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“Safest hotel, cleanest bed linen in Southeast Asia and most memorable budget hotel in the world”
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Atlanta Hotel
Ranked #285 of 892 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 March 2011

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.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

Hotel Atlanta suprised us in a very positive way. In guide books it's always mentioned to be "nice", but in reality the hotel was the most extraordinary and beaytiful place to stay. We loved it and it's friendly staff. Garden is something to praise too, it's like a secret hide away spot in the middle of the metropol. For those interested in history, the hotel also gives a great experience. Just pack your vintage cloths and enjoy the atmosphere!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank maailmanmatkaajat
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

I have stayed at the Atlanta on many occasions over the past 12 years and most recently with my young family. We are never disappointed. This places oozes romance and charm and is so unique. The downstairs lobby/foyer as well as restaurant are the highlights, and basic rooms the lowlights, but still, the rooms are clean, the aircon works and the views aren't bad. Where else in Bangkok can you receive a pineapple shake upon arrival, have a porter lug your bags up four storeys and laze by a pool for 800 baht a family! Do yourself a favour - stay here, if only once!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank ElkeAH
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

We stayed with our 9-year old daughter in December 2010 and January 2011, for around 35 € per night for the three of us in rooms with a private bathroom.
Fairly clean but very run down, the rooms definetely need some modernisation of the sanitary installations; the beds were very comfortable however (bare the pillows).
We found the staff to be friendly but not overly zealous. Brreakfast is expensive for what it is by Bangkok standards.
The location is very much OK, although the skytrain is a 10-minute walk.
All in all a decent hotel for a family-transit in Bangkok with a day or 2 for visits in Bangkok. I would not recommend the hotel for long-stay, it is a bit too much run-down for that.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank CedricVandermeulen
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

I absolutely loved Atlanta. It has style and character and the location is great, close to skytrain. Sleep quality is excellent, thanks to sex tourist ban. Even though the rooms are worn, they are super clean and smell fresh. Great value for money. The restaurant is excellent as well.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 December 2010

We fell in love with this hotel! We felt more like we were experiencing the real Bangkok than anywhere else we stayed. The rates are very reasonable and the staff (if they like you) are fantastic. The hotel was clean and the food in the restaurant was great. Our 2 year old daughter loved the turtles in the garden! I would highly recommended this hotel for people traveling with kids or people doing business in Bangkok. It's not the hotel to stay in if you want to party or smoke pot - they'll kick you out and probably call the police on you!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank Abbeydeprada
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Reviewed 14 November 2010

I used to stay in the early 90ies in the Atlanta and it was sort of nice back then as it was never crowded and the staff was very nice.
However since the 'old man' (Dr. Henn) died and his son took over the place it has completely lost its attractivity to me.
What's the same is the old and run down rooms, the pool right next to the highway (well, better than no pool), and the beautiful lobby.
What's gone is the friendliness and the relaxing place it was once. Nowadays it's plastered with sings telling you what you are allowed to do and what not.
It's not exactly cheap anymore for what you get either as in the Sukhumvid area a lot of similar priced alternatives have sprung up in the past few years and the location is a bit of a walk from the next skytrain station.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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9  Thank tools4fools
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Additional Information about Atlanta Hotel

Address: 78 Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Sukhumvit
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#153 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: $30 - $112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 59
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 
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