When I go to Bangkok, I am usually a budget traveller. Many aspects of Bangkok aren’t expensive and hotel accommodation is one of them. You can quite easily get a fairly decent hotel in a fairly decent and convenient location for just about RM100/night and that’s where I usually stay.
During this most recent trip however, I wanted to do something different for once. I wanted to stay somewhere nice, just because! I asked around and looked around online and came across Hansar Hotel Bangkok, that used to rank as the #1 hotel in Bangkok on Tripadvisor and on my trip, ranked #4. It came highly raved and with a pretty price tag but, I just had to jump at it :D
The Hansar Hotel Bangkok is located on Rajdamri Road, which is a rather quiet area just a stones throw away from the bustling CentralWorld. The closest BTS station is Rajdamri and the hotel is about 2 minutes walk from there so it was pretty convenient getting there from the airport. It is a hassle because you have to change trains from the airport train to the BTS and then switch lines at Siam station but a hassle isn’t the same as convenient :)
I walked up to the hotel in the evening, dusty, tired and dragging my luggage and was promptly intercepted by the concierge at the entrance, relieved of my luggage, and directed up a flight of wooden stairs in a dim foyer, to the lobby and reception counter. Very interesting! It makes the place look a little less sterile than a normal modern hotel with its huge lobby and marble floors. The Hansar Hotel, with its wall of green plants outside felt instantly welcoming.
I’d made my booking through Agoda so all I had to do was handover my booking form and passport. I loved that I was seated in an armchair at a table, and served with a lovely cold refreshing drink while all the check in hassles were done away from where I was. In a few minutes, we were done, and the person who does your check in then accompanies you to your room.
The room was impressive. It was HUGE! There is a very comfortable bed, a living area, a gigantic bathroom and a work table area. It was almost as large as a studio apartment! In fact it even came with a lot of amenities that pushed it up a notch in my estimation.
The bed was lovely and firm but soft and after a solid day of walking about outside in the streets of Bangkok, feels like heaven to sink in between the cool cotton sheets. I was walking all around the room going “Wow! Look at this!” at every opportunity because there was just so much to see!
The bathroom, as I’ve said above is gigantic and filled with very useful amenities and toiletries including toothbrush sets if you forgot yours. These weren’t your regular flimsy hotel toothbrushes either but very substantial things that I appreciated.
There was a huge stone tub that could easily fit 2 persons comfortably but which took forever to fill. For some reason the water flow wasn’t very powerful and the hot water wasn’t very hot. Also, if you run the bath and the shower at the same time, the shower turns really cold so you have to turn the hot water up to the maximum. That aspect of it wasn’t quite up to par. I just had to show you the lovely rain shower of course. I love rain showers and its just unfortunate that I couldn’t install it in my own home.
In the hotel room too, you get a washing machine cum dryer complete with detergent so you can do your laundry! How cool is that! You can do all your laundry and go home with a suitcase of lovely clean clothes :D I didn’t but it would have been nice to. There was also a little kitchenette with an induction top cooker and pots pans, plates and crockery were provided. Useful perhaps, if you were travelling with children and wanted to heat up food or milk.
Oh and get this. You know how you go to a hotel, look wistfully at the minibar and wish you could have a midnight snack or drink but don’t, because the prices are exhorbitant? Well, the room at Hansar Hotel comes with a stocked minibar replenished daily containing soft drinks, water and 2 bottles of beer. And its complimentary! OMG you don’t know how excited that made me. I didn’t know about this till I got to the room.
Lots of bottled water is provided in the room so this was one trip where I did not have to purchase any water at all. I’m sorry to say I was most excited about the minibar so although its not something I usually do, there I was, enjoying midnight snacks and drinks while curled up in bed watching TV :D
Another notable mention is the breakfast included. The breakfast was half buffet half ala carte so you could pick up what you liked from the buffet area but also have some items cooked to order.
Clockwise from Top-Left: Rice Porridge (congee) with minced chicken century egg and condiments, Green salad and fresh orange juice, Eggs benedict with crispy bacon and pork and chicken sausages
I really love the bacon served in hotels in Bangkok, even at the RM100/night ones. They are always so good! And they are usually fried till they are crispy so I can pack away a few without realizing it. Terrible if you’re on a diet, but not, if you close one eye while on holiday :D
Oh and there’s more!
Clockwise from Top-Left: Scrambled eggs on toast, Clear soup with minced pork balls and fishballs, Omelette with sausages and bacon, Clear rice porridge (congee) with salted egg and condiments
Oh and your choice of freshly brewed coffee and tea from the menu. Its one of those places where you just want to sit there, stuffing your face silly because you just want to try EVERYTHING! I even forced myself to be up earlier so I could enjoy the breakfast and not spoil my lunch. While in Bangkok, there is a ton to eat you know! Got to allocate space for everything LOL!
The hotel is very conveniently located as I mentioned, so I walked and took the BTS everywhere I needed to go. The Erawan Shrine is just about 10-15 minutes walk depending how fast you walk and then you’ll find yourself at CentralWorld. From there, I usually take a public bus into Chinatown. If you don’t want to switch BTS lines at Siam for that 1 stop to Rajdamri, you can stop off at Chidlom station and walk back to the hotel. Its just about 15 minutes but you don’t feel it at all. I liked that, because you save time, and the walk along Rajdamri road is lovely and relatively quiet as compared to the other surrounding area.
One more thing. With my room too, came a THB1000 dining voucher that allowed you to dine in the hotel, including room service. That was a brilliant touch, but I ran into a problem. Most of the time, I’m much too full from gorging myself on the street food outside, how was I going to enjoy it! Ah, but enjoy it I did with room service :D
Clockwise from Top Left: Crispy pork parcels (fried wontons), Wagyu beef burger, Rad Nah (flat rice noodles in gravy)
Honestly, the food wasn’t bad at all, and the beef burger was lovely and juicy and done to perfection. Not the sort of thing I’d usually do, but hey, when on holiday, calories don’t count :P
There is a spa in the hotel too, Luxsa Spa which I stopped by to take look as there was a special price givenas a resident of the hotel. But unfortunately, it was fully booked for the times I wanted, so I could not avail of it. Its pricey though as you can expect from a hotel spa but from what I read online, it comes highly raved so some day, if I’m back at Hansar Hotel, I will give it a try.
The hotel corridors are open and breezy so you don’t get the stuffy closed in feeling of a normal international chain hotel. I took a wrong lift one morning and ended up at the Residence area, but a hotel staff spotted us looking bewildered and immediately escorted us back to the main hotel area which was very helpful of them.
I was leaving for the airport early on my last day and the concierge was very helpful in helping to hail a taxi and to ensure that they used the meter. They could even tell us an estimated time by when we’d have to get a taxi which was very helpful. No one knows local traffic like the locals so that is always a good thing to bear in mind since Bangkok is notorious for its traffic jams.
Have you by any chance stayed there? Where do you usually stay if visiting Bangkok?
I usually look for hotels around the Rachaprasong area or even Pratunam, and as I said, i don’t usually pay more than RM100-150 a night. you can get some pretty decent hotels in that price range :) How much did this set me back? About US$160/night booked through Agoda. Told you it was expensive. But the experience was absolutely worth it. I’d love to go back but I’m not sure my wallet would allow it :P
Hansar Hotel Bangkok Address: 3, Soi Mahatlek Luang 2, Rajdamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10330 Website: www.hansarbangkok.com