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... some supper and a grocery store. What I did not realize is that shopping and food are serious business here in Bangkok. Not only did we find a place to eat but we also found several shopping complexes, each the size of several city blocks and anywhere from 5 to 7 floors!! You cannot even fathom how enormous these shopping centres are because there is nothing in North America that I could even come close to comparing it to. WEM is small peanuts compared to this... this is like ...
... waited a few minutes when a bag was brought to me with my items. I then headed back to the train station and bought a ticket back to the Chinatown location. Another 20b and another hour long ride and i was where i wanted to be. I started my walk through Chinatown, so busy here, so many cheap gold stores and weird food places. I found the back alleys that were stuffed to the gills with good and people and narrow walkway where you had to make room ...
So I arrive anyway, 3 and a half hours before check in. Told I can nap in the lobby bit, there's mattresses instead of sofas. When I wake up there's about 5 other people on these mattresses, one of whom has his foot in my back. Delightful. The hostel's pretty nice though. Good location, good wifi and nice sitting area with computers to use. I'm in the big dorm (cheapest) but not too bad, beds are quite hard and sound like they may be waterproof but they do the job. ...
... market, all full of cheap things and yet there were also very high end stores. We saw people living in high end condos and trashy slums. Our hotel (Ariyasomilla) was in the heart of the city yet was a little oasis on its own with Thai architecture, a spa, infinity pool and beautiful vegetation. It was surrounded on one side by a water channel and ...
... handcuffs could be made ready, however, Thaksin caught a jet plane to Dubai where he has luxuriated in self-imposed exile ever since. Such is his continuing influence that he meets with very senior Thai personnel at off-shore locations from which places, many allege, he effectively controls the government in absentia through the good offices of his sister. He recently met a senior police officer in Hong Kong for a chat about Thai affairs. The talks were not, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Bangkok
As a businessman in this Southeast Asia region, I've tried several hotels. This hotel is excellent in every aspect.
First and above all, the staff are very friendly and helpful. I was treated well from limousine pickup to checking out. The location of this hotel is second to none since it is next right to the skytrain station and in the middle of the shopping heaven. I love panoramic view from my room overlooking the view of dynamic Bangkok.
As for food, I recommend the Fireplace Grill located on the lower level; it was fantastic. Buffet at the Espresso has assorted good tasting food, fresh fruits, and desserts.
Recently, I notice that taxicabs here do not quote flat price like before. Taxis seem pretty new, clean, and amazingly, much cheaper. I think taxicabs are green in color. Usually I pay 300-400 Baht to Silom or other areas for dinner, now it's just around 100 Baht.
I'll definitely recommend any travellers (leisure or business) to stay here. Total Package is the best sum up of my review.
Everything you'd expect - and a little more!
This hotel is just wonderful - we stayed in one of the Club rooms on the 32nd floor which are reserved for Priority Club members; however, membership is free (you can do it online) and if you stay at any of the Intercontinental/Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn group hotels for just a few nights, you'll soon notch up enough points for a free night.
Please bear in mind that this review is based on a Club Room and certain items will not be available with other 'standard' room rates.
The Club rooms are situated between the 32nd and 35th floors and afford splendid views of the city. Upon arrival, if you've booked into one of these rooms, you'll be checked in at the special reception on the 32nd floor. There is fresh fruit in your room and other nibbles including some fantastic glazed fruit tartlets and belgian chocolates! The mini-bar is plentiful although a little expensive so if you need other refreshments, suggest you get them for a fraction of the price in one of the large shopping centres within just a few minutes walk.
The rate includes a wonderful breakfast buffet; choose from (to name just a couple) freshly prepared smoked salmon with poached egg, potato rosti and watercress, or American style bacon with eggs any style and grilled tomatoes with a little parmesan - all with your choice of fresh breads and toast. There's also a great continental selection of cold meats and cheeses. Follow this with fresh fruit, pastries, muffins and fresh brewed tea or coffee - sets you up for a great start.
In addition to breakfast, there's a complimentary bar service and buffet of canapes, hot snacks, more fruit, cold meats, cheeses, pastries and luxury chocolates, available in the 32nd floor Club reception between 5.30 and 7.30 every evening.
A number of restaurants are available to all guests in the ground levels of the hotel although you will find much cheaper, more authentic food within a short walk in just about any direction from the hotel.
The health and beauty centre on the 36th floor includes a gym, spa, and various beauty treatments .... we took the 1 hour Thai blend massage which leaves you feeling relaxed but invigorated, although not for the faint hearted!
An outdoor pool on the 37th floor, whilst a little small, is a great place to chill after your hot day out and has a bar who's staff are extremely friendly and attentive - like all the other staff in the hotel!!
When entering or leaving the hotel, one of many charming doormen will rush to open the door for you whilst greeting you or wishing you well on your way!
Finally, treat yourself to a chauffer driven limo (a new BMW 7 series) back to the airport (or even book one to pick you up on your arrival). Yes, it's twice the price of a taxi but still cheap considering the distance and you get cold towels, chilled water and mints to keep you cool and relaxed before your long flight home!
Great hotel, wonderful friendly staff who can't do enough for you - you will leave here feeling like royalty!!
Fantastic Service and Good Value
After arriving from a long flight from London it was nice to see a friendly young man waiting at arrivals with an Intercontinental Hotels sign and our pre booked car waiting for us outside. Yes this was expensive at 1400 Thai Baht compared to using local transport but given the fact we were both very tired and the size of the taxi queue (at least 60 people waiting) not to mention the fact that taxi drivers in Bangkok quite often rip you off (happened twice later in our stay) then it was worth the money.
