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So, it comes to the last day. We had a late breakfast - they stop serving at 11am here which is very civilised we thought. We then got into a taxi intending to go to Wat Pho and the reclining Buddha. The driver clearly didn't want to take us and asked a totally stupid price and then agreed on condition we went to his cousin's brother's friend's …
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We arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday night and it was closed. But we persevered on anyway and at least our hotel was open. We stayed at the Dream hotel, a boutique number with a bigger sister in New York... this is not setting a precedent though and I promise that we will be staying in 10bht beach huts at some stage (well for one night maybe!). The …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDream Bangkok
Very nice hotel, with good value for money. Hotel has free Tuk-tuk FROM the hotel to nearest main street. Do NOT buy tours from the tour desk in the lobby. We did not get what we ordered!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dream Bangkok
I was surprised at how nice this hotel was. It was everything you would expect from a boutique hotel. It has all the services you would expect from a 5-star hotel but in a much more comfortable fashion. The restaurant had great service and great food although I did feel the dinner menu was a bit limited. I like the bar lounge area and they had 2 for 1 happy hours which made it even better. The workout area was small but functional and enough to get a good workout.
I talked to the GM and they are in the process of expanding some of the services as they just purchased a serviced apartment location nearby and so I think they will start sharing services with that property.
An excellent boutique hotel around the corner from trendy Supper Bed Nightclub.. We stayed one night and it was perfect!! The facilities and staff are everything you want from a bourtique hotel.
This hotel is perfect after a long day shopping - big comfortable bed with crisp sheets and a flat screen tv.. Highly recommended!
The only negative I have is the lack of natural light although in urban Bangkok this is only expected when you go outside. Great bathroom amenities (Mulberry), although not very strong shower pressure.
The staff at this hotel are very well trained, friendly and far from pretentious.
Business Traveler's Dream
From the airport greeting and transport to the friendly, efficient and gracious hotel staff, every aspect of this hotel served the needs of this business traveler beautifully.
The in-room ammenities included complimentary wireless internet, flat screen tv, docking station for an ipod, multiple bottles of fresh water, a clean (and always empty) workout room, a fabulous spa and a restaurant of superb quality.
The hotel is conveniently located near two Skytrain stops and the staff went to above and beyond to assist me with directions, suggestions and friendly service.
The food was incredible. I ate breakfast every day and enjoyed at least two dinners at the hotel.
A wonderful "home away from home" I highly recommend it.
The Best Dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE GOOD:We arrived at the dream at about 11.30am and was checked in and in our room by 11.35am. Fast,efficient and friendly reception and hotel staff.Decor was excellent......room service was good....and staff from hotel make us feel like home. Love the "blue light" effect in the room. Clean room n I always look forward to the surprise deserts they put in the room after they make it up.:-) Staff was very knowledgable about the local area. And their english was very decent. "THE BAD" : If you are expecting a buffet breakfast in the morning like i did then you would be sorely disappointed.You choose from sets in breakfast menu. But the freshly squeezed orange juice was great.Walls in room is incredibly thin.We are on the 5th floor n we can hear the music from the hotel's club on the 2nd floor at like 1am......then we heard our "neighbours" TV all night....and also talkin n whispering in the hallway all day n night. Room could be abit bigger too.The location of hotel is our biggest compliment.hotel is all the way to the back of an alleyway....feels like I got to walk thru the thai "ghetto" to get to this beautiful hiden gem. Overall though it was a wonderful experiance n we would def come back to this hotel if we drop by bangkok again,.
A Dream in Bangkok
We arrived in Bangkok at midnight on New Year's Eve and the Dream Hotel sent a car and driver to meet us. We checked into the fully-booked hotel around 1 am, the hotel staff were friendly, helpful and efficient, and room service delivered an incredible meal of pad Thai and chilled Chilean white wine at 2 am. We were in Room 709--a large and comfortable corner room with a big shower stall in the bathroom. We loved the hotel decor altogether. Lunch the next day in the hotel restaurant was superb: from the decor in the bar we could have been in Milan--it was so gorgeous, and the food was delicious. Then we had a fabulous massage for two at the hotel spa. A perfect way to see in the new year! I had stayed at the Dream Hotel in New York last year and must say that the one in Bangkok is far superior!
