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Saturday 27 August 2016

One of those rare hotels that gets all the elements right

As someone who spends half their life in hotels, I am often overly critical. But this time, most unusually, I couldn't find anything to complain about. Nada. 

And then my wife said: " I really like this hotel, I don't want to leave".

The Swiss-operated Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok is the hostelry that managed to get all the key elements right and impress both a regular hotel habitué and an occasional one.

First, there is the location. Right in the centre of the action in the Sukhumvit district, walking distance to both Asoke and Nana BTS stations as well as Sukhumvit MRT. 

The hotel is a few hundred metres down Sukhumvit Soi 15, but that means you have convenience plus peace and quiet. And the hotel has free TukTuk taxis 24 hours a day to whisk you either the corner of Sukhumvit Road or Terminal 21 shopping centre.

These TukTuks actually depart when a guest is ready - no waiting, no searching for a driver. 

The staff, overall, get a big tick. Helpful, attentive and very much on the ball.

In addition to the location and staff, the rooms are extremely well-equipped. I'd make sure to pay for a room category that gives access to the excellent executive lounge. This is a lovely little oasis offering coffee, tea and soft drinks during the day and beers, wines, spirits and delicious gourmet snacks in the early evening. 

The lounge also does very impressive breakfasts. 

You'll also find cheerful staff who are happy to answer questions, daily newspapers from around the world, and a computer terminal at which you can print out boarding passes or just check your emails.

Other strengths of the hotel; very comfortable beds, an attractive rooftop swimming pool with bar service from the Rainforest bar; the traditional complimentary Mövenpick afternoon chocolate feast, a well-equipped gym and a quiet lounge area where you can read a book or just chill out.

The on-site Lelawadee restaurant (very busy at breakfast) offers a menu that stretches from local dishes to Indian specialities and burgers, and there are dozens of restaurant options within a short stroll, ranging from Hooters to street food.

The Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok has 297 rooms and suites with a choice of garden courtyard and city views. There is fast and free wifi access throughout the hotel, large 46" LED TVs, modern bathrooms with walk-in rain shower and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.

My wife liked: "The nice, quick-filling big bath, the lovely lounge, the fact the lighting was easy to use and the relaxed atmosphere."

No hotel is perfect, but this one comes pretty close. A lack of shade by the pool at certain times of the day is the biggest criticism I can come up with - and I'd certainly be very happy to return as a paying guest.

Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok, 47 Sukhumvit 15, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toei Nuea, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok. +66 2 119 3100. 

# The writer was a guest of the hotel.  


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