isn't the Penn... ! But it seems to be a very pleasant place, none the less. Just not as luxe as you find the Penn. I stayed at the Penn years ago when it was priced much more reasonably!
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 09:32 AM
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Bob and many others love the Marriott Resort and Spa. I've not stayed there, I've only visited, but it just doesn't appeal to me. First, it's a long way from the rest of the river hotels and there is really nothing other than a mini-mall within walking distance. It's also on the "wrong side of the river, so taxis can get stuck in traffic and take forever to get back and forth across the bridge. The other river hotels (other than the Pen, which is also on the "wrong" side of the river) there are restaurants and shops within easy walking distance.

The Marriott has a very "family resort" feel to it for me. From the river shuttle, you walk through people sunning on lounge chairs around the pool to get to the hotel. Bob loves the pool area, but if I were a guest, I think I'd feel like I was swimming in a very public area, like a crowded beach in Florida where the lounge chairs are placed next to the sidewalk of a main thoroughfare. For me, there is no sense of an oasis there.

My home in Bangkok has been the Sheraton Royal Orchid Towers. As far as I'm concerned, the location is ideal. We can walk to a number of restaurants we enjoy, it's next door to River City, the Arts & Antiques Mall. They have a river shuttle to/from the skytrain station. There is also a water taxi stop there, so you can hop a boat and visit wats.

I've always stayed in the Towers, a section of the hotel that offers special amenities (it's a Club floor) as well as wonderful service. All of the Towers rooms on on the top few floors and the views are stunning. Breakfast (in the Club, in your room or in the restaurant) are included in the price as well as evening cocktails, canapes and desserts in the Club. The Towers staff are wonderful, and have often made calls for me or written directions or destinations in Thai for me.

The hotel itself is huge and not glitzy. The regular rooms (which I've seen but not stayed in) are rather plain. The Towers rooms are nicer and have been recently refurbished. But even if you stay in a regular room, you have the advantage of the great location and view.

There are tour groups that use the hotel, and they have a tour group lobby for those groups to congregate so the whole lobby isn't blocked at times when they arrive and depart.

If you have Starwood points think about using them here. I often use the SPG50 rate, which gives you 50% off the rack rate for 1000 points per 5 day stay. (I use this to get a Towers Suite for less than a room at the Pen.)

The Royal Orchid has two swimming pools, a long lap pool, and a lovely free-form pool located in a garden next to the hotel. It has lots of shade and feels very secluded.
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 09:50 AM
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(the skytrain goes beyond the river... there are two (?) add'l stops past Saphan Taksin now... no doubt one of them would be closer to Penn and Marriott, to avoid bridge traffic... but I still prefer the shuttle boats over taxis anyday)
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 12:14 PM
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The ROS is one of our favourites....mainly for its location.
However, Kathie glosses over the issue of tour groups. Regardless of Kathies opinion, the ROS is used by many tour groups and this can be an issue. In fact it is often quite a pain....especially if you happen to be staying there during a major business event....double whammy!!!
Whilst we like this hotel, it cannot be described as 'luxe'....even in the towers.
For sure we will stay at the ROS again....but certainly not for any special occasion.
I go back to my previous post.....OBI and Shangri-La......perfect introduction to Bangkok.
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Thank you everyone for your detailed suggestions. Will update once we make a decision.
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 02:38 PM
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wow, i had no idea that the ROS was that nice....i'll have to try it again but not in the near future luckily...

one of the benefits of the marriott is that it is away from the main hotel region... its a fantastic 12 minute free ride from the pier under taskim skytrain stop and the boat goes every 15 monutes from about 6AM to 11PM+....

i have found the crossing of the bridge next to the marriott by taxi and the route down Rama III is a fantastic way to get to sukhumvit quickly, even when there are traffic jams in the city...the traffic around silom is horrid!!

prices now for hotels go up nov 1 each year....so that $140+ price will be more like $170 for the marriott...but using the pre pay sites is the best way for your res, once you are sure because you can't change things easily... and it includes breakfast and tax.... that bring the price for two down to a base not much over $100 per nite... the breakfast is fantastic too....many skip lunch after eating it... same with most of the other hotels--the lux ones...

the marriott rooms are a bit older, but well kept up...wooden floors, medium sized bathroom, shower in tub.... i think in comparison to the OBI, it will seem lux... there are some tours at the marriott, but you never see them...

contrary to what kathie says the pool area is quite private, there are two depressed walkways either side of the pool which are seperated from the pool deck by trees, etc, so unless you want to, you need not walk around the pool to get into any of the 3 buildings of the hotel... the hotel is also only 6 stories which makes it very nice...
i will say once more that we really like it and will be there 4 days in november and then have 4 days at the end of our trip at plaza anthenee, which is in the middle of town and not on the river
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 02:57 PM
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I think both the Marriott and the Royal Orchid appeal to some and not to others. What one person sees as an advantage, another sees as a disadvantage. So Bob likes being away from the city, I like being in it; Bob prefers low-rise, I prefer high rise.

So I think Bob and I both try to give info so you can decide whether it appeals to you.
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 03:57 PM
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kathie is right and we are good friends too....i just like to pull her leg....pull it really hard
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 04:48 PM
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It may be too late for the OP, but beth and I will be staying at the Marriott in November with Bob. Afterwards, I will give an unbiased, completely accurate comparison of the Marriott and the ROS. Hopefully, this will settle the issue forever.
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 05:22 PM
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"settle the issue forever" lol

Andy, you must be jet-lagged.

No such issues ever get "settled."
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 05:24 PM
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PS, Bob, I'll be interested to hear what you think of the Plaza Anthenee. Will you have withdrawal symptoms from not being by the river? I think I would.
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 05:52 PM
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Kathie-of course nothing will ever be settled. The voice of reason always goes unheeded (is that a word?).
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 08:35 PM
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kathie, we stayed there last year and really liked it, but only for one nite....its more plush than either ROS or Marriott or Sh-la or hilton, and of course is only about 5 years old so has all the newer bells and whistles.. i love the location if you want some time "downtown"... 4 nites will be perfect....come visit and we'll show you around..
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Old Oct 4th, 2009, 08:35 PM
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don't forget about the brown water at the Oriental
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 02:38 AM
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Kathie-are you brave enough to get shown around a hotel by Bob? Remember, this will invovle extended conversations with verey minor functionary he encounters. Not to mention, endless discussion with the general manager. Sometimes, I think the hotel may draw straws and the short one gets designated general manager for a day to talk to Bob.
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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You're quite right, Andy, I'm not sure I'm brave enough!

Don't all of you arrive from Krabi on the day of the gtg? Our time in Bangkok will be before the gtg.
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 08:30 AM
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I think you're right about the BKK timing. I just go where they tell me and provide the entertainment. Otherwise, we would be left with Bob.
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 08:49 AM
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kathie, you might like what you saw....

yes we get back to bkk that afternoon late, just a drop at the hotel and off to meet you all...
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