Accommodation Reviews,  Thailand

Holiday Inn Express Review – Bangkok, Thailand

Lionel is so happy to be staying here. You can read it on his face.
Lionel is so happy to be staying here. You can read it on his face.

2,970.41 baht

A clean double room, air-conditioning, Western bathroom, hot shower, cable TV, kettle/coffee/tea in the room, two bottles of drinking water everyday, buffet breakfast from 6-10am. Cool view of Bangkok, especially in the evening.

Near Siam Square, and the major shopping centres such as Paragon, MBK mall, Siam Centre, Pantip Plaza etc.
Closest Skytrain station (BTS) is the National Stadium, literally just outside the BTS

Through a very amusing series of events where we very nearly had no where to sleep in Bangkok, we ended up at the Holiday Inn Express near Siam Square. (Treat yo’ self!) Centrally located, we have found an oasis of calm within the humidity and chaos of Bangkok (especially during the political protests). So much so that we ended up staying here for three nights at one night being ten times our usual accommodation budget!!

Bathroom is amazing with a proper shower area – instead of the usual shower hanging over the toilet. Complimentary razor, cotton wool, shower caps, toothbrushes are available at reception.

Bed is not huge but very comfortable, and even comes with a selection of soft or hard pillows!

Being a newly opened hotel, the quality of everything is still high and modern, from the furniture to the furnishings.

The dark blue motif within the hotel is nicely represented through the blue and grey striped carpet in the room, the dark blue leather crocodile textured bed head (looks way better than it sounds), the two blue mugs, and the very comfortable blue faux suede armchair.

The dark blue lighting in the hallway however, is quite disorientating and makes you feel like you’re either high or in a club or both!

Breakfast was advertised as an international buffet breakfast. There is an unlimited supply of white or brown bread, butter, jam, peanut butter, Nutella, cereal, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, weird scrambled egg, chicken sausages, juices, coffee/tea, and some Asian options such as congee or noodles. Some have complained online that the selection is quite small but we normally just eat toast and egg at home so this was more than sufficient for us! Plus, it’s all free!!

Staff can be hit or miss. They will try to help but sometimes it ends up being more confusing. For example, after requesting to stay a second night, the rate we were given was an additional 1,000 baht. After realizing we were a walk in, and didn’t book through a third party, we were given our initial rate. We also asked them where the closest Mos Burger, a Japanese fast food chain, was located and they helpfully told us it was at the EMK building. On the way however, we remembered it was at Paragon. Points for trying!

External local phone calls are charged at 10 baht per call. The cable TV and printed guide is handy, though the reception isn’t amazing. Housekeeping is very good and not too intrusive.

There’s also two brand new large Mac computers at reception available for use. So good to use a mac again!

Would stay here again in a heartbeat. Considering what we used to pay back in Australia for a room that was similar in quality, or worse, this is a great deal for annual leavers, or backpackers on a bigger budget.

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