Submitted on 01-26-2017
I don‚??t need to tell anyone that the Thai people are perhaps the most genuine, sincere, warm, and down to earth people I have ever met, and this is why I keep returning time and time again. As such, I‚??d been coming to Bangkok for breaks and to visit friends for years now. I would usually stay at nice 4 or 5 star hotels along Sukhumvit to be close to all the great activity, shopping, and dining options. However, for a change, this time I decided to try some place more peaceful, resort style, ...
I don‚??t need to tell anyone that the Thai people are perhaps the most genuine, sincere, warm, and down to earth people I have ever met, and this is why I keep returning time and time again. As such, I‚??d been coming to Bangkok for breaks and to visit friends for years now. I would usually stay at nice 4 or 5 star hotels along Sukhumvit to be close to all the great activity, shopping, and dining options. However, for a change, this time I decided to try some place more peaceful, resort style, and homey and had read some really good reviews about Amanta as a condo serviced style hotel seemed to fit the bill.
Located just off a very busy Ratchadaprisek Road, the taxi driver drove up to the front driveway and I was immediately greeted with a warm smile and greeting. I was immediately helped with my bags and directed through the doors to a small lobby reception area. I was again greet by the receptionist who checked me in without a hitch. He was very accommodating when I requested a quiet room and for a late check out as my flight would be late in the afternoon. There was required deposit at check in‚?¶.I believe it was about Baht3,000, which would have been ice to have been informed beforehand. Not a problem‚?¶.I was given a 1pm late check out without extra charge. The bellboy then helped me with my bags and accompanied me to my room on the top floor of Block B. Note that part of Amanta is made up of private residences and the rest were hotels‚?¶..it looks like the private residences are located in a different building, but sharing the same beautifully resort style landscaped garden/pool grounds. You really don‚??t feel like you‚??re anywhere near the city, but more like perhaps out on the islands‚?¶‚?¶looked good so far. Oh, and I chose a pool view room vs a city view room just in case there was noisy construction or traffic noise nearby.
Onwards to the room.‚?¶.the building has a small lobby that you need an access card to get into, but the second I walked through the door there was a strong waft of cigarette smoke! Despite the auto air freshener on the wall, it was still not a very pleasant greeting‚?¶.especially when I had seen so many non-smoking signs all over the place. The two lifts are tiny and look like they‚??re getting a bit old‚?¶.in fact, the hallways looked a bit old and dark, but still decently maintained. There are obvious signs of aging with wear and tear here and there, but if you don‚??t pay attention to these little details, you probably wouldn‚??t think too much about it. I got to the room, and at first glance it looked very nice, well decorated, and homey. It was a spacious one bedroom room separated by a window wall from the open planned living/dining/kitchenette area. The room seemed quite well equipped, but what I really liked were the large sliding glass doors to the balcony off the living area that you can open for some fresh air if the AC air gets too dry‚?¶..not something you can do at most hotels in the city..‚?¶.and helps to keep the room bright and airy too. Thank goodness too for the screen doors which are absolutely necessary to keep the many visiting pigeons out of your room. The bedroom was pretty small, but very clean and comfortable. In the kitchen/living/dining area there‚??s a fridge, small induction cooker, kettle, sink, microwave, plates, bowls, utensils, washing machine, 2 bottles of drinking water in the fridge, etc. I don‚??t think laundry detergent was provided so that‚??s something you‚??ll have to buy on your own. Then there‚??s a flat screen TV, stereo, and DVD player with speakers in the living room. The bedroom itself was pretty small, but very clean and comfortable‚?¶..and in here there‚??s another flat screen TV and an ipod docking station clock‚?¶.nice‚?¶.there‚??s a safe, iron and ironing board, two bath robes, hairdryer, and hand soap/body wash/shampoo dispensers‚?¶.so if you‚??re not the bath gel type person and prefer bar soap, you need to bring your own. Oh, and there‚??s free Wi-Fi in the room which you need a password for, provided at check-in‚?¶‚?¶unfortunately, there was maintenance being carried on the 3rd day of my stay that was only supposed to last 30-40 minutes, but the connection became really slow and unstable from then on and was never the same again during the rest of my stay‚?¶‚?¶very disappointing as I use Wi-Fi a lot for my work.
I really appreciated the included breakfast every morning‚?¶.it was a simple yet a pretty good spread‚?¶.. from some local cooked items, to an egg station, breakfast meats, fruits, dim sum, congee, soup noodles, bread/pastries, cereals, milk/juice/tea/coffee, salad, etc. What I liked most was that this place was never crowded‚?¶..I would come down at around 7am when it‚??d be nice and quiet, and just enjoy my breakfast in peace and quiet, on the lovely outdoor poolside patio, overlooking the beautifully landscaped garden, and listening to the sounds of falling water and birds chirping‚?¶..and with CNN playing on the other side on the overhead TV. There‚??s also a small caf√© here which seemed to have some simple and yummy western and Thai menu items, but I never got to try it‚?¶..if I had the time, it would certainly have been nice to just enjoy a quiet poolside lunch instead of heading out and fighting the office lunch crowds.
I never got to use the pool, but did use the gym every day. It‚??s a good sized gym with good equipment, but the dumbells only go up to 30lbs and equally light weights for the barbells. There are no towels provided so you have to bring your own from your room. There‚??s a water dispenser just outside the gym, but that‚??s it. The nice thing about the gym are the large widows looking out to the pool and landscaped gardens‚?¶..there‚??s one small wall mounted TV in the corner by the treadmills, so if you get bored working out, you should bring your own source of entertainment.
All in all, it was quite a pleasant stay here. My expectations were quite different as I knew this was not the typical hotel with all the many more amenities and pampering‚?¶‚?¶.which along with that you‚??ll normally get the huge crowds of people in the lobbies and breakfasts‚?¶‚?¶.this place was not crowded with people or large crowds of tourists at all‚?¶..it was peaceful, civilized, and like staying at a home away from home. From what I noticed, mostly business travelers stayed here to attend meetings close by, or visitors who wanted the amenities and setting of a home‚?¶..and away from the hustle and bustle of being on or near the Sukhumvit area. Although this hotel is away from the heart of the city, it does not mean there‚??s nothing nearby. There‚??s the MRT nearby just around the corner and the Esplanade shopping mall about a 3-4 minute walk away. Note that this is nothing like the flashy designer goods and trendy restaurant/caf√© type malls you find on Sukhumvit‚?¶..this mall is quite large, but caters mostly to locals who live and work close by‚?¶..you won‚??t find many tourists here unless they happen to be staying close by. It‚??s a nice, clean, modern, and down to earth mall with all the essentials‚?¶.pharmacies, lots and lots of restaurants (mostly Japanese), banks, cafes, hairdressers, bookstores, bowling alley, Cineplex, supermarket, hair salons, massages, beauty care, etc‚?¶‚?¶no Gucci, no Prada, no LV, etc.
Ok, overall it was a pleasant stay and I somewhat enjoyed the experience‚?¶.however, I miss having a bar at the hotel for my occasional nightcap. My only problem with the room is that there were strange looking stains on the sofa cushion which didn‚??t leave me with a very good impression‚?¶..I shuddered to think what it could have been and laid a towel over the sofa just in case‚?¶yuck! Worse of all, I found a cigarette butt in between the sofa cushions‚?¶. Yuck again!....I thought this was a non-smoking hotel or room?! Other than these, there were numerous signs of wear and tear around, especially if you look closely. And, during the last night of my stay, the AC started squeaking loudly and persisted till the following morning‚?¶..that wasn‚??t too pleasant either. Perhaps better maintenance of the rooms should be focused on.