Two years after that fruitful shopping trip in Bangkok, we were back again in town in July for a short weekend getaway. Having more experience now in terms of locations, we chose again to stay at the Pathumwan area, near to MBK.

Mercure Bangkok Siam was where we stayed in the last round, but now being more conscious of the budget (so that I could save the money and spend it on shopping!), we chose to stay at Ibis Bangkok Siam, a hotel that occupies the same building as the Mercure, and so technically enjoys the same strategic location.

Fantastic Location

Ibis Bangkok Siam is easily accessible via the National Stadium BTS Skytrain Station.  For directions on how to get from the airport to the Ibis Bangkok Siam, refer to our article here.  It is also within a short walking distance to that shopping haven called MBK, where we spent most of our time at.

This is the actual distance from the linkway to MBK to Ibis Bangkok Siam.

The Reception – at Ground Floor

Ibis Bangkok Siam, though sharing the same building as the Mercure Bangkok Siam, has its own reception area separate from that of the Mercure. The check-in counter for Ibis was at the ground level, while that of Mercure was at Level 9.

Comparing our previous experience at the Mercure, Ibis is certainly less posh than Mercure. Not surprising, since we are paying a lower price for Ibis.  But I’ll say, for the lower price, I can do away with a little of that luxury.  It really isn’t too bad if you don’t make the comparisons.

Simple Functional Room

Again, we couldn’t help but draw comparisons to the room we had at the Mercure Bangkok Siam. After all, we had a great experience there.  To be honest, the room offers the bare basic amenities, nothing of the nice and modern design of the Mercure.  It is also a little small and worn-out.

There’s a small study area and a sofa near the windows.

The bathroom is especially small and hard to manoeuvre around.  We were not expecting anything luxurious, and at least it is clean and usable.



Views from the Room

We requested for a room on the higher floors, and got one at the 16th level.  That’s the view from our room.  We could see the MBK (the one in green roof) – that’s how near it is.


The Surrounding

Similar to the Mercure Bangkok Siam, the walls of the rooms are very thin, and I could literally hear every footstep that walked along the corridors at night.  Needless to say, we were very disturbed and didn’t have a good rest almost every night. This is the only negative thing we could say about Ibis Bangkok Siam.

Breakfast @ Ibis Bangkok Siam

Breakfast was not included in the room rates, but we could choose to top it up at the spot at around SGD $10 per person. The breakfast area was one area that we liked most about the Ibis Bangkok Siam.


At SGD $10 per person, we were not expecting much of a buffet spread at breakfast. Breakfast did not taste fantastic, but at least it was decent! 🙂

Shopping

For those who are obsessed with shopping, besides the MBK and the proximity to the BTS that will bring you to the various shopping malls of Bangkok, there are also a few street hawkers and souvenir shops just outside the doorsteps of Ibis Bangkok Siam.

I just love this handmade plush elephant at the souvenir shop just downstairs from the National Stadium BTS.  Unfortunately I made the decision to save my money and forfeited the chance to buy it.  It cost only SGD$15!!


Hotel Details

Ibis Bangkok Siam
Rama 1 Wangmai,
Pathumwan,
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330,
Thailand

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