‘Beep Beep! ‘Squishing my arms into my torso, resembling a sardine caught in saltwater rush hour, I squeezed my way through the exhilarating pulse of Bangkok. Slowly sinking into the hazy grey above, the sun was bidding adieu to another frantic day in this beautifully diverse city.
With a determined urgency to get to the Amari Watergate Bangkok Hotel, my feet danced behind weary commuters who were going nowhere quick. ‘Let me through’ pleaded my mind, struggling to cope with the anticipation of what lay ahead. As my backpack weighed down on my travel soul, it was clear that I was long overdue for some pampering. A girl needs to be a Thai princess sometimes. Was it OK-ka? Read on to find out!
As the elevator whizzed me up to the 32nd floor, the doors delightfully pinged open. As I turned the corner, I was graciously welcomed with my own private check in. As it was 5pm in the evening, I had arrived at the perfect time to enjoy the complimentary pre-dinner cocktails and canapés. They are soooooo good! If you are staying in an Executive Room, you can get your mini ‘snackathon’ and ‘drinkies’ on from 5pm to 7pm everyday on the Executive Floor. Lucky you!
The view is an absolute treat too, revealing the wonderful architectural intricacies of Lady Bangkok whilst you sip on an array of wine, spirits, beer or juicy juices to satisfy your inner travel soul. The food? It’s tongue-tingling good my travel friends and the spread changes daily. From hot little comforting numbers your Mum makes back home to hearty salad options, delightful taste-bursting hors d’oeuvres and the naughty but nice cakes for dessert: it’s two hours fantastically well spent.
Time to retire to the room to digest, unwind and relax! I entered into a slice of city retreat heaven with a big hot bath to run, a crisp white bed to sink into, another spectacular view to admire and for the digital nomad in me, a desk to work at with free WiFi internet access.
The thoughtful small touches always delight me the most however. I found I could watch TV right from the bathtub with speakers installed in the bathroom bringing me all the action! The complimentary chocolates were easily devoured and the puffy reclining chair in the corner would have made Chandler and Joey from friends green with envy.
If you have room for dinner, Thai on 4 has been voted the Best Thai Hotel Restaurant with the advisor of the menu, Khun Srisamorn, being a 78 year old professor who used to cook for the King of Thailand! The good news is the restaurant is on the 4th floor of the Amari Watergate Hotel! Convenient eh?
If you want to venture out, I recommend taking a Bangkok Food Tour or why not just relax and cruise along the Khlong Saen Saep waterway? For all of you shopaholics out there, there are countless malls around the hotel. Psst: I was excited about getting my H&M fix in Central World (a British chick needs her H&M clothes).
Being such a foodie, I was excited to wake up refreshed to even more food in the Executive Lounge! Breakfast is served daily from 06:00 to 10:30 and the experience is a hearty one! Whether you’re watching or waistline or determined to be on par with Henry VIII, there are plenty of options to choose from! It’s buffet style so help yourself until you’re satisfied. If at any time in the day you need a pick me up, the lounge serves complimentary tea, coffee and juices. Yet again, the view is incredible!
On the 8th floor of the Amari Watergate Bangkok Hotel, you have complimentary access to the pristine blue swimming pool from 06:30 to 22:00. This also includes a relaxing indoor steam room, sauna and jacuzzi for all your recharge needs! If you want to push the boat out, head to the Breeze Spa where you can choose a divine treatment at an extra cost.
I didn’t want to leave. Travelling girls need a break once in a while and this was the respite I needed before heading to Singapore. The Amari Watergate Bangkok Hotel gets Teacake’s full seal of approval.
Disclaimer: This post was made possible by Amari Watergate Bangkok Hotel. Opinions as always remain Teacake’s own.