24 hours on a stopover and my normal modus operandi is to rush around like hell and fit in as much as I can. When you live in Australia and the stopover is after a long haul flight, I’ve come to learn that preparing for the remainder of the journey (whether for holiday or business) is an important priority.
My latest stopover was in Bangkok (Thailand) on my way to Burma (Myanmar) for what would be a busy specialist food tour. So my 24 hours in Bangkok was all about comfort. After searching the internet using Mr and Mrs Smith, and with assistance from them on availability, I selected the small and intimate, luxury boutique Hotel Muse.
WOW the design of the hotel itself is incredible and captures the golden age of travel of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You know me. I headed straight for the rooftop bar – aptly name The Speakeasy – and the cocktail list dreams the same dream of an earlier time of the golden age of travel. It also has spectacular views from the 24th and 25th floors, a great menu, tasty food and attentive service. Further exploration helped me uncover a cosy leather clad cigar lounge and the Blind Pig inner sanctum for the enjoyment of fine leaves and brown spirits (A Gentlemens Club with numbered private bottles – but as a whisky drinking cigar smoking lass I came close to feeling the need) as well as a boardroom and three private rooms. I also indulged in a few oustanding martinis at the the foyer bar Le Salon. So all in all I was ready for a good night’s sleep was in order. So off to my room..
The room was spacious and luxurious with parquetry floors which surprisingly for a new hotel had an incredible patina, beautiful dark timbered furniture, cosy and sensuous soft furnishing includes a chaise longue and a stunning bathroom (my first port of call in my hotel room is always to the bathroom). After a long hot shower with lots of good water pressure, all the marvellous toiletries that are required while travelling (I don’t like to pack – I expect a good hotel to provide all that I need – tissues, shower cap and the like and yes all was provided) I was a happy girl. Great big fluffy towels dried me off before jumping onto the most comfortable bed I think I’ve slept in (apart from my own that is). This kind of stopover is not a luxury to my mind; it is required for recouperation after that long flight. I know you’re with me here.
I didn’t get to try the gym but I did relax slowly swimming up and down the pool interspersed with lazing in a deck chair (with bar service and another cocktail) – swimming is another good post flight recovery technique of course, don’t you think?
Oh did I mention that as I’d heard Burma has patchy internet, I had travelled without my laptop and was grateful that there were easy to access computers with internet in the business centre just near the concierge desk.
Breakfast saw me joined in the hotel restaurant by an industry friend who now lives in Bangkok, and he commented that Hotel Muse is very well located. Not really knowing Bangkok all that well, I hadn’t thought about that – but he’s right. So it was off for a walk to Central World, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon for a spot of shopping (with my baggaged stowed at the hotel) before it was time to head off on the next leg of my adventure.
PS I know I’ve sung the praises of the hotel – but it really is just lovely with friendly staff and great service and all the other guests I met were enjoying their stay. Surprisingly the price is less than you might expect and very affordable.
55/555 Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
66 2 630 4000
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