The car that the hotel supplied was a Mercedes E Class which was very comfortable, the car contained two bottles of nice cool mineral water and two cold face cloths to wipe the sweat that had built up in just a few seconds of leaving the terminal building to get into the car it is that hot. The car also included information of the hotel and a copy of the local English language newspaper. The charge for the car is added to your room bill so you pay on check out.
After about 30 minutes we arrived at the hotel, the doors were opened by two men dressed in smart uniforms and white gloves. By the time we had exited the car the baggage was already on a trolley and being whisked off. A friendly lady then greeted us and escorted us straight up to the Intercontinental Club Lounge on the top floors of the hotel.
We were then asked to take a seat while they checked us in. During this short time another member of staff brought us a fruity cocktail drink which was very welcome.
We were then escorted to our room which was a Club Intercontinental Corner Suite; this allowed access to the Club Lounge throughout our stay. The small extra amount you pay is worth it as the lounge offers breakfast including a small cooked to order selection of hot food such as Eggs Benedict or Omelettes together with a fantastic arrangement of fruits and pastries. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available all day together with sandwiches and snacks at lunch and afternoon tea with cakes and fruit followed later in the evening with very nice canapés and wine, spirits or cocktails.
The bedroom was very nice with traditional furnishings but very comfortable. We had a small hallway which lead into a living room that contained a large desk with all the business facilities you could need. The lounge had a two seat sofa, an arm chair, large TV with DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and a plate of fresh fruits and chocolates (replenished every day).
The living room was connected to the bedroom by a small hallway which contained a large wardrobe, iron, shoe horn, safe, laundry basket, etc. The hall way also lead off to the large marble bathroom which contained a nice bath and very large standalone shower which was very powerful, dressing gowns and a good supply of towels. The only disappointment was that the toiletries were the standard Audley's of London range but they do supply extras such as mouth wash.
Because you can't drink the tap water in Bangkok the hotel supplies locally produced purified bottled water every day and extra bottles are available free of charge from your butler.
The bedroom had a large super sized King bed, good quality sheets, large TV and dressing table, arm chair with foot rest and another wardrobe and drawers. The bed was very supportive and the best thing was there is a control panel next to the bed that lets you set the air conditioning, call the maid or show the "do not disturb" sign on the front door. The views out of both rooms were good looking right over the city however the sky line is made up mainly of high rise buildings.
If after eating all of the food in the Club Lounge you are still hungry then try the room service, it is excellent, the staff will set up a table for you and the portions are massive, my side salad was big enough for a main course and only cost about £1.
What makes this hotel stand out above any other Intercontinental hotel I have ever stayed in is the service. There are staff everywhere and you never seem to wait for anything. Ring for more water and it is there within minutes. The club lounge staff are excellent and even pour the tea and coffee for you using Wedgwood China Tea Pots and Twinnings tea.
The hotel is very well located near all of the large shopping centres of Siam Square, it is a two minute walk from the Skytrain. A taxi to the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha will take about 30 minutes and should cost no more than 100 Baht or about £1.30 but make sure you get the hotel to call a taxi and get them to write the destination down on a card, the card will also give direction to the driver for your return journey so keep hold of it. When you are in the taxi insist on them using the meter (make sure it has one fitted as some taxis don't) and prepare for an argument with the driver who will more than likely try to charge you more and take you to see his brother who sells jewels or something similar (don't go whatever you do as they will rip you off for sure).
When you get to either the Grand Palace or Wat Po (you MUST visit both as they are fantastic and very cheap to get in) go to the official guide meeting point and have a personal tour of the sites, the fees are set and they all wear Government Identification. I think we paid about £6 to tour both sites with the same guide this took about 4 hours and was very good, he even got a reliable taxi for us at the end.
When it was time to return to leave Bangkok we used a taxi to take us to the Airport, this was far cheaper than the hotel but be prepared to have extra money for the toll roads, I think we went through three each costing 20-40 Baht and you have to hand the money to the driver as you approach each toll. Also don't forget your airport tax which everyone has to pay it is about 500 Baht each and you pay it as you go through immigration.
An excellent hotel and a fantastic city.
First Class Hotel
This hotel had a lot to live up to and it delivered!
Location is perfect with Sky Train almost at the door and the shopping delights of the MBK Centre, Central World Plaza and Gaysorn Plaza (if you need designer gear) at your door step.
The atrium is both elegant and enormous with massive glass windows. It is wonderfully air-conditioned and is bliss to walk back into after a taxi ride or a stroll. The staff are very attentive and you are warmly welcomed.
The restaurants offer great food and I can especially reccomend the Espresso buffet. Not cheap but you would struggle to find better anywhere.
Rooms are great. Try to get a corner suite if you are there for a special occasion. The roof top pool and bar is absolute bliss for those hot Bangkok afternoons. Enjoy!!
The InterContinental Experience
I have stayed at the InterContinental on three occassions now, and would rate it as one of the best hotels in Bangkok in this price range. The location is excellent, seconds from the BTS, and within walking distance of the World Trade Centre and other large shopping complexes. Most of the staff are really friendly but not as welcoming as say the Landmark for example. The rooms are spacious and clean and the same can be said for the bathrooms. The suites in my opinion represent excellent value. The restaurants are first class and the spa/massage facilities again first class, if a little expensive. I would give a 5 out of 5 rating, but I think the swimming pool is not very child friendly or large, although for a couple the rooftop location is nice.
Excellent hotel; very popular with Thai upper class
We stayed in this hotel in January 2004. Excellent hotel. Large luxurious rooms (and even so bathroom), perfect service (chocolates, fresh fruit every day), friendly staff and great location near the Sky train, Siam centre and other shopping centres. I can really recommend this hotel. We would definitely stay here again. It evenhas a pool on top of the roof. Ask for a room as high as possible (above 31 th floor) for a good view over BKK.