First Hotel, Bangkok
Reviews - First Hotel
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Australia
- Traveller type: Young Couple
- Age Group: 60 +
- From: Australia
- Traveller type: Backpacker
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: Malaysia
- Traveller type: Budget Traveller
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Generally ok for the pricefrom Mykonosboy
As for the rooms, the beds (except for the pillows which are a bit flat) and furnishing look pretty decent I must admit but the bathroom seem to be straight out from the 80s! The bathroom at the hotel lobby is surprisingly much better. (if only they fixed all the bathrooms like that too) The rooms' walls are really thin too, so it is not too difficult to hear your neighbors... Can be quite disruptive at night, e.g. when doors open and shut. Oh yeah, cable tv's available too (incl ESPN and Discovery)
The pool at level 2, though small, looks quite good too. Pity that I did not have the chance for a dip.
I'm staying at the main wing so the newer tower wing might be better.
There're 2 nice coffeehouses and a restaurant. Breakfast at one of the coffeehouses was ok the first two days but got a bit boring on the third.
There's a small massage parlour (starts from 300 baht for a thai massage) at along the alley towards the tower wing and it stays open till 2am! Great for those who need one after a long day out shopping! Other shops that stay open late include a foot massage parlour and hairdresser (which also does mani- and pedicures based on my wife's feedback, but I wouldn't recommend them).
Generally, the hotel staff are courteous and obliging. However, be wary of queues in the morning at the lifts though, so you need to buffer in some lift-waiting time!
Trust you'll find this review helpful.
try to find a better hotelfrom pukeycow
Bangkok has never been colonized, therefore no one speaks English. The front desk is no exception. Expect to put a little more effort into communicating what you need.
We stayed in the main building - it is older than the tower. We stayed on the 5th floor which is a smoking floor. I am not sure if there are any smoke-free floors.
The bathroom is flourescent lighting. Grouting is gross. The shower has no pressure. There's so much calcium caked on the shower head that the water just drizzles out. If you shower in the evening you will probably get more hot water than in the morning at 8am.
The beds are small. There are two beds, they will each fit one person. I saw the mattress peaking out from under the sheets. They were stained. *shudder*
They are stained as well. Wear slippers.
The location is good. It is conveniently located near the sky train (about a 5 minute walk, and one stop away from Siam, where the new Siam Paragon shopping mall is) and a 2 minute walk to a five level shopping mall that sells brandname clothes and acessories at whole sale price. VERY VERY cheap. Th mall also has a fantastic modern food court on the 5th floor. My sister and I had pad thai and tom yum gung every day.
Overall, the hotel was gross, the only redeeming factor was the location.
Fake photofrom Miffychan
We politely asked the room service personal to request for a kettle on our behalf. He came back and said he can't . So, I went down to the front desk and to my delight, the manager was there. When I told him about my problem, from a smiley face he turned sour. He said this I have to ask the travel agent I have booked the room with. I showed him the webpage with the coffee making facitlity I have printed out beforehand. He said this has nothing to do with the hotel. This was done by the travel agent. I didn't raise my voice but instead asked politely if I could rent the kettle. He said no and repeatedly saying I have to ask my travel agent. He sure did raise his voice up. I told him politely again that they should have indicated there is no such facility in the hotel and should not used a fake photo to attract customers. He gave me a rude look. I told him politely again before I left that "Sir, this is just my comment and please do not have hard feelings".
We stayed there for the next 3 nights and each time we bumped into him at the lobby, he will look away. He is surely not showing professionalism in his work.
I stayed at the Tower Wing, it was okay, not sure about condition of the Main Wing though. The room is showing its age. The hot water was a bit "moody" one night we had to wait for it to come out!
The breakfast spread was okay, not bad.
The reception was also okay, most of the receptionists speaks and understand english.
If u r in for cheap deal...from PlopperTubby
Value for Money, Strongly Recommend for Budget Travellersfrom RatnaPrasad
Iam not sure if in the past this hotel was really doing bad but as far my trip in May 2006 i had no complaints on this hotel.
Nice hotel, great location...from slim05
I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Bangkok who would want to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.
I miss the First Hotel :-(
Pleasant environment, value for money!from cyndi-nakano
We checked in to the old wing as the tower wing is fully booked. As what previous reviews have said, a baby cockroach was spotted, but only on our first day.
The downside of the hotel is the bathroom. It was old but usable, shower curtain is dirty and the white towels looked grey. I would advise you to bring your own towel and toiletries, just use their towels as foot mat. There wasn't any beautiful scenery outside the window. Anyway, Bangkok does not have beautiful streets or achitectures since most of the buildings are grey.
The rest of the room is pretty fine. Room is clean and you get a comfortable soft bed. The good thing about First Hotel is you can catch channels such as HBO, CNN, and Discovery Channel on their TV. Its breakfast voucher entitles you to a scumptious spread consisting of American breakfast buffet and Asian dishes. If you would prefer dining in bed, room service is prompt and affordable.
We were very satisfied with the location of the Hotel as well. The staffs are friendly and gave good advices on destinations as well as taxi fares. The Rachathewi BTS station is only a short 5 - 8 minutes walk away. One station down and you will reach Siam, where shopping centres such as Siam Centre, Siam Paragon and Siam Square are located.
You can also take a short 5 - 10 minutes walk to Pratunam Market and Platinum Fashion Mall (Wholesale clothes). Food places such as Burger King, Pizza and 7Eleven are also located besides the hotel.
On the whole, First Hotel is well worth the money. I would recommend it to budget tourists who will be spending most of the time out sightseeing or shopping.
Value for money..from GreenTravel
Our room was not ready when we checked in at 11am. It was a horrible mess that the former guests left! But after sorting out the problem with the hotel reception, we were given a clean room. First Hotel is surrounded by buildings so it doesn't offer any nice views. Just ask for a room that's not facing the main road - it'll be quieter. (Remember, Bangkok traffic is incessantly noisy..)
Overall, we found our stay pleasantly comfortable. The room was always clean. The airconditioning, bath, hot water all work. Saw only 1 baby roach.. Note: The mineral water bottles they place on the writing desk are not free. Buy your own - they're cheaper outside.
The hotel's very conveniently located. There's a big shopping complex (named Fashion Centre or Mall) located to the left of the hotel further down the road (opposite side) where you'll find a nice food court where you can afforably try all kinds of Thai cuisine.. The Sky Train station is just abt 6-8 mins walk down the road (turn right when you exit the hotel). (We bought a day pass for 100 baht and rode the train everywhere.) The Pratunam Market is located just behind the alleys abt 200-300m further down the road (same side as the hotel).
Unfortunately, we didn't have time to try the Thai buffet lunch at the First Hotel. The table spread looked tantalizing! Our only regret really..
Avoid at all costfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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Beware of the taxis and toktoks infront of First Hotel My wife and I only wanted to go to a shopping mall. A Thai man with a toktok offered us a ride for only 20 baht only if we agree to go to a government sponsored tourist place so he can get a free oil for his vehicle. We politely refused and went on our way.
Where the normal taxis are at the airport... When you arrive at the ariport you are only offered very expensive limousines for hire and they seem to be the only taxis you see there so it's easy to make the mistake. You need to go one level down where all the regular 'metered' taxis are. (they are painted in two colours). Those are the cheap normal taxis, they will take you to the town center for just a few Baht. you will have to pay for the road tolls but it's not very mucho.
Other names for First Hotel
- first hotel bangkok
- Address: 2 Petchburi Rd, Ratchathewi - Bangkok - 10400 - Thailand
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