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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bangkok's Holiday Inn Sukhumvit Soi 22


I frequently receive emails asking me for names of foreign owned hotels in Bangkok that allow hookers in guest rooms. There are many. But one that comes to mind recently just because I had dinner at one is the Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22. Originally an American company but after a quick google search today it is a multinational owned hotel chain.

Anyways, there are several Holiday Inn properties in central Bangkok. But this particular property on the corner of Suk 22 has a few massage shops and even a club where men can pick up working girls.

But it's not as action packed as the Phrom Phong area where all the oil massage parlors are at. Though the Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22 is about a 10 minute walk to Phrom Phong. So yes, the hotel is in a very good location indeed.

Though the nearest and best oil massage shop close to this Holiday Inn Suk 22 is Dream Heaven Massage on Sukhumvit soi 33, around a 10 minute walk too. They charge 2000THB for 1 hour oil massage, and it is full service so massage and sex is included. Can't beat that.

Okay, back to the hotel's info. It's a new 4 star guest friendly hotel opened around late 2013 so everything is still in good condition. I know a lot of guys love staying in newer modern hotels so if that's you this should fit the bill nicely.

Deluxe Room at Holiday Inn 22

Currently a deluxe room at this Holiday Inn will set you back 3000THB per night. It's a 28 square meter room so good size. The price is about right due to the location and quality. No breakfast included for that 3000THB rate but really you are not going to have a problem finding food to stuff your face in that hotel's location.

I recommend Bangkok Betty located in the hotel's lobby. Go for the affordable main dishes because the starters are small and overpriced.

Okay, so you want to know what's to do around the hotel. Well there is a disco within the hotel called Dreamz Discotheque 22. It's not the best right now in terms of finding freelancer hookers inside. Because it's a new hotel I guess so the ladies don't want to take a chance going to a place with no customers.

Then directly across from the hotel's entrance on Suk 22 is the Titanium Club & Ice Bar.It's not a go go bar. It's not loaded with freelancers like you'd find in Club Insanity or Club Climax. It's a nice little club but like Dreamz22 you might not find a whole lot of freelancers inside.

Entrance to Titanium Bar & Ice Club

A couple of legit massage parlors?
There are a couple of massage parlors also right along Suk 22 but I don't know if they provide full service. One quick way to establish if a shop offers sexual services is when the windows are completely tinted black for privacy. But there are instances though where a completely legit looking shop offers have massage girls that provide hand relief.

But you won't find any shops in line with the services you get from the oil massage shops in Phrom Phong area. As I mentioned earlier, luckily this Holiday Inn is not a far walk from that area. Which is one of the benefits of staying there.

Overall, this is a good hotel for those asking for a hotel that is foreign owned and new building too. That, said many Thai owned hotels are really good too for quality and service. So I wouldn't worry too much about finding foreign owned hotels only.

For your reference here is an email reply regarding Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22 guest friendly policy:
Dear Mr. Jim

Regarding of Joiner stay overnight hotel have not additional charge.

But please have extra guest show I D card for keeping. We look forward to welcome you and your guests to Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit 22

Best Regards, Siriporn C, (Ms.)
Reservation Team Leader.”
Read current reviews and find the best rates for your travel date for Holiday Inn Sukhumvit.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Big Sale On Pattaya Hotels Happening Now...


Just to follow up on yesterdays post on hotels in Bangkok with discounts, here are the names of a handful of recommended guest friendly hotels in Pattaya with special room rates.

Though the military's curfew has been lifted in Pattaya weeks after Bangkok, Pattaya is still seeing quite a slow down in business. So hotels in that particular area of red light madness are also deeply discounting their room rates in hopes of luring customers back into the laps of lovely bar girls.

The first hotel I'd like to bring up is the 4 star LK Empress located right on Beach Road. That's right, the LK is located not only across from the beach but also the hordes of Thai hookers that make that spot their place of employment. And Walking Street is just a short skip and a hop from the hotel grounds. Right now you can pick up a room for about 2100THB. That price is for a studio king room including breakfast. It's an excellent deal and you can't go wrong staying there.

Another great hotel right across the Beach Road is the Baywalk Residence. Rated at 3 stars though some would say it deserves a 4. So the location is hot as well with many Thai freelancers in the area plus many short time bars as well as minor go go bars. For 1600THB you get a superior room including breakfast. If you like BJ Bars (and who doesn't, check out a few places near Soi Yamato, Soi 8 and Soi 6 near Baywalk Residence Hotel.

So if you think the few hotels I mentioned above are a little too pricey for your price range then here is a popular 3 star budget guest friendly hotel right in the heart of Pattaya, it's the Sunshine Hotel and Residence. Around 1300THB per night is the cost and that's an excellent value. This hotels gets a lot of positive reviews because it's a nice hotel close to many businesses catering to single male travelers. Plus it's not far from the beach and Walking Street. And if you're staying at this hotel you are also not far from the LK Metro area for even more go go bars.

