Last month I went to Bangkok for an extended weekend. I used to stay at Khao San Road, but this time I decided to try something else. Something that's in a quieter area, but still convenient to get around... Something that's not only comfortable, but also affordable.
My friend Lester from PandaBed.com send me a link to a cozy budget boutique place called "Sathorn Terrace Escape". A few days later I received a friendly email from a guy called Tor, the owner of the place. He told me he was pleasured to have me as a guest and send me some useful maps and directions to his Bed & Breakfast.
I arrived in Bangkok on a hot day in May. I had no idea where to go, but the taxi driver had no problems to get me safely to the place. I reached the place after a 45 minutes ride.
By the time I left the taxi, the security guard came up with a smile and helped me carrying my luggage to the reception. Here I was. Back in Thailand. Sawasdee-ka.
The first impression was great. Honestly, I expected a small pension with a handful rooms, but actually Sathorn Terrace Escape was a big building on seven floors. Along the way there were many positive and inspirational quotes on the walls. The whole place was very artistic with beautiful interior, designer furnitures and colorful decorations. It was the kind a place that feels more like someones cool apartment rather than a hotel.
After a quick check in and freshing up myself I met up with Tor, the owner. A guy with a bright smile, incredibly friendly and helpful. He gave me a map and explained me where to find his favorite restaurants. Afterwards he offered to show me around in the building. We took the elevator upstairs and he showed me different rooms and offered to switch my room tomorrow if I wouldn't be satisfied. Surprisingly each room was unique with different furnitures. One even had a jacuzzi and a nice little garden. After seeing a bunch of other rooms, I requested a change to a bigger room with a balcony and a nice view. No problems at all. So far, so good.
My home for the next three nights was absolutely beautiful. Actually I liked it so much that I asked for a monthly rate. In case you're interested, it's 15,000 Baht, plus bills (USD450). Considering this is Bangkok downtown right next to the skytrain, this is a fantastic deal.
Enough talk, let me show you more of my spacious studio:
The room was nice and bright with a small balcony. When I stepped outside, guess what I saw?! You remember my blog post about the Abandoned Skyscraper in Bangkok? Well, there it was again, the haunted tower right in front of me, screaming to pay another visit. But that's a complete other story I might tell you soon... Let's get back to my room...
The room was completely furnished with a comfortable couch, work desk, television, closet, fridge, microwave and a kingsize bed. Plenty of pillows and nice lightning gave the room a lively homey feeling. The bathroom was spotless clean with a strong shower.
This was not the typical hotel room, this was a nice studio apartment that invites to stay longer than just a couple days...
Good news: Breakfast is included at Sathorn Terrace Escape. The choice is either Western breakfast or Thai breakfast. You need to tell the staff a day before what you want so they can prepare everything in the morning.
I opted for the Western Breakfast and it was a pleasant surprise! Tuna sandwich, yoghurt with cereals, croissant and big slices of fresh fruits: watermelon, papaya and pineapple. Tea and coffee was unlimited. A great meal to start the day.
I really liked that the staff was serving the breakfast in my room (on request). No matter what time. Personally, I'm not an early bird, so I ordered every morning for 11:30AM, my typical breakfast time.
The Sathorn Terrace Escape is in an excellent location. Three minutes walk to the sky train station Saphan Taksin, from where you can get anywhere in Bangkok. There are plenty of food stalls nearby where I enjoyed some local street food. Robinson Department Store is also just five minutes walk, 7-11 is right around the corner. The Chao Phraya River is less than ten minutes walk, from there it's possible to get a boat and enjoy a cruise along the river.
Sightseeing Tip: Within ten minutes walk I reached a skybar is called "The Dome", on top of the Lebua State Hotel. It's easy to find, just look up, the skysrcaper is one of the tallest buildings in Bangkok. The view is absolutely breathtaking as you can see below. Apparently, The Dome is the highest open air bar in the world. On a side note, it's a fancy place. Entrance is free, but drinks are pricey and dress code is mandatory, no shorts for men or flip flops. Get your finest dress and check it out, it's definitely worth it!
My three days at the Sathorn Terrace Escape were wonderful, a perfect escape actually! Beautiful rooms, excellent location and delicious food. The staff and the owner were outstanding, absolutely great service at any time. Tor gave me loads of helpful advices and was never tired to answer my questions. On my last day he helped me to get a metered taxi, which is quite a challenge in Bangkok, specially during rush hour. I'm glad I stayed there and I'm sure it won't be the last time...
See you soon Bangkok, I'll be back again (actually next week!)...
If you want to stay at the Sathorn Terrace Escape, check here room rates and availability.
Thank you for reading.
My stay was made possibly by PandaBed.com. PandaBed aims to be the go-to site for travellers heading to Asia and looking to stay in trustworthy homes, apartments, villas and BnB. What sets it apart from the competition is their focus on matching like-minded host & guest via culture filters - religion age and nationality. The PandaBed team understands Asians prefer living in close knitted communities, therefore being culturally attuned is important so that travellers can be matched to trusthworthy and like-mind host. It also as a separate category professionally managed homes for travellers who prefer highly quality and reliability homes.
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Sabrina Iovino is the founder of JustOneWayTicket.com. She's half German, half Italian and has traveled to more than 50 countries around the globe. She feels weird to write about herself in the third person, so she'll switch now. Phew...much better! Let's restart:
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