September 23, 2012

Hotel Review: Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square

On our recent trip to Bangkok, we stayed at Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square. I chose this hotel because of its location and its price.

If you've been following this blog, you'd know that we almost always stay at Centara Grand at Central World whenever we are in Bangkok. We've been to Bangkok six times and this is the second time we stayed in a different hotel.

The first hotel we stayed at other than Centara Grand was at Emporium Suites.  It was okay but the location wasn't really suited to our purpose at that time. We were there to go shopping and while there's a mall - Emporium Mall connected to the hotel, nothing beats shopping at Siam area.

I told myself that if we're going to Bangkok again, I'll book Centara or another hotel that's within the same area.

For this trip, I decided to book Novotel because the rate is cheaper compared to Centara or any other hotel within that area.

I booked a standard room. It was okay but the aircon smell was "smoky". EJ started coughing and I started to have migraine. I told my husband, we couldn't stay in the room.

So I asked the front office if they have another standard room we could transfer that does not have a smoky atmosphere. They showed us another standard room on a higher floor and an executive premier room.

When EJ saw the executive premier room, he said "I want to move in to this room!" I was hesitant because we had to pay an additional 1,400 Baht or roughly $47/night.

The Executive Premier Room at Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square. We did not bring the SLR so I only took photos using my iPhone. Some shots were blurred and this was the only decent picture I have.

In the end I was convinced the additional payment was worth it. Here are the reasons:
1) Room is huge.
2) Has two sofa sets and two flat screen TVs
3) Access at the Premier Lounge (free drinks from 6am-10pm and free cocktails from 5-7pm everyday)

After the upgrade, we were pretty pleased with everything else - good buffet selection, friendly staff and easy access to Siam Paragon.

I think I found another favorite hotel to stay in Bangkok.