Now here is a special surprise. If you think Sunshine Hotel and Residence is cheap at 1300THB what if I told you that if you could afford 1450THB per night you snag a room at a 4 star hotel. That's right, the Miracle Suite Pattaya now has a 50% off discount for their 40 sqm. studio rooms with breakfast included. Bad news is Miracle Suite is a bit off from Walking Street. But you can easily hop on a Baht bus to get there.

And the cheapest of the cheap hotels on this list is Tunes Hotel Pattaya at 600THB. It is located on Second Road and the closest red light district is LK Metro which is about a 10 minute walk. For getting to Beach Road or even Walking Street, it is best to also hop on a Baht bus. Tunes is a very well known hotel chain and yes though you get basic rooms with all the necessities you need for a good time in Pattaya.

So that's all. There are probably more but these are the best deals I could spot for now. Also like to add that these deals are limited so the rates might not be available anymore by the time you've read all of this. I recommend making a booking at your earliest convenience.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Big Sale On Bangkok Hotels Happening Now...

Actually there is a big room sale going on for many hotels all over Thailand, not just discounts for Bangkok Hotels. But of course the focus of this blog post is about guest friendly hotels close to Bangkok's nightlife.

Many hotels all around Bangkok are trying to pick up the pieces and salvage whatever damage the most recent coup has done to scare away tourists. First was lifting the curfew nationwide but most importantly within its capital city.

One of the nicest hotels I recommend is not exactly super close to Soi Cowboy but you can get there in around 10 minutes by foot. It's the Best Western Plus at 20 Sukhumvit. Right now 1600THB per night will get you a room in there which normally cost double. Breakfast is not included but seriously, in that area, you are not going to have a problem finding food to eat.

Now there is a very good budget hotel I've never mentioned before on my blog or my websites and it's called At Mind Executive Suites. You can get a superior room with breakfast for about 1200THB. At Mind Executive Suites can be found along Sukhumvit Soi 8 which is practically right in the middle between Nana Entertainment Plaza and Soi Cowboy. It seriously can not get any better than that.

Also one of my all time favorite guest friendly hotel in Bangkok is the Dream Hotel and it's rated at 4 stars. You can get a superior room with breakfast for 1900THB per night as of writing. This hotel is around the corner from Thermae Bar and Coffee if you want to find Thai freelancers. And a simple 5 minute walk to Soi Cowboy if you want to check out go go bars.

Want to stay at a hotel near my favorite oil massage parlors Angel Massage and 101 Premier Massage? Then Arize Hotel Sukhumvit is where you want to book your hotel room. And of course it's massage girl friendly so you can invite a working nearby any of the massage shops to the comforts of your hotel room. Arize is currently offering a 1700THB price for a superior double room. I wouldn't miss out on it.

Another hotel I've never mentioned before is the In Residence Bangkok Hotel, just 200 meters down Sukhumvit Soi 13. It's also between Nana Entertainment Plaza and Soi Cowboy but walking from one to the other would probably take about 20 minutes. But In Residence is worth mentioning because for 2100THB a night you're getting a 55 sqm. studio room plus breakfast included. Normally the room goes for more than double.

Next up is a hotel just a short 5 minute walk to Soi Cowboy, it's the FurmaXclusive Asoke Hotel. They have deluxe rooms going for 1800THB per night. No breakfast but again, in Sukhumvit area you will never go hungry. Finding a place to eat is as easy as taking a dump. FuramaXclusive is a really popular guest friendly hotel in Sukhumvit area so their discounted rate is limited.

Finally, the Royal President Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 15. It's an older hotel but it is well kept and popular because of the hotel's location, quality and service. Right now you can get a superior room with no breakfast for 1400THB. The Royal is a 4 star hotel too so I've never seen the price so cheap like that ever before.

There are actually quite a lot more guest friendly hotels in Bangkok with deep discounts. Take a look at my list here.

As I mentioned earlier a lot of hotels are feeling the pain because no tourists are coming to the city. But I have a good feeling with all these hotel discounts going on there will be plenty of customers flowing back in to the red light districts of Bangkok.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bangkok's Ambassador Hotel - 60% Off Discount Available Now

Okay, so just to give you a prime example of just one of many hotels in Bangkok that is seriously hurting during this time.

The Ambassador hotel on Sukhumvit soi 11 is putting out a heavy discount on rooms located in their standard wing.I was searching through Agoda and saw their is a 68% discount so the room cost about 1500THB per night.

Normally the rates at Ambassador hotel cost around 2800THB to 3500THB. The lowest I've ever seen was around 1800THB around late last year. The last time I saw a room that cheap at the Ambassador was back a few years.
Standard Room - Main Wing - Ambassador Hotel
I checked the rates for this month up to September and still see the 1500THB rate available up to then. So It seems like the Ambassador is trying to make up for as many reservations as they can to fill up their rooms.

It's a good hotel in a super location near nightlife. And let's not forget Climax Club a very popular pick up spot for freelancers is just right down the hotel. Even though now it closes at 12 you can still find what you're looking for before midnight.

I have a few friends that stay at the Ambassador and always take working girls out of Climax Club to their rooms for short time.

