The Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok is run on conservative principles and fosters traditional values.
The above mission statement is taken from The Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok 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 make my way to Hualamphong Railway station and take my luck with the trains and head north on an overnight train to Nong Khai.
Despite its reputation and my own personal experiences, i still think the Atlanta Hotel would be a good place to stay in Bangkok, since it is situated in a quiet area, near nightlife and easy reach of the skytrain.
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
How to get to The Atlanta Hotel Bangkok
The entrance to The Atlanta Hotel is quite difficult to find until you are “on top of it”. However, look carefully and you will see the main entrance between two signs. One reads: “This is the place you are looking for, if you know it. If you don’t, you’ll never find it”. This is absolutely true: nobody comes to The Atlanta by chance. The other more famously reads: “Sex tourists not welcome”. (from their website)
How to get to The Atlanta Hotel Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport
From SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT to The Atlanta Hotel by AIRPORT RAIL LINK (A.R.L., the airport shuttle train), then by B.T.S. (also called Sky Train) which is the overground electric train system that serves Bangkok – only if you have luggage you can carry and walk for 700 yards / meters – buy ARL ticket in basement of airport building, then BTS ticket at Phaya Thai Station – total travel time one hour – cost under Bahts 100 – service roughly from 06:00 hrs till 24:00 hrs.
After clearing customs, follow signs to ‘Airport Rail Link’, which is in the basement of the building. You may take the lift / elevator or the escalator. Buy a ticket which, curiously, is a plastic coin, from the ticket window or the ticket machine.
A ticket costs Bahts 45. Go down the escalator or lift / elevator to the platform. Airport Rail Link trains are frequent.
Travel all the way to the end of the line at Phaya Thai, which is the seventh stop. The travel time is 25 minutes. Alight and walk to Phaya Thai BTS Station (the Sky Train system that serves Bangkok) and buy another ticket for Phloen Chit. [Click here if you wish to see the route map and fare details http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/02-route-current_new.aspx .] A ticket costs Bahts 28. Go to platform 1, ‘Samrong’.
Alight at the fourth stop, called Phloen Chit, which is the station nearest The Atlanta. BTS travel time is 7 minutes. Take exit 4 from Phloen Chit Station down to the street. Exit 4 is the southeastern exit. While descending the staircase at exit 4, you will see Novotel on your right. Keep walking with the Novotel on your right till you reach the street level, then continue walking in the same direction.
At the street level, you will find yourself walking under a huge overpass (for cars), then immediately crossing a railway line and a street. You will soon see a sign that reads ‘Ploenchit Center’ which is an office block with shops, including a McDonald and a Starbucks. Keep walking. You will reach the corner of Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road.
Opposite you is the Marriott Hotel. The distance you have walked from exit 4 of Phloen Chit Station to the corner of Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road is about 100 yards / meters. Turn right to walk down Soi 2.
The Atlanta Hotel is at the end of this lane, a distance of about 600 meters from the corner. The total travelling time from the Airport Rail Link station to The Atlanta, including waiting time at the platforms and walking time, is about one hour.
From SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT to The Atlanta Hotel by PUBLIC TAXI – follow signs to the Public Taxi queue at the forecourt on the ground floor of the airport building – ordinary and large seven-seater taxis available – travel time 45 minutes to one hour and thirty minutes – total fare between Bahts 400 and 600, inclusive of an airport queue charge and a toll charge, both of which you have to pay – 24-hours service.
How to get to The Atlanta Hotel Bangkok from Hua Lampong Train Station
From Bangkok Hua Lampong TRAIN STATION to The Atlanta Hotel by UNDERGROUND / SUBWAY / METRO connecting with the SKY TRAIN (B.T.S) – operational from 06:00 hrs till 24:00 hrs – practical only if you have luggage you can carry and walk 700 yards / meters, which is the distance you will have to walk from the Sky Train station nearest The Atlanta to The Atlanta – exit Hua Lampong Train Station through the main / front doorway, turn left, cross the road and you will see the underground / subway / metro, also called M.R.T. (Metropolitan Rapid Transit) – buy a ticket for Asok (6 stops, 26 Bahts, about 15 minutes) – at Asok, exit the station to the street level, then go up the stairs to Asok Station of the Sky Train (also known as B.T.S. or Bangkok Mass Transit System) – buy a ticket for Phloen Chit (2 stops, 22 Bahts, 4 minutes).
At Phloen Chit Station, take exit 4 down to the street. Exit 4 is the southeastern exit. While descending the staircase at exit 4, you will see Novotel on your right. Keep walking with the Novotel on your right till you reach the street level, then continue walking in the same direction. At the street level, you will find yourself walking under a huge overpass (for cars), then immediately crossing a railway line and a street. You will soon see a sign that reads ‘Ploenchit Center’ which is an office block with shops, including a McDonald and a Starbucks. Keep walking. You will reach the corner of Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road. Opposite you is the Marriott Hotel.
The distance you have walked from exit 4 of Phloen Chit Station to the corner of Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road is about 100 yards / meters. Turn right to walk down Soi 2. The Atlanta Hotel is at the bottom of this lane, a distance of about 600 yards / meters from the corner. The total travelling time from Hua Lampong Train Station to The Atlanta, including waiting time at the platforms and walking time, is about 45 minutes.
From Bangkok Hua Lampong TRAIN STATION to The Atlanta Hotel by TAXI – the taxi queue is on the west side of the station (the right side as you exit the platform) – taxi fare should be between Bahts 70 and Bahts 100 bahts – travel time 20 minutes to one hour.
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