Thursday, 9 April 1992

Hotel and Inn Review: Regent Marina Hotel (Pattaya, Thailand)

Date of Stay: April 9 -10, 1992
RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: *******
Rooms: ******
Condition and Cleanliness: *******
Staff Performance: ******
Room Comfort: ******
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: *****
Value for Money: ******
Regent Marina Hotel
The 5-storey Regent Marina Hotel. located right along the quieter end of North Pattaya Beach, has 220 beautifully appointed airconditioned rooms and suites with bath, cable TV, ref and minibar (207 double and twin; 6 de luxe; 4 honey suites, 2 princess suites and 1 presidential suite).
Regent Marina Hotel - Room
Regent Marina Hotel - Coffee Shop
The hotel also has a 24-hour coffee shop, swimming pool, disco, conference and banquet facilities, game room, barber shop, beauty salon, snooker club and shopping arcade.
Regent Marina Hotel - Swimming Pool
The hotel also offers laundry, dry cleaning, valet, currency exchange, babysitting, tours, massage and 24-hr. room service.
Regent Marina Hotel - Lobby
Regent Marina Hotel: 463/61 Pattaya Beach Rd., Pattaya, 20260 Thailand.  Tel: (038) 428-015. Bangkok booking office tel: (02) 390-2511 to 12.

Wednesday, 8 April 1992

Hotel and Inn Review: Rajah Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)

Date of Stay: April 8 - 9 and 11 -12, 1992
RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: *******
Rooms: ******
Condition and Cleanliness: *****
Staff Performance: ******
Room Comfort: *****
Food and Beverage: *****
Other Amenities: *****
Value for Money: ******

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.
Rajah Hotel - Twin Room
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.

View outside room

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).
Another View Outside Room
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.

Sunday, 5 April 1992

Hotel Review: Cockpit Hotel (Singapore)

Date of Stay: April 5 - 8, 1992
RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ********
Rooms: *******
Condition and Cleanliness: *******
Staff Performance: *******
Room Comfort: ********
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: *******
Value for Money: ******

Date of Stay:The 12-storey, 3-star Cockpit Hotel, our home during our 3 night stay in Singapore, stands on the grounds of a colonial mansion that used to function as a hotel called Hotel De L'Europe (it used to be owned by a Dutchman).
Cockpit Hotel
Designed by Architect Yang Tai Tye, it was built in 1972 by Indonesian businessman Hoo Liong Thing as an extension to the old one, which had been around since 1947. The Cockpit name became official in 1960. The old mansion was pulled down a decade later.
Our Penthouse Suite
This classic-looking hotel, overlooking the Le Meridien (now Concorde) shopping center, has 230 guest rooms, a nightclub, offices and restaurants.  Luxton Hall was demolished in 1982 to make way for a new extension at the rear, adding another 168 guestrooms, swimming pool, restaurant, recreational facilities, function rooms and car parking.
Front Office
It has a white exterior, distinctive fan-shaped windows, arches and protruding wrought-iron balconies.In 1980, Hongkong jeweller Kevin Hsu bought the hotel for $45 million.
The Hotel Lobby
In 1983, he, in turn, sold it to hotelier Teo Lay Swee for $62 million. When the Raffles Hotel was closed for renovations in 1989, about 60 long-serving staff moved over to the Cockpit, as did the recipe for the Singapore Sling.  The hotel is close to many attraction and landmarks such as Church of St Peter & St Paul, Armenian Church and Cathedral of the Good Shepherd..
In 1997, the  Cockpit Hotel was bought by a Wing Tai-led group and was demolished sometime in 2000 to make way for a residential and commercial project. The Hotel Grand Central is still around, the only 3-star hotel remaining along Orchard Rd.

Cockpit Hotel: 115 Penang Road cor. Oxley Rise, 238460 Singapore.