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. 🙂

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