Darren and I have stayed in some beautiful hotels to date.
In our backpacking days, our budget for a bit of shut eye rarely stretched above £10 per night. Luckily, accommodation was still very cheap in 2006, and the exchange rates were favourable to the GBP. We often stayed in £2 a night rooms, most were clean and spacious, and many even included breakfast. There have, however, been a few nights when we felt we were paying to stay in a prison – one hotel in Bangkok is affectionately remembered as Cell Block H!
We have always stayed in private double rooms, although there were a few times in Australia and New Zealand where we used shared bathroom facilities. After three months in Asia, hostels and shared toilets came as quite a shock, especially when we had to pay ten times the cost of a night in Cambodia!
As years have gone by, our budgets have risen, and we have afforded some wonderful hotels. We still love to stay in traditional guest houses and hotels though, such the stunning beach front bungalow in Koh Kood Resort, and the beautiful rooms of The River Kwai Bridge Resort, where for both stays we were the only Farangs (foreigner) checked in.
However, Plaza Athenee, A Royal Meridien Hotel in Bangkok will always hold a special place in my heart, and I don’t think another hotel will ever knock this off the top spot. But I look forward to visiting many more hotels in the future, just to make sure!