Tuesday, June 18, 2013


I had been to Pantip Suites in Bangok's Sathorn district several times for dinner invitations of friends. I always admired the great views over the city of Bangkok. I even spent New Year Eve up on one of the suites enjoying a somewhat limited firework show in the streets below. 

Though what I saw during the last visit recently, I can only title "great views & great filth". Even the rest of the experience was not in line with my expectations. Staff at check-in was almost rude when they school-masterly said  "Don't lose this key!!! It's the last one we got"....It's a freaking key card, so why don't they just re-program another one?

Anyway, back to the views! They are still great. But they do show everything outside the 26 story high hotel. The balcony is spacious and makes one want to sit outside with a cold drink and enjoy the views. 

The inside? Spacious...very spacious. Lots of empty room in the living room, which is filled with somewhat old fashioned furniture, an ancient TV set with a very mediocre connection and selection. 

Bedroom was spacious too with lots and lots of drawers and hangers. Lots of space for baggage. Large safety box, conveniently located in one of the closets. 

Bathroom was large too, but it did not look too clean. Very limited set of amenities, which I would have expected for a price of 2000 TBH per night (at a special offer). The shower hose was broken and the water kept coming out everywhere. The bathroom tiles did not look clean, as did the whole sink area. Something you want to start cleaning if it was your own place!

Biggest shock was the A/C unit though. I have never in my years and years of travel seen more filth. I thought I would only see something like this in a rundown hourly room in a red light district of Bangkok. It was just totally disgusting to see!  The A/C control unit did not work at all. Switching it off did not work at all, despite turning it to "off". In the bedroom it could be turned off by the control unit by the bed, but in the living room there was no way to switch it off, other than turning off the main electric switch. But that also turned off the lights!

The kitchen unit looked very used and also not clean. Not very inviting to even think about having a meal prepared in there. The fridge had been cleaned, but the rest looked like it needed a thorough cleaning job. 

Breakfast was awful and offered a very limited selection. Even the Pinnacle Lumphini down the street offers a better selection at half the price. And try to pick your own egg off the holding pan where the already prepared eggs are placed and you will be slapped on your hands by the big lady watching over "her eggs". SHE will give it to you! You are not allowed to serve yourself! 

All in all, what's left for a price of 2000 TBH or more is the view! Sorry guys...early check-out and see you never again!




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