A serviced apartment in Bangkok with Roomorama

After our travels around the Philippines recently and visiting friends in Malaysia we were finally heading back to Bangkok, a city we’ve grown to love over previous visits, admittedly it’s not a place we’ve always wanted to return to but for many reasons we’ve now been there 5 times. Staying in everything from luxury hotels in downtown BKK, small boutique hotels on Koh San Road and even the occasional guesthouse. Always in busy tourist areas of town, never in residential. With the need to get some serious work done before our Myanmar travels we needed somewhere comfortable and fully featured, our partners Roomorama.com have the perfect site to find service apartments, exactly what we needed for 2 nights in Bangkok.

The Roomorama website

A quick visit to www.roomorama.com and we did a search for Bangkok and the dates we would be there. A whole range of results were returned which we could easily filter to suit our needs. Somewhere with a internet access, wifi, a kitchen, 1 bedroom and preferably a pool to unwind after a day’s work. Filtering them was easy and we soon found some possible candidates. Rather than just booking a property you start an inquiry. This gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have and also to let the owner know more about you. A full profile is required on Roomorama so that owners can accept or deny you. It’s a fair system I think as there’s extra level of trust. One feature I really liked is the “shout-out” service where you can type a short twitter sized message (140 characters) and select the location you’re looking for. The locations are a drop down menu rather than free text so there may be some places you can find results for but can’t do shout outs for. Bangkok is on the list and within about 20 minutes I had people offering me places to stay that fitted my criteria. Even a discount to match my budget.

Sathorn Grace

I eventually settled on a serviced apartment at the Sathorn Grace, a 7 storey residential building in a good location. Our inquiry was dealt with quickly and we soon had it booked. Check-in time was 2pm but we’d be arriving at 12. I contacted to the owner through the Roomorama website and soon had a reply saying no problem we could check in early, perfect!

Arriving in Bangkok

We arrived by train at Bangkok station and for the first time in ages got a metered taxi! We had to fend off about half a dozen unmetered taxis of course and paid a quarter of what they wanted to charge. Sathorn Road is a busy 6 lane highway in central Bangkok with a sky train over the top. There are a number of serviced apartment and condo buildings here and thankfully the Sathorn Grace was off the main road down a fun and interesting street filled with local cafes selling fried noodles and soups, shops selling fruits and parts for electrical equipment. Our apartment building had it’s own driveway with friendly security, a porter for our bags and lobby staff to help us check in.

We were shown up to our apartment on the 2nd floor. A bright and very white lounge and kitchen area greeted us, spacious and comfortable looking too. An L shaped sofa opposite a flat screen TV, coffee table, open kitchen area with breakfast bar stools too. Even a small table for 2, perfect for getting some work done. The bedroom was equally well equipped with a huge comfortable bed, convenient light switches, another TV, lots of cupboard space with lights in. The en-suite bathroom was large and had both a bath and a shower cubicle made of glass. A large shower head hanging from the ceiling which is perfect for a man as tall as me!

Full featured apartment

First impressions were good but making use of everything is the real test of accommodation. After a quick fried noodle lunch at a local cafe it was time to get some work done. The internet was easy to access with the details reception had given me, there was both wifi and wired access. There were enough power points for us to charge up our laptops and work on our mounting to-do list. We bought a few groceries for the next day and made use of the very modern washing machine that not only had hot and cold water (first time since Singapore last October!) it also played a tune when the washing had finished!

We had probably the 2 best nights sleep we’ve had in a long time. No noises to wake us up, whisper quiet air-conditioning and a very comfortable bed. We were able to get a full days work done, cook ourselves a simple lunch, watch some TV and enjoy the roof top pool which was shallow but very warm. It also had some amazing views of the area with skyscrapers and local houses as far as the eye could see. Great during sunset and the swim was a welcome cool off.

Local area

The local area was interesting enough. Convenience stores and ATMs not far away, an interesting “Dubai” cafe down the road and 20 minute walk (or 10 minute skytrain) to Pat Pong night market. It was also just a 30 minute journey to the international airport in yet another metered taxi costing just 280 Baht.

Conclusion

Serviced apartments obviously cost more than a simple hotel room but sometimes you need to give yourself the right environment to work and relax in. Something a hotel usually can’t provide all in one room, at least not at an affordable price. Serviced apartments have everything you need to hand and more importantly help you get a good night’s sleep in cosy surroundings. I’ll definitely be considering serviced apartments again in the future. If you’re on the move a lot like we are and need to get some work done it’s the perfect accommodation for a couple of nights.

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With thanks

A big thank you to our short-term rental partner Roomorama for helping us arrange this accommodation and review.