The Atlanta Hotel at 78 Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand was recommended to me by friends who told me to ignore the unfavourable reviews on Trip Advisor because most of the them were written by sex tourists who were excluded from The Atlanta Hotel or who were otherwise waging a campaign against it because they disagree with the hotel's conservative family-oriented policies.
Over the last four years, I have made four trips to Southeast Asia and have visited all the countries in the region. I have stayed at The Atlanta seven times both on my own and with my partner.
The Atlanta is the safest hotel in Southeast Asia for women travelling on their own. And it is the most memorable hotel I have ever stayed at anywhere in the world. There is a magic about the place, and this magic is most strongly felt in the evenings. No other hotel I have ever stayed in has this. There is just something about that place.
The Atlanta Hotel and everything in it, including the swimming pool, are old - if you want a swanking new place with marble and aluminum and glass, stay elsewhere. The hotel has its own idiosyncratic policies, distinctive style and inimitable character - if you do not like that, stay elsewhere. The hotel has no junkies or sex tourists - if you don't like that, stay elsewhere. The menu is huge, the food is good and reasonable, the restaurant staff (esp. 'Anong') remembered me after my first visit, the wines are interesting, the rooms are very clean even though they are old, the beds are very comfortable and - very important - the bed linen are the cleanest I have found in any budget hotel in Southeast Asia.
Highly recommended but only if you are the kind of person who understands what this unique hotel is all about. If this hotel is not what you want, don't stay there because your presence will spoil it for those who do love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok is, literally, untouched by modern pop culture. Walking into The Atlanta is like walking into another world, a long lost world. Most of what a guest sees and hears is old and classic - and authentic. ***The Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok, founded in 1952, features many superlatives, notably, the most photographed and oldest unaltered hotel lobby in Thailand, the first hotel swimming (diving) pool in Thailand, the largest selection of Thai vegetarian dishes in the world, a unique jungle-like garden right in the middle of Bangkok. The western menu features dishes made in the 1950s style - dishes that were on the original menu of The Atlanta, and prepared in the same way. ***The historic Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok has strict policies: sex-tourists, drug users, trouble-makers, and undomesticated people are not welcome. Any of these found on the premises are dealt with summarily. Because of these strict policies, The Atlanta Hotel has many detractors or even enemies. The Atlanta Hotel upholds its principles and policies without compromise. As of 1st September 2013, smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on the premises. ***The Atlanta Hotel is also home to destitute cats and terrapins. Injured and abandoned cats seem to find their way to The Atlanta. Many are rescued from elsewhere. There are at the time of writing 36 cats. Some live in an enclosure on one side of the garden; others live in the staff section of the hotel. The terrapins are all rescued and saved from loss of habitat. There are at the time of writing 27 terrapins. They live well in and around the pond of the jungle-like garden of The Atlanta. Two staff are employed full-time to look after the animals, and visiting vets often volunteer their services, which The Atlanta welcomes. There is a celebrated drawing by a regular guest of The Atlanta of the lobby featuring cats lying on the round sofa. The caption reads (in Italian), "Cats, the real guests of The Atlanta." Guests of The Atlanta are typically animal lovers. *** The Atlanta, being at the bottom of a lane, has no passing trade. All our guests are either regulars or friends of regulars. The Atlanta has many returning guests who have been coming to The Atlanta since the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and, of course, much later. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atlanta Hotel Bangkok
- Atlanta Bangkok