Tuesday 17 November 2015

Bangkok ~ Hotel Recommendation ~ Hotel Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit

Welcome to Deliciouslogy!

This is our very first post on blogspot after moving from our previous host and to kick things off, there will be a series of posts from our trip (LC and I) to Bangkok.

In Bangkok, we were initially aiming for a budget-friendly hotel as we won't be in the hotel as much to enjoy the facilites. But after reading so many reviews on Agoda, I gave up and went for a mid-range hotel instead.

Our choice was Hotel Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit.

We have stayed in Hotel Novotel in Kuala Lumpur before so we expected the same standard and similar designs and amenities but lo behold, we were in for a treat!

The room was equipped with international plug points, a decent range of amenities, good water pressure and air-conditioning that worked fine.

The pillow menu was a surprise as only 5 star hotels usually offer such amenities so this was a definite plus point!

The iron + ironing board and shoe horn were nice touches to make you feel at home. Not to mention friendly and helpful staff that helped with boarding pass printing and hailing cabs or Tuk tuks. 

This nifty board at the hotel lobby lists all the flights flying in and out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airport so you know whether your flight is on time or delayed.

Novotel Ploenchit was in a great location. Rather central in Bangkok, the BTS Skytrain Ploenchit faces the hotel directly and is about a 2 minute walk from the hotel. You'll be able to see the train arriving at the station while having your breakfast - just to prove how close it is to you.

The buffet breakfast had a decent spread - even offering halal food. 

Bread & Pastries Section

Coffee Machines - one for espressos, one for lattes etc

Cold section - yogurt, fruit salads, cereal, cheese, cold cuts and chilled juices

Hot section - fried rice, fried noodles, ready-made scrambled eggs, meat and vegetable stir-fry, sausages, bacon, eggs made to order and a different roast every day.

Salad, jam and condiments and halal section

Not pictured is the freshly cut fruits section with 2 different fresh juices.

Here are plates of what we had during our 3 night stay. This is a combination of LC's and my plates okay!

It's pretty obvious that our favorites were the chicken and pork sausages. LC had tons of crispy bacon during our stay. The side dishes such as the grilled potatoes and corn were decent tasting. Not undercooked nor overcooked. The roast chicken or pork had Asian tasting marinade even though it's served with a western sauce.

The fried tice was tasty with some wok hei but the same can't be said for the soggy yakisoba/fried noodles. As for the soup noodles, it's quite bland on its own so load up on the condiments. The pork slices and the pork meat balls were nice. No porky smell!  

For the pastry section, the chocolate croissant and the pinwheel danish pastry were flaky and buttery but the crepe, pancake, waffles, almond croissant and blueberry danish were dry. The French Toast located near the made-to-order eggs was nice and pretty moist. The variety of condiments for the pastries were quite impressive from chocolate spreads to vanilla sauce to even a bottle Vegemite for those who want to feel at home away from home.

There were flavorful, spice-filled stews and curries in the halal section that tasted pretty authentic. The naan however was dry and a letdown. Having the curries with toasted bread could be a good alternative. In the same section, there was a good selection of raw vegetables and condiments for a make-your-own salad.

Fresh, sweet fruits always rounded up my meal and I always opted for a freshly squeezed watermelon juice. The chilled juice section was not bad either. The orange juice tasted like the sweet fragrant Thai orange and I was happy to get guava and Roselle juices too. The coffee could be better but there's enough caffeine to get you up and running. Just don't watch as the staff refill the coffee machine.

Unlike Angry Cat, we were very pleased with our stay at Novotel.

Do note that we were not paid (or bribed) to write this. It was a genuinely nice experience staying with them and when we come back to Bangkok, we will definitely stay at Novotel Ploenchit again.