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    What 'landmark' hotels have you stayed at?I don't mean The Landmark Hotel Bangkok (an

    I don't mean The Landmark Hotel Bangkok (and I haven't stayed there anyway) I mean during your everyday day to day travels in Bangkok you must regularly see certain hotels every day of the week, but have you ever wondered what its actually like to stay there?

    I have made the journey along Sukhumvit from Ekkamai to Asoke very regularly, daily almost, either by taxi or Skytrain. Countless times I went past the Rex Hotel, Thong Lor, without a second thought as to what it was like 2 star? 3 Star? Anyway whilst I was having my apartment de-termited, I thought I'd try it. 1000 Baht and it's a bog standard 3 star hotel. Adjoining coffee shop is there for freelancers and numerous Japanese expats use the place. Nothing special then.

    Ever wondered what the penthouse at the Amari Atrium Hotel is like? Another place I've been past on Petchaburi Road over a thousand times. In fact it is rather nice. I was lucky enough to stay just after the refit. And as I was dating a member of staff, I got the staff room rate. Nice place, good restaurants.

    How many times have you been through Bang Na, and seen that monstrous hotel that is the Avana? I resided here for 600 a night a few years back, and it was crumbling, tired and the staff slovenly. Not to be outdone, I then stayed for 6 months at 6000 a month. Oddly enough, the long term rooms were far superior to the hotel rooms, and higher up too.

    Now onto that concrete lego set looking place in Klong Tan, at the bottom of Ramkamhaeng Road. The paper-thin walls of the Nasa Vegas complex are hardly appealing to the eye, and nor is the fact that the airport rail link runs inches from the front, as does the eastbound rail line. I almost drunkenly fell into one of those mile long freight trains during my booze soaked heady days staying there.

    It was the pits though. The long term rooms were former hotel rooms, and former being the ideal description. Not even a window you can open properly. Stained bathroom walls and dodgy aircon is not what makes up a decent 6 months stay but somehow, I hacked it. Probably because I was drunk most of the time. The only plus point was the 24hr lobby bar/restaurant.

    I do intend to tick some more landmarks off my list, The Prince Hotel, Baiyoke Sky tower, Holiday Inn Chit Lom, Queens Park hotel. Being in Bangkok would help, of course, but one thing's for sure, the next trip will be fun.
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    Pathwan Princess, Excellent hotel attached to MBK centre. Grand China Princess Hotel in China Town. Good Hotel with great resturants & close to all China Town has to offer.

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    What about places you wouldn't be seen dead at? My top vote goes to the Morakot Hotel which is on the corner of Thong Lor and Petchaburi Road. Looks like its heyday was about 30 years ago, and it's just crumbled ever since. I doubt it's even still standing.

    And, I doubt any of us on the forum have ever stayed at the Asia Hotel. The ultimate tourist trap hotel lobby. Overpriced tours and countless tailors shops, and I'm sure the lights are dimmed deliberately.

    Chaophya Park hotel, Ratchadapisek Road, great potential from the outside, lobby is very nice, restaurant excellent, and the rooms are very comfortable indeed. My view of the nearby klong was a bit of a let down.

    The First Hotel in Pratunam was pretty much identical to the Rex Hotel, probably the same interior decorator. And as I recall, the TV had only one watchable channel, in Thai, the rest were fuzzy.

    Anyone stayed at the Viengtai Hotel in Soi Rambutree? The Chaleena Hotel off Ramkamhaeng Road? I've always wondered if the Novotel Hotel in Bang Na was lower in standard to its counterpart in Siam Square.
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    J.W. Marriott on Suk Soi 2. I believe it has downgraded ever so slightly in the last couple years. 4-star, as nearly all rooms and suites are top-notch. All amenities available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    Chaophya Park hotel, Ratchadapisek Road, great potential from the outside, lobby is very nice, restaurant excellent, and the rooms are very comfortable indeed. My view of the nearby klong was a bit of a let down.
    I stayed there for 6 months; great place, nice staff and very good Thai food. The room service menu was cheap for a 5* place!

    had a couple of weird things happen; the disco was where a politician's son shot someone dad and got away with it.
    The police raided a nearby room and found a porn film being made

    the only negative thing was that it was a bit isolated, used to take 45 minutes by taxi to get to Cowboy in the early evening; now they have a nearby metro station though

    I was there as it was fairly close to the office, so the driver could swing by and take me there in a few minutes
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    I stayed in a suite with a jacuzzi in the Raddison back in 04. I can tell you it was poor investment for 12,000 baht and I would not do it again. .

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    Author's Wing suites at the Oriental are nice, as are the suites at the Sukhothai Hotel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post

    What about places you wouldn't be seen dead at? My top vote goes to the Morakot Hotel which is on the corner of Thong Lor and Petchaburi Road. Looks like its heyday was about 30 years ago, and it's just crumbled ever since. I doubt it's even still standing.
    Gone now but before its final death it was in a sorry state. The empty swimming pool full of debris and the poster advertising their disco had men in fashionable flares.

    Towards the end it had an ancient massage service advertised at 90 baht. This was more tempting than a cheap charlie could stand so I gave it a shot. There followed a relaxing 2 hours in an air conditioned and partitioned room. At this price, my masseuse had to drum up some money with a happy ending for 200 baht for which she also got her tits out. She assured me that on my next visit I should pay 1500 for a private room, ancient massage for 2 hours then full on sex. The hotel rooms were like a sixties museum. They should have put a placard up .................' JF Kennedy might have slept here '

    Anyways , I did , and it as good. Too bad the place is closed.

