“ Address: 123 Charoennakorn Road / Klongsan / Bangkok / Thailand / 10600 / Tel: 66 2 442 2000 „
During a recent visit to Bangkok, we decided to live it up and stay at the Millenium Hilton. A double room was quite reasonably priced at around £80 and we paid a small further charge to include breakfast, snacks, lunch and free evening drinks which I certainly got my moneys worth out of!
The hotel is very grandiose and overlooks the Chao Praya River. There is a free shuttle boat service for guests allowing access to the main river boat station and the skytrain. I founf the staff on the shuttle boat particularly friendly (even if their English was a little off!) and they were more than happy to take photographs and the like.
The hotel itself has a fully equipped gym, spa with twelve treatment rooms, infinity pool overlooking the river and even its own white sand beach! If I had to moan, I would say that the pool was freezing even on hot sunny days!
There are a number of bars and restaurants in the hotel. The 360 bar is the distinctive round building on top of the hotel, and as the name suggests, boasts some stunning views across the city. There is usually some sort of entertainment on here in the evenings, generally of a jazz or easy listening persuasion.
Prime restaurant is mainly a steak based restaurant although they also offer a good line in seafood dishes. Flow restaurant is near to the river and offers a mix of dining options. Yuan restaurant offers traditional Oriental dishes and again, has a nice river view. The Lantern is a kind of light lunch and coffee shop whereas Maya is a restaurant offering authentic Thai cuisine. There is a small bar at The Beach where you can sup your drinks at the side of the infinity pool.
The spa was excellent, if a little pricey, and there was a wide array of treatments you could enjoy. We opted for a mud wrap and relaxing massage to chill us out before the long flight home. I have never been so relaxed at an airport in all my life after that!
Our room was a good size and equipped with a beautiful bathroom. The usual mini bar, safe, TV and freebies were all there and staff were really helpful and spoke good English. We had an excellent view over the river and across the city and it was lovely watching the boats lit up at night.
I really enjoyed staying at the Millenium Hilton and it was a good base to explore the rest of the city as it was close to all the main attractions. It is expensive compared to some of the other hotels in the area but it is far cheaper than what you would expect to pay back home. The 360 bar was a highlight for me and I enjoyed the glass elevator you can travel back down in which runs on the outside of the building offering fantastic views across the city.