Upon arrival at Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport, we were picked up by our Goodwind Tours representative and were brought to 13-storey Rajah hotel, arriving there by 3:30 PM. Built in 1966 on Sukhumvit Soi 4, the hotel’s original 5 story wing, with 140 rooms, was joined by a larger 13-storey tower a few years later.
The hotel has 347 airconditioned rooms with private bath and telephone. The single, twin and double rooms are about 26 to 28 sq. m. while the suites has rooms with queen size beds and a living room. We stayed in 2 twin rooms.
By the late 1990s, the Rajah Hotel had become somewhat neglected but, in recent years, the original wing has been revived as the Rajah Mansion, operating as a hotel/serviced apartment offering daily, weekly and monthly rates. In 2009, the tower has also been revived with renovations to the lobby and coffee shop.
The hotel also has a 24-hr. coffee shop, a convention hall, bar and a swimming pool at the garden. This popular budget hotel is located within the red light entertainment district. The short, 400 m. long Soi Cowboy, with its 40 bars, is within walking distance. The go-go bars here, a favorite for expatriates, serve alcoholic drinks while women dance on a stage, mostly in bikinis, sometimes topless or even in the nude (technically, this remains illegal).
Rajah Hotel: 18 Soi Sukhumvit 2 and Sukhumvit Soi 4 (Soi Nana), Sukhumvit Rd., Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. Tel: 02-2550040 to 55. Fax: 02-2557160.