Planning to stay in Bangkok? Since Thailand is one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia, we worked with one of the best options to stay at while you’re in Thailand’s Megalopolis, Bangkok. Yup, this is a review of my stay in Citadines Apart’hotel. Read here how to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.
With an estimated polulation of 20M, it’s easy to think that Bangkok is only a city full of tall buildings and skyscrapers. It is much more than that. Bangkok is a mix of the big city and local Thai culture, with local street vendors selling delicious street food and fresh fruits right around the same corner where business areas are situated. This is something I really loved about Bangkok. Citadines Apart’hotel in Sukhumvit 16 is definitely in the right spot – close to both local and business areas, walking distance from the Asoke Sky Train Station, Terminal 21 (big, flashy Bangkok mall), and tourists.
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Now, if I’m being honest, my first two nights in Bangkok was a little bit sad, as this was the first 2 days that I really traveled solo. I know a lot of people who love solo travel, even have a lot of female friends who travel the world alone, but maybe it wasn’t for me.
However, Citadines felt like home to me, a vibe that you will not usually feel in every luxury hotel. Citadines is definitely my favorite for this Asian trip. Let’s get on the review so you’ll know exactly why.
Working with Citadines was such an honor, and it was actually one of the biggest reasons I decided to continue the trip even without Ruben. Here’s some hotel-jargon. 😉 I stayed in Citadines Sukhumvit 16, and the Citadines Apart’hotel chain is managed by Ascott Limited. The Ascott Limited is a member of CapitaLand.
It is the largest international serviced residence owner-operator with more than 250 properties in over 90 cities spanning more than 25 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region. It operates three award-winning brands Ascott, Citadines and Somerset.
In Thailand itself, they currently operate 9 properties in Bangkok and 1 in Sri Racha, Chonburi. Since their properties are available across the world, you can trust in the Ascott’s standard and their ideal locations.
How to go to Citadines Apart’hotel
The transport was very smooth from the Suvannabhum airport. I didn’t have to worry about getting lost. Here are the exact instructions with prices of the rides on how to go to Citadines in Sukhumvit 16.
From Suvannabhum Airport, by Train
– Take Airport Rail link to Payathai Station (last station) . This costs 40 Baht. The Airport Rail Link is connected with Payathai BTS Skytrain
– Take BTS Skytrain from Payathai Station to Asoke Station. This costs 34 Baht.
– From the station, you can walk about 5-10 minutes to Citadines Apart’hotel. You can easily ask for Foodland, popular Thai grocery in the area. Citadines is situated right before Foodland, if you are coming from the train station.
From Suvarnabhumi International Airport,
– 50 minutes drive and costs around THB 450.
From Don Muang International Airport, by taxi
– 50 minutes drive and costs around THB 450.
Nearest public transport from Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok
City Air Terminal:
Makkasan (15 minutes drive)
Asok (5 minutes walk)
Sukhumvit, Queen Sirikit National Covention Center (5 minutes walk)
Prices: Starting from 50 USD.
Hotel Type: Apartment-hotel
Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok has 79 stylish residences, from studios to one-bedroom apartments. Every residence features a fully-equipped kitchen and a chic living room, separate from the bedroom so you can invite friends over or recharge after a hard day’s work.
And when work beckons, your apart’hotel doubles up as an efficient home office with complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (high-speed internet service is available at an additional charge), a direct dial phone and an international multi-plug port to power all your accessories.
And when you want to relax, with cable television that slides smoothly from bedroom to living room, so you can watch world breaking news, or enjoy your favourite movie wherever you want.
For business or pleasure, Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok is sure to offer you stylish home comforts to match your vibrant lifestyle.
Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok is a stone’s throw from two popular shopping malls – the Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and the newest Emquartier Shopping Centre, where some of the world’s best branded boutiques and creative Thai designers are located.
You’ll also be within walking distance from the Asok Skytrain Station, Sukhumvit Subway Station, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, office complexes, shopping and entertainment areas and even the greenery of Benjakiti Park. Embassies, hospitals and the airport are also just a convenient drive away.
Comfort and Convenience
Enjoy the benefits of chic and stylish living in the comfort of your private contemporary residence. A fully-equipped kitchen, telephone facility with IDD service, wireless internet access and housekeeping services are provided to make you feel right at home.
A flexible and extensive service menu allows you to select optional services to suit your busy lifestyle and budget. These convenient add-ons include dry cleaning, laundry, and a daily continental breakfast. Individualise your stay, which gives you the freedom to work, rest and play in comfort and style.
I love the colors and just like everyone I’ve met before has told me Thai people are amazing, the first time I encountered how amazing Thai people are, was when I actually set foot in the hotel. The staff was very helpful in giving me all the information I need, and giving me information about what they will provide. The room, was really great. It was then that I realized that what advantages an apartment hotel can have over ordinary hotels.
There were the facilities in the room that I really loved:
Electric stove where you can actually cook food.
A living room that doubles as a dining room, where you can entertain friends, and enjoy the food that you cooked.
Complete cookware, glasses for wine, drink, coffee.
Complimentary tea, coffee, and water (which they actually replenished on the second day, even if I didn’t finished everything from the first day!)
You can actually wash your dishes
Outside the room, I love that there’s a small sweet pool, a gym which kind of feels like a hoe gym, and a 24-hour laundry room with washing machines and driers. I can totally picture Ruben and I enjoying cooked meals, although I didn’t do such staying alone. I enjoyed buying street food and fruits sold in the sidewalks and ate them in my room.
Facilities, Services and Staff
And there’s free breakfast. Dining hall was clean and exquisite, with a large variety of food you can choose from – noodles, bacon, sausages, bread, cereals, vegetable salads and fruits. There’s also coffee and tea. I came in late for my breakfast the second day, and the really courteous staff let me eat alone in the dining hall, until I was finished. 😉 And actually talked to me and asked me if I was enjoying the hotel.
Eating and Going Around
So many food choices to choose from – whatever you fancy eating! There are cafes around Citadines, cheap but delicious street food, and the mall Terminal one is closed by. What I haven’t tested was going around very late at night, but there are also lots of restaurants to choose from if ever you will eat out late.
Citadines Apart-hotel in Sukhumvit 16 definitely receives my highest recommendation. If ever you are traveling longer, wanted to relax for a stretch of long days, or wanted to feel the home vibe even if you’re in Bangkok, you should seriously try them out. I would certainly have entertained friends or cooked some “home” food with Ruben if we were together.
If you are more the outgoing type, there are so much tourists around the area too. Sukhumvit area is also home to a lot of businesses and offices, and locals and foreigners are there everyday working in their formal work attires.
Highly recommended and will definitely come back when we stay again in the area. With easy access to food, entertainment, groceries, and local transport, you’ll have plenty of chances to explore the busy city around you and experience local Thai life.