Jan 17, 2020
We continue to be impressed - our home away from home!
We love United Residence! My wife and I have been coming to United since 2014. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, with a fully equipped kitchen. Seeing familiar faces every time we're back always makes us feel warm and welcomed - it's our home away from home. What continues to impress is how well the premises are maintained. A lot of places build anew and deteriorate, while the staff at United continue to keep it well-functioning and clean. Recently Netflix was installed so no need to bring your own HDMI cable or Google Chrome - love it!
Jan 14, 2020
This is a great place to call "home". The entire staff always greet you with a smile and are very helpful to our needs, and are quick to attend to any problems that arise . The grounds and facilities are kept clean every day by friendly courteous workers. I live alone here and could not feel safer anywhere else....a beautiful neighborhood!
Jan 16, 2020
Consistent, Clean, Comfortable and Friendly
This is our go-to place for five years in a row now it is consistently good. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the rooms are comfortable and super clean. For the price you cannot beat it! Close taxi ride to Sukhumvit road where we do our shopping. The staff recommended a great coffee and breakfast place nearby. They’re recommendation was spot on. That was the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time, and they roast their own coffees. See you again soon United Residence! -Jason (USA)
Jan 12, 2020
Location and SuperBrand
I was recommended to stay at Unitedresidence by a good friend of mine. Totally surprised by this hidden gem. Superb location..easily accessible to top notch restuarants and bars in Ekamai and Thonglor. Hopsitals like Bangkok General and Camillian very very nearby. Banks, pharmacies convenience stores like Big C and 711 all walking distance along with Health land Spa. Service and cleanliness was 5 star. Will definitely be back and strongly recommended.
Jan 12, 2020
Perfect place for long stay in Bangkok
uperb location, very clean rooms and most importantly the warm and incredible hospitality we received exceeded our expectations. Value for money was also great for such a great location. Everything was faultless during our stay and I recalled having a fun conversation with the owner (he was there to personally greet and take care of guests! I am impressed). 10/10 overall, highly recommended.
Dec 19, 2019
Appartamenti curati e funzionali, ambiente tranquillo e pulito, reception e sicurezza 24 ore, palestra e terrazza, personale accogliente, discreto, professionale e disponibile. Rapporto qualità/prezzo eccezionale. Posizione in zona tranquilla, comunque ottima per muoversi in città. Superconsigliato!
Dec 11, 2019
We really enjoyed the stay at United Residence. The place is located in very good area with various choices of bars and restaurants. Room was clean, well decorated and very comfortable! Thank you for the good service, we will definitely come back!
Dec 9, 2019
Very nice and clean hotel
We really enjoyed thailand because of our stay here at the hotel, the people helped us a lot in going where we want to go and how to get there. The staff is really nice and friendly. Hotel is also near a lot of malls.
Dec 4, 2019
Meet The Expectation
I was traveling with my partner on November and that was also my first trip to Thailand. I arrived hotel around 12:00 and the room was not ready yet because the check in time is at 14:00. I went to restaurant nearby to have some light meal first while waiting the room to be ready. The hotel itself was so clean. They had a complimentary tea, coffee, or mocca machine at the reception which was really good. Met the Manager upon check in and He is extremmely helpful. He told us that they had a problem with the lift but It was fixed on the second night of our stay. The room also so spacious for me. I'm a Guest Relation at One of 5 star Hotel in Bali and I felt like this was the right choice. The rate was much cheaper but We got the same valued room as 5 star hotel or even better. I don't want to make any such trouble for the hotel because I had handle so many guest with their own problem and I really don't want to be a part of them. Holiday means we need to enjoy even the wheater at that time was super hot.. I had a great memorable stay and Thank you for having us.
Dewa Ayu Rai P
Nov 30, 2019
Kindness and clean
Very Clean and good fragrance in my room while i was staying. My bed and light was good condition and cozy. Microwave and washing machine are good . 2 minutes walking nearby 7/11. The manager was very nice gentleman. It was my good choice for 8 nights for resting in ekkamai and tongnor area.
Nov 20, 2019
Simply the best!!!
This place was home away from home. It's was in walking distance to eateries, banks, money exchanger, fruit stand. The staff were very accommodating.all the amenities of home. I felt very safe their just walking around day or night. I will stay their again on my next visit to bankok thailand.
