I had previously stayed at the ibis Siam and looked at the Mercure Siam in the same building. They are near Siam Square, one of my favorite locations in Bangkok. If you need a comfortable, mid-level hotel and want to treat yourself to some upscale touches without breaking the bank, the Mercure is a great option! Read why after the break! Location: The Mercure Siam is located right next to the BTS National Stadium station, a short walk from the MBK mall and the Siam BTS interchange. It gives you easy access to anywhere in Bangkok by train, making it convenient for the visitor, because you can avoid the crazy traffic! You can also reach the connected malls on Sukhumvit by foot! Check out my tips How to get around Bangkok why BTS is such a good idea!
Service/Rewards: The frontdesk at the Mercure is located on the 9th floor, staff was friendly and escorted me to the upstairs Executive Lounge for check-in as an Accor LeClub Platinum member. I had booked a standard room and had been upgraded to an Executive Room with access to the lounge – a perk of Platinum elite membership! I received a welcome drink in the lounge, while the staff completed my check in and was on my way. Staff at the lounge was very friendly and helpful throughout my stay. They were attentive during the lounge happy hour and breakfast, befitting the lounge of a much more expensive and upscale hotel – a very luxurious touch for a mid-level hotel! Housekeeping did an equally good job and cleaned my room thoroughly and quickly each day.
Rooms: The rooms at the Mercure are a nice upgrade from the ibis Siam next door: They are larger and held in a slightly darker decor with a purple touch of color. The room had a queen bed, as well as a couch than can be converted to another bed. It is outfitted with a TV, coffee/tea facilities and a safe. The bathroom has nice tiles and a large, glass enclosed shower with a glass wall to the bedroom. If you don’t appreciate that feature, there is a sliding door to cover the glass for more privacy – a nice feature to make the room appealing to more people. They do have rooms with a connecting door to a room of the same size with two twin beds, making it great for families. The Executive rooms also offer bathrobes and slippers, a pod coffee maker in addition to the kettle and a sound station for your phone!
The free WiFi internet in the room was reliable and fast at an average speed of 17.1Mbps! You can easily work or stream video at that speed!
Amenities: The Executive Lounge on the 24th floor is a comfortable space with a small buffet area, bistro style seating on one side and living room style seating on the other. There are also computers and a printer as a mini business center and a large outdoor patio. The lounge offers a free continental breakfast in the morning, with pastries, fresh fruit and yogurt, coffee, juice as well as a number of hot dishes for a full breakfast. They have light snacks during the day and a happy hour in the evening, with a full bar of soft drinks, beer, wine and hard liquor as well as cold and warm food – making for a better spread then some more upscale hotel lounges!
The Mercure has a gym and pool on the rooftop. The pool is long and narrow and has an infinity edge overlooking the Bangkok skyline. There are loungers off to the side, so you can relax after a day of sightseeing or shopping. If you enjoyed the Thai food a little too much, you can work out in the gym overlooking the pool with a selection of cardio and weight equipment. It’s small, but will allow for a basic workout. Both are free and available to ibis guests for $6.
You will find a bar at the 9th floor lobby level and a restaurant that is shared with the ibis on the 8th floor. I tried the bar on the 9th floor and the staff was friendly and attentive, although I had the bar pretty much to myself! That’s a solid amenity offering and I was especially surprised by the Executive Lounge which I did not expect at the Mercure! Similar to the ibis, the Mercure Siam is new and in great condition all around. The rooms didn’t show any wear and tear and the same is true for the lounge!
Conclusion: At a price of only $63/night I got a modern room at a new hotel in one of the best locations of Bangkok with a lot more amenities than you’d expect from a hotel in this category: The Executive Lounge access, free breakfast and happy hour make this a much more luxurious stay than other hotels at this price! There are few hotels with lounges in this price range, making the Mercure Siam a standout -especially when you can book it for less during the frequent Accor sales. There are many good hotels in this price range in Bangkok – I consider it the “sweet spot” of best value for your money – and the Mercure Siam is one of the best in this category, I recommend it and plan to stay again myself in the future!
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