If you’re a frequent visitor to Bangkok like myself, chances are that you’ve ran the whole gamut of staying in and out of downtown hotels just to be close to where the action is. During the past year, however, I have decided to concentrate on serviced apartments outside the city center because of three very important factors: space, low rates and a more homey atmosphere that takes you away from the maddening crowds into the arms of locals in residential areas where the environs are truly more calming and welcoming.
Such is my experience with Abloom Serviced Apartments on Phahonyothin Soi 3 which, thankfully, is less than 2 minutes away by foot from the nearest skytrain station (Sanam Pao BTS). Well, it should be more of a 7-10 minute walk if you go around the nearest corner, but since guests can use a unique shortcut from the back of the building passing through an already closed establshment (Bar La HM) and then exiting right smack at the foot of the skytrain stairs, everything came fast and easy. What’s more, the vicinity is less intimidating. That could be boring for some – reason why I suggest that this place be considered by repeat tourists to the Land of Smiles.Abloom has four (4) categories: studio room, 1-bedroom suite, 2-bedroom suite and 3-bedroom suite. The suites have a kitchenette, full-sized fridge, a cozy living room with flat TV (and several cable channels to choose from), lots of cabinets, in-room safe and a toilet/bath with shower facilities. Personally, what made my stay more enjoyable is the free strong wi-fi in all units. I was able to use my laptop, tablet and smartphone without any internet hitch. Moreover, breakfast is served free everyday. Well, it’s not the kind of spread that will wow your palate or make you burp a lot, but the offerings are good enough to jumpstart your day. There is a set American breakfast plate, plus a buffet of some Thai vegetable dishes, steamed or fried rice, bread, fruits, yogurt, cereals, juices and the like. Housekeeping promptly cleans all units on a daily basis, while security is present round-the-clock without being obtrusive. Also, the swimming pool is of a good size so families with kids will definitely find it quite inviting.
The Abloom Cafe (where breakfast is served) on the 2nd Floor offers a good (and tasty) variety of local and international dishes, although room service is accepted only up to 21:30 every night.
All in all, I believe that Abloom Serviced Apartments is one of my new picks to stay in Bangkok, especially if the length of vacation is at least 5 days or more (I spent the long holiday break). It truly feels like home away from home. Check out the special rates being offered by Sawadee (either a Stay 4, Pay 3 deal or Early Bird discounts). I got mine at just around USD50 a night. Not a bad deal after throwing in the roomy 65 sq.m. space, free wi-fi and breakfast.