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Historical Traveler Reviews Davis Bangkok
Stylish and Modern Without Losing Character
The first thing I noticed when setting foot in the Davis Hotel in Bangkok was the simple style of the lobby. Open, clean lines and a modern flare. The staff were courteous from the outset.
My room was not like the ones shown on the hotel's website. Those rooms appear sleek and crisp with lots of Thai influence. My room was a bit dull and dark...straight out of the 70s. But it was still nice with lots of room and amenities. The bathroom was enormous and the shower was just great - lots of power. A big soaker bathtub for those who need to....well, soak.
Like most hotels in Bangkok, breakfast was included. One has pretty much everything needed for the morning meal, including a plasma tv for your daily dose of CNN. The restaurant is chic and cool - the service is exceptional, so leave a small tip because it's so well-deserved.
The rooftop pool is simply elegant - like a swimmer's oasis above the chaotic Bangkok traffic below. The spa is for pure indulgence, and you don't need to break the bank. However, for the convenience of this glorious spa, you will, as expected, pay a premium. If you're up for a fairly short walk outside, there are several far cheaper spas to choose from.
And that's where the Davis will loose some charm - it's not in the most ideal location. Granted, taxis in Bangkok are a bargain, and with the sweltering humid heat, one might not even want to walk around, but there aren't an abundance of options for those wanting to stretch the legs. The BTS skytrain is a good 15-20 minute walk through a bit of a warzone. There are, quite literally, very few sidewalks between the station and the Davis Hotel, so if you're up for the stroll, please do so with caution. The skytrain station is key - once you're there, you're central and Bangkok is yours to explore (consider the 100 Baht all day pass).
For the businessman, the Davis is a gem. For the tourist, it doesn't have everything you could ask for, but it comes pretty close.
A great surprise
We stayed here after having stayed at the Oriental in Bangkok as part of our honeymoon. I was a little worried because of the cheap pricing compared with the Oriental, but this hotel was top notch. Of course the service is what you pay for at the Oriental, but everything else at the Davis was of the same calibre. It reminded us of boutique hotels we had stayed at in New York. The decor is very modern and the restaurants/bars are quite chic. I can't speak to the location because we didn't stay in Bangkok long enough to know where "the place to be" is, but we walked easily to a very nice restaurant and to some places to go shopping. I'd stay here for business as well as personal. We were surprised that others we know who travel for business hadn't recommended it.
Good looks, great staff, pity about the rooms.
The public places i.e. the lobby, bar, restaurant, pool are modern, chic and stylish. As are the staff who were youthful and more friendly and attentive than the Met's. The security is good too - accomodation floors only accessible by guest's key card and the security personnel are vigilent. Unfortunately, the hotel is let down by the quality of the rooms. Though we were upgraded to a suite in the main building, the furnishings of the "contemporary Thai" Design Room are too heavy and dark. The rooms and external corridors could be better lit, and the air-conditioning was loud. And the breakfast was poor for a hotel of this standard. Location is not great but well-served by taxis. For the same price, I think the Sofitel Silom offers better value.
positives - amazing decor, very beautiful place. calming and relaxing surroundings. great and friendly service. would suggest trying out the spa. downside - breakfast is not great. suitable for couples, not families. Would go again.
Beautiful Boutique Hotel at a Great Value!
Whenever I'm in Bangkok for business, this is the hotel I stay at. Previously have stayed at the Sukhothai and the Banyan Tree, which were both nice, but have been back at the Davis my past 3 visits. Why? It's a fascinating, unique and beautiful hotel that has great service while being very good value.
The first time I stayed there with a small group, they upgraded us from the entry-level rooms we paid for to a 2 bedroom suite. It was HUGE and gorgeous. Beautiful decor, very tasteful lighting, and giant bedrooms, with a large separate living area and kitchen. The bathroom had to be seen to be believed, with large walk-in closet spaces separating the bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms.
The 2nd I was there, they still gave me an upgrade to another suite, and the 3rd time, maybe because they recognized me, to the Presidential suite which was multilevel, separting the kitchen with the living room, and 2 bedrooms. The bathroom had a huge jacuzzi tub in the master ensuite.
Each of the suites I stayed in was appointed differently with different layouts. This is definitely not a chain hotel with 200 of the same rooms.