Dream Has A New Fan
I have just stayed 4 nights at Dearm Bangkok and have to say that I have enjoyed my stay immensely.
The hotel is barely 4 months old. It's located in a quiet street off the bustling Sukhumvit area .
It only has 100 rooms and is a boutique hotel so it's not for everyone. Some people think a pool is essential in a Bangkok hotel, I don't and Dream doesn't have a pool, just a small spa and gym.
However, the rooms are superb, not very big but filled with gadgetry, a 42'' plasma TV with many English language channels, great bathroom with superb showerhead (no tubs) and great amenities.
My bed was probably the most comfortable I have ever slept on with a plush duvet and crisp sheets. There is a blue light emanating from under the bed that gives the room a great aura.
The staff are mostly young, good looking Thais. Some of them are quite new and one can sense that in some clumsiness and slowness in service but their friendliness and enthusiasm more than compensated for that.
A great smaller luxurious retreat in BKK away from the madding crowd.
PS: I trhink it's a great honeymoon hotel!
Hip new alternative
I had booked to stay two nights at the new Dream Hotel in Bangkok for two nights for pleasure as I love small designer style places with a difference. Never having stayed near Sukhumvit area, I was a little worried about whether I would find the hotel (especially after reading previous review). However I came well preprared with an excellent map which was emailed to me from the reservations department upon request.
The taxi had no problem finding the street and then it was just a matter of finding the hotel...yes they have a well lit sign way up which you can see as you turn into Soi 15.
The Lobby/Entrance is small and very boutique feel. Staff very attentive and insisted on escorting me up to the room and taking my case even though I didnt want it.
They are obviously proud of the place as they stopped the lift on the second floor to show me the restaurant (argh...I just want to go to my room!) and then when entering the guest corridor.."Dont you just love our corridors" was the comment from the porter. He then went on to explain basic key card entry for over two minutes...enough already!!! Having said that, they have obviously been well trained in their procedures....maybe just not how to "read" their guests.
The room is great...white everywhere with plush dark blue carpet, soothing blue led lighting eminating from everywhere.However room is small...very small. It was the lower category Classic Room. However I did feel a little claustrophobic. However with everything being white (except for carpet) it is quite calming. I soon realised why curtains were closed already at 4pm though...really high windows and not much natural light.. Good set up in the room...plasma, sounds system, lights, free wireless, etc
Bathroom small but functional...good shower stall but glass wall not enough to stop washing slashing out. Great towels...and heaps of them...finally a hotel that does that right!
Bed a little hard but I guess thats a personal choice. Clean and neat setup. Good storage. I decided to unpack my case completely as there was nowhere to keep my case out!
As said, only problem...size of the room and that may be better in next category of room.
Decided to go to the restaurant Flava in the evening as I had heard it was great. Being a Saturday night, I wondered if I should book and decided to risk it anyway. Wandered down at 8:30,,,peak time and guess what....not a sole in sight! The place was empty!!!! In spite of that, the door girl and a waiter stood there at the entrance chatting and after 15 seconds decided to acknowledge us. We decided to try the food anyway as I was tired and didnt want to go out.
The atmosphere is ok without being spectacular...formalish dining area overlooked by trendy bar (which has been featured in various Thai pop videos). Very retro.
The service improved and they were excellent during dinner.
Menus are ridiculously big....in fact, uncomfortably so!! good choice of dishes though.
We tried the thai menu and the food was good, if not excellent.
Overall, probably better options and better value closerby.
One note on the following day....I was very impressed they had taken the time to do a personalised typed note addressed by name saying they couldnt access my room for cleaning due to DND...nice touch for a bigger hotel!
