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Historical Traveler Reviews First Hotel Bangkok
Cockroach infested room
This was the first hotel we checked into during my first visit to Bangkok. The location was nice, but the room was terrible. Roaches wouldn't stop coming, we probably killed 50.. The breakfast was decent. I basically agree with all the other reviews.
i went check in to the hotel and got single beds for my rm when i asked for twin sharing. the toilet was horrible, hot water and cold water inconsistent, towels looked dusty and not promising. The tv channels cant reali be viewed. The beds bend to one side as if it broke one of its wheels. the door chain came off by which i assumed that it might be forced open before. No hot water and when i called for housekeeping, the lady on the line rudely answered me ok, without asking for my rm number,she put dwn the phone when i requested for hot water. I waited for hours, no sign of my request.
My compliments will go to the area where the hotel is located, near to pratunam and skytrain by which i could proceed to other places. Definitely i wont spend mych time in the room.I wish that the hotel could be better, considering that the location is perfect for tourist, sadly, i was disapointed by the place.
Unpleasant stay at First Hotel
Check in on 29/10/2005 and check out on 2/11/2005. When check in found out that we didnt book the hotel at all??? Then no choice have to rebook again and we suppose to stay in tower wing which much newer then main tower. But no more room at tower wing and we have to stay at main tower for the 1st night. Found out that the room very old, bathroom very old, tiles in white but with crack n dirt and bed very old and not comfortable to sleep in. I found small crockroaches running around the room. No hairdryer provide in main tower but tower wing have provide.
Breakfast not tasty and not much variety. French toast serve cold. But if you are not fussy and the hotel might suit you.
Wing Tower is value for money
I stayed at First Hotel for 3 nights in Oct 2005.
On the night I arrived, I had a rude shock as I was told the (new) Wing Tower was fully booked. This was despite my confirmed booking.
It was a good thing I made a photocopy of the Hotel Voucher given to me by my Singapore travel agency. This is because when the driver picked us up at the airport, he took our copy of the Hotel Voucher, and gave us another voucher issued by the Thai travel office. On that voucher, it stated that we were booked in the (OLD) Main Wing.
I contacted the Thai travel office, and got them to speak to the hotel staff. But there was nothing the hotel would do for us, so we had to stay in the old wing for the 1st night.
First Hotel is a 3 star hotel, and the old wing certainly demonstrated that! The room was old, and there were baby cockroaches in it!!
I saw about 5 baby cockroaches that night. The walls were thin, and to top it off, there were inconsiderate guests living on the same floor as us. Until 3am that night, we kept hearing slamming doors and loud talking.
The only saving grace was that the TV had some decent channels like HBO and Hallmark.
The next morning, I went to the Thai travel office, which by a miracle, was located within the hotel. The staff was very apologetic, and told us there had been a mix-up in their Head Office, which is why we were given a room in the old wing. She told us that we would be upgraded to the new wing that very afternoon. To compensate us, she gave us a free buffet dinner at Asia Hotel.
When we returned to the hotel later that day, we went to the Reception, only to be told that Wing Tower was still fully booked. However, they'd upgrade us to a Junior Suite in the old wing which was a BIGGER room. So what, are the cockroaches bigger too? :(
We stood our ground and told them very firmly that we had been promised the Wing Tower, and would not accept staying in the Main Wing.
After some conversing among the staff, they finally gave us a room in the Wing Tower. Not a very cooperative bunch, these front desk personnel.
In fact, I think they'll try to pull the same stunt on many guests. If you don't fight for it, they'll probably try to push you to the Old Wing, which no one in their right mind would want to book in the first place!
We were very happy with the new room. It was spacious, clean and A LOT MORE comfy than the old one. They even provided a hairdryer!
For the price, we couldn't complain. Buffet breakfast had a pretty good spread, and we were about 10mins walk away from nearest sky train station. Taxi ride to Siam Square/MBK took only 5mins.
The lobby in the main building will throw you off, because it is very old and small. But the rooms in the wing tower were almost 4 star, in my opinion.
I recommend this hotel for budget travellers. But please, only stay in the new Tower Wing!!
Horrrible First Hotel in Bangkok
I stayed one nite in this hotel in June. We have a room infested with cockcroaches. Told the receptionist about it and all they did was to send a man with some bayon spray to the room. In the end, I barge down to the reception with a tissue filled with cockcroaches & demand that I have a change of room immediately! I ended up with an even smaller room then before!
Stayed here for 1 night only(thank goodness!) Check in discovered we needed 1000 cash deposit. Room was clean but was reminded of a seventies throwback in style!
Bathroom looked like it had last been refurbished many many years ago, the sink and bath were chipped , the towels were paper thin.
The walls in the room were stained , the t.v remote had no battery and the main light did not work.
Breakfast..... cold baked beans cold eggs cold sausage but toast and coffee hot!
Also had to borrow a hairdrier from housekeeping (100bht deposit)
If you are on a very tight budget it is acceptable but be warned.
Horrible First Hotel Bangkok.
I would like to warn all tourists about First Hotel in Bangkok. Generally, I find most people in Thailand to be warm and friendly. No wonder it is called the Land of Smiles. But my last experience in First Hotel showed me for the first time, the ugly side of Bangkok. One day before I check out, I ask the front staff whether I can have late check-out. He said yes. Then on the check out day itself, some very rude lady called us and threathen to charge me for another day. She refused to believe that I have asked for late check out. She said that there is NO WAY their staff would have said yes. Basically, she is calling me a LIAR. Then she said if I don't leave right away, she will charge me for another day.
It is bad experiences like this that make tourists have a very bad impression about the place. So, if you don't want to spoil your holiday experience, stay away from First Hotel in Bangkok!!!!!
First Hotel, First Lesson
I stayed at this hotel for 2 days in Decemeber 2003 which was booked through an agent. I only saw the main building so I can't talk about the Tower.
The main building is pretty much on par with the Pompano Beach Holiday Inn. 70's decor, and when I was there, we got a bit of a smell because of some painting or something going on.
The best thing I can say for this review is that if you are on a budget, this place is passable at 2 star prices. People are friendly and helpful but the main building is 30 year old shabby. Backpackers would find it adequate and anyone expecting a real hotel should look elsewhere. Of course, you could make sure you get booked into the Tower building and write up a review to go with this one.
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