The Atlanta Hotel , Bangkok is run on conservative principles and fosters traditional values.
The above mission statement is taken from The Atlanta’s website, which is worth reading long before you even think about booking a room or arriving on their doorstep in the hope of an overnight stay to avoid disappointment or the feeling of being offended and unwanted. And if you happen to have a Thai wife or girlfriend then don’t even think about going near the place, as they will just ask you to leave the premises.
My first contact with The Atlanta Hotel was in 2001 when i stayed there for a couple of nights after visiting my brother who was teaching English in Nakhon Pathom. I remember being asked to read the “Rules of the house” and “How to behave” by the Maitre and then left alone to enjoy my stay.
The food in their restaurant was excellent, as was the service and left luggage facilities after checking out so when i had to return to Bangkok a couple of years later for my brothers funeral, the Atlanta Hotel restaurant was my choice for food even though i wasn’t staying there, but the Old Dragon had different ideas…………….
My brothers wife, Kit, and her cousin Oi had met me at the airport and we transferred to my brothers favourite hotel where Kit had already booked a room. After checking in and starting to feel hungry i suggested that we all walk to the Atlanta Hotel for a meal before turning in for the night. The three of us walked into the restaurant, sat down, and before we could even look at the menu were asked to leave by “The Dragon” as my brother used to call her !!!!!!!
I asked why we were being asked to leave and was told that No sex tourists were welcome !!!!! Yes i did feel offended, and started to explain our situation but understood quickly that my pleas were falling on deaf ears. We found somewhere else to eat that night…………
Fast forward to January 2012 and my next encounter with The Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok …….. I was spending the winter in the Philippines, and had to do a visa run. I found a cheap flight to Bangkok and a return to Manila from Singapore, so the plan was to take the train down through Malaysia, stopping off at various places along the way.
Arriving in Bangkok at a silly hour in the morning i made my way to the Atlanta Hotel where i thought i might be able to check in for a night, rest up and take the train a day later to Butterworth. I gave the Receptionist a big Sawasdee Krahp, smiled and asked for a room for one night and i was promptly told that they were full. I asked if they might have an available room in a few hours when guests started to check out but again the receptionist repeated that they were full and would not have any rooms available that day…………..
I was feeling hungry and remembering what had happened 9 years before, i asked politely if i may use the restaurant, was given a nod and so i walked into the almost empty room and sat down. At this moment “The Dragon” appeared and took one look at me and said ” you have been here before, I never forget a face. ” Thinking i might be in trouble i replied ” Yes i stayed here in 2001 “…….. i didn’t dare mention that she threw my sister in law, her cousin and myself out.
Anyway i did manage to order a meal this time and really enjoyed it. Afterwards i asked if i may walk round the reception area and take some photos, as i wanted to pass a bit more time in the hope of getting a room when someone checked out. An hour later a few people did check out and i approached reception again and requested a room only to be denied yet again !!!!!!!!
Feeling frustrated i decided to head for Hualamphong Railway station and take my luck with the trains.The Atlanta was the first hotel in Bangkok with its own pool, is one of the city’s most renowned small hotels. Its lobby, which remains unchanged since it was built in the 50’s has been used in films and the King of Thailand once played trumpet in its jazz bar. Its website advises that it is “run on conservative principles and imperiously heedless of fashions and trend … untouched by pop culture and post-modern primitivism”, which has also gained it a deserved reputation for eccentricity. Excellent location just off Sukhumvit Road, a “no sex tourist” door policy, and a fantastic Thai restaurant..
Despite its reputation and my own personal experiences, i still think the Atlanta Hotel could be a good place to stay in Bangkok and will try again next time I am there.
Have you had any Atlanta Hotel experiences?? Let us know below in the comments!
Make sure you have a read of their website before you even contemplate staying their to make sure you fit their guest criteria http://www.theatlantahotelbangkok.com