Having booked their opening special for 1999b ++, including b/f and wifi, check-in was simple and efficient after a warm welcome from staff. The room 1019 was fairly small and spartan. Having requested a smoking room, one expects a certain odour to linger, but the room stench could only be matched by those dreadful smoking rooms one encounters at an airport, completely overpowering. **Management, please find room in the budget to equip cleaning staff with deodorising spray, your smoking rooms are FAR more stinky & disgusting than any I've ever encountered. As a brand new hotel, it was interesting to see that the wall paper is already bubbling and peeling from the wall (see picture). I imagine this hotel will age very quickly when one considers the average workmanship which is apparent, particularly in the (otherwise adequate) bathroom.
Double bed was a small double, but otherwise very comfortable 7/10 for sleep quality. The room also managed to squeeze in one comfortable chair. TV had various channel options, but tv reception was poor.
Breakfast is served in a light airy dining area, with enough options to to keep you coming back, and the excellent addition of large takeaway cups for coffee or tea for those on the run, or wanting to take a coffee back to the room.
Wifi was included and worked very well, but other services were somewhat lacking, with room service (at this stage) consisting of whatever the local pizza/kfc etc deliveries provide. On the same level as the breakfast area is a small gym, free ice machine, coin operated drink and snack machine as well as a self serve laundry room - all very handy, and useful.
Location is GREAT, just steps from National Stadium BTS station, MBK and so on. You wouldn't choose this hotel if you MUST have all the services provided by 4 & 5 star hotels, but for busy days out and about, it's just fine to come home to for a restful sleep.
I've still given the hotel 4/5, because after all, it IS Holiday Inn EXPRESS, which don't purport to be luxurious, it is really only the smokey stench that marks it down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam is the smart choice for savvy business and leisure travelers, offering a relaxed affordable and hassle free stay every time. Located at National Stadium Sky Train Station, in the centre of Siam Business and Shopping District, we are steps away from most Bangkok's favorite dining and entertainment options and 45 minutes drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam is a convenient base for shopping and sightseeing, head to the Jim Thompson House and Bangkok Art and Culture Center to buy souvenirs and explore Thai culture.The hotel features 300 brand new rooms and all rooms are designed for everything you need for a great stay. Start the day right with our free Express Start Breakfast and stay connected with free Wi-Fi through-out the hotel. Experience our high quality bathroom, bedding and enjoy your favorite music with our iPod docking station to recharge after a long day.The hotel is minutes away from some of the city’s most exciting retail and dining attractions, including MBK, Siam Paragon and Central World, and located on the BTS sky train line, guests are a short ride away from Chatuchak Weekend Market where travellers can experience the best of Thailand’s street stall culture. ... more less
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