We decided to go to Bangkok on my birthday in 2013. Upon choosing our accommodations, J and I opted to stay at a boutique hotel than a hostel or a chain hotel. Since we only had three days to explore the city, we thought it was best to have the hotel a part of our experience as well. Boutique hotels generally have a more personalized service–a level higher than hostels and a factor often lacking in big corporate chains with 100+ rooms. Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok met our checklist: it had a pool, a (free) buffet breakfast, and a 24-hour room service. Plus, it’s easily accessible by train and was adjacent to a lot of Bangkok’s urban landmarks.
Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok proved to be a fantastic choice–it’s located in the middle of a bustling city but upon entering, had a very tranquil and luxurious atmosphere. We’re greeted warmly by the staff in the spacious, white-marbled lobby with ceiling-high glass doors and windows that look out onto the courtyard, the pool, and their in-house restaurant, Miss Siam. The building had a white, colonial-style exterior, quite similar to the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. First-time guests won’t miss it while traversing Phaya Thai Road. Inside, faux-antique furniture and Thai-contemporary elements dominated the interiors, a very chic and modern fusion of Thai and Western styles (I loved the stylish chairs and I couldn’t stop staring at the glass door with an intricate Thai pattern).
Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok has a great buffet breakfast with a well-thought-out mix of Thai/Asian and Western dishes. We opted for continental with bacon and sausage, though they offer a variety other choices too, such as soup, crepe, omelette, rice, porridge, noodles, rice cakes, etc. You have the option to eat inside the restaurant or al fresco, by the pool and garden.
We stayed at a deluxe room with red and pink motif which was roomy enough for two people. The open-plan room made use of a sliding door, separating the bed and bath while maximizing the available space. If left opened, you could soak in the tub while watching tv. On the bedside table was a touchscreen remote control system that lets you operate the lights, air-conditioning, alarm clock, or summon the butler service.
Travelling around the city was easy as the hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the BTS Sky Train, MBK Center, Bangkok Art & Culture Center, National Stadium, and Siam Paragon and Discovery malls.
We encountered just one problem during our stay: how the staff at the front desk were slow and seemingly unfamiliar with the check-in and check-out process. But maybe because back in 2013, the hotel was quite new so hey, it’s understandable. They made up for it by being incredibly friendly and courteous who all had been nothing but accommodating to our every request.
My rating for Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok: 4/5 ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok is perhaps one of the chicest, most comfortable hotels we’ve ever stayed at. Our favorite part of this hotel is probably its restaurant, which I will talk about next. :)
Address: 400 Phayathai Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand | Telephone: +66 2217 0777
Hotel Classification: 4-star hotel (Luxury | Free parking | Pool | Free breakfast | Free wifi)
Check in: 2pm | Check out: 12noon
Price range (per night): 3,878 PHP – 6,224 PHP / 115 SGD – 190 SGD
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