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Is THIS the cheapest five star hotel in the world? Right here in Bangkok | VIDEO

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Is THIS the cheapest five star hotel in the world? We think it is! It certainly passes all the legal expectations of a 5-star property and it’s smack bang in the middle of a touristy area of Bangkok.

It’s ‘of an era’ and it’s easy to imagine this older style Bangkok hotel in its heyday, probably in the late 80s. But it’s certainly luxurious and looks like a steal for a lot less than 1,000 a night.

Chris sneaks in for a quick look. Let’s check it out.


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Expedia are advertising a room for $36 here.
    Is this person a Thai?
    However there is a price from which is $23, which goes up to $27 with tax, and this is a prepay price.
    Does the room not have a window?
    This person could be a promoter in the pay of the hotel. The room was not shown.
    I smell some Thai trick here.
    Of course I could be completely wrong!

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    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Nice vlog. Looking forward to more. My experience with these old style hotels in BKK is that you have to be aware they don’t give you a room which is half of a family suite. It seems they have a lot of such rooms. Happened to me twice in comparable hotels. Of course the connecting door is locked but you can hear everything. At one point I woke up thinking drunk partygoers had literally entered my room and I only could sleep again when they did.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    No he is from Hong Kong, however he posts links to all the companies and services he used.
    Does he get a discount. Does he collect commission?
    Does he post bad reviews – I did not see any in face book.

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      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:42 pm

      Very nice, Mr. Question. I used to have a hotel room of many stars by mileage. It turned out to be a room with small hole looked like a window of wing hotel of the many stars hotel. Much more shitty than a guest house. But, it is good to have a wild party inside. No noise can be heard outside.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    All a bit odd. A “5 star” hotel that’s obviously 3 star out of a time warp, with a deserted reception that’s moved to the 11th floor, a weird vlogger who’s wandered round the two empty pools and a fitness room without the hotel security stopping him, but who they wouldn’t let see any of the rooms – a year ago.

    WTF 😮

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      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:23 pm

      He clearly doesn’t understand what makes a hotel 5 star. I agree John, from the volg alone this looks more like a 3.5 star hotel, probably a 4 star back in it’s day. You can have all the facilities, amenities and plush furnishing in the world, you still are not a 5 star hotel. Hotels don’t get that 5th star without an amazing level of service. From the vlog there are hardly any service people at all, let alone that white glove over the top service required for that 5th star. Reminds me of the Landmark, but more past it’s prime.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I agree I John. Could it be that there is another Thai scam going on here?
    Forget your bias for all matters Thais and give an honest opinion.

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:01 am

      “Honest opinion”?

      WTF 😮

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        Toby Andrews

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:00 am

        No honest opinion huh?
        I see your quandary, which is all matters Thai can be debated, as long as this does not conflict with your first rule, all matters Thai are never wrong.

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    Stephen King

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:20 am

    Not allowed to see room = not staying at this (3 star) hotel thank you very much.

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    James Pate

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:01 am

    You get what you pay for. Yeah, 700-800 baht would be about right. I don’t know the Bang Lamphu area well, but this looks like a good deal and would probably be close to full in normal times. Reminds me of the old YMCA Hotel or the old Rattanakosin; dated, but ok all around. 4* back in the day, now a 3*.

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Good location if your a tourist interested in seeing the major historical sites.
    Checked the hotel own site and it’s less than a 1000 thb per night.
    Looks like pretty decent value to me.
    The guy points out it has a well maintained 80’s look about it.
    Nothing wrong with that and will probably soon become fashionable again anyway.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 6:09 am

    having lived in Thailand for 11 years, I stayed at many BKK 5 start hotels. Well, the Thai rating of 5 stars is about equivalent to a 2.5 star rating in 1st world countries.

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:54 am

    “Today is February 17th 2020” ? Is this vid a year old or did he say the wrong year?

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