Sunday, January 11, 2009

Xen Suites, Don Muang, Bangkok

Xen Suites, Don Muang, Bangkok

My parents stayed here during the airport closures in Bangkok at the end of 2008 in November for two nights, during the protests that made world wide news.

The hotel is very conveniently located near Bangkok's domestic Don Muang airport and the Impact Exhibition & Convention center, the largest exhibition and convention center in Thailand.
An IT center is also within walking distance and two big shopping malls are within easy taxi reach at Chaeng Wattana, a well known road in Bangkok.

Xen Suites is formerly and probably better known by taxi drives as Quality Suites.

The price and quality of the rooms are good and if you need to be in this area, it's excellent value for money.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, Bangkok

Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, Bangkok

Imperial Queen's Park is the only hotel in Bangkok with direct access to a park. Fresh-air, lush gardens, ponds, badminton, and a playground are, just down the steps from the Parkview Restaurant, in Benjasiri Park. Nearby find a driving range and tennis courts. Imperial Queen's Park is located on Soi 22, in the middle of the bustling Sukhumvit restaurant and entertainment district. Prom Phong BTS Skytrain stop, Emporium Shopping Center and the famous Queen Sirikit Conference Center are all a few minutes walk away. Designed to appeal to all guests, one pool will be in the shade while the other is in the sun, there are pools on the 4th and the 9th floor.
A magnificent 37-storey, twin tower hotel, The Imperial Queen's Park Hotel dominantly graces Bangkok's beautiful skyline, from its downtown Sukhumvit Road location. With its outstanding first-class facilities and services, this grand hotel is destined for legendary status.

Everything in this 1,400 guest room hotel is on a grand scale; The 1,600 square metre bobby is four times the size of those in ordinary hotels; deluxe rooms are a spacious 38 to 40 sq.m. and a grand 700 sq.m. Penthouse; luxury suites range in size from 240 to 350 sq.m.: there are over 2,500 sq.m. of convention space; two swimming pools set in roof-top gardens; and six exquisitely designed restaurants specializing in Thai, Japanese, Chinese Continental, Vietnamese cuisines which have numerous private rooms for business functions and intimate dining.

It's also part of the Imperial group that houses the Imperial Boathouse and Imperial Samui on Koh Samui.

Although this is a top end hotel, I find the rates rather affordable and excellent value for money.

The hotel supports also various restaurants;

Parkview Restaurant
Located on the ground floor with direct access to Benjasiri Park, this round-the-clock restaurant offers a wide selection of meals. From 6am-10am a buffet breakfast which features Western and Oriental favorites is available. Lunch and dinner buffets have carving stations and dessert counters.

Lai Thong Thai Restaurant
Lai Thong Thai Restaurant is located on the lobby level and offers Royal Thai Cuisine in a modern Thai setting. The restaurant features a wide selection of entrees as well as set menus on special occasions. Open for dinner only from 6pm-10pm. lobby level

Les Nymphéas French Restaurant
Located on the 4th floor overlooking the pool, 'Les Nymphéas' delights guests with authentic French cuisine and large Monet reproductions. Open for lunch 11:30am-2pm and dinner 6pm-10pm.

The Uncle Ho Vietnamese Restaurant
Located on the 4th floor, this well known and popular restaurant serves Vietnamese meals in a relaxed atmosphere. Lunch 11.30-2pm, dinner 6-10pm.

Located on the 9th floor, this is a favorite restaurant for those who enjoy the traditional Japanese experience of cooking raw ingredients at the table in a shabu-shabu or crockpot. A lot of fun for youngsters as well as grown-ups. Open 6-10pm.

Kacho Japanese Restaurant
Located on the top (37th) floor, Kacho offers lunch and dinner guests a spectacular view of Bangkok in elegant high-end surroundings. For a traditional Japanese experience try one of the seven private dining rooms. Lunch 11:30am-2pm, dinner 6-10pm.

The Lobby Lounge
You can sit leisurely or order snacks and drinks all day. In the afternoon there is an elaborate tea set up and a pianist to lend a pleasant sound to your mood. Open daily 10.30am-10.30pm.

The Sundowner's Jazz Club
Meet friends and business associates while listening to the eclectic sounds of a live band. The Sundowner's Jazz Bar is a pleasurable venue to meet at. Open Daily 5pm-2am.

The Imperial China Chinese Restaurant
Also situated on the 4th floor, this restaurant serves Cantonese cuisine in a luxurious setting. There are eight private rooms as well as a special room for a private party of up to 120. As well as the popular a la carte favorites, Dim Sum is served at lunchtimes.

Great location in Bangkok and excellent value for money thus receiving my recommendation.

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