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.
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.
The bed itself was decently comfortable, although the air conditioning didn’t work quite as well as I’d have liked.
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.
Breakfast was edible. They had the expected variety of western and Asian foods (e.g. eggs, hashbrowns, fried rice).
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.
The hotel also had a couple of computers available for use in the lobby.
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.