Soi 20, a street where local hawker food stalls intermingle with expat drinking establishments, is right off the busiest intersection in Bangkok that is, Sukhumvit. It was here where we were staying, in the Windsor Suites Hotel.
A large structure, in an otherwise quaint area, made us feel as if the hotel was impinging upon the street’s beautiful character. The lobby was impressive in size, but underwhelming in beauty. With the large reinforced plaster columns reaching stories high, it was obvious that the Hotel must have been very popular in its heyday. If this were ancient Rome, we arrived after its fall and now watching it trying to re-polish itself.
Luckily, they have a wonderful person at the helm of Public Relations named, Nuntavadee. She encompasses everything I’ve learned to know about the Thai people. She was authentic, gracious, funny, smart and always left you with a smile. She is passionate about getting the hotel on the right track again and showed us the bright spots and why we should believe that the future for this hotel looks bright.
The Neo Suite:
Fits a family of three comfortably. It’s one of the newly renovated rooms on one of the higher floors overlooking Soi 20. The bathroom – large, the televisions (2) – cable ready, and the WiFi – fast. There was also endless bottled water for us to consume and the air-conditioning, very good.
The Neva Spa:
The swimming pool is a bit dated, but still offers a nice respite from the famous Bangkok heat. There is also a spa where one can experience first-hand, one of the country’s greatest contribution to mankind, the Thai massage. The rooms are tranquil and a wonderful retreat from the busy streets.
Golden Palace Restaurant:
Situated on the second floor of the hotel, this one time popular Dim Sum restaurant still doles out some great Chinese food. If you have had your fair share of street food or the heat and the humidity outside, staying in and eating here is a good option.
As for other dining options, definitely pay a visit and have a meal at their new Italian Restaurant, Pizza Connection. We are New Yorkers and quite discerning when it comes to our pizza, and this place had some of the best in Bangkok. It may not be saying much as it is not the country’s forte, but when compared to some of the ones we’ve tried in other establishments, including 5-Star Hotels, it was beyond agreeable. It was excellent. My daughter is a bit of a stickler when it comes to her pasta, and she rated her order of Carbonara a 7.5 out of 10. Pretty amazing considering that the only places she’s even given a 10 rating are restaurants in Bologna, Italy and in New York.
Upon Checking out, the bellman negotiated a fair price for us with the taxi driver and loaded our luggage into the back. Though there is still work to be done, things were definitely looking up. As our taxi pulled out onto Soi 20, we can only think of the good things the hotel had to offer and how we were fortunate to have been able to stay on a street that had so much character.
Thank you for hosting us Windsor Suites Hotel and Nuntavadee. Words and experiences are ours.