Saturday, 26 March 2011

More than Four good Points about this Bangkok hotel ...

Spot the difference: one is a hotel, the other a famous painting
I am a big fan of Mondrian. You know, the Dutch neo-plastic painter who used to paint geometric patterns of squares with patches of colour here and there?

Somehow, this new hotel, nestled handily right off Sukhumvit Soi 15, brings the feeling of his art to mind. Bright and bold shapes (you can't miss the giant red street-to-roof lightbox which dominates the soi for a start). Then there are flashes of warm colour here and there, enough to excite, not too much that it's overkill. A nice balance found.

Mondrian slept here. Not really.
The same for the rooms. Although fairly earthy in tone, there's enough colour (red accent panel on the wall, swirling mural pattern) to loosen it up and give it that 'just right' feel.

They've got a good technology story too, with a handy jack-pack which allows the modern person-about-town to link all their toys to the TV and sound system, recharge their mobiles, plug in their laptops, plus all the must-have tools du jour such as iPad, iPod and iRon.

Four Points by Sheraton is all about the Simple Pleasures. And no pleasure is more simple than watching the world go by from their very own Beer Vault, sipping on a European beer, and seeing all the colour of the passing street parade while in air-conditioned comfort. (As part of my exhaustive research, I also sipped European beers in many of their other outlets such as the trendy AmBar round the pool on the rooftop.)

The Eatery seems solar powered
A real outstanding feature to me is The Eatery. I've had breakfast at a thousand different hotels over the years, and The Eatery stands out -- no, not for the originality of its name -- but just for the feeling it imparts. A feeling of well-being. Of waking up ALIVE. It's fun and sunny and gets you off to a great start to the day. (Of course you can drop in here for a bite anytime around the clock.)

But I do have one dispute with the hotel and it really does make me see red: their website says, and I quote, "only 5 minutes walking distance from Asok Station, the interchange station for the skytrain and subway." 

Rubbish! Don't believe them -- I reckon it's only about 3 minutes, jing jing.

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