Le Fenix Sukhumvit
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Fenix Sukhumvit Bangkok
New, modern, minimalist hotel
Booked into this hotel since it is still relatively new and looked ok on the website.
Overall, it was an average hotel - depends on what you are looking for.
Location - Quite strategic, about 5 minutes walk out to main Sukhumvit Road. A lot of stalls located at this part of Sukhumvit road.
Food - Buffet breakfast was only average. Stayed at Davis Hotel previously, this is nothing compared to Davis! Normal fare such as bacon (not crispy at all!), ham, sausage (cheap type!), eggs to order, toast, fruits, cereals, small selection of salad and about 2 Asian dishes.
Room - Clean, still new, bed was comfortable, comes with a Samsung LCD tv. Really minimalist - no dustbin in the room, no place to put your luggage except on the floor, not carpeted, very thin paper slippers provided.
Service - Relatively slow, took us about 20 minutes to check in even though there was only 1 customer at that point of time. The hotel tuk-tuk was not operating throughout my 4 days stay there and the staffs are not apologetic at all, giving excuses like "driver not in today", "tuk-tuk sent for servicing".
Stayed at Davis Hotel last year, and I would say Davis Hotel is better in every aspect EXCEPT for location. At least Le Fenix is quite near the busy area of Sukhumvit.
We booked Le Fenix based on the recommendations in Tripadvisor. We arrived at about 9:30pm, and recieved two rooms in a hall adjacent to the restaurant - not ideal. We tried to get other rooms but the ony other rooms were smoking rooms, so we decided to stay in the rooms we got - a good decision, since they were on the third floor and we had quick and easy access by stairs into them. Walking through the restaurant was a bit wierd, but the smiles of the employees as we walked by more than made up for it. The staff was friendly and helpful all through the room selection process and the entire stay.
The hotel was great. First of all, it is just beautiful, in and out. The decor is gorgeous. Breakfast is unbeatable with both oriental and western foods, omlettes made to order etc. The rooms are great, with the plasma/LCD TV, good AC and comfortable beds. The bathrooms are a little small, and there is only a slit for a window.
As it was the end of our stay in Thailand, and wanting to rest and get back into shape, we made good use of the hotel's small but efficient gym and its little, but pretty pool overlooking the street.
The area is the wild east... Ritz hotel, Q-Bar right across the street from the shemale hookers and the mobile bar-stall serving cocktails right on the street. Not a place for an evening walk with the children, but not threatening either.
No place is perfect, but this hotel and its people makes it easy to overlook small imperfections like sharp corners and some smuged paint.
Nice, funky hotel
Cool, funky hotel. Great colors, unique design (L-shaped windows!). Firm bed, soft pillows. Best of all, a great location. Just across the street from the Q Bar, round the corner from Bed Supperclub.
The Nana BTS station is a 5 minute walk away.
The only complaint is that the staff was a bit aloof.
PS: There's a Samsung LCD TV in the room!
Cool, contemporary, great value
I stayed at Le Fenix for five nights with my extended family with members ranging from 11 to 75 years of age. They all loved Le Fenix, especially its contemporary cool design, friendly and helpful staff, and decent facility and room amenities. The no-refund rate I got online at their website was about $60 USD per night for either double or twin.
Air conditioning in the rooms worked wonderfully quickly. We found the comforter, linens and mattress to be quite comfortable, especially having spent several weeks sleeping on hard mattresses in Vietnam. The rooms are narrow, so keep an eye on the platform bed frame corners, as they can surprise you with some painful scrapes and bruises. The bathrooms are small too, but certainly functional with good plush towels. I did have difficulty in my room with controlling the shower water temperature, as it fluctuated from hot to cold, and couldn't stay at warm. None of the other rooms had a problem with that.
The small indoor pool on the 7th floor has a good view of the surrounding buildings and general area. With a depth of only 3 feet, the pool is not really designed for swimming, but an enjoyable amenity nonetheless. Also, the exercise room, although small, has enough equipment (treadmill, elliptical, etc.) for a decent and quick workout.
