Bangkok is somewhat an amazing upbeat city which has a lot to offer. It’s more than just a food and shopping destination as there’s also the cultural and historical side to Bangkok which I was about to explore.
During my study trip to Bangkok, I stayed three nights at Centre Point Pratunam. This hotel belongs to an established hotel chain, Centre Point Hospitality. Centre Point has hotels in both Bangkok and Pattaya, but this hotel in Pratunam area is probably the most highly accessible one.
Centre Point Pratunam
Centre Point Pratunam is located right in the heart of the shopping district in Bangkok. Right across from this hotel are Platinum Mall and Pantip IT Plaza. And if you walk further up, you will enter into another shopping belt where you can see the major malls like Central World Plaza and Siam Paragon. It’s no different from Singapore’s Orchard Road where all the shopping malls are well-connected via pedestrian overbridges or underpasses. So if you’re here for the sole reason of shopping, this hotel might be just what you are looking for.
The nearest train station is Phaya Thai Rail Link Station which is about 10 to 15 minutes walk from the hotel. There were several massage parlours and beauty salons right outside the Hotel Lobby. I went for an hour body massage at one of the massage parlours. It turned out to be a relatively good massage experience.
Rest assured that Centre Point Pratunam is a non-smoking hotel. Smokers, however, are allowed to only smoke outside the lobby area.
As you walk into the lobby, you will be greeted by a row of drink dispensers at the mini bar area where guests can grab themselves a refreshing drink. They served ice water, chrysanthemum tea and blue pea flower tea along with other hot beverages like coffee and tea.
The seating area is quite spacious too, and it extends all the way to the front porch. There are two entrances to the hotel – one behind the hotel concierge, next to the carpark and the other, facing the main streets, right next to the convenience store, 7-11.
There’s also a charging station for guests to charge their electronic devices using USB ports or plugs.
The staff there were polite when I approached them to ask about the room amenities.
Grand Deluxe Room
I stayed in the Grand Deluxe Single room (47 square metres) with a city view. The room comes with 1 King-sized bed and a bathroom (integrated shower and bathtub). There’s also a seating area equipped with a sofa and cushioned seats.
The room is way more spacious than I initially thought. It is almost like a small service apartment equipped with a kitchenette. There are a proper stove, microwave oven and even a wash basin for you to wash the dishes. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to use all these extra facilities as it was a study work trip for me and all the meals were provided during the trip.
The room is so spacious that I am pretty sure it would fit another two extra beds. Family-friendly? Totally.
Saltwater Swimming Pool
The saltwater swimming pool, Hotel Lobby and Residence Lounge are all located on the F floor.
Because Bangkok is such a happening city, I don’t think any tourists would want to spend time dipping into the pool. The pool itself is also relatively small but rather clean, I would say. There’s also a mini jacuzzi right beside it.
Breakfast at Hotel Restaurant
The highlight of my stay at Centre Point Pratunam is probably their buffet breakfast which starts at 6 am in the morning. It is not that the food is exceptionally good or anything. I just amazed by the variety of international and local dishes they served. You not only can find local favourites like Phad Thai and Thai Milk Tea but also some Japanese and Chinese food, along with Western breakfast staples. There was no lack of healthier options like fruits, salads, muesli, yoghurt, nuts and seeds. Not bad for a 4-star hotel!
If you prefer some warm and light, you can go for their plain congee with salted egg, which could also be paired with other ingredients they provide.
Eggs, bacon and sausages are must-have breakfast items, and there they are!
The Residence Lounge is open to all, but guests will need to pay a small fee to enter the lounge. It is no different from the typical executive lounge where they provide small light bites along with the free flow of coffee, tea and other beverages. The lounge is very small, and I would not pay extra to use to the lounge facilities. The amenities provided were very basic.
The gym, on the other hand, is swanky. It has everything you will need in a gym. Once again, I did not have the time to run the treadmill or to lift some weights though I wish I had made a trip to the gym!
Not many 5-star hotels have a Kid’s club, but over here, they do have one room just for kids to roam and play around.
Photospots (outside Hotel Lobby)
To make use of the space right outside the hotel lobby area, they have created a photo spot area, decorated with simple props for guests to take photos. Can’t visit a Muay Thai ring? That’s okay. There’s a makeshift Muay Thai ring with a stunning backdrop for you to take a photo. All you’ll need is a pair of boxing gloves.
Overall, the services and amenities provided by Centre Point Pratunam indeed exceeded my expectation. The hotel may not look as modern and chic, but it is generally clean and spacious. For a 4-star hotel, it is quite comfortable to live in, and for the price you’re paying, it is quite a good deal. If you are looking for a fancier and posh hotel, you can try Amari Watergate Hotel which is just a stone throw away from Centre Point Pratunam.
More importantly, where should I head to next?
Centre Point Pratunam
6 Phetchaburi Rd
Phone: +66 2 653 6690