You can read reviews and check to see if the discounts is still available here via Agoda.com.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 Military Coup - What it Means For You and Your Sex Holiday to Bangkok and Pattaya

After answering so many emails asking me whether or not it's safe to visit Thailand or not I finally found a bit of time to write a post about this subject.

The short answer is yes. It is safe to visit the red light districts in Bangkok, Pattaya and even the smaller ones in Phuket and Chiang Mai. Though as of writing, Bangkok is the only city that still has a 12am to 4am curfew but that is because most of the protestors are in the capitol.

There are the presence of soldiers on the streets but they are not shooting people indiscriminately. And there are no tanks on the streets anywhere too.

There are still pockets of protestors but the military are handling them with kid gloves. The way I see it, it's a much friendlier Thai army that knows the world is watching so they're trying hard not to make themselves look like an ass.

After 19 coups in Thailand it makes sense that military has a handle on the situation and taken a kinder approach instead of blasting everyone in the knee caps with rubber bullets.

Heck, I live in Bangkok and even though there is a 12am curfew I still see cars on the roads and people walking around minding their own business after 12am.

Though Bangkok's sex industry is getting hit bad though. Nana Plaza, Soi Cowboy, and Patpong are taking the 12am curfew seriously. Which shouldn't be a real problem but the military coup has really scared off a lot of tourists.

Pattaya is somewhat affected even though its 12am curfew has been lifted last week. But let's face it, the damage is done already and tourists have cancelled their travel plans.

The hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya are getting hurt too as a result of travel cancellations. It's the low season now and I haven't checked on recent hotel rates personally but what I've read many hotels in Bangkok have lowered their rates slightly more to lure travelers back.

Funny thing, just while writing this post I just got an email asking me if it's safe to come to Bangkok and Pattaya in next month July.

And my answer was I can't tell you what to do because I don't know what will happen next month.

Though I can say is right now, at this moment, Bangkok looks the same as it ever was before the coup even started. Things look a lot calmer than it was in the last coup back in 2006 when protesters took the streets and burned down a piece of Central World.

This 2014 coup is peaceful and calm.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Protect Yourself Against Cheating Hotel Staff...

Just recently I received an email from a guy staying over at the Paradiso Boutique Suites in Bangkok. Dozens of guys have booked this hotel through me because it's a good budget hotel that is super close to a lot of action near Soi Cowboy. And all of them have told me they could bring different ladies to their rooms every night.

Here's what he had to say:

Hi, I would like to share regarding the Paradiso Boutique Suites. It is NOT a guest friendly hotel. There is a joiner fee of THB600 for the 2nd time when you bring a different girl to the room. Only the first time there is no joiner fee. I was surprised when they shows me the photocopy of the girl IC tagged to my room for the previous night. Accordingly only the first time gal is free. This is the first time I encounter such 2nd timer joiner fee incident. The person at the counter even gave me a receipt for the joiner fee. Hence, all traveler please take note.
Immediately I thought, well it's possible Paradiso has changed their policy. Then I emailed the guy who made the complaint asking if he booked a room for 2 guests. And he replied yes he did. So then he shouldn't have been charged a 600THB fee. This was highly suspicious and I had an idea of what had happened but I wanted to make sure.

So I went ahead and emailed Paradiso Suites to check for myself and see if they've changed their policy. Here is the reply below:

Dear Guest

We will charge for the 3rd person. If you stay alone, you can take one lady up to your room without charge but she has to leave her ID.card with our security guard, as the hotel will not hold any responsibility which may happen.

Best RegardsTanee Pimratna
From the email, it is clear that Paradiso is still confirmed guest friendly. As the email states, there is no charge for 1 lady to a room at a time. So I thought, maybe the night time staff was trying to make a quick and easy 600THB off of the hotel guest.

I sent an email back to the guy that made the complaint and told him that the hotel was still guest friendly. So he shouldn't have been forced to pay up. Here is his reply below:

Thanks Jim

I manage to get back the THB600 fee before I check out as I make a fuss out of it.

But I guess it is the receptionist on duty that night that was trying to take advantage of the situation. Spoilt my mood that night.

That receptionist even gave me a receipt with his name on the hotel letterhead. I am going send it to the GM email address to inform the hotel GM about it.
So my suspicions that he was being scammed by a naughty night time receptionist were true. I'm happy he got his money back and I'm happy that he did not stand for being taken advantage of.

This sort of scam towards hotel guests is rare and isolated. And this is the very first time someone has emailed me regarding this issue.

Now even though my websites contains a list of confirmed guest friendly hotels near the red light districts in Thailand, I always recommend that you personally email the hotel you are planning to stay in and ask about their policy.

Once you get the confirmation, print it out, or keep the email on your mobile phone. Be sure to get a name too from the hotel staff that replied to you. This way, you have got yourself some protection.

So if a cheating hotel staff comes up to you just show them the email. Or if they are very persistent, just pay the joiner fee first. But ask for a receipt.

Then, the next day, ask to speak to a manager. Show the manager your email confirmation along with the proof you unfairly paid up a joiner fee and you'll get your money back.