Nov 18, 2019
Good hotel at great prices.
First time I've stayed in a smaller hotel in Bangkok. Good experience - homely, comfortable and clean with very accommodating staff. Can be a bit of street noise being a smaller hotel, but location is good and plenty to do nearby.
Nov 15, 2019
Cozy Place in a Vibrant Neighborhood
Comfortable hotel with amazing staff - always greeted me with a smile on their face, and catered to all my whims and needs. The rooms were spacious and tastefully furnished. I opted for one of the bigger rooms and it was 50 sq. meters - bedroom, spacious living room with a dining table, a fully equipped kitchen and 2 balconies. The location is a little far from the skytrain station (not walking distance) and the street is very busy during rush hour so commuting to and from here might become a little challenging. However there is motorbike taxi stand nearby, which I regularly took to the skytrain. There's a 7/11 very close by as well, and lots of interesting restaurants and cafes. I highly recommend this Hotel for people who want a quiet, homely place with fantastic service and attentive management in one of the busiest cities in the World.
Oct 18, 2019
ust had my family over and I arranged their stay in United residence again. This residence is so convenient with an easy excess to nice restaurants, bars etc. I am so happy I discovered this place..... like the last time........ thank you for giving my family such a pleasant stay!
Oct 15, 2019
Perfect as usual
Back here again with my family And we had a great time staying at United Residence. The room is functional and comfortable extremely clean and perfect fit for family. The staff is friendly and incredibly helpful. The facilities are in good conditions. Will be back again for sure! Thank you united residence! Keep up the good work! RI.
Sep 15, 2019
I received customer appreciation from United Residence Management Team!!!
I've lost count how many times i stayed in United Residence, If i am not wrong this was my 6th stay and as usual the homely feel with all the welcoming from all the staffs remembering me. This time round my bad as i done late booking, "One Bedroom Suite" - i always stayed" been sold out so having no choice I downgraded and booked "Studio Suite" for my 2 weeks stay of work and holidays. Upon arrival at the reception, greeted by usual courteous receptionist whom remembered me and i asked her if she surprised that i booked 2 weeks of "Studio Suite" instead of the usual "One Bedroom Suite"? She replied me saying, yes and that was exactly what she was wondering. I told her it was my bad i done the booking so late that "One Bedroom Suite" sold out so downgraded and booked "Studio Suite". She asked me if "One Bedroom Suite" is available, would i like to upgrade with additional room cost? I replied her "Yes, that would be very appreciating" and she told me she will inform her boss Mr. Ralph. The very next day I received a call from Mr. Ralph, he told me he managed to arrange "One Bedroom Suite" throughout my 2 weeks stay except in between the 2 weeks, 2 days i have to downgrade and move to "Studio Suite" then back to "One Bedroom Suite" again with additional room cost. I accepted his offer, greatly appreciated both their help and thanks them many times. During my 2 weeks stay, i received another surprise they took the kind gesture/thought of arranging both "One Bedroom Suite" and "Studio Suite" to be on the same floor so that during the days of upgrading and downgrading (changing rooms) would be easier for me. Deep heart felt of customer appreciation for everything both of them done for me, Kudos to both of them! I would like to thanks all staffs of United Residence always so courteous and helpful, also for their great work upkeep United Residence!
Sep 12, 2019
I was there for 1 week, travelled solo to Ekkamai area for meetings in the area for work. This amazing boutique aparthotel is underpriced with superb hospitality and excellent location. It was very easy for me to move in and out of my place to get to Thonglor or Petchburi road without any hassles and motorbikes and taxis easily amd readily available. The place has been kept very clean and looks and feels cozy with a very modern and homely ambience. Strongly recommended
Sep 9, 2019
Thank you United!
Lived here for about a year while I was working in Bangkok. Loved it! Stayed in both the Studio and One bedroom apartment. Studio - good for shorter trips - washing machine - cozy One bedroom - Good for long term rentals for singles and couples/small families for short trips - Sofa bed - washing machine - really spacious! Location is alright. A motorcycle taxi to Ekkamai/Thonglor BTS will only take you 4-6 mins depending on traffic. The Ekkamai and Thonglor area is full of hipster cafes and small retail stores. Raph (the boss) and his team were attentive and did everything to ensure that my stay there was good. Thank you Raph!