Due to work, I had to leave early and had to check out at 5pm. I went to the desk unannounced. They indicated I was leaving early and I thought they would charge me for the second night or at least a half day rate (as is usual with most hotels). They didnt even think about charging me....the checkout was great (if not a little slow due to computer). Good humoured and efficient staff. porter arrange taxi and ensured the taxi was charging me by meter to the airport (even though he then tried to back out of it once around the corner..."airport too far to be on meter!")
Overall, impressed with the hotel. i would return though I may try a bigger room which may also have more natural light as per the photos in their website.
Great, New Boutique Hotel!
The Dream Hotel in Bangkok may not be the perfect sybaritic dream, but it comes close. Just opened a few wks before I ck'd in, the hotel is consciously hip, trendy and "au courant." That said, the interior public places are small, personal and almost homey-- despite the self-conscious (and a bit strange) glam decor of the lobby.
The staff is personable, professional and very helpful, in every way. Everyone, from the moment I alighted from my taxi, was incredibly courteous. I truly feel like the staff here wants you to have an enjoyable stay.
Despite the lack of a dedicated Concierge (hopefully, this will change,) I had no trouble getting some questions answered and helpful tips on how to navigate Bangkok's famous Skyway-- which turned out to be just two blks away, and easy to use. (All signs are in English & tkts can be bought from automatic tkt kiosks in the station.)
The location of the Dream is a dream! :) It is just one blk down a street from Sukhumvit Soi, the main shopping artery in this, more upscale part of Bangkok. And, because it's dwn that alley, the hotel is sheltered from the hustle & bustle of Bangkok, and feels almost residential.
One small negative-- the hotel is hard to locate. The Dream Hotel sign/logo is NOT easy to see or decipher, as it's several stories above the street. My taxi driver missed the hotel twice & I spotted the sign (hard to read) high above. Maybe, the hotel will see to it that a sign is also placed at street level, as now, there's no indication that it's a hotel.
The rooms are furnished in a hip urban, trendy, yet very comfortable, if not luxurious, way. Soothing white curtains, high quality silky cotton bedspread & bed linens, white walls & light fixtures, against a dark blue carpet and padded brown headboard. The lighting is fabulous-- and lots of it! You can create whatever mood you want. There's also special "blue" lighting, which can make your room feel like a retro cocktail lounge from the 1950s.
The owners of the hotel have really focused on the room details, which most hoteliers don't-- except for Hong Kong hoteliers. For those of us who believe in the motto, "Life is in the Details," then the Dream is for you. The mini-bar, for example, is stocked with THE very best comestibles. The champagne is Veuve-Cliquot Yellow label and the Vodka and Gin are made by 42 Below, an outstanding brand known to the cognoscienti, that's hand-crafted in New Zealand. They make superb martinis!
Of course, there's a lot of hi-tech stuff, including a large plasma TV on the wall and a DVD player. The hotel has a library of DVDs that you can ck out to play in yr room. Nice touch.
My bathroom (Room 703) was not large and only had a shower, but it was nice. I would have preferred stronger water pressure, but I'm spoiled by hotels like the the Langham in Hong Kong. Lots of thick, big cotton towels and all sorts of toiletries, too. They also had placed fresh flowers, fruit and mineral water in my room prior to my arrival. Another nice touch. And, just as importantly today, there's complimentary Wi-Fi (or a plug-in internet connection.) It's available 24 hrs a day, too!
While the rooms themselves are not large, they are very comfortable and serene, and there's plenty of closet space for clothes and to store luggage, too.
The one downside, for me, is that the hotel does NOT have a swimming pool. After walking around and shopping all day, I really wanted to take a swim when I got bk to the hotel. Given the heat in Bangkok, a pool would be nice.
If you're a foodie, you'll be happy to know that the restaurant in the hotel, Flava, which also provides room service, is sensational. I ordered room service and was thrilled with the service, the presentation and the quality of the food, the flavors and freshness of it all. (FYI, I had Tom Kha Gai soup and Phad Thai and both were perfection.)
I would definitely recommend the Dream! It's not for everyone, but rather for those who want a boutique hotel that offers something a bit different, without sacrificing comfort, in a great central location. I'm glad I stayed there! I would go back.