I visit Bangkok each year when teaching at the University and am always booked into the Princess. The hotel is a haven in amongst the hot and bustling shopping centres of Bangkok with MBK, Siam Paragon and Central World close by or within 10-15 minutes walk.
Taxis are very quick to order and the door staff will have one for you in less than two minutes. They will also ensure the taxi driver uses the meter! Tuk-tuks line up outside if that's your thing but the air conditioned taxis are cheaper and more comfortable.
The hotel rooms are a good size with a fairly generous bathroom too. Service is very good (if relatively expensive) for room service or any of the several hotel restaurants. Restaurants include Korean (2 of them!), Thai, Indian and Italian - the latter with poolside open-air dining. The rooms are serviced daily, and serviced very well. The lobby area has a pleasant, busy atmosphere but expect to pay western city prices for the coffee and buns.
Breakfast is a highlight at this hotel with lots of different varieties and styles of food from both eastern and western hemespheres. Three or four chefs are on hand to cook items to order, especially at the egg bar.
The swimming pool is large with a wide surrounding area and numerous sun loungers available in under-canopy or parasol settings or completely unshaded. There is also a good fitness room and a beauty/massage therapy room which is - compared with similar services offered in the nearby MBK centre - quite expensive.
In addition to the hotel's restaurants, there are many, many other eating options either within the nearby shopping malls or in the nearby Siam Square. The BTS (Skytrain) station at National Stadium is a five minute walk away through the MBK centre. The stalls here at MBK look as though they should be cheap but in fact they are not. Clothing gets you probably the best deal (once you haggle the price down to about 50% of the intial asking price) but the vast array of electronics on offer are no cheaper than you would pay at home, plus you have the re-assurrance of a guarantee, unlike here where "No Refund" signs are everywhere.
Siam Paragon / Discovery have lots of expensive (and probably genuine) branded designer goods on offer but why come all the way to Thailand to buy a Prada bag that could be picked up in any departure lounge around the world? However, the food court and food market in Paragon is well worth patronising.
I look forward to staying here again in future years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located at the epicenter of Bangkok's famed shopping, entertainment and arts district, the Pathumwan Princess Hotel is a multi-award winning property towering above the iconic MBK Center. Blending contemporary comfort with the unmistakable charm and elegance of traditional Thai hospitality, the hotel consistently rates among the highest in both customer service and guest satisfaction, as reviewed by fellow travellers. Favored by corporate guests desiring unparalleled access to the city and holidaymakers seeking an oasis in the center of bustling Bangkok, the Pathumwan Princess Hotel provides sophisticated ambience in the center of the "city of angels." ... more less
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