Whenever I head to crazy cities like Bangkok, I always tend to opt for a modern hotel. To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than coming back from the hustle and bustle of a dirty city at the end of the day and getting into a nice clean hotel bed. As the first of many hotel reviews from our time in Thailand, you should probably know we didn’t stay in any hostels whilst we traveled around the country. Because we were only in Thailand for two weeks and it was our big holiday of the year, we decided to go strictly four or five star hotels. So prepare to see some pretty beautiful accommodation!
We landed in Bangkok at 6am after an 11 hour flight, so our first task was to navigate to the hotel. Knowing we probably couldn’t check in until 2pm, we wanted to get our bearings and drop our suitcases off so we could start exploring the city as soon as possible.
When we arrived at the hotel they scooped up our bags and checked us straight in. Within half an hour we were laying on our bed catching our breath for a minute.
As you walk into the lobby of the Aloft Bangkok Hotel you’re greeted by lots of modern multi coloured paintings and furnishings. Even the driveway was decorated with graffiti style decor! Well known for their ‘modern architecture design style’, at Aloft hotels ‘fun’ is one of the top priorities. At Aloft Bangkok that idea is definitely reflected throughout the buildings interiors. In the public spaces there’s funky neon lighting with hanging sphere chairs, pool and football tables and a bank of Apple Macs should you need to use them. There is free wifi throughout the whole hotel too! Even when you get into the lift there’s electro music (if you saw our Instagram stories you would have seen our lift raves!).
The rooms themselves were big, clean and colourful. Everything you would expect from a four star hotel. When I say colourful, it wasn’t ‘in your face colour’ but just enough to keep the hotels element of fun sewn through seamlessly.
When staying in hotels like this, it’s always the little touches which make the experience. In the room there was a coffee machine equipped their own branded takeaway cups. So for someone who lives in Starbucks at home this made us very happy! The room service was pretty awesome too. Instead of having a traditional menu to flick through, they had their own emoji room service service where you simply text emojis to a number and they’d bring up your order. How 21st century is that!
If you get back into the ‘disco lifts’ and head up to floor 11 you’ll find yourself at the gym and rooftop pool. I’m not going to lie, this is what sold the hotel for me. The views from this pool are amazing! We’d often find ourselves up here after dinner of an evening cooling down from the busy city below. It’s also a great place to do a spot of yoga too!
The hotel is located on the thriving street of Sukhumvit 11. It’s just a few stops down on the BTS skytrain from the main shopping area Siam. When you first start walking down the road, trying to navigate to your hotel with all your luggage it’s a bit overwhelming, especially when it’s 30 degrees at 9am (after an 11 hour flight!).
Along the side of the road there are locals cooking street food over the broken up pavement, you’ll get people asking you if you want a taxi (yellow cab, tuk-tuk or moped) and many people will ask you if want to go on an excursion. In the daylight it just looks like any other grotty thai city street however in the evening it comes to life. Along the street there are a number of pubs, bars and restaurants. Coffee shops for you to grab breakfast in, mini marts for all your odd bits and pieces, here you are well and truly in the heart of it all. Now you can see why it’s nice to go back to a spot of luxury after all that!
We learned very quickly that service in Thailand was like nowhere else in the world. Everyone at the Aloft Bangkok hotel were extremely polite, helpful and they would happily go out of their way to fulfill your needs. The concierge was particularly helpful. He told us the best route to get to The Grand Palace, photocopied some documents we needed photocopied and they even rang our next hotel to help us set up our next transfer/taxi. From start to finish our stay in Bangkok at Aloft was flawless. They even had a complimentary hotel tuk-tuk service which would take you to the station at the end of the road when we left! Thanks Aloft Bangkok for such a great stay!