Sep 5, 2019
The Best in Ekkamai!!
United Residence is the Best in Ekkamai... The room is big and clean, great location, super convenience for travel around Ekkamai and Thonglor, close to BTS station (3 minutes with motorcycle), Reasonable price, Good service mind staff. I’ll return to this place for sure!
Aug 31, 2019
We booked the suite and we were very pleased with the amenities. The owner greeted us when we arrived and the service was very personalised. It is now my default hotel to stay in whenever i visit Bangkok. Will be back real soon!
Aug 30, 2019
They never fail me this past few years for my stay,always polite and helpful. notice they had gone through renovations to make it a better place. moreover the nearby have delicious food to full the stomach. it's a great deal
Aug 29, 2019
Happy to be back here again! My family and I were welcomed warmly and quickly expedited to our tidy well-appointed rooms. Five stars to the property, amenities and staff. Looking forward to coming back soon.
Aug 29, 2019
Aug 21, 2019
Incredibly comfortable, clean and great location
I’ve stayed with United Residence a few times and I’m not usually one to review the hotels I stay in. However on this occasion I felt compelled to write a review. The staff’s attention to detail and care has exceeded our expectations, especially when travelling with a young daughter. The hotel is probably the cleanest, most comfortable hotel I’ve stayed in (and that’s saying something, as a frequent traveller to Bangkok) and is conveniently located next to Thong Lo, a short 5 minute taxi ride away. I’ll always be coming back here, simply because it has all the bells and whistles of a great hotel- perfect location, management and rooms.
Aug 19, 2019
First want to say I am always surprised when an apartment is exactly the same as the pics , which this was ! Very nice clean and modern . Really comfy bed , sofa was so comfy L shaped with a nice plasma tv built swiftly into the wall . I met with the owner of the residence while walking out for lunch who ended up spending about 30 mins with me showing me around , and is a very nice person . The price is very affordable because it is not right next to the BTs , you will need to get motorbike taxi or taxi which take 5 mins and cost about 30 bhat , less than £1 . There are some nice cafes and restaurants near by to walk too . Best Dan
Aug 13, 2019
A must stay when in bkk. Lots of good local food around and night life nearby just within a few minutes away. Stayed here all the bangkok trip I had all these years and will still be coming back. Highly recommended.
Aug 9, 2019
Hotel’s street location-wise situates in parallel to Thonglor’s street, chic & hip zone
United Residence is neatly elegance with very cosy plus truly peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Luv it much during our consecutive stay. Staffs from gate entrance to lobby are very well attentive, prompt with pre-emptive helpful gestures. Overall, price-point vs accommodation services, happily worth it!!!
Aug 7, 2019
Clean rooms, excellent amenities
Room is 5mins cab away from the nearest clubs/bars and there are plenty of eateries nearby. Plus points to clean rooms and washing machine in the room itself. Very pleasant stay, will return for sure.
Jul 28, 2019
Cosy, great service, perfect for a family vacation
Went for a family vacation. Booked 3 rooms to accommodate 6 adults and a 2-year-old kid. Great service, clean rooms, and very helpful staff. There's a great noodle place just down the road in the nearby street (turn in after the 7 Eleven).
Jun 17, 2019
Home Away From Home
I stayed at the United Residences for two months from January 2019-February 2019 and it was an absolute delight. The staff are absolutely wonderful- very warm and welcoming and more than happy to do their best to help no matter the time of day or night. They all speak English fluently which is a definite advantage. The owner also is a wonderful chap, always available to customers and very accommodating of special requests. The location of the place is great- not one, but 2 7/11’s round the corner, a Max Value and Big C walking distance away, and plenty of restaurants and shops literally just outside the gates, including a well stocked pharmacy. I stayed in the studio room, which for its size was very well appointed- absolutely spic and span, it comes with a little pantry which includes a fridge, microwave, washing machine, electric kettle, cutlery and crockery. The bathroom comes with 2 sets of fluffy bath and hand towels and 2 bath mats, and the bed sheets smelled clean and fresh. There was also plenty of cupboard space, a digital locker, tv and an attached balcony as well. As it was in a lane away from the main road, it was also quite quiet and peaceful. They also offer breakfast in the mornings, which unfortunately although I never tried, was told was quite good. Travelling as a single woman I never felt a moments pause and was very happy with my stay here. I highly recommend this place for anyone coming to enjoy this vibrant city- United Residences is located in the heart of all the action and has very competitive prices. Excellent experience will definitely be back!
