The second we walked in to the Avani Atrium, the noise from the Bangkok traffic stopped. Inside was an oasis of calm, tranquility and luxury. We did not leave the hotel again for a wonderful 20 hours. When we did, I felt revitalised, and ready to take on the world again.
The Avani is only a 10 minute walk from the nearest Metro and SRT stations. That makes it a great place to explore the city from as well as being incredibly easy to get to and from the main airport in Bangkok.
This place would normally be well out of our usual ten bucks a night habit for accommodation. But I’ll let you in to our little secret…
Sometimes when you’re on the road, you don’t feel up to a night in a hostel dorm. Sometimes there isn’t really a hostel around and you end up sleeping in a motel (I’m looking at you here USA!). When we do get a hotel, we use Hotels.com. We find that their prices are really competitive and often beat other comparison sites.
The best bit is their loyalty program. If you book and stay ten nights with Hotels.com, you get one free! The nights don’t have to be in the same pace, or at the same time. Just any ten nights within a year. And that’s how we ended up at The Avani Atrium – for free!
We were up on the 17th floor. That is one gorgeous view of Bangkok.
After having a bit of a wander to explore the hotel’s facilities, we put on our complimentary gowns and headed straight for the outdoor pool. This is definitely an adult pool. There’s room for a couple of lengths if you’re feeling up to it, but mainly it’s just for sitting in with your tangy mojito from the Poolside Bar. The bar offers a 50% off “sunset Happy Hour”, which is perfect for watching the sun go down after a hectic day in Bangkok.
We also made use of the hotel’s sauna and steam rooms. We didn’t stay too long in either as they are single sex and although it would be amazing if you were staying with some of your girlfriends, sitting in one alone is not quite so fun. As a side note, there is also a well equipped gym and exercise studio that offers complimentary yoga sessions – but we were just so busy we didn’t make use of either of those things.
After our swim, we headed downstairs for dinner. There are three restaurants in the hotel, but we chose to eat in the main one in the lobby – mainly for it’s vegetarian choices. Seeing as it would be our last opportunity to have a Thai dinner in Thailand, we shared a tofu Phad Bai Krapaow and a tofu Gaeng Phed Ped Yang. It was nice, but not mind blowing. For the price, I would have expected a much tasty dinner. But it was satisfying and I went to bed with a smile.
The next day, I woke up without having any clue what time it was. The blackout curtains blocked out any mention of the sun until we opened them after breakfast. I sat in my comfy King Sized bed with a cup of coffee and worked for a couple of hours. There was a lovely desk that I could have worked from, but the AC was on, so I wanted to snuggle.
Breakfast was super epic amazing! There was an all you can eat buffet breakfast, which included cereal, cheese and cooked to order eggs.
After a final dip in the pool, we sadly started to pack our bags again. It had been a absolutely fabulous 20 hour stint in one of the most luxurious hotels I have ever stayed in.
What is the most swanky place you’ve stayed? Do you use Hotels.com loyalty scheme? Do you have any other ways to save money on accommodation? Let us know in the comments below!
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