We stayed at the Abloom serviced apartments during out recent visit to Bangkok. The hotel is a short 5 minute walk away from the Sanam Pao BTS station and a very convenient place to stay, if you’re not interested in being close to the touristy areas of Sukhumvit, Silom or Siam center, this is an excellent option at a reasonable price.
The area is predominantly a residential area but the proximity to the BTS station makes it an ideal base for all your sightseeing visits to the other parts of Bangkok. The Jatujak or JJ weekend market is just two BTS stops away while the Siam center interchange station is 3 stops away in the other direction. The Sanam Pao station is close (walking distance, infact) to the Ari and Victory monument stations (both in the opposite directions). There are a couple of malls and posh eating joints close to the Ari BTS station but if you’re in the mood to sample some local street food, go to the Victory monument station and eat your heart away.
The 7-11 next to the Sanam Pao station is going to be your lifeline while you’re staying at the Abloom apartments, since being a serviced apartment, they do not have a 24 hour cafe and you’ll have to thank the 7-11 for all your midnight cravings :-)
The staff at the hotel is quite helpful and except for one morning when the electricity in our room went off, we didn’t have any problems during our stay. The morning the electricity went off, I called the reception and they got the problem fixed in 5 minutes. The internet still didn’t work so I told them about it while leaving for the day’s sightseeing and they assured me that if its still not working by the time I come back, they’ll shift me to a newer room. Everything was working fine, fortunately, by the time I came back.
Did, I tell you the hotel has free high speed wifi in all the rooms.
There is a small but functional swimming pool, sauna rooms and a gym which looked pretty well equipped from the outside. I didn’t use these facilities since walking around in the Bangkok heat gave me enough exercise for the day anyway.
The breakfast is included in the tarrif and the choise is between a continental or a south east asian breakfast. The continental breakfast would give you your choice of eggs with bacon and/or sausages. The asian style meal would give you fried rice with chicken or pork. The sausages were my favourite while I was there while my wife had her fill of bacon. The F & B manager, mickey, seemed very nice and personally attended to us while we were there. I wish they had more choice in the breakfast, though.
The hotel also has complimentary tuk-tuk service to drop you off to the BTS station. Just ask for it at the reception.
The rooms at the hotel are well furnished and come with all basic amenities one would expect from an apartment like hot and cold running water, a refrigerator, a microwave, a nice big TV and a DVD player :-) The bedsheets are changed every day and we found the rooms to be spotlessly clean everyday when we came back.
The only disadvantage about the place is its relative distance from the hotspots of Bangkok. But then that might be a good thing if you like to relax on a holiday in relatively noise free environment. We had booked the place through agoda.com and had gotten in touch with the hotel before our arrival to confirm the bookings. The hotel confirmed the booking and also helpfully included with the email a document with the a map to the hotel and the address written in Thai. This was quite helpful in finding the hotel the first time we came to the place. Since the hotel is not a very popular hotel in, say, the Sukhumvit area, not many cab drivers know about the place, but with the map our cab driver was able to find the hotel easily. We only had this problem the first time we came since after that we only used the BTS for all our commuting while we were there.
Finally, I’d recommend the hotel if you value your privacy and would like to have a nice, calm and hassle free stay. The party district of Bangkok is just a couple of BTS stops away, so thats always an added advantage. I’d definitely stay at the Abloom Serviced Apartments again.