Hotel Royal Bangkok at Chinatown Review

Hotel Royal Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport

I only planned my Bangkok trip less than 2 weeks before taking off to join my friends. It was a 6D5N vacation and I stayed in 3 different hotels that I chose after over 5 hours of research.

The first factor in choosing my preferred hotel would be location. It must be within walking distance, less than 10 minutes from a train station. The second factor would be price, since I would be staying alone in a single room. The last factor would be proximity (a couple of train stations) to the destinations I plan to visit.

I usually have an early morning flight booked when I travel, arriving in Bangkok, Thailand around 9am. Fortunately for me, the queue at customs in the arrival hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport was not that long that day. Getting to the Hotel Royal Bangkok is quite convenient, as I was able to take the Airport Link City Line to Makkasan. I then changed to the blue metro line from Phetchaburi, and rode to Wat Mangkon station. It took me less than 5 mins to walk over to the hotel from the station.

Conveniently Located at Chinatown

Hotel Royal Bangkok that is located in the midst of Chinatown is definitely not one of the newest hotels. At least, it is just 2 stations away from Sanam Chai station where I planned to visit on the following day. Since it was still too early for check in, I left my luggage at the reception and retuned at night.

The room was actually quite spacious and tidy when I entered. The greyish hue, or perhaps the lighting, gives the room a sense of heritage. The hotel has also attained the SHA+ certification, which is a measure to improve hygiene in the tourism industry for Bangkok hotels. It is a standard issued by the Safety and Health Administration in Thailand (SHA).

Some other facilities of the hotel include gym, swimming pool, laundry services, lobby lounge and rooftop pool bar. Since my room was at the same level as the Royal Sky Lounge, I was woken up by the breakfast crowd. The open space rooftop also offers a scenic view overlooking the city of Bangkok.

Last but not least, a major highlight of staying at Chinatown district would the Chinese-Thai street food. Around noon, the street comes alive with rows of street vendors selling various street food. From skewers, desserts, shark fin soup to fish maw soup and more. It would be the perfect place for supper as many of them are open until midnight!

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