Historical Traveller Reviews of Baiyoke Sky Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
This is my first trip to Bangkok and I stayed at Baiyoke Sky Hotel. It was a very memorable stay because the sight from my room was breath-taking. The Observatory was really nice and you can see the skyline of the whole city. Lovely, especially at night.
The room was spacious and clean, with in-room safe, which I feel is important. The breakfast has a lovely spread of Western, Chinese, Thai and Japanese food, and the view is great as well. The room service food is good and reasonably priced as well. The pool is small though, and its a bit windy so it gets quite cold sometimes.
It is a good 4-star hotel in my opinion.
A Bit ordinary !! Once was enough
Stayed at the Baiyoke Sky and paid for an Upgrade to the Superior Suite. Rooms were huge and had a god view. The rooms are very plain and nothing exciting. Just a whole lot of wooden cupboards. The safe did not work in the room, called reception and had someone attend to it.. The "Battery was flat" , he repaired it and then it came to retriving my passport and air tickets the in room Safe again was broken. Two hours later the safe was opened !!!! It is a good loaction, however about a 30 minute walk to the nearest sky train .. so basically you will need to take a taxi to most places, unless you like a bit of a walk !!
The good old rule applies here .. you get what you pay for !!!
Great view but rooms a little grubby
from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is very impressive, as it is by far the highest building in Bangkok. The staff was very helpful and the room was spacious. The view was great although the windows were really dirty. But the biggest complaint is that the rooms were not well maintained, we even had bugs in our room and bathroom!
Bad Traffic but Fabulous Views
from A TripAdvisor Member
Baiyoke Sky has the most fascinating hotel concept I've come across in my life. It is essentially a huge tourist community housed within the tallest building in Thailand. This is not the place to go if you are looking for a resort setting -- in fact, local Thais whom I spoke to at a wedding commented on the bad "weather" around the hotel, meaning it is very crowded with shopping stalls, cars and pedestrian traffic. However, if you are looking for excellent value for your baht, you would do well to stay here with a fun sense of humor and some patience (it takes a while to take the lift up and down to the lobby and then to your room, as the lifts are on two separate columns of the building). You'll be among many other tourists, so there is a very laid-back (but we-love-the-rooms-and-views) atmosphere. The gym, spa and swimming facilities are clean and well-maintained. I was amazed with the room. It was HUGE with many windows. Check-in took a little bit of time, but the hotel staff is especially helpful and courteous in making visitors feel welcome. The location is unbeatable for shopping and finding bargains in Bangkok. While there were a few issues (the elevator and room clocks weren't set correctly so I had to call the front desk a few times to get the actual time), the breakfast, service, views and rooms won me over in the end.
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed there for three nights. The staff was extremely helpful and I was on crutches and it never even slowed me down because the staff was always there to help. they had a business center with internet that was affordable and the food was great. There "club" upstairs was cool, I never got to stay for the fun because the jetlag was still messing with me. For the money it was great value and I'll stay there again when I go back.
A little fun in the [Baiyoke] Sky
Had a very pleasant 2 day stay at the Baiyoke Sky, the tallest building in Bangkok. Adjacent to large market and street shopping area (Pratunum) , close to the Sky Train, lots of inexpensive taxis and tuk-tuks right outside the door. Hotel lobby starts on 18th floor so good view is guaranteed. Stayed in a Sky Room (60th-80th floor)--room for 2 was huge, beds for 3, big windows with a Bangkok view, simply and decently furnished, bathrobes provided (tub and shower in the well-appointed bathroom). Bountiful buffet breakfast(included in room price) included Asian, American, British foods, fresh local fruits, breads, a veritable feast of cultures, was served on top floor with dizzying view of the city. Room rate included a free fruity drink at the 83rd floor observatory lounge. Service at the front desk was poor, attendants did not speak much English and were unable to give us info./directions to popular locations. Booked room thru internet discounter and paid US$70 for all of this. Will definitely stay there again, great value, great view.