The lobby was very modern and chic, with a beautiful restaurant bar on one side, and a more casual cafe on the other, which is also where they served the buffet breakfast. Unlike the previous poster, we thought the breakfast was great, especially for one that was included in the room rate. If we had been upgraded to one of their villas in the back like he was, we would have been over the moon!
They also have a great spa adjoining the property. Spa treatments and massages are very affordable, and the service is great. The whole spa and outdoor villa area is gorgeous, unlike anything we've seen in Bangkok. With the trees blocking any of the city buildings surrounding the hotel, it really feels like you're in Phuket or Krabi instead of Bangkok.
They have also have a nice rooftop pool next to the gym. Though the pool definitely has a "city feel" as you can see neighboring high-rises, it's still a nice escape.
Combine it with the great business location of Sukhumvit Soi 24 and you've got almost the perfect boutique hotel at a great price. Really love this hotel!
Huge nice rooms, but breakfast and service could be better
Stayed there in January for 1night, then went to Ayuthaya and came back for another night. The corridors are lacking some fresh air and appear long and dark. The room (we had a themed room in Thai style) was quite large with nice decoration, a nice marble bathroom and even a hifi-system. I was a bit disappointed from the service which was very slow, especially at the reception (check-in and check-out) and some of the staff were not very proficient in English. The breakfast could also need some improvement. I asked for a peppermint tea and they just said yes but brought me a green tea instead. I accepted but when I was leaving the restaurant, they wanted to charge me for the green tea because the breakfast (which was included in the room rate) includes only regular coffee or black tea. This made me upset because the Davis claims to be 5 star and the cost of around 90 USD per night is not really cheap for Bangkok. I complained to the front desk manager and asked whether we could get an upgrade to a Deluxe room for our second stay to make up for the anger. She apologised and we finally received one of the villas which are separated behind the hotel. It was really gorgeous, 2 storey in a luxurious Thai design. A village retreat in the midst of the city... The only thing they still didn't manage was the tea: When I wanted to go for breakfast the other morning, the front desk manager told me that they'd still charge me if I wanted another green tea...
Highly under rated hotel!
I came back from my holiday a couple of days ago and i must say that this was a really great hotel! I think that it is extremly underrated.
When we first arrived at the hotel, my impression from just looking at the outside was not great. But that all changed as soon at we stepped into the lobby! The staff were extremely friendly and curteous. They showed us to our rooms and explained how everything worked. The room we were in was extremely large for a standard twin room when compared to the four other hotels we stayed at in Thailand.
I must admit that although the food was good, it wasn't great but there is a wide selection to choose from so it is easy to avoid something that you don't like. The presentation of the food was excellent.
They have a roof top swimming pool which is quite small and basic but it does its jobs. Sun loungers are few and far between but the pool was never over crowded while we were there.
They have a small gym with two treadmills, two bikes and a climber. I liked the fact that it was cosy and we always seemed to have the gym to ourselves.
It costs around 80 Baht taxi ride to get to the centre of Bankok (i.e Siam square) or you can walk to a sky train station (Chit Lom, i think) and it will take about 10 mins and 20-30 baht by the sky train.
There is a great restaurant (exit the hotel and turn right until you reach a mini mall) called sukothai which had some really lovely thai food for about 500 baht all in. You could also try the sea food market where you can eat lobster for about 1500 baht (around £20).
Great experience and in a pretty good location.
This was a great surprise. The rate was very good (US$70/night) so we were a little nervous. Staff was gracious and very helpful. They upgraded us to a deluxe suite which was deluxe. Beautiful decor, great free breakfast buffet, wonderful rooftop pool. The location isn't as great as being on the river at the Peninsula but it is an easy walk or tuk tuk to the sky train. All in all a great deal in a great city. I would stay here again in a second.
Absolutely fantastic hotel
Stayed here for a week, so we qualfied for an upgrade to a junior suite. The room was gorgeous, with a huge living room and kitchen.
The hotel itself is modern, spacious, and exquisitely well kept. The staff were friendly and knowledgable, they organised a few things for us which where all perfectly executed.
Location - very good, bit of a walk to Emporium shopping centre, but they have a free shuttle golf cart thing, or you can pick up a cab outside for pence. The area is up and coming, with some nice resturants next door if you can't be bothered to walk far, also a great ice cream palour opposite, and a convenience store for water and stuff.
Facilies where great, fab roof top pool, gym, cool jazz bar downstair with great ( if a little small) cocktails.
Can't recomend it enough, great value. Can't wait to go back.
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