This was it – we were finally on our long-awaited journey to Everest Base Camp! Our first stop though was to Bangkok where we were meeting our friends Danielle and Michael who were doing the trek with us. As we were only in Bangkok briefly, arriving at 6pm and leaving for Kathmandu at 10am, we didn’t want to have to venture out of our hotel very far. We decided against booking an airport hotel, as Danielle and Michael had already been in Bangkok for a few days before us, and we wanted to have the option to go out that night for a bit if we wanted.
We selected the Pathumwan Princess as it was conveniently located right next to the MBK shopping centre in the heart of Bangkok, an area that we’re quite familiar with from many previous visits to the city. The doorman quickly greeted us as our taxi pulled up and took care of our bags while we headed into reception to check in.
As we checked in we were offered a welcome drink, which was a delicious pineapple and ginger juice – probably one of the tastiest hotel welcome drinks I’ve had! Our check in was completed very speedily and we were soon on our way up to our room on the 24th floor.
We had booked a Deluxe room, and it was tastefully decorated in light wood with orange and gold accents, giving the room and overall warm and inviting feel. The room was a good size and contained a queen size bed and also a couch/daybed along the window.
The bathroom was quite compact, and a bit squashy when both Ash and I were trying to get ready in there at the same time. It had a shower over bath with a monsoon shower head as well as a normal shower head. The bath was quite deep so with my short legs it was a bit of a challenge to step into it – luckily they a hand rail to assist!
Wifi was included in the cost of the room which was great, and we had no problems with the connection, it was quite fast and reliable.
The evening that we arrived we went to the STUDiO BAR (no, I don’t have issues with my keyboard, they really capitalise it like that!) on the ground floor to meet up with Danielle and Michael. It had a nice comfortable feel with large couches and quick friendly service. They had a large screen on which they were showing soccer when we were there. The drinks were quite pricey there, so if you’re going to have a drink there I’d recommend you stick to happy hour!
Breakfast was served from 6am to 10:30am in the CiTi BiSTRo (again with the strange capitalisation!) on the ground floor. They had a small buffet selection as well as an egg station, and the food was pretty standard for a buffet breakfast in Thailand.
As we were only there for a short time I didn’t get a chance to check out the pool and gym (bad travel blogger!), but from the photos on the hotel website they look really nice.
We had a comfortable short stay at the Pathumwan Princess, and I think it’s a great centrally located hotel for short trips or business travellers. Our room represented good value for money, and we enjoyed our short time there!
Where’s your favourite hotel to stay at in Bangkok?