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Royal Asia Lodge Review

Today we’re taking a look at the Superior King room at the Royal Asia Lodge in Suhkumvit, Bangkok. I found this room at a special discounted price on Agoda for around 800 baht per night (which is around AUD$30, USD$22). This hotel is located at the very end of Sukhumvit Soi 8 and is coincidentally 8 minutes walk from Nana BTS station.

Royal Asia Lodge Review

One of the first things you’ll notice when checking into this hotel is that it’s in dire need of some renovation, upgrading and just general maintenance. From the moment you get to your room door you’re likely to struggle with the swipe key lock. The card doesn’t have any information on how to use it or which direction to insert it and I heard multiple other people struggling with the doors while I was staying here. The trick is to insert the card with the blank part facing up and wait just a second or two before trying to push the handle down.

Royal Asia Lodge damage

The damaged bathroom roof

Upon entering your room you’ll be greeted with a very old non-lcd TV. A loud fridge and a bathroom with a roof that’s barely staying up. The general condition of the room feels like it hasn’t been maintained since it was built. The walls are dirty and the bathroom roof is just about rotted away. The shower head doesn’t have much adjustment either and the shower curtains and towels looked pretty old too. In the pictures of this hotel on Agoda it shows a rooftop pool. Upon inquiring about this though I was informed that it is in fact located in another building and only open from 9am – 5pm.

The free wifi in this hotel initially was pretty good and I was impressed with the up and download speeds. However not too long afterwards the speeds dropped dramatically and there was one day where none of the wifi on any of the floors was connecting at all. So don’t expect any exceptional wifi performance from this hotel.

Royal Asia Lodge Breakfast

Breakfast

The breakfast is usually 99 baht per day however the special booking I got through agoda included breakfast. There isn’t much on offer for the breakfast and to be honest it’s simply not worth 99 baht. On offer was tea, coffee, a variety of juices and milk. Some corn flakes, sliced ham, sausages, pineapple and watermelon. Also they had bread and toasters and if you want eggs you have to ask the chef to get them cooked on the spot. The eggs were the best part of the whole offering. I would highly recommend going elsewhere (like the Terminal 21 shopping centres food court which I will be reviewing next week) to get a much better and cheaper breakfast.

All that said I was able to stay comfortably enough in this hotel and there are some good points about this place. Like the free Tuk tuk from the hotel to the end of the Soi so you don’t have to walk, and the two bottles of free water every day when the room gets cleaned. Overall I would look elsewhere unless you come across this hotel at a highly discounted price.

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