Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Intercontinental Bangkok - February 2014

Bangkok is one of the most popular cities in the world!

Friendly people, affordable food, great massages, gorgeous hotels, I can go on and on!

The main problem could be the political situation and there will be a small section on that in this entry.

Why choose this hotel?

Well, the location is rather good, near to the BTS station and Central World shopping centre.

Not too strong a recommendation considering the many hotels in Bangkok!

The Management

 The (famous) IHG group of course!

Getting to the Hotel

Taxis are the way to go! Except in times of political unrest.
For the newbies, always request for the meter (and hope it's not a "fixed" one!)

Otherwise the airport link/express is quite ok, the Phaya Thai link being better as the connection to the Chidlom (alternatively spelt Chit Lom) BTS is smoother.

However, this trip we had to walk 200m to the hotel due to the protests. Not too pleasant to say the least.

The Hotel

This is a beautiful hotel! The huge chandeliers adorning the lobby, the grand staircase and the friendly staff!

The front desk is right in the centre of the lobby and cannot be missed!

The corridors are well lit and decorated.

The Rooms

We were put in a Club Room and it was spacious despite being a basic room. The usual Intercon decor was evident.

The TV set was one of the largest in a hotel room ever!
My carry-on bag was simply dwarfed in the same picture below.

Massive bathroom for a basic room noted.

The view from the room was not too great, but that's not important at all!

The Food and Drinks

 We had lounge access during our stay and Intercon lounges are really impressive!

Offerings at the lounge were definitely of high quality.

Breakfast at the lounge was excellent and you can order off a menu too.
However, I really do not recommend the steak.

The Pool And Gym

The pool is nice enough but unremarkable.

The gym is rather big but is open to external memberships. Thus it can be crowded in the day.

The Service

The service is very good to excellent, although not extraordinary. I do think it is very hard for the Bangkok to improve upon the excellent service. Until I stayed at the Grand Hyatt at Erawan (which is nearby!), but that would be another entry later.

For those in IHG rewards, I got a bear as a gift as an Intercon Ambassador.


The Bangkok Protests

We visited after the protests started and somewhat stabilized. My Thai friends were essential in assuring us everything was still under control, but to avoid crowds where possible.

Some of the streets were closed and there were tents on the road.

Central World was closed during our stay!

In Summary

The rates for this hotel is rather high considering the multitude of good hotels in Bangkok.
There is nothing too fanciful either.
The best part is possibly the lounge.
Nothing negative to comment, so that's great in a roundabout way.

Perhaps, my expectations have evolved with each hotel stay. 

Happy Travels to my readers!

Best Regards!

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