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I first stayed at the Metro Apartments on soi LK Metro in March 2007 and posted the following review about the guesthouse in May of that year:

 

http://www.pattaya-addicts.com/forum/topic/4852-metro-apartments

 

Since that review I have stayed there a further 8 times and after my last trip in February of this year the realisation of why I am a regular return guest struck home with a vengeance.

 

As has been mentioned numerous times about the Metro Apartments, it is hard to get a booking at short notice due to it's popularity and on my February trip I encountered exactly that problem – Sorry no have loom!

 

Although disappointed at not being able to get in at my home away from home I ended up booking another guesthouse in the soi bukahow area for a similar price and upon checking in I encountered a stark reminder of why the Metro Apartments are in such demand.

 

Whilst the guesthouse I chose would probably be acceptable to many it sadly lacked the refinements that I had come to take for granted at the Metro. The standard of cleanness was woeful, the furniture was old and worn, the linen was stained and cheap and I gave up counting the number of things in the room that were either broken or didn't work. In addition the wi-fi internet sucked and was as slow as the proverbial snail and the lack of maintenance throughout was clearly evident.

 

So after one night I headed out in search of alternate accommodation and decided to call in at the Metro and jokingly give Liam the receptionist a hard time for "no hab loom". Well imagine my surprise when she said with a big smile "John we now hab from tomorrow – man cancel yesterday and loom 3 now empty for 2 week".

 

Bloody hell I was in 7th heaven. One of my favourite rooms at the Metro was available for the rest of my trip – Book me in baby !

 

As such, I thought this would be an opportune time to do an updated review of what the place is like 4 years down the track.

 

Below are some photos of room 3 taken last month. Unfortunately you can't compare them to my previous review as the old photos don't display, however I believe that if anything the standard has improved even more over the past 4 years.

 

 

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So what is it that makes the Metro Apartments special?

 

THE ROOMS: The attention to detail is still first class, the beds are king size and comfortable and the cleanliness without reproach. The linen is of good quality, the blackout curtains are a welcome addition, the furniture and fittings are well maintained, there is adequate storage space and the air-con works fine. The rooms also have ceiling fans above the beds for those that prefer not to sleep with the air-con on. All rooms have tea & coffee making facilities and in the superior rooms, tea & coffee is also supplied. Each room has cable TV and a DVD player and the Wi-Fi is fast and reliable. The fridges are large and the mini bar well stocked at reasonable prices. The in room safes are the small electronic type but will still fit a small notebook computer. Sliding doors lead out to the large balconies for those that prefer not to smoke in the room and in the front rooms, sliding windows allow for cross flow day time breezes.

 

THE BAR: If sport is your thing then I rate this bar as one of the best in Pattaya. There are numerous TV's around the bar that can individually show different events at the same time with the majority of sports catered for. One evening during my last trip I was able to watch the Rugby (Ireland v Scotland), Cricket (England v India) & Soccer (West Ham v ????) all at the same time! They also get a good expat crowd in for most of the major sporting events and at times the atmosphere can be awesome. My passion is Rugby and the guys that come to watch the games are always great blokes to chat with. They also have 3 pool tables which are free for customers and house guests and if you are on your own the ladies are always happy to shoot some pool with you. The other stand out feature of the bar is that unlike most guest house bars, the Metro is air-conditioned and non smoking, however for the smokers there are comfortable chairs out the front to relax in.

 

THE LOCATION: Soi LK Metro is not to everybody's taste but if you like a laid back, fairly hassle free location it may suit you. Everything you need is within easy walking distance and it's also easy to get to other areas of Pattaya without to much trouble. The soi now has 4 go-gos with a 5th due to open shortly, plenty of places to eat, a Soi 6 style short time bar, the Devils Den for the ultimate threesome and Lolita's blow job bar for some quick relief !

