Among the few visits to Bangkok, one of my most memorable experiences was my week long stay at Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square. I wanted to be right in the heart of the Bangkok and luckily enough I managed to get my choice of stay. Siam Square is the most central neighbourhood of Bangkok and can be reached using the BTS Skytrain system which is the most commonly used public transportation. Novotel on Siam Square is a convenient 2 mins walk to the Siam BTS station allowing for quick access to many destinations across Bangkok without the hassle of using a taxi.
Siam Square is located in the heart of the city and is known to be the shopping district of Bangkok lined with luxury shopping malls and glitzy department stores such as Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and MBK Mall filled with designer labels and hip fashion boutiques. Siam Discovery also houses Madame Tussaud’s, the popular London based museum which displays waxworks of famous people. The Bangkok musuem features life-sized statues of HRH Prince Mahitala Thibed Adulyadej Vikrom Phra Baroma Rajajanok (The Prince Father), HRH Princess Srinagarindra (The Princess Mother) along with Barack Obama in the oval office and the English football player Steven Gerrard. Siam Paragon has the popular Ocean World which is the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia exhibiting more than 30,000 marine animals from all over the world and featuring a wide range of rare and exotic species. In addition to the many choices for shopping, this area is also located close to Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace.
During my stay, I also noticed the hotel is equally popular choice for business visitors from across the globe. A lot of attention has been paid to the grand entrance and the lobby making it the hub of the hotel. The lobby has been designed keeping the patrons in mind with enough area to relax with a cup of tea or wait for a loved one.
After a quick check in, we were taken to our room which was surprisingly was quite spacious with a king size bed, television, refrigerator, a seating area and tea/coffee facilities. Our bathroom had a tub which is something I am quite insistent about as well as complimentary toiletries and hair dryer. The room has a decent view of the surrounding area and since we were going to spend a week here I was glad the room had a homely feel to it. Luckily enough the WiFi access was also available in all rooms as compared to many hotels where the access is limited to the lobby and dining areas.
Our breakfast was served at The Square which is an all day dining restaurant and the massive spread is to be seen to believe. The breakfast spread caters to the Westerners as well as Asians who stay at the hotel. My hubby and I enjoy the daily breakfast buffet and somedays it was difficult to step out for sightseeing after such a hearty breakfast. Besides The Square, the hotel also has a Chinese restaurant Lok Wah Hin which is open for lunch and dinner.
While most days went in sightseeing and the occasional shopping trips there were days where we took it easy and lounged by their pool unwinding and sipping on cocktails. They also have spa to pamper after a long day out though I did not get to use it as the hotel is surrounded by massage parlours which was more cost effective. I cannot go a whole week without a workout and though I did follow some basic rules to stay fit while traveling I did use their fitness centre which was well equipped for a hotel gym.
The hotel is also connected to Suvarnabhumi Airport is by Airport Rail Link via Siam BTS. Almost every evening we spent some time walking below the Siam BTS station which is occupied by night market stalls selling clothes, trinkets and street food. In addition, the surrounding areas of the hote is a food haven with some amazing and popular restuarants such as Som Tam Nua, Somnboon Seafood and many more.
Overall, the location of Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square was probably one of the main reasons our stay was enjoyable. I must appreciate the comfort and hospitality provided by the hotel and their staff without which our stay would not have been memorable.
Whether it’s spa pampering, delicious food or warm hospitality the Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square has it all.
NOVOTEL BANGKOK ON SIAM SQAURE
392/44 Siam Square Soi 6 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.
Phone: +66 2 209 8888.
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Note : Unfortunately my Novotel hotel images were damaged due to unforeseen circumstances hence the below image credits.
Image credits: TripAdvisor, Hipmunk, Pixabay, Bangkok.com.