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  1. That's a very broad budget, with 700 (dollars?) you could get an "ok" place not too far from the action. If you care about staying in a nicer building and close to the Suk it's gonna be closer to the 1000 (at least in my experience, maybe booking early it's gonna be cheaper, I don't know) There are a couple things I don't particularly like with airbnb: - You don't really know how you like your apartment till you get there, and most of them don't show the exact location... but maybe you can ask - My apartment will be a mess the day after they clean it. Plus some girls lose hair everywhere, or leave stains on the sheets. - technically the owner should file a TM30, useful if you are on a tourist visa and want to extend it
  2. So during the years I have been trying a lot of hotels and airbnb's. As you all know hotel prices in Thailand are quite low, but especially for those who stay around 2-3 months, a small apartment could be a better choice - and definitely cheaper. At the same time, the idea of calling a maid twice a week, and still have to do some cleaning yourself (if you care about keeping your place in decent condition when you take a girl home), it's a no go for may people. The obvious solution is serviced apartments. This time I tried a couple of aparthotels of Centre Point chain and I'm not disappointed. The rooms are basic, so even if you find a 5 star (grande centre point), don't expect luxury. I wouldn't consider a basic room here. But I find their one bedroom suite amazing. I love the idea of having a 80sqm apartment with a kitchen, a bathtub, washing machine, balcony, not worry about cleaning, in room dining when I want, and pay slightly more than renting a similar condo on airbnb. At this time I'm checking prices in their locations (Asok, Thong Lo etc) and they all are much cheaper than the competition. But the city is big and there must be alternatives. Have you ever tried a service apartment in BKK?
  3. Airbnb has many pros. For a couple of weeks, makes no sense (and it's illegal). But if you stay one month, you save hundreds of dollars. I usually spend a little more than average (800-1000$ month) but I get nice condos, with pool and gym, and good location. I also want to be able to cook a steak, use a table, lay on the couch, wash the clothes by myself. That pays off the 10 minutes a day I need to keep it clean. I wouldn't get a cheap condo that's for sure
  4. Citadines 11 is another good choice in the same area and for the same price. I don't remember the details, but my room was quite big and stylish. Also food service was ok. A few steps from Oskar, Levels etc
  5. Considering that most of people stay less than 30 days, and Airbnb is illegal for that period, I'm not surprised most choose hotels over condos. But regardless of the laws, if I stay a couple of weeks, hotels are a no brainer. Right now I'm writing from a condo I rented for 2 months on Airbnb and it costed me around 2000$, has fast internet, washing machine, good infinity pool/gym and 1 minute walk from Thong lo BTS.
  6. Sometimes I don't want to go to a restaurant alone and I'm too lazy to cook, so I just buy food like those rice and chicken bowls you can find everywhere. At Villa Market, at the end of Suk Soi 11, almost next to Insanity, they have cheap ready-to-eat sushi trays that actually look good and taste ok (much better than those at 7-11, that I would never eat). The price is really good so I was wondering if you consider it too risky to have some salmon sashimi... I don't have a clear idea about hygiene standards here in Thailand. Thoughts?
  7. I just spent 9 nights in this hotel, located in soi 6 and very close to Nana Plaza and Nana BTS. Needless to say, is guest friendly (they don't charge you for bringing someone to the room). First of all: my room wasn't the most basic/cheap, since it had a bedroom + living room, while with the cheapest price you get a studio apartment. Having a washing machine in the room was very comfortable for me (I'm not 100% sure but I think all rooms have one). Bathroom was good (but only shower and no bathtub). Staff is very nice. It has a balcony, even though the view from my room was non-existent. Unfortunately, the wifi in the room was very slow and often wasn't working at all (forget to have skype calls). I think this is the only downside I found, sadly for me since I need it for work, but probably not so important for most people since 4g always works well. Price tends to be a bit higher than the average but you can find good offers, and if you plan to spend a lot of time around nana plaza this will be money well spent in my opinion. Hope this helps!
  8. Been there recently, it's a good choice with small things I didn't like. It's pretty old (my room was in the secondary building, maybe there's a difference). You can't open the window, you have to ask the key at the reception (what??). Staff is nice (average in bkk). Really good breakfast. Internet works very well and that's a huge plus for me.
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