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by Kauai Boy
January 23, 2006
Before being taken over by the Accor chain, the Monarch Lee Gardens Hotel was one of the premiere properties in the area catering to international businesspeople that required easy access to Bangkok’s “old” central business district. Now, carrying Accor’s top-of-the-line brand name, the Sofitel Silom Bangkok retains the high standard of Asian service that patrons of the old Monarch had come to expect, while adding a taste of French style that makes this hotel rather unique amongst the other properties in its price range.
About 5 to 10 minutes on foot from the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain Station, this hotel is situated at the quiet end of Silom, within walking distance to (but comfortably away from) the dance clubs, raunchy nightlife and street markets of Pathpong and Thaniya Plaza.
A very warm welcome was extended to me the moment I walked through the door, making me feel just a tad guilty as I was just touring the property with no intention of staying here. Stepping into the small lobby area gave me the feeling of entering into more of a boutique hotel, rather than the sterile feel of a typical business hotel. However, this hotel certainly matches the amenities and services of a typical western business hotel – business center with computer, copy, and fax services, along with an entire floor (high on the 36th) dedicated to meeting space. And for relaxation, you can visit the swimming pool area with a well-equipped fitness center, jacuzzi and spa services offering traditional Thai massage either in-room, poolside, or in one of several private treatment rooms.
Standard guest rooms are well decorated, matching the French-design theme, but medium-sized at best – about 30 sqm (300 sf). All rooms have polished hardwood floors and king sized beds, along with the standard offerings of high-speed internet (DSL cable connection), overpriced minibar (skip this – there’s a 7-Eleven down the street), and work desk. Bathrooms have bathtubs but are a bit cramped.
For dining on property, the hotel offers two high-end restaurants – Mistral, with daily buffets featuring Mediterranean cuisine, and Shanghai 38, a Chinese restaurant located at the top floor with excellent views of the city and the nearby Chao Phraya River. Also serving a limited menu is the hotel’s wine pub, V9, on the ground floor.
At 3,600 Baht/night (about US$90/night) including taxes/fees, this property falls into the high end of the mid-range group of hotels. You can also buy your way into the exclusive executive floor at 4,800 Baht/night (about US$120) for added amenities, and access to the Sofitel Club Lounge with free evening cocktails, etc.
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