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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express Sathorn in Bangkok, Thailand

For this quick trip to Bangkok, I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Sathorn. At the time, this hotel was on PointsBreak, so I was able to book it for 5000 IHG points per night. That being said, I felt like I still overpaid paying 5000 points per night, which is indicative of my overall sentiment around the hotel.

The biggest benefit of the hotel is the location. It’s very close to the Chong Nonsi BTS station, which is great. You can even see the hotel from the BTS station.

View of the hotel from the nearby BTS station

View of the hotel from the nearby BTS station

When I checked into the hotel, the first room I was given was not cleaned properly. There was lots of evidence that the hotel room had been used and not cleaned afterward except for the bed being made, so I told the front desk and switched rooms. More generally, even though the hotel is ostensibly non-smoking, the hallway often reeked of smoke.

Reception seating area

Reception seating area

The bed itself was decently comfortable, although the air conditioning didn’t work quite as well as I’d have liked.

Basic room

Basic room

TV and work area

TV and work area

Not a real closet

Not a real closet

One thing that I didn’t expect about the hotel is that the shower just had a single soap/shampoo pump. It was pretty terrible, and I should have brought my own soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

Bathroom

Bathroom

Breakfast was edible. They had the expected variety of western and Asian foods (e.g. eggs, hashbrowns, fried rice).

Hot food at breafkast

Hot food at breafkast

Pastries at breakfast

Pastries at breakfast

Fruit and yogurt

Fruit, yogurt, and salad

More pastries and fruit

Muffins and bananas

Dining area at breakfast

Dining area at breakfast

The gym was pretty small and only had dumbbells and some cardio machines. But at least they had dumbbells? The gym also was a source of bottled water.

Hotel gym

Hotel gym

The hotel also had a couple of computers available for use in the lobby.

Hotel workstations

Hotel workstations

Overall, I wouldn’t stay at this hotel again. Even on PointsBreak, I felt that it was too expensive, especially since Bangkok has so many good and inexpensive hotels. The service wasn’t good, and the amenities were not great.

SEA 2014: Hotel Review Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay

For our time in Singapore, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay. As a category 3 IHG property, it’s 20k points a night.

I don’t have much experience with IHG hotels (I guess I don’t have much experience with hotels generally), but this was the nicest and hippest Holiday Inn Express I’ve stayed at. I generally don’t think of “cool” when I think of Holiday Inn, but the interior was designed to be pretty funky.

Outside of hotel

Outside of hotel

Tons of rooms (the hallways are technically open air)

Tons of rooms (the hallways are technically open air)

The rooms were small, but functional. The outside-facing rooms have interesting slanted windows, and there were warning signs to close the shades if you were doing anything private.

Rooms are small, but it's Asia

Rooms are small, but it’s Asia

The bathroom has sliding components to open up to the rest of the room, so they’re not noise-insulating at all. I don’t really understand the not-quite-separate bathroom concept in hotels. I’ve never thought to myself, “gee, I really wish I could look at my bed when I’m taking a dump”.

Bathroom is also tiny and opens up into rest of room

Bathroom is also tiny and opens up into rest of room

The fitness center was on the roof, which was decently sized. But the best part of the roof was definitely the pool. No, it’s not the Marina Bay Sands, but you can see the Marina Bay Sands from the roof, and the pool was surprisingly uncrowded whenever we used it.

Fitness center

Fitness center

Pool

Pool

Good views

Good views

Breakfast every morning was fine. But really, we only ate enough to appease our stomachs long enough to get to the real eating of the day.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Food was fine, but you should be eating out instead of a hotel buffet

Food was fine, but you should be eating out instead of a hotel buffet

The service at the hotel is limited, since it’s a Holiday Inn Express and not a full-service hotel. The location is convenient to Clarke Quay (obvi), but it’s actually a decently long walk to the nearest MRT station, which was inconvenient. I would stay here again given the right price (i.e. if it ever goes on PointsBreak), but I would choose lodging closer to the MRT in the future since this hotel isn’t anything special.