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Bangkok/Riverside-Silom - Holiday Inn Silom Road 4*

Chris26WI
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October 6th, 2003, 1:50 pm #1

I was a bit disappointed when I got the Holiday Inn Silom Road in the 4-star-category "Riverside/Silom" - as I was hoping for the Marriott Resort...

The Holiday Inn used to be the Crowne Plaza before, and according to their webpage they've done a refurnishement of the rooms... Anyway I asked them before for possible room upgrades to the priceline booking against extra charge, and they offered me an upgrade to Executive Floor including Executive Floor benefits for 24++ USD/night, which i accepted.

The Executive Floor rooms are located in the top 3 floors (23-25th floor) of the Crown Tower and seem to be a bit larger than the standard rooms (in Plaza Tower). Anyway, I was a bit disappointed as the Executive Floor rooms were definitely not refurnished, so had a bit the look of the 80's. Anyway, a good standard of the 80s, of course.. but a bit conservative in design. The bathroom was quite nice and had separate bath tube and shower cubicle, was larger than at the Marriott, but not such elegant. The aminities nice and a lot, but not luxurious. The living/sleeping room quite large and had a sitting corner with couch and chair as well as a king-size bed.
Nice view from the corner-window on Silom Road.

The best of this type of rooms is the lounge benefits ... which mean the access to the near executive lounge on 23th floor! As there used to be only a little part of the executive floor rooms occupied, the breakfast buffet in the executive floor was prepared almost only for ourselfs. Really exclusive, and a nice buffet! All the day free use of the business center (including free internet access) in the lounge, the TV room, and - the best - free cocktails and "canapées" from around 6pm to 11pm! And these "canapées" were really like a little sort of dinner buffet... so they served satays and small warm meals there as well.. really excellent! Really worth the upgrade price of 24 USD+17% per night, as the priceline price only doesn't even include breakfast, of course.

The pool area is not really nice... already quite run-down and not a very large pool - no comparison at all to the Marriott.
So, finally I would prefer the Marriott to the Holiday Inn, of course. But if you end up with the Holiday Inn, I'd absolutely try to upgrade to executive floor. It's worth the upgrading price!

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ABraxton
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December 10th, 2003, 8:16 am #2

not a good experience
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My stay here was not a good experience. There was construction that rsounded through the entire tower. I asked, and was moved up to a higher floor (5-17) to try and avoid the pouding during the daytime. I got away from the noise but the room was facing another building some 5 feet away.. my window looked out on a wall.

And that smoking in the lobby.. yuck!

After the marriot riverside any other hotel in this area (I even stayed at the Sheraton) will no doubt pale in comparison. HOw I wish this hotel was not on the list.
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tjdnewyork
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February 20th, 2004, 6:03 pm #3

There has been a tremendous amount of grousing about this hotel. Maybe that was because it was being renovated when people stayed there before. I just got it for $40 and stayed there a couple of nights. It's not that bad. The renovated rooms are fine and the location os pretty good. It doesn't compare to the former Hilton (now Nai Lert Park) or to the Pennninsula, where I also stayed on this trip. But it's only 40 bucks.
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August 29th, 2004, 4:33 pm #4

Tried for the Marriott Riverside and got the Holday Inn on Silom Road. Stayed only one night on Sept 26, 2004. Beautiful lobby and friendly check-in. Room was small and aside from nice paint, looked dated. Round dirty window looking out from 6th floor. Bathroom so small that you have to close the door to sit down. Tub is shallow and old looking. TV had to be 15 years old and had few channels. Lighting in room kept going on and off all night, even after maintenance paid a visit. Bed was saggy and pillows lumpy. Pool area was sterile and uninviting. I was happy to check-out and move to the Westin on Sukhumvit.
The Holiday Inn is NOT a four star hotel in any regard. PC should immediately downgrade this to three stars at the most.
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October 22nd, 2004, 2:17 am #5

Unless something has changed dramatically, this hotel is not all it appears to be. My most recent bid accepted by them I actually did not use because I really needed a place to relax after a lot of travel in SEAsia. I had one night in Bangkok before my flight out. Needed a place the would be good to lounge after checking out. My flight was at 10pm. Last Feb. I was in Thailand for a holiday. My flight arrived at 11pm at I was at the hotel by 12:30a.m. Two of my thai friends met me at the hotel upon my arrival at the HI as a surprise welcome. They brought champagne and some food. They told me they were very offended that the security asked them to show identification and didn't seem to believe them when they said they were waiting for me. They said others were not treated the same who seemed to be in lobby for no reason. I thought perhaps it was just good security. But when we attempted to go up to my hotel room they were told they could go up to help me put my luggage away but not to stay long. They were told in thai.. i didn't know that is what was said... they told me this later but face-saving and the polite thai ways had them excuse themselves after about 20 min - they said they wanted to let me rest. I asked them to stay longer they insisted they had to go. They didn't tell me about this until this summer. In April was in Asia visiting international schools and interviewing for a job. On one occaision after visiting schools with me and acting as a guide, I went to dinner in the hotel with my guest. After dinner I invited my friend up to my room for a drink before we went out on the town. We went up to the room, had a drink, I showered, changed, and we headed out. 2 days later I again returned to hotel (we did not dine in the hotel resteraunt) to freshen up for a night out at a Karoke Bar (there is afun one next to the hotel). My friend was refused admittance to my room. The security gaurd would not allow him up to my room. He was told he could wait downstairs (in the smoke filled lobby) or else I could register him as a guest and pay an additional 1000 Bht. I refused and my friend waited. It happened again the next night. The only difference between the first time and the others.. my guest was Thai when he was refused. The guest allowed was a caucasian Austrailan. I was told by my friend it was because there were many workers from the bars brought to the rooms. He being the face-saving and ultra polite thai host/guest saw no real problem with this. Me, being the American was not happy and upon departure the next day spoke to an Asst. manager. He showed me their policy (any guest after 10pm up to a room pays $1000 bht). I was in a hurry and departed. A follow-up letter from the manager apologized for the differnt treatment. He said it should have been applied uniformly. I decided not to return to this hotel if I could avoid it. Why? It appears there is a double standard of mis-treatment of Thai folks. As I spend time there with an eye to relocating for a few years teaching overseas, I develop a good cadre of thai friends. I would like them to feel welcome in the hotel I visit. This hotel doesn't do that. And besides, I can't stand that smoky lobby.
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April 30th, 2005, 5:10 pm #6

I personnaly had a great experience at this hotel. The staff was very kind & our room in the Plaza tower was extremely nice. The only bad thing we experience was room service, the breakfast we ordered was not up to par. The omelott was gross, the milk for our cereal was hot and it cost way too much. This hotel does deserve a 4*.
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February 17th, 2013, 6:09 am #7

For users, I just want to add that I had a great stay at the Holiday Inn.  They treat priceline bidders perfectly fine. They offered a free upgrade to a nice room. However, know that you can ask, even with a priceline bid, for the executive floors (there are two). It was an additional US$30 a night which is a great deal.  Free breakfast and dinner in the lounge, free computer and printer as drinks all day long free in the lounge.
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