Since I arrived at Soi Tad-ied, the street Tiger Muay Thai is on, in September, there has been a huge, 8 storey apartment block that’s been constantly under construction. At least 5 months in the making, this week they had a grand opening, pool foam party so I decided to have a look inside and check out the quality of the rooms and their prices.
They are currently advertising the rooms at half price, which to my mind is still on the expensive side, so time will tell whether the prices are actually half price or whether it’s just a marketing scheme. All of the rooms come with a small safe and their own, private, Internet connection, so other guests won’t effect you. They told me they are doing this exclusively for digital nomads, to attract people that want want to work and train.
Blue Small Room
The small room is 25,000 THB a month (£517). There’s a balcony, a small ‘wet room’ with a shower, sink and toilet and a main room with a large bed and TV along with a few cabinets.
Blue Big Room
The larger size rooms are 45,000 THB a month (£930). They have larger ‘wet room’ bathrooms, with sink, shower and a jacuzzi! The bedroom is a bit bigger than the smaller room, the main difference is the addition of a separate lounge area and kitchenette, which actually makes a huge difference. Sleeping in the same room as a fridge sucks!
The penthouse is 150,000 THB (£3100) per month and is just .. excessive! Huge open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, with the lounge and dining area separated by a screen in the middle containing a TV that rotates, so you can watch it wherever you are! The lounge has a massive table that sits 6 people.
If that wasn’t extravagant enough there is also a jacuzzi in the living area by the window, offering excellent views across Soi Tad-ied and Chalong. There is also a sizeable balcony offering the same view.
The very large bedroom comes equipped with a huge TV as well as a massive walk in wardrobe that can fit more clothes than I will ever own inside.
There is an additional spare room which can be fitted out per the renter’s requirements, currently it’s a prayer room but an additional bed can be added.
It is tempting to rent the penthouse out for my final month here, but being realistic, for one person it would be very lonely. The penthouse is huge and as far as I can tell the rest of the building is empty. For two people, it’s an extravagance, the Big Room has similar facilities at a better price, it would still also be far too big.
The kitchen area looked fully equipped, with a hob etc. unlike everywhere else where you just get a kettle. Having to leave the street to buy actual food though would be a pain.
Rooftop Pool And Restaurant
On the roof is a swimming pool with fantastic views of the area and downstairs in the lobby is a restaurant that has yet to be completed.
The hotel looks nice and is brand new, but it is built in the same manner as all the other places on the street, which is to say not to a high standard and liable to look old and crumbly before it’s time due to it’s concrete construction methods.
Also, if these prices are indeed half price, that makes the building 3-4 times more expensive than the other premium places on the street. My 12,000 THB room is not that much different to the, half price, 45,000 THB room, it’s only advantage is the larger TV and private Internet!