My trip was part business, part personal, part vacation. As I was traveling with my wife and infant son and we were going to be in the Bangkok area for quite some time, I wanted something more than a traditional hotel room. After searching and comparing hotels online as well as talking to friends, we settled on the Centre Point chain of serviced apartments/hotels and chose the Thong Lo location: good neighborhood/location (if a bit trendy) and close to where I would need to be to conduct the business I had there.
We stayed in one of the larger 1 BR style apartments and it was very large indeed. The bathroom was huge and elegantly decorated. The bedroom was very large with a nice large flatscreen TV and DVD player. We had a full kitchen with utensils and cooking gear as well as a washing machine. A small 4-person table with all the settings complimented the main living/dining room which had it's own TV and DVD player as well as basic stereo system. Both the bedroom and living/dining room had their own balconies.
As these are serviced apartments, the style, layout, etc. is more of an upscale furnished apartment than a hotel room. The nice thing for us was the ability to wash our clothes, as we were in Thailand for quite some time, and it was very nice to have a full kitchen at our disposal. Sometimes, with the baby, we just wanted to be able to conveniently fix baby food and eat in the apartment, so it was very nice to have the kitchen and dining table available. It also came in handy when we had some guests over. My memory is hazy, but I believe they came in every other day to change sheets and towels and what not.
As for convenience, the Thong Lo area has everything you need within walking distance in terms of groceries, restaurants, etc. but was a very long walk to the nearest BTS Skytrain station. The hotel ran a tuk-tuk service to and from the Skytrain, but it was not always conveniently available. Our reservations included daily breakfast in their restaurant across the street which was quite good and featured a good mix of Western and Asian style breakfast fare. Cable news monitors hung in a couple different areas around the restaurant.
The one thing to prepare for, which we weren't, was the deposit you have to pay for all the kitchen and apartment utensils. The reservation agency we went through didn't describe this so we were caught off guard. You get the deposit back upon checkout after they have confirmed you haven't damaged or stolen anything, but it would have been nice to know this up front.
We recommend this hotel often to friends who are looking for a convenient long-term stay hotel or those traveling with babies or young children. You never realize how convenient it is to have a kitchen and clothes washer until you have a small pile of soiled baby clothes and are trying to prepare baby food or formula in a standard hotel room.
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