Bangkok is a great city to visit if you like good hotels, and the thai standard of service is impeccable, at least most of the time.
For my two week long visit to Bangkok, I decided to try a few different hotels, even though I thoroughly enjoyed both the luxurious Sheraton Sukhumvit and the Tripadvisor favourite Adelphi 49 last time I was here.
Club Carlson’s triple points summer campaign, combined with some attractive prices, swayed me towards the Park Plaza Sukhumvit as my choice for the first hotel. The Deluxe Corner Room ran me around 75 dollars per night, room only.
The location of the hotel is great, just a few minutes walk from the Asoke BTS stop, shopping mall Terminal 21 and right on Ratchadaphisek Road.
We arrived around 12.30, and was told that our room wouldn’t be ready until approximately two hours later, but that they would happily store our luggage. A little stroll to Terminal 21 and a coffee later, I returned at the designated time and found that the room was in fact ready.
We received a 9th floor room with a decent view of Ratchadaphisek Road outside. The room itself is spacious, with a huge bed, a desk and a small sofa in the corner. The wooden floor, carpet and some of the furnishings are fairly worn and definitely in need of some refurbishment, but otherwise this is a nice, bright room with huge windows.
The bed was firm, but otherwise pretty comfortable. I didn’t like the pillows, however, as they were too soft and provided too little support for me.
The bathroom is potentially the highlight of the room, with both a large rainforest shower and a huge bathtub. I had seen some reviews beforehand with complaints about there not being enough hot water, but we had no problems with that.
The shower was great, except for the fact that the door wouldn’t close completely and always left a 2-3 centimeter big gap. The bathtub also took a long time to fill, as the water pressure was so-so, but you only had to allocate a little extra time.
Toiletries were Park Plaza generics, and not really all that good. They were, however, supplied in generous amounts, along with dental kits, shave kits and other things that you have to ask for in many hotels.
Noise from the heavily trafficked road outside was a slight nuisance, but nothing too severe. I found the airconditioning system to be very noisy, though, and especially since it had only two settings – low and high.
Even on the low setting, it was difficult for me to sleep without earplugs, and you basically constantly get a cool flow of air on your face when in bed, which may or may not be to your liking.
The hotel has a fairly small rooftop pool, along with eight sun loungers. During high season I expect that you might have a hard time finding a free lounger, but as the hotel was not really that full during our visit, we seldom had any trouble.
On the roof you can also find what must be one of the world’s smallest gyms, but I guess it does the trick if you just wanna lift a few weights or have a go at the treadmill while on holiday.
Be aware that the roof is only accessible through a set of stairs after taking the elevator to the 15th floor, so this is not in any way wheelchair accessible.
The hotel was running a June special, most likely because of the low season, so buffet breakfast was only 220 THB++ (around $7), an offer I took on all of the four nights we stayed. Breakfast was decent, with eggs made-to-order, bacon, some hot eastern dishes, pastries, yoghurt, cereal, fruits and vegetables.
The staff always made you feel very welcome, and they always offered coffee or tea on arrival, but the restaurant was never particularly full while I visited. My two quabbles with breakfast were mostly that the stuff they call juice in this country is nothing but a sugary mess, and that the coffee wasn’t really that good.
Service in the rest of the hotel was also mostly up to par, although we had an issue with housekeeping on one occasion. As I was spending most of my day in the room with the «do not disturb» sign on, they phoned me in the afternoon to ask if they could come service my room. I said that I would be out at around 7 PM, and asked whether they could come then, which she confirmed.
When we returned some time after 8 PM, they still hadn’t been there, and so our room wasn’t serviced that day at all. No big deal, but still a little oversight on their part.
All things considered, I think that the Park Plaza Sukhumvit offers stellar value for money, even in Bangkok. You get a spacious room with a great bathroom, huge bed and somewhat of a view. The location is great, and the rooftop pool is perfectly adequate for cooling down on a hot day.
Is it on the level of the Adelphi 49, which is in the same price range? That’s a little hard to say, as the Adelphi is more of a serviced apartment, but I would rate the Park Plaza over Adelphi 49 location-wise. Both are very good, though, especially for the price paid.
All kinds of travel rates the Park Plaza Sukhumvit: 4 out of 5.
I liked: Large room, great bathtub and shower, good location, decent pool, low price
I disliked: Worn floor and furnishings, generic toiletries, water pressure in bathtub not great, noisy aircon,