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“A very special hotel, unique in fact.”
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Atlanta Hotel
Ranked #285 of 891 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 February 2012

I have been travelling to Bangkok since 1973, I have often thought about staying here before. However I had heard some bad reviews on my travels (probably from people who have never stayed at the place) and stayed away. What a mistake I made! However I thought that it would be worth a try after reading the good reviews here. As a result I enjoyed two excellent nights at the Atlanta last week. Charming and elegant facilities, great service, wonderful food and fantastic value to boot it was the highlight of my six week trip to Thailand. I am sure it is not to everyones taste, it is in no way like any other hotel that I have stayed in, quite unique and by no means perfect. If you are prepared to accept a few discomforts along with all the history then you will enjoy it (that is if they let you stay there!)

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

This hotel has a special atmosphere and lots of character, but it depends on what you are looking after.This place is serene and really authentic.My last trip in Bangkok was in October and December, before and after my trip in Myanmar.I would certainly say the hotel was value for money.Comfortable bed, clean room, wifi in the foyer, a tropical garden around the swimming pool and a good restaurant.The staff was friendly and helpful.I really enjoyed my stay here and would go back if I am ever in Bangkok again.The location isn't too bad , a little out of the way, but it's about five minutes walk from Ploenchit station.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank LELIA B
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

Nice hotel for that price in bangkok. Swimming pool around a quiet garden. Very good restaurant. Ask for renovated bathroom. I recommend this place. we will go again next month to go back in europe via bangkok.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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3  Thank M M
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

This place has the most personality out of all the hotels I've ever been to and you get a whole lot more than you pay for. Provided you are not a snob or a spoilt brat, you will be absolutely thrilled to stay here (if they let you in that is). Great staff , location, food, atmosphere, facilities. Rooms are spartan but who cares when you're in Bangkok and you have a balcony overlooking the city for 9 dollars a night..

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Rubia1975
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

If you are looking for modern bathrooms, nice linens, bedside reading lamps, and modern touches, DON'T COME HERE. The appeal of this hotel is difficult to describe but we have returned 3 times. The lobby is wonderful art deco, and the secluded (1950's era) pool in a lush garden, a delight. The restaurant is cheap and fantastic. Upon registering you are met with a delicious fruit smoothy, tropical plants, and interesting artifacts identifying famous patrons from the past. It has an atmosphere. We were greeted with hugs, by one of the ladies in the dining room when we returned this year. The people who work here ar lovely.

The bedrooms are spartan, the plumbing and bathrooms ancient, the linens minimal, but then, it is very inexpensive for its central Bangkok location. We love it, our daughter and son-in-law hated it. There is plenty to complain about but you are not allowed "at these prices". Still, it is another "experience" another "story" to tell.

If you go, look on the dining room wall for the photo of the King of Thailand, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong playing music together, with the young George Bush (sr.) looking on.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank hoppiewanderer
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Repeat visit - arrived without a reservation as I could not be bothered to find a fax machine in Vientiane, crossed my fingers and was offered a choice of air-con or fan room.

While waiting for the room to be ready, I ate a humongous breakfast in the lovely coffee shop, swam in the lovely pool and had lunch with a friend. I love this place. Where else can you get a squeaky-clean room with air-con AND a pool as well as bags of character for about £12?

This hotel is not a boutique or luxury place, though. The rooms are very simple, my shower was a bit cool, but it is clean and quite quaint in its simplicity. You may find yourself spending most time in town, or in the communal areas. They have subscriptions to all major newspapers as well as some rather intellectual magazines, as well as books, a map table, writing tables, a very impressive classic library and a lightbox for negatives... it's lovely just sitting in the writing room with a few old-fashioned letters or postcards, or reading a paper cover to cover over fruit shakes or excellent coffee.

I note that the place seems to have had a good scrub since my last visit - it seems a lot tidier, but their prices and attitude have remained the same. You won't get the service orientated attitude but genuine smiles, and I found everyone at the hotel very friendly. And I rather love the cats and the quirky characters that congregate in the lobby. And where else would you have giant hammocks by the pool and a bell to order yet more drinks?

I love it, and it's the classiest AND cheapest place to stay in Bangkok. This hotel has real style and attitude - they will not tolerate sex tourists, they only accept people whom they see as decent and non-troublemakers, and they play classical music only. And their coffee shop menu is the most annotated menu I have ever seen, boasting a never-ending list of Thai Vegetarian dishes. And while you are there, do not miss Charles Henn's Book of Rules - its proudly displayed in the lobby.

Booking is by fax only - a bit cumbersome although they have started accepting phonecalls for last-minute bookings - but that ensures that those who want convenience look elsewhere. Whoever is complaining about this classy budget hotel, please go somewhere else and leave it to those who really appreciate its quirky, olde-worlde charm.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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4  Thank Anja-Superlekker
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

I have been coming to stay here with my family for a few years now, and cannot speak highly enough of it. The rooms are quite basic, but clean with AC and the beds are really comfy. This hotel has a lot of character as you will see when you first enter the lobby, done up in a retro 1950's style- probably done in the 50's and kept like that ever since. This isnt a luxury hotel, but what you do get is value for money if youre looking for a cheap place to stay. Don't stay here if you are a sex tourist!!-they hate you!! and there is a big sign over the entrance to remind you incase you forget 'NO SEX TOURISTS!', which i think is a good thing to have, making this place very family friendly. The staff are the most friendly in the city, and cannot do enough for you. The pool area is pleasant, and is hidden in a rainforest type area, with lots of plants and trees-looks beautiful. It is quite old however, so be careful not to cut yourself where pool tiles are missing. Being here, you forget you are in a massive city, and helps you relax. The pool does have a closing time (cant remember when) but staff are lenient and let you go in as long as you are sensible and dont make too much noise- ive been there in the early hours and theyve had no problem. There is a nice little diner down stairs with reasonable prices.
location is good- about 10 mins walk from bts. It is at the end of a long street, which i find nice with it being quiter, away from the hustle and bustle.
If youre looking for a reliable and cheap place to stay- this is the place

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Ben H
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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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