Jun 12, 2019
Sooo comfy and clean
I really liked this place. Light, clean, cozy and functional. Everything what you prefer to use was available. The area is superb.... Many coffee shops, bars and restaurants. Easy access to the main road Sukhumvit and short cuts to other areas, such as Thonglor. We took the the local boat to the city that was only 7 min by taxi. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Very relaxing place. I will definitely recommend this place to my relatives who are planning to come soon :-)
Jun 11, 2019
We loved staying in this place. I stayed her with my husband and three children.It is very child friendly, the staff is very caring and friendly. The rooms are big enough for a family and I believe this place is very good value for money. We thought this Ekkamai/Thonglor area was great because of all the very nice restaurants and bars, easy to get a taxi and easy access to BTS. We really recommend staying here.
May 29, 2019
Cozy and comfortable
Our stay at United Residence Ekamai was very pleasant. The room was clean, homey and well furnished. The residence is located close to the chic area of Bangkok, there are many nice bars and restaurants around! Staff was very kind and helpful, we really recommend staying at United Residence Ekamai.
May 27, 2019
Absolutely perfect, Great location, not too far from popular Thong Lo area full of restaurants. The rooms were nice and cosy, very clean and always exceeding the usual standards, The staff was amazing and helpful, we will definitely come back to this place.
May 26, 2019
everything you need to feel comfy!
Everything is excellent! nice room , cosy and clean staffs are helpful and friendly very good location and it is affordable and reasonable The manager is very nice and kind. love the breakfast. highly recommend for everyone.
May 25, 2019
Its a very nice and well kept place. Clean and nicely decorated. The area ekamai is great, close to the bts and other transport options like buses, with many restaurants around for a cozy dinner or a drink.
May 25, 2019
Home away with excellent service
This is an apartment hotel and it is great. Gym and rooftop terrace. You will not miss bar or restaurant since there are plenty of good ones within 250 meters. My favourite is the local market, direction Pitchburi Rd. Clean room, very good bed, ample supply of things in the bathroom. Good desk to work at. Very friendly and supportive staff. You should come here if you like; - good service - good price quality mix - silent rooms - easy to access rest of town - to have the possibility so eat in room - want a little bit of extra space - be at the beaten track while not on it - covered parking included You should not come here if you want; - hotel bar This is my new home in Bangkok where I spend several weeks per year due to work. It will feel better going forward.
Feb 28, 2019
Great stay in bkk
Nice clean quiet rooms, friendly staff, located away from the main sukhumvit tourist belt as I wanted to be away from the maddening noise and hustle... Great location if you want to explore ekamai/thonglor neighbourhood with great local eats, coffee, interesting restaurants, etc... plus easy access to lad phrao and outer bkk... Met the owner Mr Ralph, a friendly gentleman and we spoke for a good 20 mins... Will certainly make a return stay soon... Thanks to all the hotel staff for the great hospitality, see you guys soon, cheers!
Jan 29, 2019
Spacious, clean serviced apartments near Metro and Big C Supermarket
Spent a week in 2 different apartments of united residence, ,Apartments were equipped with all you need for long stay , staff were so friendly and helpful , the manager was extremely nice, rooms were super clean and spotless , comfortable beds and nice balconies. Rooftop Gym was good size, check in/out were so quick, already booked this hotel for next month , can’t fault it
Aug 6, 2018
Quiet & comfortable
My wife & I stayed here for 3 months whilst our condo was being finished. The residences are modern and well maintained. About a 25 minute walk to Ekamai BTS though. Everything necessary is provided whether for short term or long term rental, including plates and cutlery. Reasonable restaurants nearby. The staff make you feel welcome and any issues are quickly resolved. Security is by keycard for entry to the condo or the main entrance. A really secure place.
