On my last visit to Bangkok, I stayed in sukhumvit area. So this time around, was thinking of staying in central area as shopping was the main itinerary. As usual, I browsed around mainly via TripAdvisor to know more about the feedback on the hotels in central Bangkok, specifically in Siam area.
Finally, I have decided with Holiday Inn Express Siam Bangkok. Why did go for this hotel? Well, its well-priced considering central location, good reviews in TripAdvisor, free Wi-Fi, seemed like a safe area and comes with complimentary breakfast.
We arrived in Don Mueng Airport by AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur. We took a taxi from the airport to the hotel, which took us approximately about 40minutes which was not too bad considering the traffic in the city on a Sunday.
Upon arrival, the first impression was… not bad! This is my first time trying out Holiday Inn ‘Express’ brand as the Holiday Inn hotels are much more costlier for obvious reasons. Anyway we were assisted by a guy named Champ (if I’m not wrong) who was pretty efficient and managed to process our check in swiftly. The front desk area is small but nothing to complain as we were only there for few minutes.
So we got into our room which was on the 10th floor (#1014). We were given a room with city view which was nice. I was quite impressed with the room. It had everything I needed and spacious. The bathroom is spacious as well. I have seen smaller rooms and bathroom during my travels elsewhere although those was more expensive than here. The room feels airy and nice colour combination of the furnishing. What’s in the room; fridge (it’s empty though which was not an issue as managed to get supplies from Tesco Lotus which is about 5minutes walking distance, nice!), coffee & tea facility, LCD TV (variety of English channels), safe box, wardrobe, hair dryer, and toiletries. Should you need additional toiletries you can get them at reception. The bed and pillows was very comfortable! In fact, there is total of 4 pillows, 2 being soft and another 2 is firm, these are labelled accordingly for your reference. Air conditioner works well and it’s well ventilated as we were in a smoking room. Also, no king bed offered for smoking floors, only queen size bed is offered which is rather odd.
We didn’t expect much from the complimentary buffet breakfast (on 7th floor).The buffet spread is decent and sufficient. There are breads (white & wholemeal), jam, butter, margarine, peanut butter, pastries, milk, low fat milk, soya milk, coffee machines which dispenses coffee, hot chocolate, hot mocha chocolate, tea. There is small spread of salads, yogurt, breakfast sausage (chicken), egg omelette, and fried rice/noodle. We had breakfast here (all 3 days) the spread seemed standard every day. I wish they could have different items or spread. Anyway I enjoyed the breakfast there. The foods are refilled on time by kitchen staff. The buffet counter is clean. The waiters are efficient. No room service facility here however you can order from few food establishments who do delivery to the hotel. There is a gym and sky garden at the roof top (24th floor).
It’s about 3minutes walk from hotel to National Stadium sky train station and about 10minutes walk to Siam BTS station, both heading to different direction which was convenient. You can reach MBK mall in about 5minutes walk. Siam Discovery Mall & Siam Paragon is just opposite MBK. We actually walked to most of the malls nearby including Platinum Mall, although that took us about 20minutes. There is a massage & spa outlet right next to the hotel which we tried once during our stay and it was decent. Not much activity at night if you are looking for clubs and late night meals, you probably need to head out elsewhere.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Holiday Inn Express Siam hotel. I find it good value hotel with friendly service.
Where at: 889 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok 10330 Thailand