Review: Park Plaza, Bangkok Sukhumvit
The Park Plaza brand has given it's name to two hotels in very close proximity in Sukhumvit. One is at Soi 16 - the other at Soi 18. I stayed at the one at Soi 16 - which is directly opposite to the ongoing protests in Bangkok in front of the traffic interchange. The protests have transformed the area in a rare pedestrian zone - which is great. However it'd hard to get a taxi to your hotel so be prepared to walk for now. The whole building is rather small and you notice that when you enter - the hotel lobby looks improvised in the ground floor. Maybe the building was planned as an apartment building initially. However check-in was friendly and quick.
The rooms are certainly above standard Park Plaza level and feature a very nice, dark wood design. It almost looks like a Hyatt! The bathrooms feature a rain shower (but low water pressure) . Generally it's a great room but it would be nice if the Deluxe rooms had a bit more space. There are superior rooms that have way more space (as shown in the pictures).
There is also a hotel pool at the roof - which is small but has great views over the adjacent areas. The staff was friendly and courteous during my stay. I did not have breakfast included so I chose to frequent Chu Chocolate which has great coffee just opposite in the Exchange tower.
One thing that I found odd though - in error I had made a reservation for the wrong date (as non-refundable). Now I did not intended to stay in the hotel at the date of the booking but instead wanted to stay the next night. Actually both rates were the same for both dates. My error but for the hotel it's a zero sum game - so I was fully expecting the property to let me stay the next night free and keep the non-refundable reservation. Alas no dice - the duty manager - Patrick - was nice enough but no change to my reservation was made. I find this odd - I had other hotels help me out in such situation as long as they rates were the same and they'd know in advance. Over all I liked this property - it felt more like an apartment building (with small apartments) than the 'cold' major chain hotels. I'd certainly come back.