Visiting Bangkok with a family? Stay at Amari Residences [REVIEW]

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If you are looking for a place to stay in Bangkok with your family, away from the mad busy city centre, then Amari Residences would be a great choice. We stayed for three nights at the beginning of our three-week travelling holiday in Thailand. I had printed a map to the residences, as we were taking the train straight from the airport and planned to walk from the local station. [Note: I would highly recommend travelling by train in Bangkok, especially from the airport. It’s really cheap and really fast – avoid the traffic at all costs!] However, we quickly realised we should have then taken a taxi from the local station to the residences – it’s much father than it looks on the map…


FACT PACK:

Hotel: Amari Residences, modern serviced apartments
Location: New Petchburi Road, Bangkok
Address: 36 Soi Soonvijai, New Petchburi Road Bangkapi, Huay Kwang Bangkok 10310
Phone: +66 (0) 2308 5900
Nearest airport:Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport around 30 minutes drive, traffic dependant
Nearest train: Makkasan Airport Link, Petchburi MRT Station (these are still a taxi ride away from the apartments – don’t try and walk, like we did!)
Rates: Check the website for the latest and best deals
Website: Amari Residences 
Pool? Yes, one rooftop pool, no lifeguard
Wi-Fi? Yes, in room and in communal areas
Perfect for: Families or older couples who want to sightsee in Bangkok, but want a quiet retreat close by to return to in the evening
FashCatherine credentials: The rooftop pool is idyllic. We stocked up on Chang beer and peanuts and spent hours up there, having the whole place to ourselves for most of the afternoon.


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The lounge area in our one bedroom corner suite at Amari Residences

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The bathroom (shower end), and bedroom – there is a long walk in wardrobe and dressing area behind the bedhead

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Our massive bathroom!

On arriving, we were instantly refreshed with a cool drink and towelette, and I was pleased to see that the cool, chic decor I had seen at other Amari Hotels, was present here, too. I was keen to get up to the famed rooftop pool before sunset…

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A brilliant place to relax and unwind…

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Have you read… My roundup of 16 of the best things to do and see in Bangkok?

Amari Residences is adjacent to Bangkok Hospital, so is are often used by people visiting friends and family, there. But they also provide a fantastic bolt hole for people who want to enjoy sightseeing crazy Bangkok during the day, then escape for peace and quiet in the evening. Having a kitchen in your room means you can self cater. And the rooms are all really spacious, comfortable and well-fitted, with the all-important plug socket by the bed!

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The restaurant – provides a simple buffet for breakfast. Don’t miss the fresh omelettes

During our two night, two day stay at the hotel, we visited the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Koh San Road and MBK mall. We also ate out at lots of street food stalls, and found the best one just underneath Siam BTS train station. It was fresh, fast and varied. We didn’t think the street food stalls in the area around the hotel were up to scratch – so definitely worth travelling further into town.

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We took taxis (after our initial mistake of walking to the station!), and reception staff are always more than helpful with any request, including calling metered cabs for you. There is a brilliant area (Thonglor), within walking distance of the hotel. The street Sukhumvit 55 has cool bars and restaurants akin to those you might find in Shoreditch, London – craft beers, and all.

Speaking of which, here is a couple of recommendations, on that road: House of Beers (for beer…) and Bottoms Up (for cocktails, live DJ and people watching on the outside terrace)

Also, do visit the 7-Eleven next-door to Amari Residences. Not only for your kitchen, Chang and peanut supplies, but it was also the only place in the whole of Thailand (that I visited) that stocked BIRTHDAY CAKE M&MS… If you do go, and you do get some – please pick some up for me, too.

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Chilling with a Chang at the rooftop pool!

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There’s lots of places to visit and eat at, within a reasonably short (traffic dependant!) taxi ride away from Amari Residences. Here I am (above) with my friend Kammi at Longtable, a 25th-floor bar and restaurant with some of the best views in Bangkok. Don’t miss happy hour, and order the Meang Koong: tiger prawns on fried crispy betel leaves with sweet tamarind sauce and fried lemongrass. This has to be one of the most sensational things I have ever eaten.

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The stay reviewed in this article, above, in January 2016, was supported by the Amari Residences, Bangkok.

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