Our introduction to Bangkok was a gentle one. Following a long journey from Johannesburg via Beijing, we arrived around midday in the City of Angels. A taxi took us directly to the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park and we were welcomed into its luxurious confines by the friendly staff.
Although the Concierge Desk is on the Ground Floor, check-in was in the opulent lobby on the 23rd floor, which had an elegant Thai design with contemporary dark wood furniture. We were given welcome drink vouchers to redeem at the Finishing Post, which boasted a beautiful lounge area and panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline.
After freshening up, we ventured out, eager to experience Bangkok. The hotels location was perfect. It was near the Sala Daeng BTS Station (Skytrain) and the MRT Station (Railway). Just around the corner from the hotel was the popular Silom Street, renowned for its shopping and eating. We were enthralled by the energy and ambience, the fruits and the foods, the night markets and the friendly people. Diagonally opposite the hotel was Lumpini Park, a wonderful green oasis in the heart of the bustling city where people come to jog, exercise, socialise and play.
Our room was on the 26th floor and gave us great city views. It was spacious and comfortable. We had a family room and bathroom with a desk and chair, a couch, a coffee station, a minibar, and sufficient closet space. Complimentary wi-fi was available and there were convenient plug points wherever we needed them.
Crowne Plaza is the only hotel brand I’ve been to that takes sleep seriously. It even has a unique sleep advantage program. In addition to comfortable beds, pillow menus and designated Quiet Zone floors for business travellers, an aromatherapy kit is provided to help you sleep well. As someone who suffers from poor sleep, this meant a lot to me and I had a good nights rest.
The bathroom amazed me with its special high-tech controls. The toilet had a control panel with features that I’d never seen on a toilet before – like water temperature and pressure controls, dryer features and seat warmers. Of course, there’s a standard flush option if you prefer, tool. We also had a spacious walk-in rainshower, double basins and a separate bathtub. Toothbrushes, razors and combs were provided in addition to the usual amenities.
My favourite part of the hotel was the luxurious rooftop swimming pool and jacuzzi area. The carved pillars and statues reminded me of ancient Roman Baths. My husband and kids loved it too and we spent a lot of family time here under the night sky with the pool all to ourselves. Comfortable sunbeds lined the pool area and the views of Bangkok from high up there were expansive.
The hotel also has a fitness centre and a spa, which I didn’t get a chance to visit, although I did make some time to relax in the sauna. There is a business centre and a Club Lounge for Club guests as well as a flower shop.
Breakfast at Panorama Restaurant was a combination of Asian and American dishes. There were so many Thai delicacies and drinks for me to experience. I particularly enjoyed the fried rice, the noodles and the Thai tea milkshake. My kids enjoyed the myriad sweet pastries and smoothies.
Besides Panorama Restaurant, there are several other dining and snack options, including a deli and bakery in the entrance foyer, and an al-fresco dining area in the hotel gardens.
The normal check-out time at the hotel is a comfortable 12pm but as IHG Rewards Club members, we could check out at 2 pm, which was wonderful. Yet, our stay was over all too soon. We had discovered that the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park was a great choice for business and family travellers alike as well as a great base to explore Bangkok from.
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