We ate breakfast once at the hotel. The cost was about $10 USD per person. Steep, but we thought it was well worth it. The cafe/restaurant was clean, staff were polite, and the taste and selection of the food was actually good. You can also try the tasty foods (fried bananas, rice and roasted pork, iced coffee) at some of the street stalls. Le Fenix is also conveniently located half-a-block away from two 7-11 convenient stores, and an internet cafe. There are also a few restaurants, clubs, massage parlors (one of them may be for adults males only, etc. The hotel is located on very narrow streets, which large tour buses are not able to navigate. The overall feeling I got was that the surrounding area was fairly safe and quiet.
In sum, we highly recommend Le Fenix.
Good rates for new hotel
As other reviews have stated, the location is good, the rooms are comfortable, and for now, the rates were good. It's likely that the rates will go up over time. It's not hard to see that the newness of the room and facilities will fade rather quickly. When I booked over the internet, I wasn't asked for a smoking preference. When I arrived I asked for a non-smoking room, but they had planned to put me in a smoking room. They changed rooms, but I had to wait about 15 minutes while they had the cleaning staff go in and make sure that the non-smoking room was cleaned and ready for check in. The staff were very apologetic, and seemed eager to make sure that my request was accomodated. The king room I had was quite roomy, and very clean. The taxi had a bit of trouble finding the hotel, but that seems a rather common occurrence in Bangkok. Overall, I had a very comfortable stay, and would stay again.
New and sleek
I spent 7 night the opening week of this brand new boutique hotel managed by Accor.
The Hotel is perfectly located if you are looking for the hip restaurants and clubs and is also very quiet.
There is a garden yoga class which is incredible to start the day.
The rooms are small but very functional, huge LCD TV.
Aircon was a bit noisy....
really happy for the value, excellent deal especially if you bargain directly with the hotel desk for long stay.
Food is average + for breakfast.
Only issue, the service was average because the hotel was in its first opening week. However staff were really trying hard.
The pool on top is great.
As I write, I am spending my last night for a 4 nights stay in this new hotel. As previous reviewers had mentioned, the location is ideal. It's right at the end of Soi 11, where you turn left , it's at the corner.
Let's start with the hotel itself. The facade looks like a showroom of interior designers that you will mostly see in ID magazines. Chic. The reception is on level 2, smallish reception area, with the bar immediately next to it. The decor is minimalist. Lots of whites, including the tiles (similar to the ones you see at Bangkok new airport), and gets dirty easily.
The sofas, the rooms' cushioned wall panels and curtains have the "L" motif which is reflective of Le Fenix's logo. Tasteful.
The standard room that I stay in is of adequate size, a good King size bed, a white Samsung 32" LCD TV with 7 English language channels. There's a small bench/ writing table. The pillows are of polyester fibers type,, a tad soft for my liking. But the comfortable duvet makes up for it. There're 2 tubey lovely reading lights at each side of the bed.
Airconditioning can be controlled within the room. The toilet is small size, with mosaic tiles, retro chic, no glass door for the shower room, and yes, I did wet much of the floor beyond the shower area. Basic toiletries are provided, and they do provide papery slippers.
There's only one restaurant, called L'Escale, which serves as a breakfast room as well. The restaurant decor continues its minimalist theme. Choice at breakfast is very limited, not much Asian fare (fried rice, noodles and mixed vegetables) , the Western fare is the usual fried bacons, hams, and sausages and some pastries. If you're holidayng here, you can always go out and have breakfast , it's not worth it. Having said that, i did enjoy the cappucinos that they serve while I was leafing through the Bangkok Post.
I think it's a very new hotel and the staff are friendly enough, however you can see it's a bit of a rushed job where you noticed the cementing on the wall show hairline cracks, are testiment of rushed work.
As some one had mentioned, it's a basic hotel and good value for money and there's nothing luxurious about this hotel. But the decor are pleasantly done without feeling too pretentious. and you can't beat the location, with loads of chich restaurants , bars, and down right to seedy joints, roadside stalls, you have it all.
I had a meal at the Shin Dudoku which is at Soi 19, which is 5 min taxi journey, it's a really nice surroundings and food above average. There're a few 7 Elevens around the hotel, so you can buy your drinks there.
The Internet charge is exorbitant. 30 minutes charge is 160 Baht, 1 hour is 270 Baht, 24 hr is 540baht, and 2 days is 750Baht. So the 2 days card is the cheapest on average.
