I travel frequently to Bangkok, the City of Angels, and one of the best area to stay in Bangkok is around Asoke. That put the Park Plaza Sukhumvit, part of Carlon’s budget brand Park Plaza, on the top of my list for places to stay and I’m glad I did. A great location, nice rooms and friendly service at a affordable price make this one of the best mid-range options in Bangkok!
Location: The Park Plaza Sukhumvit is located less than 5 minutes walk from the Asoke BTS / Sukhumvit MRT station, giving it easy, cheap and fast access to Bangkok by train. The fun Terminal 21 Mall is also just 5 minutes walk, there are plenty of restaurants, massage shops and stores in walking distance. If you need a break from the bustling city or want to go for a run, the Benjakitti Park and Lake are just behind the hotel. You can reach the airport in 45 minutes by taxi or Airport Rail Link. All of this makes this one of the best located hotels in Bangkok and that alone puts it high on my list of hotels to recommend.
Service/Awards: Check-in at the Park Plaza was friendly and quick. My Club Carlson Gold status was recognized and I received an upgrade to a corner room without asking for it. I also found a cute, little turtle as a welcome gift in the room. Staff was very attentive to my needs and granted a late check-out on request. I was welcomed back to the hotel each time with friendly smiles and staff jumped to the elevators to call one for me. Housekeeping was equally friendly, greeted me in the hallways and made up my room on request. It was done quickly and thoroughly each day, restocking bath amenities and coffee/tea supplies.
While service is usually friendly in Thailand, the Park Plaza went above the usual and was very attentive in their efforts to make my stay enjoyable.
Room: The hotel has a roughly triangular shape, giving my corner room an unusual shape and plenty of room. The bedroom has a large, comfortable king-size bed, a chaise lounge in the sitting area near one window and a large work desk with leather task chair. You have a large built in closet and a bench for luggage. The room also features one of the best designed mini-bars I’ve seen in hotels: It opens wide to give access to coffee/tea facilities and supplies, glasses and a full mini-bar. All of it closes up to leave the room without clutter – I love it! The room has beautiful, dark real-wood floors and a stylish decor with local design touches.
The bathroom has an half oval shape, with the toilet in one “corner”, the sink in the center and the glass-enclosed shower and deep soaking tub in the other, with another window to look out over the city. I consider having separate shower and tub and upscale feature that you won’t regularly find in this price category. You even get a stylish towel holder and some artwork on the walls, making it a rather pleasant place to enjoy a relaxing bath with a view over Bangkok at night!
I also really liked some of the thoughtful touches around the room that makes it easier to stay. For example, there is a panel next to the bed to change the air conditioning temperature or turn of all the lights, so you don’t have to hunt around the room to find the switch for that last light at night. Or there is a little sign on the bathroom drawer indicating “hair dryer” and there is a power outlet in the back of the drawer, so you don’t have to open every drawer in the room to find it and then find an outlet near a mirror to use it. As a frequent traveler and a design-lover, I appreciate it when boutique hotels don’t sacrifice function for style and actually make your stay better instead of just creating a room that makes for good online photos!
The free WiFi internet averaged a very high speed of 21.9 Mbps, but varied greatly from 2.3 to 56.4 Mbps. It was enough at all times to get work done or stream video.
While the hotel is older, it does not show at all and it is very well maintained. Everything was clean, functional and maintained just like new. I considered the upgrade to a corner room a meaningful upgrade (compared to many other chains) by offering a larger room with upscale amenities like the soaking tub.
Restaurant/Amenities: The Park Plaza is a full-service hotel with a restaurant, pool and gym. The rooftop pool is small, but has comfortable loungers around and gives you nice views over the city. There is a small gym with cardio and weight equipment for a basic workout next to it. The hotel restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I didn’t get a chance to try it out. I thought their lunch buffet at THB100 ($3) is a great deal, so you could skip the breakfast and go for a hot lunch instead! They also offer room service, so you can enjoy the nice room.
Bottomline: At a price of only $68/night, the Park Plaza offers a very nice room, full amenities and a perfect location, making it one of the best values in Bangkok. The current Club Carlson promotion offering 5,000 points per night (or $20), made it even cheaper for me! I consider it one of the best mid-range hotels in the city and a great value! You can find the current price here! It’s tough to justify spending 2-3 times the amount for the big US chain hotels, when you get so much for so little. I also liked it better than the Park Plaza Soi 18 I stayed at previously and I’m sure to return in the future!