The first time I ever went to Bangkok, I stayed in a white jail cell of a room off of Khao San Road. I had been dropped off on the side of the road at 4:00 a.m. and didn’t have a place to stay, so wandered around a little and got a room at the first guest house I came across that still had availability. I think I slept in my clothes and put a chair and my backpack up against the door because I felt so uneasy about the safety and cleanliness of the space. The place ended up having incredible staff and I relaxed a bit into my surroundings after getting some rest and seeing things in the light of day…but it certainly was was not a nice room.
Not only did I arrive at the hotel in a taxi at a reasonable hour and had the door opened for me instead of being kicked out of a bus in the middle of the night – like a lady thankyouverymuch – but stayed in a gorgeous room with floor to ceiling windows that I fell in love with instantly. Yep, my backpacker ways are slowly disappearing…
At first glance I thought the hotel would be too far out of my normal budget – it’s located right on Silom Road, a straight ten-minute walk from Sala Daeng BTS Station, and is one of the most stylish places I’ve ever stayed – so I was really surprised when I saw how the rooms are priced. If you’ve been doing the hostel circuit, this is certainly a splurge. However, when it comes to boutique hotels, the value you get here for your money is incredible – looking at special offers on the hotel website I found rooms listed for less than $75 which is a steal for the location, quality of the hotel and just how frickin’ cool it is.
Everywhere you turn there’s a quirky little detail or design element that catches your eye – everything is cool and stylish, yet playful and completely unpretentious.
There are also freshly baked pastries and donuts in the lobby every morning so…what more could you ask for? I went to the buffet breakfast once then opted for a cappuccino and sweet treat the rest of my stay. Worth it.
Along with the pop up bakery, the hotel also has Playground Bubbles and Mixology Bar open every evening overlooking the lobby to grab a quick drink (and listen to the DJ spinning) before heading out for the night, as well as a diner-style restaurant specializing in burgers that’s open 24/7, to grab a quick bite after coming in from the night. It also has an incredible rooftop bar and restaurant.
I’ve been to several rooftop bars in Bangkok but have to say that Hotel G’s Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant on the 37th floor is my new go-to recommendation. Just like the rest of the hotel, is feels cool and fresh, yet still relatively casual. There is a dress code similar to other rooftop bars, no flip flips allowed, but it didn’t have the stuffy ‘see and be seen’ feel to it that I’ve noticed at other places.
With different French fusions dishes every day and an extensive wine (and cheese!) selection, even if you don’t stay at the hotel, come here for a sundowner and stay for dinner. I showed up around 6:00 p.m. for a glass of wine on the patio and was let right in – the crowds haven’t found this secret spot yet!
Basically, I’m in love with the whole place and loved my time spent in Bangkok. I never thought I would be comfortable in the crazy hot city, but the more I visit the more I enjoy it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a beautiful base to explore from and Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is just that.
FYI – I’ll be taking over Hotel G’s Instagram account this week so give them a follow to see even more photos of the hotel and my week in Bangkok. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite places to go for street art, shopping and more (including a new location for Dalat Rot Fai!!).
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G Details & Contact
The hotel is located on Silom Road in between Sri Maha Mariamman (the city’s main Hindu temple) and Sala Daeng BTS. Rooms seem to normal start around $100, but check out the special offers on the hotel website for deals, especially if you book early or stay for a longer period of time.
You can learn more and make reservations at www.pullmanbangkokhotelg.com.
If you’re looking for other Hotel G properties – such as in Thailand, San Francisco and Hong Kong – visit http://www.hotels-g.com.
Note: I was a guest of Hotel G but all opinions and recommendations are my own…and I checked out at like 11:59 a.m. with one minute to spare because I really didn’t want to leave.
Hey! I'm Alana and I've spent nearly the past decade living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working as a writer and photographer. I started Paper Planes as a place to share local insight, special places, and how to travel well through a range of experiences — from hostels to high-end hotels, street meat to multi-course meals.
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