First off I think the hotel is a decent place because it is close to the BTS Sky Train and MRT subway station. So exploring and getting around Bangkok is easy. Secondly there are a handful of oily massage parlors nearby that I like. Soi Cowboy's go go bars are a 5 minute walk. Those are the good things.
But it is an older hotel in the area yet it has a strong following of returning guests because the rooms are maintained very well. So they must be doing something right.
A superior room at the Tai Pan is affordable. Not cheap by any means but you can get better rates than the hotel directly by booking through Agoda.com where you can get a superior room for around 2000THB. And the hotel has good recreational facilities like a big swimming pool. Though the fitness room's equipment looks like it's stuck in an 80's time warp.
It has been brought to my attention that the Tai Pan is not bar girl friendly at all and a guest will get hit with a 700THB joiner fee if you try. That's only true if you book a room for 1 guests. Book for 2 guests and you won't get charged as you can see from the email I received from Tai Pan regarding their policy on bar girls:
Just book a room for 2 and make sure it's a deluxe room for a queen sized bed. Superior rooms have two twin beds. However both rooms are a massive 38 square meters big.Greetings From Tai-Pan HotelTo Mr. jimDear Sir,Thank you for your e-mail and pleased to inform you that will charge for joiner if you booked for 1 per son, and we will not charge you if youBooked for 2 persons.However your visitor must deposit her /or his I.D. card at front desk.Kind RegardsVilad Front Office Dept.
It won't cost extra anyways and it's just a minor technicality that hotels require on their record keeping end. And like any other joiner free hotel in Thailand, bar girls, massage girls or whomever you meet in the city's naughty nightlife establishments must leave their I.D. card at the front desk for your safety.
The hotel is deemed as a 3.5 star hotel. I just give it 3 stars mainly due to the room size given to guests. And the Tai Pan Hotel does have a lot of mixed reviews. But what hotel doesn't? It's in a great location, the hotel is quite nice and you can't ask for anything more.