Grand Watergate Hotel
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... One of the many beautiful buildings in the palace complex is a textiles and fashion museum dedicated to the Queen of Thailand's clothes, through the 50s and 60s she was truly a style icon and some of her outfits and jewellery were out of this world (really cool lady)! A couple of other eye-opening sights we have seen include a huge monitor lizard climbing out of one of the main city canals, it was easily over two metres long to the end of its tail, the stilted house it disappeared ...
... to be honest. The water park is 100baht per adult, kids are free. So about £3.70 for all of us! They hire out swim caps (that are required) but you get that money back. They have lockers, swimming costumes, floats and towels for rent so you really don't need to take much. The slides are more for kids, not much for the adventurous teen or adult, but more than enough to thrill our 2. They have wonderful toddler sections with pirate themes. ...
... happy to host Hanna, who is friends with their daughter Kim, and two of her friends without ever having laid eyes on the lot of us! So, totally unexpectedly, we got to spend our last two days hanging out with Hanna, enjoying the joys of relaxing in a home. We really spent our one full day together swimming in their pool, exploring their neighborhood via golf cart and feasting. It was ...
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It's after 10pm by the time we got back to our hostel. Cindy was feeling tired and went to bed early while I stayed up and worked on the blog in the outdoor lobby. Wifi didn't work in the room, so I was forced to sit there, moving to 3 different seats before settling on the best lit area. The mosquitoes were killing me but I persevered, constantly swatting and scratching as I typed away. The boy working reception eventually turned on a fan ...
... mono rails zooming around overhead. Tuk tuks, motor bikes,
mopeds, cars, trucks and coaches of every size and design clog the roads.
There are staggering displays of neon and nearby we found poor unfortunates who sleep on cardboard literally in the central reservations of dual carriage ways.
There are dogs and cats everywhere mostly looking fairly thin and scraggy and understandably concerned that they could easily appear on ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Watergate Hotel Bangkok
We pre-booked and paid for this hotel well in advance. However when we arrived they tried to put us in a twin standard room. I went down and complained, saying we booked a double. They insisted they were full and could I wait until the morning. They said we could move to a Deluxe double but pay another 300 baht! At this point I said this was unacceptable and it would be good service to give us the room without paying extra. After calling her boss, the receptionist agreed but practically throw the room key at me and walked off in a strop!
The new room ironically was next door - and EXACTLY the same, except it had a double bed. Well no not a double bed.. 2 singles pushed together with a double sheet over the top!! I couldn't believe the cheek of it, but didn't have the energy to argue anymore. The TV didn't work, and they never got it fixed, even after continuously asking them. The mattress's were rock hard and the pillows were like stones, I had to have them changed as I had terrible neck ache from the first night trying to sleep on it. Again, I had to ask 2 different times to 3 different people. Their English is so poor I had to go get the pillow to show them! They also have a nasty habit of laughing at you when they don't understand, and giggling and chatting in Thai about you when you're stood right there!
The air con in the room is deafening as the entire unit is inside and it was almost worth not having it.
Worst of all besides the awful facilities, was as previously mentioned the awful staff. We asked one morning if they could call us a taxi - it was Songkran and we didn't want to get wet on our way to a fancy meal. They said they couldn't. Are they completely incompetent?? I believe so.
The location was good near the malls and skytrain. The place is uncomfortable and overpriced - depends how desperate you are for the location as to whether you can deal with staying there.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.