Staff Picks hotel review: Mercure Siam Bangkok
Flights booked? Check. Annual leave form submitted? Check. Holiday wardrobe purchased? Check. Missing something? Somewhere to stay, perhaps? But not just anywhere, you want a cool hotel in the hottest global locations. Somewhere in the middle of all the action with heaps of free extras included in the price of your stay. We know this, so with our Staff Picks hotels, we’ve checked them out before you check in to give them our A-OK. Student Flights Loganholme Assistant Manager Heather Etheridge gives us her lowdown on the Mercure Siam Bangkok.
While this wasn’t my first time in Bangkok, it was definitely my first time visiting during a military coup! I’ve previously stayed in a really bad place close to Khao Sanh Road - Bangkok’s backpacker central - and in the BelAire Bangkok hotel, so I was thrilled to try out the accommodation at the Mercure Siam Bangkok. It has an amazing location with the National Stadium BTS station right outside the hotel and it’s just a five-minute walk to the MBK shopping centre and heaps of other main attractions in central Bangkok.
The hotel decor is modern and fresh – stylish, but not over the top. For its city location, the vibe is laidback, not abrasive – perfect for solo travellers, couple and groups of friends on holiday in Bangkok. Its biggest drawcard is the amazing rooftop Pool Bar and outdoor swimming pool on the 29th floor where you can drink in the city sights of Bangkok, and the cocktails. Plus, the bar is open until 10pm!
The Staff Picks hotel package at Mercure Siam Bangkok includes free wi-fi, a welcome bucket of beer and free buffet breakfast. I stayed in a Superior Room, and my air-conditioned room was amazing with the most comfortable queen bed, an iPod dock, fridge, free mineral water and local teas to try.
When you leave the hotel, you’re right in the shopping and entertainment district of central Bangkok and only minutes away from malls like Siam Square and Siam Paragon, Siam Ocean World aquarium and the historic Grand Palace. The hotel’s location meant I did heaps of shopping, temple sightseeing and eating. I went to Wat Pho Buddhist temple, one of the oldest wats or temples in Bangkok, and saw the famous reclining Buddha statue. My highlights were definitely eating the food – everything is amazing. Sala Rattanakosin is a stunning restaurant with Western and Thai dishes – grab a spot on the spacious outdoor deck for a great view of Wat Arun across the river. I’d also recommend getting a massage or six – it’s only around AU$6! Also on this Bangkok trip, I tried ziplining, took in a show at the famous Calypso Ladyboy Cabaret and did a canal tour. And did I mention the food?
For me, the culture and atmosphere of Bangkok is non-stop and fantastic. I would definitely come back and stay at the Mercure Siam Bangkok – amazing rooms, amazing location and great staff!
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