Stay at Amari Watergate Bangkok
18-22nd May 2012
A party of 15 of us arrived at the Amari during the evening of the 18th May. We had flown from Bali. We were on a “Book for three nights and get an extra night free” basis. The cost for the quality of the hotel represented very good value.
Our introduction to the hotel was not encouraging. As we arrived by bus, we entered by what could be termed the “tradesman’s entrance” and we waited for our luggage in this rather dimly lit and shabby area. We were given fruit cocktails and made somewhat welcome and were asked to wait.
After a short time, we were taken by elevator to the Lobby which was chalk and cheese compared with where we had arrived. A huge well lit area with plenty of activity. Check in was reasonably efficient and we were given our room keys. Our luggage arrived after a short delay.
As I was on my own, I had a double bedded room and in compensation, I was given free internet access.
Some of our party went to Henry J Bean’s Bar in the basement and got to know a lot of useful information about Bangkok- including where one got the best exchange rate (Super Rich- not far away), and which market to attend on a Saturday (Chatuchak).
My room was very adequate with the usual facilities. For the first couple of days, I ”fell” into the bathroom that was down a small step- the caution notice was tiny. The bed was firm and that suited me, but a few of our party felt that the beds were too hard. I had a peaceful night, but an irritation was that the toilets worked on a central high pressure system and thus it was possible to hear toilets being flushed in other rooms and other floors and this could just happen when you were dozing off. One night, there was a very loud party in the passage and a room on our floor and the noise went on for a long time.
In the morning, I found the breakfast room on the fourth floor outstanding with a huge variety of foods both Western and Oriental. The range of fruits was impressive and constantly topped up.
We set out to explore and discovered the Hotel to be very central and within easy walking distance of the shops – in particular Central World which was reasonably close to both the Chidlom and Siam stations on the BTS overhead rail system.
I had been to Bangkok a few years ago, but again was impressed with this modern bustling place. After a visit to Chatuchak market- which is huge, I returned via BTS and discovered a smaller mall known as Amarin Plaza. It became my favourite and I had a light lunch there every day and bought silk items in the part known as the Thai market.
When I emerged, the streets were awash with Red Shirts- people from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship whose leader, Thaksin Shinawatra is in exile. There were thousands of people on the streets and I felt very conspicuous as a lone elderly Westerner dressed in a blue shirt! However the crowd seemed remarkably well behaved and disciplined and I was able to walk back to the Amari Watergate.
Due to this rally, we decided to eat at Henry J Bean’s pub and most of our party found their way there during the evening. The group that played was very talented and versatile but too loud for my taste (maybe I am just too old)
Other than visiting them, I did not partake of the facilities of the hotel such as the pool or the spa, but they looked to be of a very high standard. The other dining facilities also seemed good.
Our group went on a river cruise and I will write separately about that.
I had shirts made to measure for me at a tailor in the town- I got 7 for the price of 6 and had to throw some other items away to get the stuff I bought in my case.
A must not too far from the hotel is MBK-a huge shopping area with 8 floors and 2000 shops selling a galaxy of goods. The electronic section had the latest fads at very reasonable prices.
Much of our time in Bangkok was spent in the shops and I guess that four days was sufficient.
We were fortunate that our check out time on our last day was 6pm so we had our rooms for the whole day.
We also had time to relax in the lobby . This had the most amazing flower arrangement with orchids, and two charming Thai girls in traditional costume who played Thai instruments- a khim struck by two hammers and a Thai zither with strings that is plucked.
We once again left from the basement and everything worked smoothly for our return to Suvarnabhumi airport and our journey home.
All in all, everyone enjoyed their stay in Bangkok- for many of us; this was not our first visit. We found the Amari Watergate very acceptable, of a high standard and centrally placed. The facilities and service represented excellent value for money.
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- Feel the excitement of Bangkok at your very doorstep. Amari Watergate Bangkok puts you in the heart of the vibrant Pratunam neighbourhood in downtown Petchburi, known for its bustling landscape of shopping bazaars and lifestyle malls. At the 5-star Amari Watergate hotel, you are just steps away from all it has to offer. ... more less
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