 

THE STAFF: Staff can make or break any business and in the Metros case the friendly staff are without doubt one of the factors that contribute to its success. The day time ladies are always pleasant and helpful, whilst the night time ladies are a lot of fun, looking after the customers and playing pool when asked. Like any bar in Pattaya the Metro does suffer from staff turnover but the one thing I have noticed over the years is that replacement staff have to meet Annas exacting standards or they don't last long. Furthermore, they don't mooch for drinks, work hard and in most instance are happy to accept a barfine.

 

THE OWNER: The Metro Apartments are owned and run by an Irish gentlemen called Dennis and his Thai wife Somkit, who is a lovely lady and it's always a pleasure to sit and chat with her. As regards her husband I use the term gentleman loosely as really he's just a drunken Irish man (sorry Dennis – I couldn't resist) !! Seriously though, Dennis is an extraordinary mine host and in all honesty, the major reason for the Metros success and my continued patronage. His attention to detail as far as everything about the guest house is concerned is what makes it all work. He's very approachable, has a wealth of knowledge about Pattaya, Thailand and all things of a sporting nature. If you get the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with him you'll also find out that he's quite the raconteur. He also likes a drink or two so be warned if you come home around closing time and he's enjoying a bevy or two in the bar and invites you for a drink – you may well end up crawling up the stairs to your room as the sun comes up – Cheers Dennis!

 

In conclusion, I will again confirm my assessment of the Metro apartments – It's great value for money, a great place to stay and certainly one of the best guest houses in Pattaya. Also, as I mentioned previously, due to it's continued popularity, it is advisable to try and book 3 months in advance to secure a room. However, don't be put off making an enquiry at short notice. As evidenced by my latest trip, like most places in Pattaya, they do get cancellations.

 

The Metro Apartments web site address is: http://www.metro-apartments-pattaya.com/

 

The email address for bookings or enquiries is: info@metro-apartments-pattaya.com

 

DISCLAIMER:

 

I have no business association whatsoever with the Metro Apartments or the owners – I am simply a very satisfied guest who constantly returns to enjoy the amenity, comfort and friendliness of the establishment.

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great review KB. Metro is definitely one of the best bargains around. had a great ten day stay there.i stayed in the superior room, hard to believe i only paid 820 baht a night....well worth a lot more than that i would say.

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Although disappointed at not being able to get in at my home away from home I ended up booking another guesthouse in the soi bukahow area for a similar price and upon checking in I encountered a stark reminder of why the Metro Apartments are in such demand.

 

Whilst the guesthouse I chose would probably be acceptable to many it sadly lacked the refinements that I had come to take for granted at the Metro. The standard of cleanness was woeful, the furniture was old and worn, the linen was stained and cheap and I gave up counting the number of things in the room that were either broken or didn't work. In addition the wi-fi internet sucked and was as slow as the proverbial snail and the lack of maintenance throughout was clearly evident.

 

 

Good review for Metro, but you really should tell us the name of the place with the substandard room. It is just as important to know where not to stay as well as where to stay. Knowing where not to stay is an important function of this forum.

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I first stayed at the Metro Apartments on soi LK Metro in March 2007 and posted the following review about the guesthouse in May of that year:

 

http://www.pattaya-addicts.com/forum/topic/4852-metro-apartments

 

Since that review I have stayed there a further 8 times and after my last trip in February of this year the realisation of why I am a regular return guest struck home with a vengeance.

 

As has been mentioned numerous times about the Metro Apartments, it is hard to get a booking at short notice due to it's popularity and on my February trip I encountered exactly that problem – Sorry no have loom!

 

Although disappointed at not being able to get in at my home away from home I ended up booking another guesthouse in the soi bukahow area for a similar price and upon checking in I encountered a stark reminder of why the Metro Apartments are in such demand.

 

Whilst the guesthouse I chose would probably be acceptable to many it sadly lacked the refinements that I had come to take for granted at the Metro. The standard of cleanness was woeful, the furniture was old and worn, the linen was stained and cheap and I gave up counting the number of things in the room that were either broken or didn't work. In addition the wi-fi internet sucked and was as slow as the proverbial snail and the lack of maintenance throughout was clearly evident.

