Popular with large tour groups, The Montien is a centrally located hotel with bright colors and warm hospitality. Though it was built in 1970, the hotel doesn’t feel that dated, though on hot days the atrium style lobby can get pretty warm. Rooms are simple (and a little overpriced) but have great views and the location is solid for walkers to major attractions, restaurants, and shopping areas.
The rooms have blue carpets and small Thai design elements, though one could be forgiven for thinking they never finished styling as they’re pretty sparse. Comfy, quiet, and clean, rooms come with complimentary water and fruit depending on your booking.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Standard rooms do not have free Wi-Fi.
The bathrooms are a little tight with beige marble walls and walk-in shower/tub combos. Not to be too crude, but the placement of the toilet between the sink and the shower is a little claustrophobic.
The bright, atrium-styled lobby has colorful area rugs, wicker furniture, and a lobby bar with live music on weekends. It's not really worth hanging out during the day as it gets too hot in here.
There’s no city views as the pool is surrounded by the building and high walls, but there is a teak wood Thai bar that serves food and drinks throughout the day. Blue-cushioned lounge chairs line the edges of the water.
There is a massage parlor and salon in the lobby, but they’re not run by the hotel.
A rather small gym has faded, green-striped carpeting and a smattering of treadmills and weight machines. It doesn’t feel like it gets much use.
The hotel has a few different dining options. Ruenton Coffeeshop is the main restaurant with an international menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Jade Garden is a Chinese restaurant. And Montien Bakery has delicious pastries and coffee.
Drinkers have a couple of choices here. There’s the Garden Lounge in the lobby with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Or, you can head to Dancing Oasis, the hotel’s club with classic cocktails and lots of dancing! You're better off wandering around Silom to find something else.
You don’t have to pay the cover charge if you present your hotel key.
One of the nicest parts of the hotel’s location is that it’s walking distance to two different MRT subway stations and one BTS Skytrain station that allows guests to get just about anywhere in the city. Because of the heavy traffic, there are always taxis around here. Otherwise, you can walk to just about anything you might want or need.
Eat Me (15-minute walk) is a highly-rated gallery and restaurant with an inventive international menu. Cat Up Café (9-minute walk) is, you guessed it, a cat-friendly eatery where you can pet and play with your feline friends while sipping coffee (mind the hair).
If you’re clamoring for high-end cocktails, you can’t go wrong with Vesper Cocktail Bar & Restaurant (12-minute walk). For a bit of the seedier side of the city, head over to Patpong (3-minute walk) where there are a number of GoGo bars with dancing girls and infamous sex shows. Make sure you negotiate prices before you go in or you will be spending way more than advertised.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s a little removed from the craziness of Silom but still close enough to experience all the good, bad, and ugly of the neighborhood. The hotel can get a little hot (the lobby is like a greenhouse), but the simple rooms are clean and the views are great. Even though it’s a little over-priced, ultimately, you should stay here for the location with access to multiple public transit options.