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TravelPod Member ReviewsBossotel Bangkok
very welcoming. Very happy with service. Luckily was close to the ShangriLah which made it easy for taxi and tuk tuk drivers to find.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bossotel Bangkok
Great Location, Great Price
Although I wouldn't say that the front desk staff was overly friendly, this was a great hotel. We stopped in Bangkok at the beginning and end of our trip and stayed at the Bossotel both times. We could walk to the river and catch a ferry to the Grand Palace or walk to the skytrain and take it downtown or to the weekend market. Also a great neighborhood for getting a tailored suit made.
The Budget Shangri-La
It's hard to tell people that you're on budget in Bangkok ... but that's exactly what happened on my most recent trip. Since I was going to be for quite a few days, I didn't want to spend too much money on accomodation, especially since I've got a good mind to do loads of shopping! Haha!
Opted for the Bossotel from research on Tripadvisor and I must say I was pleasantly surprised during my stay there. For half of what I usually pay for hotel accomodation, I got more than what I expected from Bossotel Inn.
First, the location is absolutely fantastic! Being so close to the famed Shangri-La, it's not difficult for cabbies to exactly where you wanna go. Nearly everyone knows where the Shangri-La is, so getting to the Bossotel Inn was never an issue. And its proximity to the Chao Praya River was an added bonus during the Loy Kratong Festival when I was there! The hotel had mini kratongs for the guests to float them off the river, and I was lucky enough to be able to float one of the hotel's large "kratong" on display. The firework display later on in the night was truly a beauty to behold. Being so close to the river, I almost felt as if the fireworks were raining on my face! Totally awesome!
Service and breakfast is generally good. Not your top-notch Shang style but one can't ask for more for the price the Bossotel is offering! I was definitely bowled over for one ;-) ...
The hotel's ambience is cosy, and I heard the hotel's massage is good too ... though I've yet to try it myself. The room was clean and properly made up each day. There's also a water boiler that you can use for that instant noodles fix. You only need to pay 80 baht for an hour's internet access - relatively cheap for a hotel.
I checked out and returned at 4pm from some last-minute shopping on my last day and they allowed me a shower in their spa facility. When I told the doorman I needed a cab, he told me to just wait in the lobby while he go get one for me. Excellent service!
I dub it The Budget Shang. For a fraction of the price, you get the benefit of being located so close to a well known hotel (the Lebua State Tower hotel is also just opposite - where you can get a drink from the highest floor and enjoy the Bangkok skyline). The BTS Station is just a stone's throw away, and its proximity to the Chao Praya river an added bonus for any canal adventures by boat.
The Bossotel Inn is a good choice for the budget-conscious - who wants a good location, quality service, clean rooms etc. Value for money most definitely!
Stayed here in early December, just as they were putting up the Christmas tree!! After a longhaul flight from London, we were welcomed with a glass of juice and shown to a very clean and spacious room. The staff were very helpful and I would thouroughly recommend this hotel. Tried the open air swimming pool on the forth floor, and though a little narrow it was fine after a days sightseeing in the city! Located 5 minutes walk from the skytrain and river boats, with taxis and tuk-tuks easy to find outside the hotel. Being next door to the Shangri-la made for pleasant riverside drinks, without the expensive room-rate.
Great value hotel
Great value hotel in good location, 5 minutes walk from Skytrain and river boat within short walk too.
Great breakfast , very large bedroom, spotlessly clean bathroom with good power shower and toiletry selection. Only spotted pool on last day, but looked good with some rooms opening onto it (room 418 was one I think).
Would definitely stay in this hotel again.
The lobby was stylish. The room was nice. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful and spoke English very well. The breakfast (which was not included in our room rate) was very good, as was dinner at the hotel restaurant. Individual safe deposit boxes are available at the front desk at no charge. They have a room with three PCs for Internet access, which were fast and worked very well (although the price was slightly higher than what you'd pay at an Internet cafe). The hotel stored a suitcase for us for a week in between two stays at no charge. The laundry service worked well and was reasonably priced.