 

So after one night I headed out in search of alternate accommodation and decided to call in at the Metro and jokingly give Liam the receptionist a hard time for "no hab loom". Well imagine my surprise when she said with a big smile "John we now hab from tomorrow – man cancel yesterday and loom 3 now empty for 2 week".

 

Bloody hell I was in 7th heaven. One of my favourite rooms at the Metro was available for the rest of my trip – Book me in baby !

 

As such, I thought this would be an opportune time to do an updated review of what the place is like 4 years down the track.

 

Below are some photos of room 3 taken last month. Unfortunately you can't compare them to my previous review as the old photos don't display, however I believe that if anything the standard has improved even more over the past 4 years.

 

 

metro01.jpg

 

 

metro02.jpg

 

 

metro03.jpg

 

 

metro04.jpg

 

 

metro05.jpg

 

 

metro06.jpg

 

 

metro07.jpg

 

 

metro08.jpg

 

 

So what is it that makes the Metro Apartments special?

 

THE ROOMS: The attention to detail is still first class, the beds are king size and comfortable and the cleanliness without reproach. The linen is of good quality, the blackout curtains are a welcome addition, the furniture and fittings are well maintained, there is adequate storage space and the air-con works fine. The rooms also have ceiling fans above the beds for those that prefer not to sleep with the air-con on. All rooms have tea & coffee making facilities and in the superior rooms, tea & coffee is also supplied. Each room has cable TV and a DVD player and the Wi-Fi is fast and reliable. The fridges are large and the mini bar well stocked at reasonable prices. The in room safes are the small electronic type but will still fit a small notebook computer. Sliding doors lead out to the large balconies for those that prefer not to smoke in the room and in the front rooms, sliding windows allow for cross flow day time breezes.

 

THE BAR: If sport is your thing then I rate this bar as one of the best in Pattaya. There are numerous TV's around the bar that can individually show different events at the same time with the majority of sports catered for. One evening during my last trip I was able to watch the Rugby (Ireland v Scotland), Cricket (England v India) & Soccer (West Ham v ????) all at the same time! They also get a good expat crowd in for most of the major sporting events and at times the atmosphere can be awesome. My passion is Rugby and the guys that come to watch the games are always great blokes to chat with. They also have 3 pool tables which are free for customers and house guests and if you are on your own the ladies are always happy to shoot some pool with you. The other stand out feature of the bar is that unlike most guest house bars, the Metro is air-conditioned and non smoking, however for the smokers there are comfortable chairs out the front to relax in.

 

THE LOCATION: Soi LK Metro is not to everybody's taste but if you like a laid back, fairly hassle free location it may suit you. Everything you need is within easy walking distance and it's also easy to get to other areas of Pattaya without to much trouble. The soi now has 4 go-gos with a 5th due to open shortly, plenty of places to eat, a soi 6 style short time bar, the Devils Den for the ultimate threesome and Lolita's blow job bar for some quick relief !

 

THE STAFF: Staff can make or break any business and in the Metros case the friendly staff are without doubt one of the factors that contribute to its success. The day time ladies are always pleasant and helpful, whilst the night time ladies are a lot of fun, looking after the customers and playing pool when asked. Like any bar in Pattaya the Metro does suffer from staff turnover but the one thing I have noticed over the years is that replacement staff have to meet Annas exacting standards or they don't last long. Furthermore, they don't mooch for drinks, work hard and in most instance are happy to accept a barfine.

 

THE OWNER: The Metro Apartments are owned and run by an Irish gentlemen called Dennis and his Thai wife Somkit, who is a lovely lady and it's always a pleasure to sit and chat with her. As regards her husband I use the term gentleman loosely as really he's just a drunken Irish man (sorry Dennis – I couldn't resist) !! Seriously though, Dennis is an extraordinary mine host and in all honesty, the major reason for the Metros success and my continued patronage. His attention to detail as far as everything about the guest house is concerned is what makes it all work. He's very approachable, has a wealth of knowledge about Pattaya, Thailand and all things of a sporting nature. If you get the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with him you'll also find out that he's quite the raconteur. He also likes a drink or two so be warned if you come home around closing time and he's enjoying a bevy or two in the bar and invites you for a drink – you may well end up crawling up the stairs to your room as the sun comes up – Cheers Dennis!