Apr 30, 2018
Nice, clean, with a complete facilities hotel with reasonable price and friendly staffs
Had 3 nights stay there during our trip to Thailand and we were disappointed! Disappointed because we didn't spent all of our stays during our trip in Bangkok in this nice hotel :( I have too many good things to say about this hotel. We were having a very good deal for a clean, complete facilities, friendly staffs, nice service, even free coffee corner with a valued for money room rate! Another thing we love is, they had washing machine in the rooms! We were so happy since it means that you don't need to bring so many clothes in your luggage and just prepare to shop a lot while you're in Bangkok ;) We really enjoyed all of the service, they were very welcome in responding our questions by email before we came there. Welcoming us warmly during our check in and check out, helping us with luggage keeping, helping us to call a taxi, even giving suggestions for places to visit! That really means a lot for travellers like us :) Last but not least, I would highly highly recommend this hotel to my friends and family for their stays in Bangkok. And wish to stay here again for my next visit :) Keep up the good work, Ralph and Team! Thank you!
Apr 30, 2018
Very good place excellent
Clean and good location All staff is good and friendly Good place for stay even staff also helpful Safe place with good security and hygienic place Exteriors and interiors are also very good nice place for stay
Feb 15, 2018
Home Away From Home
It was a splendid retreat at United Residence, much more that i had expected. Clean comfortable secure and a very cozy and friendly ambience. The staff were very helpful and assisted us more than we had asked for. Peaceful nights spent here with quality beds and all complete ameneties. Great job .Thank you to all.
Feb 11, 2018
Title Triple 10. Definitely and always my place of residence when i am in bkk. Perfect location,cordial and very helpful staff who go out of their way to assist you. Ralph, walks the extra mile always. Cleanliness is superb. Security is excelleny and the security guards extremely polite ans helpful. Strongly recommended
Nov 14, 2017
Fantastic Property. Exceptional Staff.
My wife and I stayed 6 nights @ United Residence to recuperate after her surgery. We specifically selected the property because it appeared spacious, new and clean. We opted for the 1 bedroom unit and were not disappointed. The unit itself was very spacious. Cleaning service was provided daily. The entire staff from front desk (Tip), security guard (A), manager (Rav) and the cleaning crew were so friendly and on it. Several times I would ask the front desk for something and 60 seconds later someone would be knocking on the door to deliver it. Exceptional service. And a quiet location. Can't say enough good things about this property. Only downside, as mentioned in other reviews, is the location is a bit of a walk from the BTS station. But, a 6 minute taxi ride will get you there no problems. THANK YOU United Residence for a wonderful stay. Oh, BTW, I used their rooftop gym 4 or 5 times. Its quite nice. Has A/C and TV with great views.
Sep 12, 2017
United Residence offers a luxurious stay in Bangkok! It's a taxi trip away from the centre but taxis aren't expensive so as long as you don't mind a 15minute journey this really is a great place to stay if you need some luxury! The staff at the front desk, including security, are very welcoming and were always very helpful if we had queries. The apartment building has all of the services you could need for varied lengths of stay - gym / washing machine in room/ breakfast table in room / full sized fridge balcony/ spacious bathroom/ large cupboard... Highly recommend a stay here if you are visiting bangkok. We would definitely return if we come back to Bangkok again
May 15, 2017
Just like home but with five star service
I came to bangkok for surgery and for the first 2 weeks my mum and her partner came and the last 2 weeks my partner came. I rented the one bedroom unit at a monthly rate and it was an extremely reasonable price given the high prices of other serviced apartments in the area. The service was amazing, you are left alone enough that it feels like a home away from home but there is always a helping hand in reception if needed. The owner/manager is a really friendly man and will do what he can to make your stay comfortable and very easy to speak to. The best part is the guards out the front, they are so friendly and will help you get a taxi for travellers not used to busy bangkok and how the culture works here. Staff don't all speak english but there is usually someone who can or you can find translation apps to help. The apartment has a washing machine and enough dishes for 2 people but if your thinking of home cooking you will need to grab some pots and pans. It's bangkok through you shouldn't need to :) All in all an amazing experience, if i am ever back in bangkok id stay here again. the one Bedroom rooms are spacious and modern with a comfortable clean feel. they even have a gym upstairs for those interested. Id also suggest emailing directly for bookings they are so helpful and it's usually cheaper then 3rd party sites.
Mar 15, 2017
Beautiful, amazing and incredible!
