Monday, April 11, 2011
As a budget-conscious student, my requirements for hotel rooms had always been fairly simple: Clean, safe and a bed to sleep on at night (And I don’t really care how many people squeeze on that bed). But travelling with parents is a different matter altogether. After working too long and too hard, luxury comes into play too!
My 3 nights stay in Bangkok was at President Solitaire, located at the oh-so-happening Soi 11 of Nana district that was littered with foreign bars and stylish restaurants. Compared to other hotels along the street, it was relatively inconvenient with about 10 minutes walk from the skytrain station. But that suited me just well as I would rather walk to capture street views. Alternatively, the hotel tuk tuk service was available at short intervals.
The hotel was a fairly small one, but nonetheless with quite an impressive lobby. A bar lounge at one end to chill with your complimentary welcome drink, and a sofa area at the other to relax with the residential pianist and his grand piano.
My parents booked this hotel because they had a fantastic stay here two years ago, and here’s the exciting part: At prices that could only get you a basic room in Singapore, it was enough to warrant a suite here!
Okay I felt a bit country pumpkin when we first opened the door. The closet corridor was already bigger than my hostel room!
Proceeding into the bedroom, a huge, comfy four poster bed welcomed you along with its 42 inch plasma tv. If not for the fact that Bangkok was so exciting, I could simply laze around the whole day watching movies!
Moving on, the cozy living room had a sofa set, another tv, working table and a square dining table that would make Hong Kongers wished they had brought a mahjong set along. But be warned, I heard that its a chargeable offence to gamble even in private, so better don't risk it!
And if you were wondering why there was a dining table, that's because we had a mini kitchenette with complete utensils and cutleries. A home-cooked meal away from home huh?
The bathroom jacuzzi was big enough for all three of us to sit around and soak our legs in hot water after a day of walking, I kid you not!
Now the other thing that I looked forward to every morning was its buffet breakfast. Served at the residential restaurant, you could see hotel guests strolling in with a newspaper in hand, catching up with current affairs in between bites. My type of retirement life!
And the spread was good! There was bakery corner with straight-from-the-oven croissants and DIY toasts, and I simply adored the eggs corner where the chef whipped up delicious omelettes and runny eggs.
A salad bar for the health-conscious, which I was only interested in the smoked duck topping.
Fruits, yogurts and juices for your digestive needs!
Unlike most places that served the same hot dishes everyday, they actually bothered to rotate the menu such that I got to try different stuffs every morning. Green curry vegetables, yellow curry prata, fried rice or flat noodles. Kept it interesting!
I remembered stuffing myself with their fluffy waffles and hot ommelettes, and trying every type of cheese on the platter with hot buns and grilled tomatoes. Heck if they didn't close at 10am, I could sit there even longer!
With rooms on the cheap, President Solitaire is an excellent place to consider for a bangkok trip, starting a brand new day with energizing breakfast and ending one in plush comfort. Stay a few more nights and you probably wouldn't bear to leave already!
75/23 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: +66 (2) 255 7200
Check website for online booking!
Taken with Nikon D70