Flying to Bangkok and Krabi with AirAsia - Amari Watergate Bangkok - Alvinology

Flying to Bangkok and Krabi with AirAsia – Amari Watergate Bangkok

Rachel and I took Asher for a short, 4D3N trip to Bangkok and Krabi earlier in June, flying via AirAsia. During the two nights when we were in Bangkok, we stayed at the five star Amari Watergate Hotel.

Exterior of the towering Amari Watergate hotel by night
Exterior of the towering Amari Watergate hotel by night

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok’s vibrant Pratunam neighbourhood, right beside the fashion wholesale district where Platinum Mall is.

Major shopping malls like Siam Paragon and Central World are a short walking distance away and there is also the Ratchatewi BTS Skytrain station nearby.

Central World is less than 10 minutes walk from the hotel
Central World is less than 10 minutes walk from the hotel
Devotees praying to the famous Buddha statue outside Central World
Devotees praying to the famous Buddha statue outside Central World
There is a giant supermarket, Big C, within walking distance from the hotel as well
There is a giant supermarket, Big C, within walking distance from the hotel as well

Additional perks include free internet wifi if you book your rooms directly via Amari.com.

For added assurance on quality, Amari Watergate won two consecutive certificate of excellence in 2012 and 2013 from the world’s largest travel review site, TripAdvisor.com.

When we arrived at the hotel on the first night, all we wanted to do was to tuck in to sleep immediately as we have an early flight to catch the next morning and would have to wake up before 5am.

Hotel lobby
Hotel lobby
Reception and lounge area on the first floor
Reception and lounge area on the first floor

Amari Watergate has 569 guest rooms and suites. All the rooms are spacious in room size (at least 40 square metres) and feature wifi as well as broadband internet access (the latter is very important for me as I cannot live without wifi or internet).

We were staying in an executive room located on the top four executive floors. The four executive floors feature their very own private reception with 24- hour butler service and a lounge offering spectacular panoramic views of the city:

View from the outdoor area in the executive lounge
View from the outdoor area in the executive lounge
I can see Big C supermarket
I can see Big C supermarket
The sky is a little hazy, otherwise, the view would be more spectacular
The sky is a little hazy, otherwise, the view would be more spectacular
Asher knows how to enjoy the good life
Asher knows how to enjoy the good life
The lounge area
The breakfast lounge area on the executive floor

Service was top notch at the hotel. The staff were very attentive to our needs. They were quick to render assistance when they see us traveling with a baby and always wear a smile when we walk pass them.

Check-in was done in the reception area of the executive floor. We got to lazed on the sofa and sip on fresh juices while waiting.  Rachel and I were each presented with a hand garland of fresh jasmine flowers as a welcome gesture while Asher received a Amari Watergate teddy bear.

Lazing in the lounge while waiting for our check-in to be done
Lazing in the lounge while waiting for our check-in to be done
Flower garlands for Rachel and I
Flower garlands for Rachel and I
Teddy bear for Asher; though he seems more interested in the flowers
Teddy bear for Asher; though he seems more interested in the flowers

I know these are part of their standard services for all guests staying on the executive floor, but both Rachel and I were touched by the gesture, especially when we entered our room and saw this:

Love birds!
Love birds!
Heart-shape flower pedals
Heart-shape flower pedals

The hotel staff thought Rachel and I were on a couple vacation and had thoughtfully laid flower pedals round our bed and folded two towel swans for us!

We were impressed. Asher on the other hand, had fun scattering the pedals all over the room. He was very excited when he got into the hotel room and ran all over to explore his new environment before we managed to tuck him in for the night.

Rachel smiling while Asher started scatting flower pedals all over behind her
Rachel smiling while Asher started scatting flower pedals all over behind her
There are more surprises...
There are more surprises…
Chilled champagne!
Chilled champagne!
It wasn't our wedding anniversary, but still it was really sweet of them!
It wasn’t our wedding anniversary, but still it was really sweet of them!
Fruits and dessert sampler
Fruits and dessert sampler
Small, quick bites
Small, quick bites
This is life
This is life
Sofa recliner
Sofa recliner
Bathrobes provided in the wardrobe
Bathrobes provided in the wardrobe
There is even an iron and an ironing board provided
There is even an iron and an ironing board provided
Bathroom
Bathroom
Wash basin and Chang brand drinking water
Wash basin and Chang brand drinking water
Bedside radio clock cum iPhone charger
Bedside radio clock cum iPhone charger
Bangkok night view from our hotel room
Bangkok night view from our hotel room
Hotel airport transfer service
Hotel airport transfer service

Another perk of booking an executive room is that guests will have the option of having your breakfast on the executive floor, right on the same floor as your room, away from the crowd.

Asher exploring the rooms corridor
Asher exploring the rooms corridor

We had a wonderful breakfast after our second night stay and Asher even made friend with some of the hotel staff.

Pick your breakfast while enjoying the panoramic view of the city
Pick your breakfast while enjoying the panoramic view of the city
Small jam jars
Small jam jars
Fruits, cheeses, nuts, juices and such
Fruits, cheeses, nuts, juices and such
Bread and pastry section
Bread and pastry section
Assorted sushi
Assorted sushi
Hummus - I love this!
Hummus – I love this!
Asher enjoying his breakfast in a baby chair
Asher enjoying his breakfast in a baby chair
Food I got for Asher for a nutritious breakfast
Food I got for Asher for a nutritious breakfast
Food I got for myself for a middle eastern style breakfast which I grew fond of when traveling in Israel
Food I got for myself for a middle eastern style breakfast which I grew fond of when traveling in Israel

On the last day, I visited Breeze Spa & Salon in the hotel for a refreshing thai massage:

Breeze Spa & Salon in Amari Watergate
Breeze Spa & Salon in Amari Watergate
Reception area
Reception area
Products shelves
Products shelves
Menu and prices
Menu and prices
Breeze's own line of spa products
Breeze’s own line of spa products
Citrus welcome drink and a warm towel to freshen me up before my massage session
Citrus welcome drink and a warm towel to freshen me up before my massage session
The welcome drink was followed by a small macaroon and hot tea
The welcome drink was followed by a small macaroon and hot tea
The massage room
The cosy massage room
Basin for foot wash and scrub
Basin for foot wash and scrub
Changed and ready for my massage
Changed and ready for my massage
Macaroon and tea to round up a very comfortable massage session
Macaroon and tea to round up a very comfortable massage session
The hotel pool is just outside Breeze Spa
The hotel pool is just outside Breeze Spa
Hotel gym
Hotel gym
Weights training area
Weights training area

For the high standard of hospitality, the cost of the executive room is pretty reasonable at around 6,000 Baht (~S$240) with breakfast included. Alternatively, the deluxe rooms cost around 3,000 Baht (~S$120) a night with breakfast included.

Amari Watergate is currently running some very attractive package promotions now for their deluxe rooms. Do check out their website for more details. 

If you are intending on doing some heavy duty shopping in the Pratunam district, Amari Watergate hotel is the perfect luxury base.

Even though I have been to Bangkok many times and stayed at various hotels and service apartments, this was the first time we stayed at Amari Watergate. After this great experience, I can confidently say it won’t be the last time. 🙂

Click here to read all my blog posts on flying to Bangkok and Krabi with AirAsia. 

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