We made our way by taxi to the hotel after contacting the hotel for a transfer, which they said they would do, but it was very expensive, the cheapest option was 1,500baht one way in a camry. We decided not to go this route and got something much much cheaper. We arrived at the hotel some 40 minutes later. The hotel is in the financial district in Ratchathewi, a place we didn't forget the name to when we went on the sky train! very much like ratatouille!
We checked in smoothly and when we arrived we were offered a nice refreshment in the shape of a champagne glass - although, you're served a juice not champagne!
The hotel is very nice and clean and the decor is very modern. I saw the images on the website and that is what attracted me to book this venue. I wasn't disappointed. I was more surprised, it exceeded my expectations. I have stayed at nice hotels before and this is definitely one of them.
We stayed in a deluxe room, the room was very spacious and the bathroom, complete with a separate shower, toilet and bath tub - was stunning. Lovely set up. Although, I don't know what the mirror behind the loo is all about!
The beds were nice and comfy and you can request complimentary items should you forget anything - like a razor etc. There is a list of complimentary items available in the room.
I think they turn down your room twice in one day, or that they come in the night and leave chocolates on your bed.
You get newspaper delivered to your door each morning. The have a mini bar in the room, I had to take some water from them one night and it's 100 baht. You might think this is reasonable for a hotel but the next night I went to the shops across the road so I could drink water in the night if I needed and it was only 17 baht!
You do get a bottle of free water a day though, but I'd already drunk the free bottle when I was gasping for a drink in the middle of the night.
The beds are comfortable and I had a good sleep there. The hotel is about 15-20 mins away from the Emerald Palace and the Reclining Buddha. 25- 30 mins from the Wat Arun.
Highly recommend you see the Standing Buddha too, although not as popular as the others I've mentioned above, but still an amazing sight!
Wifi is not included in the room for free, it is free in the bar/lobby area and the rooftop pool - but not everywhere up there. the best place is the sofas nearest the pool attendant. The sun lounges furthest away from the pool attendant and near the end of the building has little/no wifi reception.
The pool is an average size but was quiet when we visited. The pool also has a in-built jacuzzi in the corner. Bliss, swimming and catching the sun by the pool which so happens to be on a rooftop!
The trips here in Bangkok are much more expensive than Chiang Mai, probably because it is the capital and also they only offer private tours.
The staff are friendly, although they could be more helpful about transfers to the hotel from the airport and back, we had to do this without their help because the prices they charged were crazy expensive compared to what we actually paid! This put my travel companion off when asked if they would stay a VIE again, this and they didn't tell us about the tolls when we headed to the airport. But I would stay here again, the hotel is very nice and the price was great!
If you send postcards via the hotel the will add on a surcharge. The stamp is 15 baht but they add on 10baht for each stamp. I didn't get this in the hotel where I stayed at in Chiang Mai, it was just 15 baht per stamp. But this again, could be because it is in Bangkok. Apparently, there is a post office about 15 mins away from the hotel but I was pressed for time and leaving that afternoon so bought 15 baht stamps for 25 baht!
We didn't dine here, but I did have a club sandwich by the pool - reasonably priced and the food was good. They also have a gym, we didn't use it, but it had a variety of equipment and it is on the top floor like the rooftop pool.
They also have a spa - I checked it out and it look amazing but the prices were quite high. They do give you a 500 baht coupon for spa treatments, but that's not enough to get you anything, the cheapest treatment was 600 baht and that was for a pedicure.
The hotel is close to the Ratchathewi sky train stop.
if you cross the bridge to the other side you will find convenience shops. We didn't know how to get across the road before we saw the bridge and the traffic attendant out on the main road told us to "run" and pointed across the road, when we asked how to get across. We think he was joking! haha.
The hotel is very near to the siam centres - which is a mix of shops and restaurants.
You get free wifi access in the lobby area and the bar area. It is quite alright for you to just sit and surf. They don't tell you to move if you don't purchase a drink whilst you hang out by the lobby/bar area.
They have stunning decor by the main entrance. The set up is all very nice actually. While it might not be in the most exciting part of Bangkok, (it's in the financial district) this was fine for us as we were there to sight see - which is exactly what we did! Riding the tuk tuk here in Bangkok is a totally different experience too! a must!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel, is a luxury designed hotel with a superb location for both leisure and business. Right in the city center, it provides maximum convenience, with excellent conference and seminar facilities, and is perfect for a special weekend or family stays. The hotel is just steps away from the BTS Skytrain Ratchathewi station and within a ten minutes' walk to Bangkok's most renowned shopping malls in the Siam Area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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