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by Laura Rabbit
June 27, 2003
We paid something like $23 for the large room. They did offer a breakfast buffet as well. It was mostly insolated from airport noise . . .
I'd stay there again.
From journal Jet-lagged in Bangkok... get over it
by Ben the Grate
April 9, 2002
This can be economically accomplished by staying at the Comfort Suites airport hotel. They offer a free shuttle, and their rates are not inflated.
Expect to pay around 1250B ($30US) for a room, 1950B ($43US) for a suite. There's really no reason to get a suite, as none of the units are spectacular and you'll likely just arrive late and wake up early.
The hotel offers a somewhat dark and seedy introduction to Thailand. The halls are dimly lit, usually with a single blue-ish bulb. Rooms are VERY large (almost cavernous) which gives the illusion of being sparsely furnished. TV and phone are in each room. There are also A/C units in each room, but on our stay half of the room had no electricity. Fortunately the TV had juice, but the A/C did not, so we sweated through our first night in sultry Bangkok while watching fascinating Thai television.
As with any Asian hotel, rates vary dramatically based on who you book with. If you book with http://www.choicehotels.com (the owners of the Quality, Comfort, Clarion chain) expect to pay around $60 for a room.
By comparison, if you book with Thai Focus at http://www.thaifocus.com/hotels/bangkok/ you can expect to pay rates listed at the top of this journal.
A travel agent at the Bangkok airport will land you somewhere in between after a bit of bargaining.
The hotel offers an outdoor pool and some workout facilities. They have a restaurant which serves a traditional Thai breakfast buffet for about 90B ($2US) which is cheap by US standards but outrageous for Thailand. The food on the buffet is ALWAYS excellent, as well as the freshly squeezed juices.
If the hotel knows what flight you're arriving on, they will have the shuttle ready. As you leave immigration you will see a horde of cabbies waiting. Just look for the man holding the Comfort Suites sign and he will take you to the hotel, a 5 minute drive away. Let the front desk know what time your flight departs the next day and they will tell you what time to come down for the shuttle.
Don't trust the front desk for a wakeup call, or the clock in your room (as the electricity may decide to go elsewhere during the night!) Take your own alarm clock, or you just might miss your flight.
From journal Two Nights in Bangkok