The Park Plaza Hotel is located on the Ratchadapisek road, which
intersects the main Sukhumvit road close to the Asok BTS station.
This means that when travelling via taxi around Bangkok, your driver
has the option of avoiding the intense traffic of the Sukhumvit road,
saving you time and money. However, the allure of the main road can
be reached on foot in a couple of minutes, giving you access to the
BTS system, restaurants, bars, shopping and nightlife, with the world-renowned
nightlife of Soi Cowboy only a few minutes walk from the hotel.
This is a more basic and simple hotel, but still offers guests large,
modern rooms in a fantastic part of Bangkok. The rooms are clean,
practical and comfortable, if not super-luxury, with some designer
features, but every room boasts an in-room fridge with mini-bar, bathrobes,
slippers and 24-hour room service available. There is also a rooftop
pool, a small fitness centre, and some public-access desktop computers,
which are helpful as the Wi-Fi is not great in every room, which may
be a deal-breaker for business travellers. However, I had no issue
getting a good 4G signal on my Thai phone during my stay here, so
it wasn’t so much of a big deal for me.
This is definitely more of a basic hotel, however the rooms are still
pleasant, the staff can offer any kind of assistance, and the location
offers easy access to the relaxing Benjakiti park as well as the temptations
of lower Sukhumvit. When you bear in mind that room deals can be found
online for as little as $70-80 a night, the Park Plaza starts to look
like a very good deal indeed. Additional, the set-back location is
quieter than hotels directly on the Sukhumvit road, but you can still
access the tourist attractions of Bangkok easily from here, and can
still indulge in some spectacular street food.
But what about overnight guests? Thankfully, the Park Plaza is guest-friendly,
allowing you to take visitors to your room with no additional charge.
The main allure of this hotel is that it is away from the braying
masses, so is quieter, cheaper, and a bit further from the throngs
of international tourists which frequent the chaotic pavements of
the Sukhumvit area. Again, the front desk staff will request the guest’s
ID card for the protection of yourself and other guests, but are always
discreet and accommodating.
A great place to kick back, relax and take in your surroundings without
being hassled, this hotel offers a more chilled and relaxing stay
at a very competitive price, without having to compromise on anything
during your stay. This is definitely worth considering, but does not
offer the sheer luxury of somewhere such as the Okura Prestige, but
then again it costs about a fifth of the price!