Monday, March 5, 2012

Bangkok Getaway: Sofitel Silom


As mentioned earlier, I had try to cancel our non-refundable reservation after finding out about the on-going renovations in anticipation of the hotel switch to a Pullman in April. Since we couldn't cancel, I did make sure to request for upgrades to executive floor rooms and access to the lounge. The annoying thing about Accor hotels is that upgrades and access to lounge are not consistently applied for elite members.

We were well taken care from the moment we arrived till we left. We tried to check-in at the temporary small lobby on the third floor before being informed that we would be escorted up to the lounge for check-in since our rooms were upgraded. While waiting for the paperwork to get done, we were served a welcome drink of guava juice and a much needed cold towel. 

We were informed we had access to the lounge for breakfast, afternoon and cocktail hour and provided a voucher for another welcome drink at the French bar/restaurant Mistral for the duration of our stay thanks to my Aclub Platinum status before being escorted to our Club room. Minutes later, another staff brought us freshly squeezed orange juice and a fruit bowl to the room. The only slight disappointment that happened throughout the stay was that we had to wait for twenty minutes after two calls for our bags to be brought to our rooms. It wouldn't have been a big deal but we were hungry and I was in a rush to get back for a late night meeting I had to call into.

The Sofitel Silom has a pretty tiny gym which was okay for a quick work out. The pool however was disappointing with it being tiny and more of a dip pool.

We had the option of breakfast in the main restaurant or the lounge. As usual, there was a larger selection in the main breakfast but we ended up liking the breakfast in the lounge more since they had pretty good ala carte selection and better coffee.

The spread in the main restaurant

Fresh honey in the lounge

Japanese Breakfast
The best part of the hotel was the lounge. The breakfast was good and it was a great place to end the day with drinks and canepes while enjoying the sunset.

View from the lounge

Cocktail hour selection

Sunset from the lounge
We also went up to Mistral for our welcome drinks after dinner and it was a pretty chique and hip place to be at. We ran out of time but would have love to have a meal or tapas at Mistral.

As a whole, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Sofitel Silom. It's ideally located in Silom with many restaurants and massage places with the BTS a ten minute walk away. The river and Chinatown is also a quick and cheap ten minute cab ride away. Service was great and will definitely return once this hotel turns to a Pullman.

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