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Spotlessly clean - luxury after staying in some other places (Manohra Hotel) -- really friendly helpfull staff -- views of temple --- Great hotel - you wont be dis appointed.
Great small hotel
We stayed here in November 2005: we initially stayed for 3 nights, spent 2 nights in Kanchanaburi, then returned for another 2 nights. Whilst we were away, the hotel were more than happy to store our baggage securely for us.
On both occasions, we were given a large room, which were more than adequate for our needs.
The location of the hotel was, for us, ideal: it's on a quiet side road, but near major shopping areas, restaurants, etc.
You can get the river taxi from the nearby pier by the Shangri La Hotel, and there is also a skytrain station a few minutes walk away. If there are no taxis around, the staff are happy to go and get you one from the main street. Occasionally, the reception staff had limited English - enough to get by, but not enough for more complex queries. However, the chap on the tour desk in the lobby proved extremely helpful on these occasions.
The breakfast was much better than we were expecting - a wide range of selections (Western and Thai), with fresh eggs cooked however you wanted them.
Overall, this hotel offers good, clean rooms and facilities for the price, and is in a relatively quiet location, but near good transport links, helping you access most of the major sights in Bangkok.
We would certainly use the Bossotel again.
Best Breakfasts Ever
The Bossotel Inn in Bangkok is a great little boutique hotel. It is clean and has a variety of room styles, al with bathrooms and refrigerators. The staff is helpful and they will store baggage for you free of charge. There is a spa in the building that offers massages and other beauty treatments from head to toe. But the main reason I had to write this review is that the breakfast that came with our rooms was outrageous. There was all kinds of the regular cereal, toast, fruit and coffee , all of high quality, but there was also a full range of Thai and Chinese dishes every morning, as well as an omlette station! This breakfast held us until at least 2 pm. Our group started and ended our SE Asia trip at this hotel and yearned for their breakfasts the whole time we were away from Bangkok.
Oh, and there is a little lap pool on the fourth floor. It is a great respite from the city. I can't wait to go back.
Fantastic value for money!
The Bossotel isn't on the usual touristy route - as such there aren't many bars or street stalls around. It's about 100 yards from the Shangri La and has excellent transport links - there is a port for the River taxi at the end of the street (100 yards) and the Sky Train is a 5 minute walk away.
I think the hotel has recently been refurbished because everything looks squeaky-clean and new.
The restaurant isn't particularly intimate, but the food is fantastic. The pool is quite small, but perfect for that afternoon dip once you've got out of the Bangkok sun.
The rooms are all nice and spacious. The cheaper rooms don't all have windows and some are quite close to the noisy airconditioning - the more expensive rooms (£25 per night!) have views of the street or pool, and are that little bit bigger.
While the Bossotel isn't anything special, it's great value for money and is a good location to base yourself for a few days in Bangkok.
Great little hotel
My friends and I stayed there for five nights and it was a graet little hotel. Nothing fancy or to shout about but it is practical, clean and good location (5 mins walk to Saphan taksin sky train). Had a fridge in the room and they put in cold water everyday. Safe deposit downstairs in the lobby. Business centre has internet and massage services next door.
We had the rooms in the back with windowns looking into an airwell and it was a little dark but we were hardly ever in the rooms. Apparently rooms in the front have the big windows and more light but was more then what we paid (1100 baht incl breakfast). Breakfast was good range of cereal (homemade muselli), fried egg station, sausages, meats, local food, fruits, coffee/tea... can't complain.
Just outside the hotel are local shops etc... so you get a real buzz of local activities. Stone's throw to the Shangri La and the Oriental (must go have a drink on the terrace). Saphan Taksin bridge is also where you catch river taxi etc... Three stops on the sky train to Saladeng and about six to Siam and National (where you get off to go to Siam Paragon and MBK).
Would stay there again.
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... the freezing cold water. He had had enough of that backbone and wasn't getting back on again. Adam gave us some tree fibre that foams when agitated in the water to use as soap and scoops to scrub and wash down the elephants to which they enjoyed immensely.
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