One of the most centrally located hotels in Bangkok, Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square is surrounded by massive shopping malls, Siam Square boutiques, fun restaurants, and great bars. Because of a nearby university, the streets are teeming with teens and it’s a bustling hub of the city. The hotel itself is 18-floors high, and caters to business travelers, families, and tourists who just like being in the heart of the action.
Typical rooms have leopard-print-esque carpeting, small blue or gray couches, and decent views of the surrounding area. All rooms come with free water, coffee/tea, Wi-Fi, and turn down service.
There aren’t a lot of extra amenities for better room types, so you’re better off sticking with a standard.
Small bathrooms have gray-tiled floors and feature showers only. There’s a sliding door that opens up to the bedroom, but shy types can keep things closed up. Novotel standard products are also standard.
A happening lobby is really the hub of the hotel. Here, there’s Gourmet Bar--a 24/7 food and beverage spot with great sandwiches and drinks. Additionally, there are chair swings, a jukebox tablet, big screen TVs for sports junkies, and an entire kids’ area consisting of video games, toys, and more.
If you pop in here at night, you’ll be treated to an array of live music.
An expansive oblong pool is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and also includes a kid’s pool and bar. Guests will find happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with buy-one-get-one free drinks.
The Tammachart Day Spa has six treatment rooms and has a range of unique indulgences like anti-pollution body scrubs, oatmeal mask facials, and Indian head massages. All the traditional treatments can be found here too.
In the lobby of the hotel, you’ll find Tammachart’s second location--but this is for foot massages only.
Located on the fourth floor, the In Balance Fitness center is decked out with Life Fitness and Sport Master machines along with free weights. The hotel also offers a variety of classes like yoga, Thai boxing, step, and aerobic training.
Besides Gourmet Bar in the lobby, the hotel is known for Lok Wah Hin--a Chinese restaurant that’s popular with locals and has a great Peking duck and dim sum. The Square is an international buffet spot that also hosts a great Sunday brunch.
Gourmet Bar in the lobby is the main drinking den for the hotel. There is an outdoor terrace where you can bring your booze and watch the business of Siam Square pass you by.
The Siam BTS Skytrain station is a major hub and can take you anywhere in the city. Catching a taxi here is easy, but sitting in traffic should be expected. Luckily, you’re walking distance to great restaurants, malls, bars, and nightlife.
The hotel is in an incredibly bustling part of town. Siam Square is filled with shops, restaurants, salons, and more just outside. Surrounding the area are multiple shopping centers and the Siam BTS Skytrain station is across the street. Safe, busy, and always something going on, this neighborhood is a great place to stay.
Hello Kitty House (3-minute walk) is a Hello Kitty themed café, shop, and spa. Come for the cakes, stay for the body treatments, facials, eye lash extensions, and nail services. Weird but great. If you’re hankering for a classic American burger, look no further than the Hard Rock Café (5-minute walk) – a little pricy, but worth it.
Red Sky Bar (9-minute walk) at the top of the Centara Grand at CentralWorld is a stunning rooftop bar with well-crafted cocktails. If you eat at the Hard Rock, just stick around as they have live music throughout the week and the place gets packed with locals and ex-pats.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The best part of this hotel is by far the location. Within walking distance, you have some of the greatest shopping complexes, incredible restaurants, fun bars, and more. You also have easy access to public transportation. Inside the hotel, there is an award-winning Chinese restaurant and an innovative spa. The pool is also large and has a solid happy hour. Price-wise, it’s on the high side, but the service is up to par and you’re paying for the neighborhood as much as the hotel itself.