Swissotel Nai Lert Park
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We arrived in Bangkok early morning of the 17th July. A taxi ride took us to our hotel where we crashed for a short nap. We hit the pool for a few hours, had some snacks at the executive lounge on the 5th floor and then went for a walk to the mall. There we had a 1 hour foot massage.
We then travelled by taxi to the Asiatique night market …
... home, I found the whole thing quite funny but Tom who doesn't have as much patience didn't. That night we had a few drinks at our hostel and tried a frog and a scorpion. The frog was nice and tasted like pork scratchings, the scorpion was a bit sandy and not so good. The other boys who left the day before went and saw a ping pong show. Google it if you don't know what one is. But there was no way I was going to ...
... so much to talk about that the 45 minute taxi ride only felt like 5 minutes! It felt so nice to see another couple similar to us talk about the activities they planned and how they felt about being in Asia for a while! What a relief ;)
We arrived to our quaint hostel called the CHERN hostel at about 12:30 AM. We were so happy with our place, it was a perfect night and we were so relieved that we finally made it to Thailand--so glad to know there won't be any round 3!!
... quite common in many Asian countries. It makes you think about the expensive sunscreen containing chemicals that we put on our faces to protect against the sun. After sleeping off our jet lag, we found a nice tuk tuk driver to take us to a few temples. After seeing a giant statue of Buddha and a few temples, we realized that temples are just as ubiquitous in Thailand as Chang beer and spicy food. Many people even have miniature temples outside their homes for prayer ...
... seemed in good spirits and even offered us a free glass of coca cola when we arrived. We decided to head to the centre of the park where there was lake and we rented a swan pedalo for half an hour just to pass the time. During our leisurely pedal around the lake we realised that this was no fete, it was a political rally and we were pedalling around right in the middle. We saw the fists for justice sign, and signs reading 'free Thailand' and 'true democracy'. Needless to say ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok
Stayed 3 times over 9 days as we toured Thailand. First two stays in 4th Floor room facing the garden. Beautiful contemporary design. Quiet and peaceful. Also stayed on 5th floor, executive room facing the garden, which was also quiet, but the design was older and less appealing visually. Pool is an oasis in the middle of the city. Free wireless internet in lobby and pool area. Hi-speed internet available in rooms for a fee. Staff are friendly and efficient. Would certainly use again. Good rates available on Swissotel web site.
Oasis in the Bangkok
We used this hotel/Bangkok as an home base back and forth through our travels through the countryside. It was very convienant to the skytrain, taxi, etc. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. We stayed in the suite which was very nice and comfortable. The breakfast and cocktail service was very pleasant. The business service was prompt and accomodating. The pool was relaxing. Over all everything was taken care of with no hassles.
Alright for the price
I stayed for 5 nights in Bangkok, and stayed at the Nai Lert Hotel for the last two night of my trip. For the other nights I stayed at the Oriental and at the Banyan Tree and so Nai lert was the least glamourous of the three. The pool was rather large and it did have a nice island in the middle to lounge on, but the grounds, while being tropical, were a bit small. I have stayed at many different hotels and resorts all over the world, and to have people speak so highly of them can be misleading. The walk around the gardens, while beautiful, takes about three minutes. With all the praise on the gardens, i would have expected them to have been a bit larger and more kept up. The decor in the entire hotel is very fun, 60's retro bars and rooms, but some of the appliances needed to be renovated. The design, although pleasing to the eye, was not functional in many ways. Our sliding glass door to our patio was extremely heavy and stuck a lot. Our sink splashed EVERYWHERE. Our shower head kept falling off the handle and bruising our feet when it fell on them. I dont know if it was lost in translation, but there was construction in the morning and i called down to the front desk to ask that they postpone until after 11 am (when I am on vacation, sleep is a big priority), and they did nothing about it. I called 4 times before i got the 15 minute break from the hammering next door so that I could fall asleep before they started up agian. All in all, the hotel was just OK.
Heaven of piece in the center of Bangkok
Stayed twice at this hotel during the month of March. Very quiet although in the middle of Bangkok. Beautiful park and huge swimming pool. Beautiful buffet breakfast with view on the park and very friendly staff. Within walking distance of major shops of Central World and Panthip Plaza and also close to the skytrain. Modern architecture.but not overdone. Will certainly return
I stayed in Lai Lert Park for 4 days in March. The decoration is stylish & the service is good. The staff are smart and friendly. On the first night, I found that the drainage in the bath tub didn't work well & so I left a note in my room before we went out on the next morning. It got fixed upon our return & all of our other requests were dealt with immediately. I felt so comfortable having breakfast in the lobby cafe with a wonderful view of the tropical garden & the food is great. The pool has resort feel which is difficult to find in downtown Bangkok. I like it very well & would definitely recommend it to my friends.
Do not hesitate to stay there
I had experienced the "trip from hell" on a business trip and flew in from Hong Kong for a few days rest. The hotel is an oasis of calm. I had a deluxe room, but paid the extra to have the exec club benefits (to be honest, not worth the money). The deluxe room was huge and well designed and well appointed. The only criticism that i can make is that i could not see all of the TV screen from my bath. The room was contemporary and the bed fabulously comfortable. The gardens are beautiful and the pool sublime. The spa is great, with tennis courts, squash courts and a great gym. The room had a balcony over looking the gardens and i felt relaxed from the moment i arrived. The staff were a delight and the food superb. I cannot wait to return. For a 5 star hotel it is not stuffy or formal and they were happy for you to wander to the poolside in your robe. My only concern was that to get to the gardens you had to use the stairs, so not sure how any disabled guests would cope. This is praise indeed as i spend most of my life in hotels on business and this was a gem. Do not be put off by the pictures, the building is a bit weird (it was a Hilton before), it is lovely on the inside. I also looked at one of the exec rooms but that was more trad thai and very cramped.
Stayed for 2 nights in Jan 2005 when the newly refurbished hotel was still "a work in progress". Rooms were fine and the service attentive but the hotel had not yet got into its stride. Rather empty and a little souless. Very pretty gardens and a short walk to some of the larger shopping centres. Only tried the lunchtime buffet which was above average. Overall nothing wrong but would probably try another hotel on next visit.
We stayed at Nai Lert during week of official reopening after renovation. We were very happy with rooms - 60s retro style to them with beautiful views to their grounds. Best aspect to this hotel is without doubt stunning grounds - gorgeous huge pool and lush gardens. Got it for $89 per night - a bargain. Location good for shopping and getting to airport as near entry to expressway. If you want central hotel while feeling that you can get into quiet paradise like area, this is the hotel.
This was a fantastic hotel with a breathtaking tropical garden in the back. After 18 hours in the air, it was wonderful to drive up and see the entire wait staff welcoming me. I found a terrific deal for this hotel, $54/night...worth $200.