Always A Good Time
It’s always a good time to catch up with friends, family and colleagues and I find that one of the best districts in Bangkok to meet and greet people is Thonglor (Sukhumvit 55). With a dedicated Skytrain station, refined entertainment, stylish community malls and where fine dining restaurants sit cheek and jowl with popular street food destinations, this area has bragging rights for ticking all the boxes that’s for sure.
So after I’d finished chatting with Suh Yoon L., a young businesswoman from South Korea, who was in town for a few days and wanted to catch up, I decided that Thonglor was the place where we should meet. For this particular meeting, I opted to spend the night at Centre Point Sukhumvit Thong Lo (Sukhumvit 55), a popular serviced apartment and home away from home for Japanese executives and Western businesspeople. With most of the guests at work, I hoped it would be possible for me to relax by the pool and then spend a little ‘me time’ at the health club.
One of the benefits of booking a serviced apartment for a midweek break over a hotel is that for roughly the same money, serviced apartments generally offer more spacious and fully equipped guest rooms with great facilities and amenities. After checking-in, I was escorted to my room by a member of staff and no sooner had she finished her pitch about the facilities available to me during my stay, I was unpacked and ready to hit the pool.
My deluxe room was perfect for a short-term staycation in town with a large queen bed, work desk and comfy chair. The contemporary Thai décor was perfectly matched with the pinewood floor and other teak fittings and furniture. I’m not a big fan of large hotel breakfast buffets and the hoards they generally attract. With my own little kitchenette and microwave, I could make my own breakfast, while the television and music entertainment system happily filled the room with my favourite tunes.
While the 1980s pop song One Night in Bangkok waxes lyrical about one man’s ventures to the city’s bars and massage parlours, I would rather spend one quiet night in Bangkok with my dear friend from Seoul. The staff at Centre Point Sukhumvit Thong Lo excel at customer service, mainly due to the overall operation of being a serviced apartment and getting to know their guests much better. Not only do the staff give you the feeling of being as comfortable as you would at home, but they also give you ample room for privacy.
After spending a couple of hours relaxing by the pool, I returned to my room to get ready for the night ahead. As I was selecting what to wear that evening, my phone rang and reception informed me that my visitor had arrived. I could see from the lobby monitor on the television that Suh Yoon was downstairs. I informed reception that I’d be a few minutes and to make my guest comfortable.
Having been shown to a quiet corner of the lobby by the staff, I greeted Suh Yoon and we sat down to finally catch up. The atmosphere provided a good back vibe – not too quiet nor too noisy – and with a complimentary drinks service, we were happy to enjoy the surroundings and each other’s company. Leaving our belongings at our table, we strolled over to get ourselves a drink: hot latte for her and an orange juice for myself. After a few hours of reminiscing about the past and planning a few things for the future, we decided to step out for a bite to eat and something a little stronger to drink.
Sitting at the heart of Thonglor between sub-sois 8 and 10, Centre Point Sukhumvit Thong Lo is just a short stroll to some fabulous restaurants, fantastic bars and happening pubs. Here you can savour cuisine from around the world or tuck into some delicious street food, and likewise you could order a pint of Punk IPA or an ice-cold Chang beer, a Japanese Highball or a Singapore Sling.
For those staying a little longer than 24-hours, Centre Point Sukhumvit Thong Lo is also close to J Avenue and Marche, the latter being one of the city’s newest mixed-use community malls. A little further away are Gateway Ekkamai, Emporium and EmQuartier shopping centres and Terminal 21 and there is a free tuk-tuk service available to all guests to Thonglor Skytrain station.
With virtually unlimited choices for food and drink from chic cafes and global brands to street-side stalls and sushi bars, Thonglor is abuzz with activity from dawn until late into the wee hours. My one-night staycation was the perfect tonic as it allowed me to spend a little time alone (don’t we all need that ladies?), meet an old friend and enjoy some gastronomic delights without breaking the bank.
Whether you are looking for somewhere to take a short city break, stay for a week or several months, Centre Point Sukhumvit Thong Lo serviced apartments gives discerning guests a modern, comfortable place to stay in the heart of one of the city’s liveliest districts and that’s always a good time! And what’s more, you can choose from a variety of guest rooms ranging from 38-sqm – 142-sqm.
For more information and reservations, call +66 (0) 2365 – 8300 or email: email@example.com.
Story by Charlotte Woo.
Source: Punch Media Digital.