Words by Carlie Tucker
Bangkok is known for being a buzzing hub of cultural activity. It also happens to be an epicentre for international business. The city welcomes Australian corporate travellers making the nine hour flight with open arms and a bountiful selection of places to stay. We're here to narrow your search with these four hotels that meet the requirements of any business traveller.
Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Bangkok
This premium hotel aims to provide guests with whatever they need to ensure a comfortable stay. This includes the services of a 24-hour personal assistant. All room configurations are classified as suites with four different layouts to choose from. Each comes with the convenience of a kitchenette, pillow menu, designated workspace and list of in-room services for your convenience. Grocery delivery, anyone?
Comfort and convenience extends beyond the room, with a number of on-site facilities provided. This includes a fitness centre, swimming pool and business centre. The location also meets the demands of a busy schedule, holding down a spot between the Sukhumvit Soi 55 and Petchaburi Road with an adjacent lifestyle mall offering dining options and a 24-hour supermarket.
Book this SmartSTAY hotel through your FCBT Travel Manager and you'll receive complimentary WiFi and breakfast. You will also have the luxury of a late check-out to 3pm.
The Peninsula Bangkok
If you're looking for a swanky stay that features all the trappings of a luxury hotel, The Peninsula meets the brief. This award-winning hotel is all about 5-star service and amenities as evidenced by the sweep of room configurations that range from Deluxe to The Peninsula Suite. All feature beautiful views along with a spacious sitting area, executive work desk, multifunction bedside electric control panels and dual voltage universal power sockets. They also come with a daily fruit basket, local newspaper, valet box and shoe shining service!
There are six onsite dining and lounge options as well as a spa and wellness centre with a fully equipped fitness centre, pool and tennis court. Beyond the hotel, this premium hotel is within close proximity to the Sathorn Financial Business District. It also happens to be near many sightseeing opportunities with an onsite concierge ready to provide recommendations should you have the time to get out and see the city.
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Swissotel Nai Lert Park
Proving that a quality hotel doesn't have to break the bank, the Swissotel Nai Lert Park offers a luxury 5-star stay for less. And while the eight acres of tropical gardens surrounding the hotel give it the feel of a remote retreat, it's still well connected to offer a convenient stay for busy travellers. It's only a few minutes from the Skytrain station with easy access to business districts and many leisure activities.
There are nine different room and suite configurations to choose from, including a Swiss Business Advantage category that comes complete with WiFi access, complimentary online newspaper press reader, large work desk and private balcony. Corporate travellers looking to keep up with that fitness regime will appreciate the spa and fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and tennis and squash court.
This SmartSTAY hotel comes with complimentary WiFi, a room upgrade (confirmed at time of booking), and late check-out to 4pm (subject to availability) when you book with your Travel Manager.
Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit
If the budget calls for saving a few bucks on your next business stint in Bangkok, you may want to set your sights on the Novotel. Not only will this quality hotel be kinder to your bottom line, it's regularly lauded for its ultra convenient position. Near the BTS Skytrain Ploenchit Station, it's within easy walking distance to Central Embassy and Sukhumvit Road. There are also a number of attractions and shopping malls close at hand, including Siam Paragon, Siam Square and The Emquatier.
370 rooms are split into four different categories: Superior, Executive, Suite and Junior Suite. Regardless of which category you choose, you can rest assured you'll be treated to comfortable beds, a rain shower, work area and WiFi access. The Executive Room comes with the added benefit of Premier Lounge access with breakfast and evening cocktails.
There is an all-day restaurant onsite along with the Dee Lounge & Beer Garden and Pool Bar for quick cocktails with colleagues or clients. Private meeting and event spaces are also available as is the Thalasso & Spa.