눉The serene ambience of the hotel was often disturbed either by traffic noise, industrial noise or the noise of other guests. Whatever the guests in the neighbouring room did sounded like they were doing in my room. Worse, when they bounced on their bed, my bed bounced in sympathy -- quite disconcerting. Traffic noise worst in the wee small hours when motorcyclists on the little lanes felt the need to open the throttle right-up, presumably because there was no other traffic to slow them down. I find many hotel rooms to be much too dark, and this one certainly was on account of the timber construction. Breakfasts were just so-so (tinned fruit for the fruit-salad being a definite low-point); if you are heading into the old-city for the day you might want to keep your appetite unfulfilled because there are some really great breakfasts to be had in the city-centre cafes.
눇This is a good hotel: well run by pleasant staff. The room was attractive rooms with a big shower. The floors are possibly the cleanest, and certainly the nicest, I've ever seen. The free loan cycle was useful albeit not in great condition. My favourite item in the room was the desk lamp -- all hotels should provide such effective ones. The WiFi worked quite well and the airport drop-off was fast and efficient. Now some comments about location: If you are fit and able to walk then the south-west corner of the old-city moat is less than a mile away and the south-east corner (perhaps better for food options) is about 1.5 miles distant, so no big deal and certainly it isn't necessary to take a taxi to reach the bright lights. Also you'll encounter a couple of bars and street restaurants along the way. Closer to the hotel there is very large, bland, shopping mall (about 400 metres walk) that includes a good supermarket and some fast-food outlets; there is a much smaller shopping precinct about 600 metres distant with a couple of decent independent restaurants and some cafe-type places. The precinct is just off Mahidol Road as it turns north. There's also also a large Japanese grill restaurant about 300 metres away that you'll pass on your way to the precinct. For Thai foods there are the usual small street vendors and small restaurants in all the places you'd expect to find them. All-in-all then, the location is a bit out of the way but I didn't find this to be a problem. The airport is a 1 mile walk, door-to-door, if you feel so inclined. Overall my feeling is that this hotel will be enjoyed best by couples or groups of friends who are going to mingle together and enjoy the ambience without needing romantic intimacy or tranquillity.