 

In conclusion, I will again confirm my assessment of the Metro apartments – It's great value for money, a great place to stay and certainly one of the best guest houses in Pattaya. Also, as I mentioned previously, due to it's continued popularity, it is advisable to try and book 3 months in advance to secure a room. However, don't be put off making an enquiry at short notice. As evidenced by my latest trip, like most places in Pattaya, they do get cancellations.

 

The Metro Apartments web site address is: http://www.metro-apartments-pattaya.com/

 

The email address for bookings or enquiries is: info@metro-apartments-pattaya.com

 

DISCLAIMER:

 

I have no business association whatsoever with the Metro Apartments or the owners – I am simply a very satisfied guest who constantly returns to enjoy the amenity, comfort and friendliness of the establishment.

Hi K-B,

Excellent review of The Metro Apartments i have to say...Not alone is it the best place to stay in Pattaya, it's location suits everybody i have spoken to..It's so central to everything..Dennis is always up-dating his buisness, to suit his customers..You are known to all the staff, by your first name, which makes you feel at home straight away, and you are treated as 1 of the gang..Im like yourself K-B i have no association with The Metro Apts, only that im always sad to leave there, when it's time to go home, at least i have been treated and looked after 100%..What more could you ask for.?????..Looking forward to my next trip, and hopefully Dennis can accomodate me, he hasnt failed me yet. :Bravo1::Number1a::Cross_Fingers::Flying:

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I can also confirm that LK Metro is a great place to stay.

 

Air conditioned COOL bar for when you want to cool off - absolutely CLEAN everywhere - great staff with great attitudes and central to everything you need.

A quick walk down to beach road for a baht bus for Walking Street, mikes shopping maul and kiss food at second road and lots of places for massages etc etc.

 

I would not stay anywhere else - just glad I booked early for my next trip and got my full 2 weeks in the same room. Its no fun moving rooms when your recovering from a hangover!!!

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Guys what is their boooking proses ?

I see no option to pay a deposit, just an email address ???

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I tried to book in internet 2 or 3 days.

But no reply. Maybe it is already full. right?

:001_Thank_You5:

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I tried to book in internet 2 or 3 days.

But no reply. Maybe it is already full. right?

:001_Thank_You5:

 

 

Hi there lads.

 

Thanks for the heart-warming and positive comments. I am sorry if the website is not clear. One of the tabs at the top - Contact Us - link here:

 

http://metro-apartments-pattaya.com/contact.asp

 

will take you to a form. Just fill in your email, required dates and room type and we will get back to you within 24 hours. For your information we have one vacancy 21-29 April and some days in May. June can be a bit problematic depending on the dates requested.

Dennis

Metro Apartments

Website: http://metro-apartments-pattaya.com/

Blog: (here): http://www.metropattaya.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MetroApartments

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MetroApartmentsPattaya

Email: info@metro-apartments-pattaya.com

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I am booked in for a week from 23 May, i found it easy and dennis got bact to me every time, even when he must of been pissed one night cos he got my dates wrong lol

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I am booked in for a week from 23 May, i found it easy and dennis got bact to me every time, even when he must of been pissed one night cos he got my dates wrong lol

 

 

I put it down to lots of stress!

:D

Dennis

Metro Apartments

Website: http://metro-apartments-pattaya.com/

Blog: (here): http://www.metropattaya.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MetroApartments

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MetroApartmentsPattaya

Email: info@metro-apartments-pattaya.com

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I put it down to lots of stress!

:D

Wow Dennis good set up you got there.

 

Unfortunately I only discovered Soi LK Metro 2 trips ago but it will definitely be my next place of play

 

AlleyCat put me onto you and if it gets his thumbs up it is okay by me.

 

Next trip (once I have planned it) i will be staying at your apartments and will book as soon as I get the dates.

 

Cheers

 

Highlander

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