Review: Shama Sukhimvit, Bangkok
Shama Sukhimvit, Bangkok
3 Bedroom Deluxe
We decided to stay at this Bangkok property as it was one of the few rentals that was available with 3 bedrooms in the one apartment. The location was right in middle of Bangkok between Sukhimvit Soi 2 and Soi 4, so was close to most of the local shopping malls and attractions.
As we checked-in at midnight, we were received by the “night shift guy” who wasn’t the friendliest. He forgot to give us back our passports too after scanning them which lead to a fairly stressful search of our belongings. We got them back the following day.
The apartment is more or less what you see in the photos on the website, though the devil is in the detail: the construction of the building appears to have been rushed. There is stucco in the hallway and the workmanship is shoddy – open some cupboards (in the kitchen for example) and it looks as if it’s still under construction. It has a very low-cost and manufactured “Ikea” feel about it.
The balconies had no furniture and were 1m deep / 3m wide so not ideal for entertaining. The beds were comfortable but the pillows were ultra soft and didn’t offer much support. The amenities in the bathrooms were adequate for serviced apartment facilities.
We only had wine glasses in our room, no normal tumblers. Also, there were no teaspoons? Upon arrival however there was a small basket of munchies and cereal, and there was a couple of bottles of drinking water and some mini milk cartons also – nice touch. The water was replenished in the daily housekeeping service, which was also good.
Location wise, I didn’t have a problem being so close to the craziness of Soi 4 – it had that trashy red light Bangkok feel, which was an experience for my family and I (keep in mind you don’t come to Bangkok for lush clean boulevards or Hampton’s like civility!).
The breakfast is ultra-slim in terms of choices – though one must keep in mind that any breakfast at a serviced apartment facility is a bonus. Still, makes you wonder why they bother if what they put out is the bare minimum and a half baked effort. We had breakfast off-site most mornings.
Another gripe is the “free wifi” – it was up, it was down – it was everything but working. Every time we wanted to use the internet we couldn’t. Was the biggest frustration for us. We complained three times and twice we had someone come check out the router, but the person couldn’t speak a word of English so trying to explain to him the various different types of connection failures (of which there were many variations) was impossible.
No-one followed me up to see if it had been fixed which was annoying also. Why offer this service if it’s completely unreliable? I would much rather pay for a reliable service than get a half-baked attempt at internet on a free basis.
Anyway – not 100% satisfied but for the money you get what you pay for. That, and there aren’t many other 3 bedroom options with balconies in Bangkok – so this is pretty much it. Having spent four nights at this property I can’t say I’m leaving 100% completely satisfied – whilst I’m not the easiest person to impress, this was a very average experience.