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Althought my intended stay was in sukhumvit soi 8 but due to renovation for better customer service, i was transfered to Salil hotel @ thonglor soi 1. During my stay, the staff was prompted to provide good service to all tenant in the hotel and not to mention the great food at cafe de salil. It may be situated in a narrow lane but it is like a hidden treasure within it. I will recommend anyone to stay in this lovely boutique hotel but try not to take the tuk tuk to BTS instead turn left @ the main road and walk to the BTS to feel the real side of thailand, bangkok. Khrup khoon mak krup!!
Stayed at this hotel for 4 nights due to the red shirts drama (we had to move out of our apartment!). The staff are sweet, the buffet breakfast was impressive, free tuk tuk to the bts (it is walkable but you will find most Thais have an aversion to walking!) & great location (maybe not for tourists but come on Bangkok is MASSIVE so anywhere you stay is going to be away from some sites - you can't have everything!). Besides I think the most important thing in Bangkok is being on the BTS line so you can get around really easily. I enjoyed being in Thonglor, this suburb is quite chi chi has amazing restaurants & cafes. If you are on a budget you can eat across from Sukhumvit 55 on Sukhumvit 38 this street has cheap street food from about 5pm. Rooms are small but for a solo traveller they are perfect, clean with modern designs & a really nice bathroom all rooms have tea & coffee facilities (very handy), huge flat screen tv & a dvd player. Wifi was free & very fast.
Nice & clean neighbourhood, safe area and quiet street Like it says on their website its located in a nice quiet area that is Thong Lo. Is it safe? Well, I have walked at night from the hotel to a nearby 7-11 and back (please visit the thai 7-11 site to listen to the smashingly awesome thai song) and didn't get mugged nor harrased during my stay at the hotel.
Communication I was nearly done filling my details on their online booking page but cancelled in the end because I had to go and fry and egg and intended to continue my booking after dinner. However, I received an email from the hotel that I needed to fill an payment form to complete my booking. I thought the hotel had hacked into my computer. That was spooky. Anyways I replied back to them to please cancel my 'initial' booking as I will re-start over. The reply was instantaneous. Emails was being replied back and forth, it was as if we were like on Windows Live messenger. I remember it was around 9-10pm Melbourne time.
So yes communication is fast and furious. To call the hotel dial [--]. Its best not to call as the man who answered the phone cannot speak english. I am not sure why the emails were communicated in good english.
Free airport transfer After exiting customs and immigrations at Suvarnabhumi Airport, our confirmation email from the hotel instructed us that our driver will wait at Arrival gate 3 at the time of our arrival. I emailed to them that we might be late coming out from the terminal. Their reply was the driver can wait for hours until we complete customs and immigration. Top marks. So upon exiting terminal and making our way to Arrival gate 3, I spotted my name on those name cards and the driver was way before gate 3. Luckily I spotted my name. He walked us to the airport carpark and the trip took about 30-40 minutes. It was around 4-5pm Bangkok time. Traffic was crazy jam.
So yes despite being told to wait at Arrival gate 3, do look out for your name as the driver might be waiting at other gates.
Café de Salil The package I selected included complimentary breakfast. I must say the food is great. The food varies from day to day and it was served hot such as fried rice, bacon, fried eggs on demand, cereal and cold milk, yoghurt and even porridge.
Free Tuk-tuk to BTS Thong Lo skytrain station The tuk-tuk is not always available. I got on it the first night to get my orientation. Its something one must experience. So before coming back to the Thong BTS skytrain station, at least call 5-10minutes before you reach the station because there's traffic to consider, other people might be using it or it might not be available. That same night we waited a good 20-25 minutes. So you have been warned. The hotel is seriously a 3-5 minute walk. I ended up walking back to the hotel most of the time.
Free DVD and Free Internet The movies were not the latest but its a good idea. I did watch "Lars and the real girl". There was cable TV on a big flat screen as well. I didnt bring my eeepc so I couldnt tell you how fast the internet was.
