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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand China Princess Bangkok
With Bangkok's Chinatown being the third Chinatown we have visited on our trip, Bangkok's Chinatown was certainly the biggest of them all and the less touristy!
The market here instead of just being one street, it was all over across many streets with real Chinease snacks, drinks, food, products and items to buy.
We walked from the Grand Palace to here which was 4km, looked around for a while, grabbed ice drinks and nibbles then walked another 4km towards the train station.
We can honestly say we saw probably most of China town on our walk and it was well worth a visit.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand China Princess Bangkok
Loved the revolving restaurant
Stayed at the Grand China Princess Hotel for 2 nights. Hotel reception area appeared a bit impersonal as there were a small row of shops leading off from the reception area. Staff were very friendly and obliging. Our room was pretty average but the bathroom let them down as all the tiles needed renewing or fresh grouting. It was clean but gave the bathroom a grubby appearance. Had a meal in the revolving restaurant which gave you great views over Bangkok. Didn't have time to explore the leisure facilities. Hotel was very conveniently situated in Chinatown. Some great eating places in Chinatown. Lots of stalls and shops to explore. Breakfast buffet was fine - good choice available.
Hotel average,location great
We stayed at the grand china princess for four nights arriving on the 16th of August. The hotel was okay, quite pleasant but nothing super luxurious about it. The skypool is really only a dip pool it is hard to swim but the view of Chao Praya River is spectacular. Our main reason for choosing the hotel was to be situated in the heart of ChinaTown. Little bar downstairs in hotel is nice, basic but reasonable prices.
Chinatown was fantastic, loud ,smelly and full of a buzzing atmosphere. If you step out of the back entrance/exit by the bakery of the hotel, head across the road towards post office and turn right and immediate left after 8pm. This place will come alive at night and there is a lovely basic restaurant on your left which is airconditioned and has a red welcome mat outside. The food is great and cheap.
Ask for a map if you like shopping and go to the Indian market on Phurach Rd (not sure about spelling). Before the Indian market there are a group of shops on the right hidden away selling all electrical goods, but you might want to be careful about that, not sure about reliabiltiy of such goods. If you would like to know anymore especially about sightseeing, any pitfalls to watch out for or money worries, please contact me and I will do my best to help.
A two-star hotel
This hotel pretends to masquerade as a 3-star but it's pretty awful. The rooms are old, plain and tired-looking and the bathrooms look like they could use a good cleaning and renovation. I booked 3 rooms in August and was surprised to see that they were nothing more than holes in the wall. I eventually upgraded to a suite for the larger room and better bathroom, but that was only a 3-star experience then.
Ok, here is my perspective...
* cheap if you find a good deal
* located in Chinatown and within walking distance of Little India (Pachurat)
* generally breakfast is included
* service staff quite helpful on occassions
* Chinatown is open till late
* far from skytrain/metro/rail station (i.e. not walking distance)
* rooms/bathrooms a dump
* service staff quite unhelpful on occassions
* not good for bringing the family/friends/spouse along unless you really want to save money (even then there are better hotels for this cost level)
From the old airport, the hotel is approximately a 250-300 baht ride away (depending on traffic). This assumes metred use of a taxi (be persistent and unafraid to wait for another cab if the cabbie wants to charge a fixed price).
Grand china, grand hotel
The Grand China is well situated in the heart of chinatown and any tuk tuk or taxi will cost you less than one english pound to get to the main attractions. The hotel is clean, well maintained, quiet and the staff are friendly. Beware the touting tuk tuk or taxi man who waits ourside of the hotel and offers to take you somewhere like shops or for a gasoline voucher - they will waste your time. walk away from the hotel and you can flag down one who is genuine and probably cheaper - be prepared to haggle. Breakfast is excellent with a wide range of food to suit all. I would stay here again! Cheap, quality, well worth our five day stay!
Gem in chinatown
very good hotel........got a good price off the net,room was large,airy,very clean.hotel gives you 2 bottles of mineral water free per day...air con worked well..breakfast in the price was very good,hot and cold buffet type..good views from bedroom,great coffee bar just next to hotel...location was awsome,middle of china town,so much shopping ,my wife was happy for days..at night the place was just full of food vendors..not many tourist (which was great)..good hotel,good location...great time in bangkok...will use hotel again
Booking a room at Grand China Princess
If you plan to stay at the Grand China Princess hotel in Bangkok, I would suggest calling the hotel directly. When I found their website (found through google) I made a reservation online... finding out later that it's through some travel agent called Asia Web Direct Co. Ltd. Unlike most hotels that require 24 or 48 hour advance notice of cancellation, they require 7 days or they charge you for a night. Good luck.
If you love the hustle & bustle
We booked in advance through a hotel website at £22 a night, not bad for a 4* hotel. Whilst we were away we had to amend our booking twice before actually staying there and even 2 days before our stay they managed to change our booking to accommodate our needs.
Rooms were a clean, nicely decorated and a decent size with huge windows overlooking the city, amazing views (we were 11th floor, it has 25 floors in all). Staff were friendly but not overly pushy or in your face.
Didnt use the open air, 25th floor pool but had a look around and was very quiet with again more amazing views.
Location was excellent if you like the hustle and bustle (well you wouldnt go to Bangkok if you didnt). Very centre of Chinatown, 5 minutes walk to the pier and market stalls very close by. Only problem was lack of restaurants, open air food stalls were in abundance but we could not find many sit down restaurants in the area (apart from the hotels revolving one, again didnt use it but went for a look at the menu, quite a variety of chinese and thai dishes).
Overall a very nice hotel with excellent views.
In the centre of everything
The best thing about this hotel I found was the location. Unless you are only in Bangkok to shop (and I can think of better places you should be going if this is the case) then this hotel is perfect because it is basically walking distance to almost everything you might want to see in Bangkok itself. You can walk to most major sights (eg the Grand Palace), and other places like Patpong and the central shopping distance are also a walk (albeit a pretty long one) away. Chinatown takes some getting used to - its incredibly busy - but I wouldnt feel like we've experienced Bangkok if we didn't get to see this side of it, as I expect some who stay elsewhere possibly dont.
The hotel was clean enough, the views from out 20th floor room were awesome, and probabaly the only gripe I have is that the airconditioner leaked a little in the room entrance. If returning to Bangkok, I would stay at this hotel again.
Great hotel for the money!
Had a wonderful experience at this hotel. THe staff was extremely helpful and the restaurant in the hotel offered great service. Being from the US it was nice to experience the culture of Chinatown in Thailand and be a little removed from other westerners.
In the middle of the bustle
This hotel was a very good price in a busy area of Bangkok. However it was a long drive from the airport. The room was large with excellent air conditioning, free bottled water, great bathroom and a view over Bangkok towards the river. the breakfast was interesting with both American and Asian elements. There were a few caucasians staying and many Asian people. The pool was small but adequate with an awesome view over the city - we were in it often and only shared it once. The poolside food and alcohol service was quick and inexpensive (although dear for Thailand). The staff were polite and English was spoken. The area is busy and may induce a little culture shock for some people. Easy walk to river. Plenty of streetside food around but few restaurants in the area. Very close to good fabric market - very crowded - and food market too.
We stayed in November 2003. Would stay there again.