on February 15, 2013
We stayed for three nights in the Bangkok Loft Inn and the stay was comfortable and fantastic value for money. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and I would have no hesitation in recommending it if you are visiting Bangkok.We were picked up from the airport by a hotel driver and this was included in the price of the stay. They have an offer on their website that you get a free pick up if you stay three or more nights which, considering the price of a stay at the hotel, is exceptional value. We weren't sure if we'd qualify for this as we didn't book the hotel directly, but we emailed them anyway and it didn't matter, which we thought was great. The driver was waiting exactly where he said he would be and it was great not to have to try and manoeuvre our way to the hotel in a taxi after a long overnight flight.The hotel is across the river from the city centre, but this for us was what made it even better because we were slap bang in the centre of all the noise and chaos, but we were close enough that we could get into it pretty quickly. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the nearest skytrain station, even at a very gentle stroll. The skytrain takes you to the river side and on into the city centre shopping area for about 50p so is really convenient as well as being cheap and quick.When we arrived, it was early in the morning and we were pretty sure that we'd have to pay extra to check into our room early, but we were allowed to check in three hours early without extra charge which was excellent.The rooms were very pleasant, nothing exceptional, but very comfortable and just what we needed for a couple of nights' stay in a city where you spend most of you time outside of your hotel. The double beds were soft and large. The shower was hot and powerful. There was also ample wardrobe and drawer space as well as a dressing table and side table and chairs to make a nice sitting area. There were lots of things that we were surprised to see included since we paid so little, but were much appreciated - such as a safe, hairdryer and lots of little toiletries.The staff are very nice and probably the star of the show to be honest. We didn't need too much from them, but when we did they were very helpful with advice on things like directions, local restaurants, making bookings and dress codes for temples and so on. They greeted us with a wave and made us feel very welcome without being overbearing, which we loved.Breakfast is included in the price of a night's stay and you need to order the hot food that you wanted the night before. You can choose from American style breakfast, prawn or chicken salad or Thai style breakfast. I can recommend the pork and rice; if you can get past the weirdness of having that for breakfast, it really is delicious.There are a few other amenities in the hotel has such as a media lounge which includes a couple of free to use computers. There are vending machines around the hotel selling chocolate bars and drinks and the like, which was really convenient for us, although you do get free bottled water in the room. The other big plus about the hotel was that there is free wifi throughout and the reception is pretty good even in the bedrooms on the higher floors.The only negative I can think of about the hotel is that it is on a busy main road so there is a lot of noise from there throughout the day. It wasn't a problem for me because I sleep like the dead, but even my light sleeper of a husband had no problems sleeping. If you think it might be a problem for you, it might be worth asking for one of the rooms at the back of the hotel where it is much quieter.We paid £26 per night for the hotel, booking through a hotel search site. For the hotel alone, it was fantastic value, but when you throw in all the extras we got, such as airport pick up and breakfast, it was obviously even better. The only reason for the low price that I can think of is the location, but that really wasn't a problem for us, in fact we preferred it. To be honest, Bangkok is a fairly big city and so no hotel is near to everything and some travelling around is necessary but the fact that this one has a skytrain station nearby probably gives it the edge over others.Overall I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to everyone!
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