City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 Bangkok Hotel Review, Thailand
Not exactly budget but it's not expensive either
The City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 Hotel in Bangkok is an affordable hotel mixed in with a few of the city's most expensive international hotel chains. The hotel is located near the major intersection of Sukhumvit and Asoke Road. It's in close walking distance to the Sky Train as well as the underground MRT subway station so the hotel is in a convenient location for checking out most of central Bangkok.
It's an especially ideal hotel if you're a solo male traveler seeking Bangkok's infamous nightlife. Since City Lodge 19 is right in the middle of Nana and Soi Cowboy red light district, just a short 15 minute or a 5 minute walk respectively. And the popular bars and clubs on Sukhumvit road Soi 11 for a less risque time is a short walk as well.
The hotel is right near the entrance of Sukhumvit road Soi 19 and just right by the Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and directly opposite from the 5 star Westin Grande Hotel. So the City Lodge is not a hard hotel to find.
The hotel isn't exactly the newest and shiniest property in the area. From the outside it looks a bit dated compared to other newer hotel properties on Soi 19. And to be quite honest I did not have a whole lot of high expectations when I decided to book a room there to make this review, despite the fact that City Lodge 19 has plenty of good reviews and the fact that it is now run by the Amari Hotel group bolstered my confidence.
Plus that fact that I found really good discount rates for a superior room (and I was upgraded to a deluxe too) at the City Lodge did not hurt either.
Points of Interest Near City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 Hotel
Soi Cowboy Red Light District
Sukhumvit MRT Station
Nana Red Light District
Robinson Shopping Mall
Asok BTS Station
Night market on Sukhumivt Road
The area around hotel property is a bustling section of Bangkok buzzing with activity. It's a major district heavily visited by foreigners and those seeking some of the Bangkok's nightlife which inevitably involves prostitution.
With 2 major red light districts flanking City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 you will find prostitutes plying their trade on the outskirts of major hotels near in the area. That said, the location is still very safe even for families which you will often find towing their young ones on strollers. Of course beware of pick-pockets as well as being approached by Thais that are too friendly who are probably scam artists.
How to Get to City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 from Suvarnabhumi Airport
The hotel is located in an area that is notorious for heavy congested traffic during most times of the day. However, if you're packing loads of luggage with you then your only option is to take a taxi to the hotel from the airport which should cost around 350 Baht including the 50 Baht airport surcharge and tolls (assuming traffic is light).
If you have arrived at the airport with manageable luggage and cleared customs before 11pm then the quickest and cheapest way to reach City Lodge 19 is by taking the Airport Express Rail Link to Makkasan station and then take a short walk to Petchburi MRT station and ride the subway train to Sukhumvit MRT station, which is only 1 stop away.
Or you can take a taxi from Makkasan station to the hotel which should cost under 60 Baht.
- Bangkok City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 Hotel
I found cheaper rates for a room at the hotel through Agoda.com. And even though I had booked a superior room the hotel upgraded me to a deluxe since there were no-non smoking superior rooms available when I checked in.
Hotel provides free Wi-Fi internet access though it's a bit slow. There is also an in room electronic safe big enough to store a small notebook computer and other valuables.
Review of Room 702 @ City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 Hotel
Originally I was going to do a review on a superior room. However, there were no non-smoking superior rooms available when I checked in. But the receptionist was nice enough to upgrade me to a non-smoking deluxe room. What's the difference? Not quite sure but I was satisfied with the hotel receptionist for understanding how much I really hate cigarette smoke.
So I was provided a deluxe room on the 7th floor, room #702 to be exact. There is only one elevator since it's not a big hotel and it's small too. The elevator is kind of old and creepy especially when the door closes really slow. And when the door opened on the 7th floor I found it weird that there were no signs in the corridor leading to the rooms like you would find in most hotels. You won't get lost since there is only one corridor but for an instant I thought I was on the wrong floor until I found the guest rooms.
When I first entered my room I was happy to see that it is nice and big with a high ceiling. The room size was around 30 sqm.You immediately get a sense that the hotel is an older property that has been updated through time. The room has plenty of space for long stay with ample space to store luggage. Which is not something you'd find in most of the newer hotels popping up around Bangkok. The closet is big with enough room to keep your clothes nice and neat without cluttering the room.
The bed and pillows were comfortable and even though my room was facing busy Soi 19 I was not bothered by any noise at all and had a great night's sleep. The air conditioning was strong so no problems at all when the city gets really hot and humid.
Here's the part where I have to be nit picky. There are only 7 channels on the television. Okay, it's probably not a big deal for most. But City Lodge is managed by the Amari group. So in my opinion, they can do better. There are basic channels like BBC news and an HBO channel for movies. For some reason while I was watching HBO the signal would get lost once in awhile which was really annoying especially when I was missing the good parts in the movie.
I think City Lodge Sukhumvit 19 Hotel is a good reasonably priced hotel. Although I would shop around since there are many newer hotels in Bangkok at the same price range or offering special rates. However, City Lodge is in a prime location mixed among some of the city's most expensive hotels. And there are many international restaurants to pick and choose from making this hotel a highly prized location for tourists looking for a wide range of food choices at affordable prices.
Bangkok's Sukhumvit City Lodge 19 is definitely a hotel I enjoyed reviewing and I recommend the hotel mainly for solo travelers and couples looking for an unforgettable nightlife and shopping experience in Bangkok on a budget.