How Suite it is… Affordable luxury at Bangkok’s Sukhothai Hotel
by Nicole Koch
So you’ve dragged around Bangkok, finished your business and seen the sites. Or maybe you’re just passing through from a long journey and deserve some indulgence. Sure, Bangkok’s got some bargains, but none so luxurious as the 5-star Sukhothai Hotel.
The moment my husband Scott and I arrived at the entrance in our taxi, our driver, caught off guard by our slovenly attire and backpacking gear, looked back at us and gasped, “Ooh..expensive!” Three bellmen immediately rushed to our side and ushered us in, where we were greeted by a finely dressed woman who graciously toured us around the six-acre, exquisite facilities.
Detail and service reign supreme at the Sukhothai. It is spacious and open. There is water everywhere, including expansive, decorative pools with calming, semi-immersed Buddhist statues. Countless candelabras line the lengthy hallways, while Thai silk hangings and intriguing antiques lurk around every corner. Truly, it feels like a museum- a cozy, friendly and extremely attentive museum. Outside, there is an impressive infinity pool and an equally impressive staff of dutiful cabana boys. There are tennis and squash courts, a full gym, sauna, steam room, and an aerobics/yoga room where daily classes are held. Around every corner, you will encounter and be warmly greeted by the hotel’s countless, accommodating staff. And then there are the rooms. In our case, the 818-square foot, deluxe suite. The bathroom comprises nearly one third of that space with two sinks (laden with luxury amenities), a power shower that goes on for days and an oversized bathtub, complete with robe and slippers and a yellow rubber ducky. The living room boasts an enormous teak desk, a couch, a television and CD player. A music selection to satisfy any mood is a phone call away. For most weekenders a desk is ho hum, but this one comes with freshly cut orchids and neatly arranged truffles upon a silver platter. Imported, sink-your-teeth-into, gooey-after-math, chocolate-dusted, chocolaty truffles. You will also be treated to the daily, exotic fruit plate, complete with an explanatory native fruit guide. The bedroom features a California (fit-for-a) king bed with built-in dimmer lighting and air controls. Countless, fluffy pillows lay atop it; down for sleeping and Thai silk for gawking. And comfy? No less than pure bliss. It’s tough, but should you decide to explore the grounds, you’ll return to a fantastic turndown service, fluffy mat laid alongside your bed, slippers perfectly placed, and an extensive breakfast menu should you decide to take breakfast (included) and read the morning paper (delivered) in bed.
The skinny on living large at the Sukhothai
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Nicole Koch is a freelance writer and avid traveler from Manhattan Beach, CA. You can view stories of her recent, round-the-world-adventures on her website at: http://www.naturalwrites.com.
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