Rooms The long awaited section. I did have a look at the 1st floor rooms and the ground floor rooms. MY advise is to request to stay on the ground floor. The rooms on this floor compared to the first floor is HUGE. The room is just perfect. No complains. There's even a balcony that looks out to nothing. Yup a white wall. I guess you could put your pet dog or baby out here. *O*
Bad points While very little. I must point them out. A couple of the light switches didnt work. A couple of the plugs to charge my camera didnt work. I had inform reception so we won't get charged for any 'damage'. However the lighting was more than adequate and as you could see the lighting is bright enough. There was also plenty plugs to charge a hundred cameras. LOL
Final comment and rating If you have the chance, just another reminder to request to stay on the ground floor. Maybe even stay in room 102. ^_^ This is a great stay. No complaints but then I was out for most of the day. Complimentary breakfast was great. I was full as. All you can eat. yummy.
For photos that I took of the hotel please visit my blog as I am too lazy to post them here. Posting them on my blog was painful enough. http://gundamhotel.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-07-salil-hotel-thong-lor-bangkok.html
Salil hotel was a last minuted choice for us after arriving in Bangkok and being very disappointed with our first choice at "72 Ekamai". After staying for one night at Salil we were hooked and booked the rest of our first of five weeks in Thailand there. After returning from Samui we also plan to return as we found the hotel extremely good value and well designed for a hotel of it's size. The rooms are not large but are very clean and well designed and include extra features such as DVD player, bath tub and balcony which really add a nice touch to this small property of only 40 rooms.
The staff offer very good service and are very helpful and the restaurant where breakfast is served daily is quiet and serve a basic menu but is quite adequate for the price. The hotel offers a Tuk Tuk to Thonglor station which is only a 5 minute walk away and the Soi Thonglor where many good restaurants and shopping is located is also only a few minutes away. The hotel is located at the end of a small soi (lane) so does not have any passing traffic at all which is great and helps to create a tranquil environment with the only noise sometimes coming from the neigbors in other rooms as the walls are a little thin. (I recommend to book a room at the far end of the building and you won't have as much noise).
The housekeeping staff do an amazing job in this hotel and every day you can return from the hot steamy Bangkok streets to a clean room and bathroom. Another bonus is aircon is quiet and works very well and also plenty of water pressure and decent lighting throughout the room. Have to give this hotel a 4.5 out of 5 especially considering it is small and staff are mostly new.... well done Salil, we'll be back!!! Note: book on Hotelclub.com for 4 nights and you will receive one night free. this brought our rate per night down to THB 1200 which is less than US$37, great value for a clean, comfortable, convenient and cosy hotel!
I stayed at Salil from 16-20 Dec 2009 with my gf. We initially chose a doube bed room but found the room too tiny, so we switched to a twin beds room which was much larger and more comfy.
The room is very neat and clean with wooden flooring. My only complaint is that the walls are pretty hollow and you can literally hear doors closing/opening and people talking in the common corridor.
There is a free tuk tuk to take you to and from the Thonglo BTS station and you can rent free DVDs although most of the DVDs are bootlegs (but quality is fine like originals).
Breakfast is only so-so with the usual cereal, toast, eggs, ham, bacon, etc... The cafe where breakfast is a very lovely place and resembles a Swedish kitchen-cum-glasshouse and sits about 6 tables only.
Sukhumvit Soi 38 is within walking distance and here you can find cheap delicious street hawker food like Pad Thai and mango sticky rice.
Overall, it's a lovely hotel in a quiet, serene neighborhood without the sleaze. Give it a try!
I stayed at the hotel for a couple of nights and found it to be pleasant and comfortable. The rooms are new and clean and a decent size for the price. Free wi-fi was good. Breakfast was small and so-so, but acceptable. The usual bacon, eggs, tea, coffee, cereal and a couple of asian dishes (fried rice or noodles, vegetables).
Another good thing is that it is a short 5 min walk to the Thonglor BTS station. The free hotel tuk-tuk will also drive you the station if you like. Very convenient, and because it is away from the main road, the hotel is also quiet.
Cons - not enough hot water, for some reason. Just luke warm at best, though that's a minor compliant for me. (it's hot in Bangkok anyway!)
I didn't make use of their concierge service for any tickets or trips so I can't comment on that, and am sorry some other travellers had bad experiences.