The Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok’s bustling Pratunam neighbourhood, downtown Petchburi, provides guests with a stunning place to lay their head.
As well as being conveniently placed within walking distance to a landscape of shops and lifestyle malls that would make the shopping offerings of New York City seem scarce.
If you don’t like anything else about this vibrant city, you’ll love the shopping – this is guaranteed. Unfortunately we only had a whistle-stop stay at the Amari Watergate – one night to be exact. However, it was the peaceful haven we so desperately needed after flying in from Kuala Lumpur and before our long journey ahead to Australia.
The first thing that strikes you about the Amari Watergate is the lobby – it’s huge. Not only is it enormous, but also every single inch of it looks like it’s just been cleaned with such perfection that you could eat your meal off the floor (I didn’t, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know).
The hotel boasts two reception desks and ours was located a few floors up, which is where the hotel’s luxury rooms are situated. As the lift door opened, we were greeted with the offering of a cocktail or glass of bubbly (or both) and deliciously tantalising canapés. These ranged from puff vegetable pastries and oysters and seafood offerings to an array of assorted mini desserts. It was the perfect way to check in to a hotel.
The sweeping views of the city which were provided by the floor to ceiling glass windows made it difficult to leave the ‘checking in’ area and head to our room.
But having travelled for quite some time, plus the promise of a deliciously over-sized bed and a hot bubble bath, it was just enough to tempt me away.
My only regret about our stay at the Amari Watergate was that it wasn’t long enough. I’d have loved to have stayed longer and enjoy the facilities. Also it was in such close proximity to the local shops of the vibrant downtown area, I would have liked to shopped till I dropped.
However, our trip had to go on. Nonetheless I would strongly recommend the Amari Watergate for guests looking for that extra bit of indulgence and pampering. It certainly hit the right spot for us.
Room prices at Amari Watergate Bangkok start from £60 per night, dependent on season and availability. To book visit www.amari.com/watergate.