Overall, if you're holidaying and can take your time, this is a good hotel choice, that is if they still maintain at such rates. But not for Business traveller who need to travel beyond the city limits as there's always traffic jam around Sukhumvit Road. Otherwise, the Nana BTS station is just 10-15 min walk.
Le Fenix Sukhumvit - The Hotel
Nice outlooks. The exterior architecture is very unique. All the windows of the rooms are arranged in L shape. I wish i can show the pictures. In fact the hotel is very themed with L shape design. From the building, to the lamps even to the door handle is a very distinct L shape.
Hotel Lobby, bar, restaurant and pool are chic and nice. Even the corridor leading to the rooms is very nice and unique.
On the first look, it is very plain, clean and chic design with a reasonably big LCD screen. Although the hotel rooms come with basic function such as a safe and fridge, a lot of things is lacking in the room which can be improved. No kettle available. And thus you have to buy mineral water. No tissue paper available. No plates and forks available. No toothbrush provided in the toiletries kit.
Design of the toilet not extremely well done. Very chic, but application of the toilet facilities not very good. No bath tub and the shower area got no door. Thus getting the rest of the toilet wet is very likely. Location of towels and hangers very awkward, above the toilet bowl. So there is always this worries that the towels might fall into the toilet bowl. No cups for rinsing the mouth available in the toilet too. Thus have to use the cups provided in the room. However, basic facilities is there.
One good thing about the room is there are 6 power plug compared to a lot of hotels which only have 2 max.
Another thing is, as i previously mentioned, internet is available and free, on the day i leave, internet is NOT FREE. Currently need to pay for the internet card, which is 160 baht for half an hour min. My recommendation, go to the spa nearby (Named Hapa) to use the internet. 100 baht for 1 hour.
Hotel staff are real friendly and smile is always on their face. Like what one of the forumers mentioned, they lack a bit of product knowledge. But the hotel is still very new. Got to give them some time. However, a big plus for them for their friendliness and smiles!
Rooms are kept clean and sheets are clean. Towels are changed daily. Dustbin is cleared daily.
One thing which i felt lacking is the lack of travelers' power plug. I requested for one, as i forgot to bring my travelers' plug to charge my electronic equipment, they told me that they do not have it and asked me to go and buy it at 7-11 or MBK. I think they should get it, as i am sure in future, they will have more requests on things like this.
Hotel Bell boy is very good as well. Very friendly and very fore coming to help the guest by calling taxi and communicating to them in Thai.
Like previously mentioned, the location is not too bad. Near to siam supper club and Q Bar. Around the area got a lot of food places. Jap food and Thai Food are great.
Taxi is abundent there. BTS is a 15 min walk away. But in Bangkok taxi is reasonably cheap, i would recommend taking taxi instead of walking that 15 min to BTS station NANA.
Massage places are available within 2 to 5 min walk from the hotel. From cheap joints to higher end joints are available. I would recommend Hapa Spa which i went to. Nice environment and good service and special price for tourist. i think is 500 baht for 1 and a half hour thai massage.
Location wise, not superbly ideal, but taxi is always there! However do remember to bring the hotel map/ location as it is a relatively new hotel, taxi drivers might not know how to get there. But mention Q Bar, and they should be able to bring you there easily. Another thing to note, if you are there for the weekend and if you want to go back to the hotel at night, ask them to drop you at siam supper club instead. As the road alongside Q bar is SUPER jammed packed.
Security in that area wise, i would say it is quite safe to walk in that area at night. Reason being, the Q Bar and Siam Supper Club and the rest of the pubs made the street quite crowded and happening. Thus there will always be public around, thus safer in my opinion.
I guess i had reached the end of my review on this hotel. I would like to say it is quite a good stay and for that price, it is definitely a super value for money hotel. If they can improve on the points which i had mentioned, i think it will be a GREAT hotel.
Loved Le Fenix
Stayed for 3 nights at the brand new Le Fenix Sukhumvit along Sukhumvit Soi 11. Hotel is cool, young, and hip from its amiable staff to its architecture and interior design. Rooms are a bit on the small side but the nice design makes up for its size. Hotel is at least a 10 minute trek to the BTS station at Nana so its location may not be ideal for those who would rather not walk through the mayhem of Soi Nana. Breakfast at the hotel's cool signature restaurant was simple but filling. At around US$60 per night, this hotel presents exceptional value. Will surely stay again when I visit Bangkok in July.