Daddy Rupert, Baby Zuri and I stayed in Bangkok, Thailand for 6 days 5 nights in a hotel in Sukhumvit called Emporium Suites by Chatrium. It is atop The Emporium (Emporium Shopping Complex), a luxury mall that is connected to the Phrong Phong Station of the Sukhumvit Line of the BTS Skytrain.
To summarize our hotel experience, I came up with this:
5 Things I Like About Emporium Suites by Chatrium
1. Huge room
A studio deluxe room is 65 sqm in size, fully-airconditioned and comes with a king-sized bed, a sofa, a desk, flat screen tv, a safe, bathrobes, slippers, a mini dining table, a fully-equipped kitchen, a spacious bathroom with bathtub and high-speed internet. A cot/crib may be requested free of charge.
Hotel stay also comes with a welcome fruit basket and drinks, bottled water and toiletries replenished everyday, daily housekeeping, unlimited tea and coffee and daily buffet breakfast for two. Other extras provided in the room are shoe shine service and an umbrella.
2. Lovely pool area
Emporium Suites by Chatrium has a huge outdoor lap pool and a kiddie pool in a tropical garden setting. The ambience is very relaxing and there is ample shade.
The hotel pool area has more than enough space and daybeds for its guests. The daybeds are situated on a wooden deck beside the pool and surrounded by plants. Baby Zuri and I would go to this area every afternoon to relax, swim and sometimes even to take a nap. We most definitely enjoyed our stay here.
3. Buffet breakfast
Aside from the huge room and the lovely pool, another nice thing about Emporium Suites by Chatrium is the buffet breakfast. Breakfast is served daily, buffet-style, in a restaurant found inside the hotel called Emporia. It includes the following: breads, cheese, cereals, milk, muesli, fruits, eggs, pasta, ham, sausage, rice, coffee, fruit juices, etc. Breakfast is satisfying and filling.
4. Connected to a mall (Emporium Shopping Complex)
Because Emporium Suites by Chatrium is connected to Emporium Shopping Complex, food and other necessities are within easy reach. If you are looking for affordable food choices, Emporium Food Hall inside Emporium Shopping Complex offers a variety of Thai favorites that cost only a few THB (or Pesos). This is where Baby Zuri and I bought most of our food during our stay. Remember to tell the food server to take it easy with the chili. Otherwise, you will be served really spicy food.
Back in 2012, most meals would cost about THB 60-70 (around Php 82-96) each and a tall cup of Thai milk tea would cost about THB 45 (around Php 62). There were cheaper choices for drinks but we always opted to buy Thai milk tea because Zuri liked it so much.
Disclaimer: Food prices at the Emporium Food Hall have reportedly gone up since our visit in April 2012.
Aside from the food, another attraction inside The Emporium Shopping Complex is Jamboree Cyberpark. This is a small amusement area with a small play structure, some token games and rides. If you are traveling with kids, this will serve as an added attraction for them aside from the hotel pool. Zuri had fun here. During the time of our stay, the cheapest rides would cost THB 10 (around Php 14) each.
Aside from the mall, there are other affordable food choices around the vicinity of Emporium Suites by Chatrium. Just a short walk from the hotel, we found a food stand selling really cheap chicken rice with soup for only THB 35 (around Php 48).
5. Very Near BTS Skytrain
Emporium Suites by Chatrium is only a few steps from the BTS Skytrain. The Phrom Phong Station of the Sukhumvit Line is, in fact, connected to Emporium Shopping Complex. This makes traveling a whole lot more convenient. Aside from the BTS Skytrain, taxis and tuktuks can also be hailed easily in front of the hotel.
BONUS: Right next to Emporium Suites by Chatrium is Benjasiri Park. This park was built in honor of Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthday in 1992. It is built around an ornamental lake and has a forest garden, playgrounds, basketball court and swimming pools. However, we did not visit this anymore as Zuri and I were already quite content with the relaxing ambience of the Emporium Suites pool area.
Emporium Suites by Chatrium is located at Sukhumvit Road attached to Phrom Phong station. As of December 2014, cost of a night’s stay in a studio deluxe room starts from THB 4,831 (around Php 6,632). A superior room (55 sqm, same amenities) stay for one night starts from THB 4,577 (around Php 6,283). For more details, visit www.chatrium.com/chatrium_emporium/
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