This hotel was great! The rooms were quite large as they had a living room area as well. We were quite high up so we had a good view of the city over the smog. As there were four of us staying there they upgraded our room but we still had interconnecting rooms which was really good. The only critiscism i have on the hotel is that it was hard to find a staff member that spoke English well enough. However I didn't mind that much, as you are in their country. The breakfast in the morning was amazing...buffet with anything you could imagine (local food, pancakes, cereal,fruit, hot breakfast) At the buffet if you want eggs they will cook it for you in front of you so you can tell them how you like it. It is on the rotating level on the top storey. Also beware I didn't realise until I got out there but the revolving deck above the buffet area is outdoors! There is a kind of cage so people don't lean over the edge but it does let the wind in so it may make you have a bit of motion sickness. The staff members are really helpful, anytime we had a problem they would be up in an instant.
Decent, not great
We stayed at this hotel for only 1 night since we were on a short package trip out of Seoul, Korea. The rooms and bathrooms were large. The bathroom was nice with a seperate tub and large shower. The room itself was old, carpet looked worn, there was a large stain on the couch, the bed was a little old and firm, but still comfortable enough to sleep on. The room had a musty smell to it, probably due to the high humidity in Thailand, may bug people with allergies though. Great view of the city though the windows were dirty. The breakfast buffet was great near the top of the tower with a huge variety of food, especially of local fruits. The location is right next to some shopping and about a mile walk to the nearest Skytrain station. It's a bit far from most of the tourist attractions, but the city is fairly easy to get around and feels pretty safe to walk around at night. Overall old and worn but with a good breakfast and view.
In July/August 2005 I went on a 2 month trip from Australia, visiting 6 countries, 15 cities, & staying at 19 hotels, with my wife and 13 & 2.5 year old daughters. This presented a good opportunity to directly compare hotels & areas visited.
On a previous trip, we had stayed at the Indra Regent Hotel next to the Baiyoke Sky, however there were minor elements of that hotel that weren't good, so we thought that we would give the Baiyoke Sky a go. I'm very glad that we did, as this hotel gave us a big room & excellent friendly service. One thing that we really like when we're on holidays is staff who smile, say hello, & actually make you feel that they are glad that you've visited. The staff at the Baiyoke Sky made us feel that way. The facilities at the hotel(gym, restaurants, etc) are also good.
Another thing with us is that I'm white & my wife is a Vietnamese/Australian who has been in Australia since 5 y.o, & we had no problems anywhere in Bangkok. In fact, our baby was treated like a celebrity not just in the hotel, but all around Bangkok, as the Thais seem to love white-Asian babies.
The Pratunam area that the hotel is in is the best place to stay in Bangkok. Directly around the hotel are some good markets, with cheap clothes, etc & good noodle stalls. Directly up the road & around the corner(easy walking distance) are some big, air-conditioned shopping centres, including the World Centre, Siam Square, Siam Centre, & the Mahbrookrong Shopping Centre. A major University is located nearby, so the area is patronised by a lot of well-behaved young people. We spent most of our time hanging out in this area. In the Siam Centre, visit the UCC coffee shop, as it has really good cheap food, coffee, etc, & free internet use(we ate there every day on this & the previous trips).Other areas that you’d want to visit are all just a cheap taxi ride away.
In the red-light area of Patpong, there are also markets, & we felt safe walking around there.
The third tallest hotel
Impressive hotel, the third tallest after Grand Hyatt Shanghai and Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The lobby on the 18's floor is a little bit difficult to reach and our standard room offer a small window and a beautiful bathroom with separate bath and shower. I was surprise when they bring the breafast in room, no rolley, only a plate. The coffe shop on the 18's offer offer good food, we eat excellent seafood.I like particulary the location, Pratunam, good for schopping bargain and one of the few walking street.
Top Local Tips for Bangkok
Crowds in Bankok
I found that over the new year holidays the city very busy and some of the shopping places overcrowded.
Pratunam market for street shopping
Pratunam Market is one of the best places in Bangkok where to buy cheap and quality clothes (from many western brands, like Billabong, Rip Curl, etc.). You can get very low prices here, but come after 6 pm when the market is open at night too!
Can get muggy in the afternoons
Carry a hat and suntan lotion with you even when visiting temples and shopping. It got pretty hot the day we went to the Golden Buddha temple.