Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

This is: Vietnam 2010

Hotel 1

Millennium Hilton, Bangkok

This fabulous hotel is situated by the Chao Phraya river, just opposite the Sheraton. Arguably, the Sheraton has the better location, as the Millennium Hilton is on the wrong side of the river for almost everything that tourists want to do or see. The hotel remedies this potential defect by running two complimentary ferries, one directly across the river and one to the nearby Saphan Taksin Skytrain station.

My Executive Plus suite was on the 23rd floor, giving stunning river views through curved panoramic windows by both day and night. It was finished to a very high standard, with clearly defined living and working areas, a separate bedroom, a main bathroom (with jacuzzi bath and separate, walk-in shower) accessed from the bedroom, and a visitor's washroom accessed from the living / working area.

The Executive Lounge had panoramic river and city views, and included an outdoor terrace. The breakfast offering featured an extensive western and oriental buffet, while a chef was on hand to prepare eggs to order.

People often wonder how I manage to stay regularly in hotels such as this, and the answer usually involves the use of loyalty scheme points and/or upgrades given as a reward for achieving status in these schemes. In this case, however, the suite was specifically booked and paid for outright. It cost less than GBP100 in Hilton's 2010 January sale.

In: Sun 14 Nov 2010
Out: Mon 15 Nov 2010
Nights: 1
Room: 2301 (King Executive Plus Suite)

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