Absolutely love this place, beautiful and clean room, beautiful views and even more beautiful people, the staff, cleaners and the security guard made our stay fantastic, such caring people. A security guard is their 24/7, which made it feel very safe. The wifi connection was amazing. The security guard went and hailed a taxi off the street for us, he made sure he opened and closed the door for us every time we left and entered. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this place! A lot of people have commented on not being able to get BTS from where the hotel is located, we got taxi's/Uber's everywhere and it was no more then 100 baht, very cheap! All around, love this place and will definitely be back! Thank you to all the lovely staff who made our trip fantastic and easy!
Nov 28, 2016
Small family atmosphere hotel with the service of a 5-star hotel
An insufficiently known hotel cum serviced apartment situated in the heart of Thonglor/Ekamai posh area, this hotel provides an undisputed top quality service together with a very familial spirit. It is located on soi ekamai 26, so just very near to the main Ekamai road, but far away enough that you are not disturbed by the traffic. Upon initial contact, they were kind enough to show me a room while I had not warned of my coming, and thereafter, Mr. Ralph and his front desk staff called me to make sure of my interest and the beginning of my reservation. Mr. Ralph, the manager of the hotel runs a very tight ship where the hotel is kept in top shape, with a discrete but tasteful decoration, but he managed to associate that to a real family spirit among his staff. Service is top-notch, from cleaning to reception, and you have the feeling people are working together to make the hotel feel feel more like a family pension. Despite this, smile and welcome are at the highest level I experienced for a long time in Thailand, even in 5-star hotels... Probably because they are very genuine in this place. Cleanliness is impeccable and the maids will even take the pain of arranging your luggage for you at times. I was there with my 80-yr old father for one month, and I must say that I was amazed from beginning to end with the care they took looking over my father during the time I was away for business. I also never failed to be warmly welcomed anytime we came back, even by the entrance guards (who are probably some of the nicest and caring guards in Thailand)! It is rare to find such uniformity in kindness and service, but Mr. Ralph managed a real performance in hiring and retaining such amazing personnel (but then, he sets the example himself as well). The hotel may seem tiny from the outside, but it still has 8 floors and even a garage to park your car and a fitness centre. It is a lovely place altogether and an excellent choice whenever you need to work or stay for a long period in Bangkok (shorter periods too, BTW!). Breakfast, while limited to congee is pretty good and nourishing for a rather low price (100 THB). I think it is hard to do better than this in terms of full service. Wifi is free and pretty fast, TV has several channels; both Thai, Chinese, Japanese and US, but at times can be capricious (you then only get Japanese channels to watch). Price-wise and for a long stay, this is probably one of the best options in Bangkok, as 22 K THB is unbeatable for a whole month stay. Even a studio is equipped with a washing machine, microwave and cutlery, enough to help you survive over a long stay. If pre-cooked food is not to your liking (there is a 7/11 just around the corner on Ekamai), you can hit one of the local roadside places (pad thai ekamai to recommend, among others). Several coffee places in the area, some roadside restaurants , and if you prefer more sophisticated (or not!) food, you are just a short walk (or taxi ride) away from Ekamai Big C and its restaurants or Thonglor J-Avenue.
October 13, 2016
Excellent Value - Although not close to CBD
Ralph and the Staff are 10 out of 10!! The Studio apartment was really good for our 17 day stay although I have made a few simple suggestions for improving the stay for guests who stay a little longer than a weekend. Choice of TV channels for English speaking guests is rather limited although the unlimited WiFi access is good. Perhaps by having a Chrome Cast or EZcast available on request would broaden the in-room TV ability. Although close to the Thong Lo area of glitzy restaurants, there are plenty of local eateries nearby, especially if you take a short walk of 5 minutes towards the canal (opposite way to the BTS) you will find lots of stalls selling fresh fruits, freshly cooked foods of all kinds. If you get the urge for some English/American type food, then simply look for your nearest "Foodland" supermarket where they have a restaurant attached that is open 24/7 and the prices are really reasonable especially with the Happy Hour breakfast from 7.30am -9.30am. There is a Foodland near United Residence which is no more than a 10 minute walk across the canal, just use Google Maps and no problems at all. For transportation we always caught a taxi from the main street down to the BTS/Sky Rail (50 Baht) and used the BTS to get to most destinations. For long stay necessities we shopped at the Big C, which is between United Residence and the BTS, otherwise the corner 7/11 was handy.