    The Rex has a very good coffee shop. Dined with relatives there and was surprised at the quality of the food. Best Fried crab rice I've ever had.

    The First hotel had a major fire involving helicopter rescue rom the rooftop. A friend in a nearby apartment was watching the scene when a woman who had grabbed one of the choppers skis fell to her death. Freaked him out a bit.

    The Charoen Grung hotel, opposite Hualampong. Cheap but very clean. Used to use it a lot when we were on the pull in Chinatown.

    The Royal Hotel, Ratchadamnoern. Now renamed was well known in its day. Built in sort of art deco style saw a lot of action during the riots at Thamasart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post

    The Chaleena Hotel off Ramkamhaeng Road?

    Yes, I stayed there on the first night I fled from my first wife in Khon Kaen.

    Muslim owned and run but pretty good value for money at less than 1000 baht.
    Rooms are clean and breakfast is included but don't bother looking for bacon or ham !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
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    The Chaleena Hotel off Ramkamhaeng Road?

    Yes, I stayed there on the first night I fled from my first wife in Khon Kaen.

    Muslim owned and run but pretty good value for money at less than 1000 baht.
    Rooms are clean and breakfast is included but don't bother looking for bacon or ham !
    Why not? They do both of them in the Sandpit. They make them out of Beef or Turkey.

    Obviously not as good as the real thing, but the locals munch them down quite happily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post

    The Chaleena Hotel off Ramkamhaeng Road?

    Yes, I stayed there on the first night I fled from my first wife in Khon Kaen.

    Muslim owned and run but pretty good value for money at less than 1000 baht.
    Rooms are clean and breakfast is included but don't bother looking for bacon or ham !
    Why not? They do both of them in the Sandpit. They make them out of Beef or Turkey.

    Obviously not as good as the real thing, but the locals munch them down quite happily.
    Well, even lookalikes were conspicuous by their absence when I stayed there but I did get up late so maybe the early risers had necked the lot !

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    Hilton in Amsterdam which was the hotel in which Lennon and Ono stayed at and had their love in where the photo was taken with them in the bed.

    Bed-In for Peace



    Knowing their March 20, 1969 marriage in Gibraltar would be a major press event, John and Yoko decided to use the publicity to promote world peace. They spent their honeymoon in the presidential suite (Room #902) at the hotel in a "Bed-In" for a week between March 25 and 31 1969,[4] inviting the world's press into their hotel room every day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Amsterdam art dealer Nico Koster was invited by Lennon himself for a solo shoot. Koster unearthed the lost negatives of these historic pictures in March 2009. The couple were sitting in bed in Room 702 of the hotel in Lennon's words "like Angels", discussing peace with signs over their bed reading "Hair Peace" and "Bed Peace". After seven days, they flew to Vienna, Austria, where they held a Bagism press conference.The hotel and event is mentioned in the song The Ballad of John and Yoko where he mentions Amsterdam Hilton by name and uses the following words: "…the news people said: Hey, what you doin' in bed? I said: We're only tryin' to get us some peace!".[5]
    "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff....and it is all small stuff"

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    I did stay here one night just for the experience and it was certainly an experience.

    Landmark Hotel? Maybe not but one of a kind........

    http://www.penthousehotel.com/

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    The old Strand, The old Raffles, The old Oriental, The Yak and Yeti up in Nepal, and of course the E and O in Penang. All old hotels this old timer stayed in a long time ago. All over 30 years ago.

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    George V in Paris. And someone else was paying.

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    ^ stayed there as a kid when on home leave living in Arabia circa late 50's early 60's

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    The Palmer House is a must in Chicaog - if we are talking out outside of Thailand!

    Chicago Hotels - The Palmer House Hilton Hotel - Chicago Hotel

    A nice photo tour here -

    http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hote...hotoGallery.do
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    I've stayed at the Hotel Malaysia - BKK a few times back in the day. Does that count as a 'Landmark' hotel?

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    I stayed at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC (the same hotel where Sid killed Nancy- didn't get the same room, though).

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    Hey Boon Mee I was across the street from you slumming it in the Privacy Hotel.

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    Royal Phawadee Village Patong Phuket.

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    I thought the OP said in Bangkok OK whatever my first night in Thailand was in the JW Marriott Sukhumvit soi 2, 12 years ago at the time I was already in Goa and the Marriott there my friend is the manager so I let him book me a room in Bangkok. I have to say he did me proud not only a room it was a suite for 50$ a night nice one lad, little did I know at first it was on the 16th floor that was the buisness floor had its own lounge and bar for snaks and couple of free beers and rooftop garden.

    I ended up staying for 3 months.

    As for around the world I've stayed in some nice places but I have also worked on many 5 star hotels doing all the finishing work ie, bedrooms and the public areas and restaurants.

    I once worked in Claridges in London we refitted 100 bedrooms and at that time I worked for a company I was the site foreman the management insisted that I stayed on site. I lived in there for 4 months some comings and goings in there.

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    The Hyde Park Hilton, London. T'was OK.

    Weston Manor Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green, England. Had the wedding suite. Jolly nice it was too.

    The Compleat Angler, Marlow, England. A favourite of Princess Di apparently. It was here that I realised nouveau cuisine was overrated. Not bad for the staff price of 10 quid a night though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    The Hyde Park Hilton, London. T'was OK.
    I've done a few Hilton's when I was out and about Globally.

    The Hilton Park Lane, the Hilton on the mountain overlooking the Vatican City, the one next to the Eithel Tower in Paris, the Hilton on the beach in Nice and not to forget the P J Hilton in Kuala Lumpur with the Park Lane Hilton being the best because of their great breakfast buffet.

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    Them reward points come in handy eh mate?

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