Ramada By Wyndham Bangkok Sukhumvit 87
Rising majestically to twenty-six glorious storeys on lower Sukhumvit Road, Ramada by Wyndham Bangkok Sukhumvit 87 is an ultra-modern skyscraper that dominates the immediate skyline. The hotel, which welcomed its first guests on 1st March, is one of four distinct properties recently opened by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in partnership with Siamese Asset and Kew Green Hotels, in preparation for the full reopening of Thailand’s borders in June.
Surrounded by greenery and a swish swimming pool on the ground floor, guests are immediately struck by the resort nature of the hotel. A voluminous lobby space is cooled by gentle breezes that sweep through the large windows and aided by an enormous ceiling fan, while stylish seating and a granite concierge desk complete the contemporary layout. On the wall behind the check-in desk, a large television screen informs long-term guests of the of the arrival time of their car. You see, such is the attraction of this upcoming area in lower Sukhumvit – the hotel is a short drive to BITEC Bang-Na, the industrial estates of Bang-Na Trat Road, a five-minute walk to the BTS Skytrain and neighbours with Wells International School – it means that many of the guests here are in fact long-term residents taking advantage of the hotel’s mixed use approach.
For guests wanting all the comforts of home while working away or enjoying an extended holiday in Thailand, Ramada by Wyndham Bangkok Sukhumvit 87 provides all the mod-cons anyone could ask for. Each of the 200 rooms and suites contain a fully-equipped kitchenette with an oven and cooking hob, a microwave, a washing machine, large fridge, plenty of cupboard space housing pots and pans, iron and ironing board, and ample seating space for a small family. Furthermore, guests are offered free parking in the hotel’s automated car parking system, the first such instance I’ve seen in Bangkok.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in my modern duplex suite located on the 15th floor which afforded me amazing views of the Chao Phraya River, the bustling Bangkok port and beyond the green heart of Bang Krachao island sitting in the middle of the river. Right in front of the hotel, the Skytrain looks like a model railway as trains zip passed no doubt ferrying office workers and tourists to their destinations. As life goes on down on the streets below, the clatter of the city is muted and I hear pretty much nothing thanks to the soundproof windows.
On the ground floor, the all-day Italian eatery Pesto serves delicious breakfasts for guests and continues throughout the day with traditional Italian lunch and dinner fare. The restaurant has already become a hit with locals and was quite busy the evening we dined there. Perhaps this is because of the exceptional cuisine, the relaxing surroundings, the over-sized food portions or just a combination of all three. This is where you’ll also find Kafeology, the casual café serving great hot and cold beverages. I’m told there are also plans to open a rooftop dining destination later in the year, which should be amazing as the rooftop already has a very welcoming sky garden which gives guests unobstructed views of Bangkok and the surround provinces (on a good, clear day of course).
Having concluded with the business of the day, I returned to my duplex guest room and opened the curtains to reveal the city in all its natural beauty. From my vantage point, I could clearly make out many of Bangkok’s notable landmarks, Bang Krachao island being the most beautiful. Being late in the day, the sun was beaming directly into my room so I closed the net curtains to shade me from the heat of the day. I was in two minds to take advantage of the hotel’s free, super-fast Wi-Fi and stream a movie, but then I decided against watching a film on my small mobile phone. Instead, I turned on the large 55-inch flat screen HDTV and watched some interesting discussions on Ted Talks via You Tube. Stretched out on the large sofa, the time just whooshed by and before I knew it the sun had set and Bangkok once again impressed as the city bathed under a glow of street lights.
You don’t normally associate the phrase ‘going up stairs’ to bed in a hotel, but at Ramada by Wyndham Bangkok Sukhumvit 87 that’s exactly what you do when you want to sleep. An enclosed room at the top of a small staircase is where you’ll find a large double bed, a sizeable wardrobe and lots of cupboard space. Once you close the door to the bedroom there’s not a sound to be heard, except for the gentle hum of the air-conditioning. This set up is perfect for couples like my wife and I, as when one person goes to bed, the other can stay up watching television without disturbing the person sleeping.
If there was one drawback of having a bedroom upstairs it was the fact that during the night I had to gingerly make my way downstairs to use the bathroom. However, my nocturnal adventure to the loo did not at all affect my sleep as I awoke as fresh as a daisy ready for the day ahead. I particularly liked the shower in my bathroom as it had a little LCD screen showing the water temperature and it quickly reached a refreshing 46 degrees Celsius. In other hotels, I’ve had to wait a good few minutes for the water to heat up, but not here.
With the customary morning rituals out of the way, I headed down to Pesto for breakfast. A couple of my colleagues were already there chatting away about how they enjoyed their evening stroll to the nearby Century Plaza shopping mall. Asking what I got up to, I sheepishly replied that I made it to the local 7-11 store where I picked up a couple of beers before retreating to my room. Laughter filled the air and I took my seat and ordered a latte and some breakfast.
There’s so much more to explore at Ramada by Wyndham Bangkok Sukhumvit 87 that I didn’t get to enjoy during my one night stay. I did pop my head in the gym, a veritable Mecca for those who love to workout while away, a space that featured all the latest equipment from Technogym as well as free weights. Then, there’s the outdoor free-form swimming pool surrounded by mature trees, shrubs and flowering plants, that makes you feel you’re in Samui rather than Sukhumvit.
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Source: Punch Media.