Overall, excellent stay. Highly recommended. The Tai-Pan Hotel was booked spur of the moment using Agoda at 5 pm, knowing I would arrive there after an AirAsia flight, leading to an arrival at 1 am. The price was right. For two nights there, the total cost was $105.00. I had to admit I was a bit concerned about the “seediness” factor of the hotel, just being a five minute walk (perhaps less) to Soi Cowboy. But I was relieved to not get that vibe at all.
Tip: When telling the cab where you want to go, tell him Soi Cowboy. My cabbie did not know where the Tai-Pan was, and yours might not either. Once you get in the vicinity of Soi Cowboy, you will likely see the signs for the hotel. If not, you are close enough you could walk.
Check-in was straightforward. I took less than 10 minutes from the time I walked into the lobby until I was unzipping my bags in the room.
Rooms are huge, maybe 10 m x 6 m. About double the size of what I have experienced in my other Thailand hotel stays. In the room, there is a complimentary robe with slippers, a great touch after a long, sweaty journey from Chiang Mai. They give you two complimentary bottles of Chang water. Plenty of other goodies in the mini-bar too. Wi-fi is free, had no trouble connecting. Awesome view from the “bay-style” windows, that allow you to be surrounded on three sides by glass. From my comfortable air-conditioned room, I could see the girls on the street touting massages outside their parlors. Right in the middle of Sukhumvit, you can’t get any more central than this.
On the nightstand, there is a “switchboard” that allows you to control all the lights in your room. I had never seen this before, probably the most unique thing about the room.
I did not check out the pool, rec room, or anywhere else, but I would expect it to be fine. If there were any negatives I have, it would be that the breakfast seems a bit overpriced for Thailand (175 baht with discount), the in-house massages are expensive too (about 900 baht), when you could get one as good just a few steps out the front door for about 200 baht. Finally, the décor seemed a bit dated. Would stay there again for sure.
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- Also Known As:
- Tai Pan Hotel Bangkok