March 19, 2002
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra were only about 1 mile away. It was even less to the bridge the crossed the river to the Royal Barge and Wat Arun as well as the ferryboats. Just around the corner was a travel agency for booking tours and internet usage, several restaurants and a clean massage store. There was even a little grocery store. All this without walking out to the main street, let alone crossing a street.
A price of $17 a night included a buffet breakfast with pancakes, eggs, juice, toast and fruits. The room was absolutely huge with a desk and chair, armoire, dining table and chairs, double bed, and refrigerator with mini-bar. I had a secure balcony and shower featuring an electric heater. I was provided with shampoo, q-tips, toothbrush and toothpaste. Energy conscientious signs were posted that requested you to put a sign on your bed if you need the sheets to be laundered or the towels, thus saving on water. If you didn’t place a sign out, everything was changed. Next to the door was a slot to place the card that was attached to your key while inside your room. Lights and air conditioning did not work without the key in so that if left your room with everything on, it would automatically turn off a few minutes later.
Room service was available and the dining facility offered very reasonable meals from salads, to Thai dishes, steak, seafood and spaghetti with breakfast available all day. The hours were 6:30am to 11:00pm.
The hotel was four stories with wide corridors and stairways and an elevator. International phone calls from your room would be surcharged $1.25 whether or not the call went through. The staff was courteous and punctual throughout.
From journal Bewildered in Bangkok