The Ivory Suvarnabhumi Hotel is located 10 minutes from Bangkok International Airport and is an ideal location if you have a layover in Bangkok.
Previously I had reviewed all hotels that were in a short distance of Suvarnabhumi Airport to identify which one travellers thought was the best and I committed to visit this particular one on my next trip to provide feedback for my readers.
I made my booking for the Ivory using the Agoda website and in the special comments section noted that I was arriving at about 4:30pm and needed an airport pick-up.
Complimentary Airport Transfer
Passing through immigration was a breeze and my bag appeared very quickly on the carousel and I took my suitcase straight through the Customs check and out into the arrivals hall.
I wasn't quite sure where the driver would be waiting so I walked slowly checking all the signs that the hotel agents were holding up.
The first group of agents near to the AOT Limousine counter were from all the high-end Bangkok hotels, like the Sheraton, the Westin and Intercontinental etc.
I kept on walking and towards the Meeting Point and saw in front of me, just by the second exit door, my name on the Ivory Suvarnabhumi Hotel board.
There was a lady looking after about six hotel boards.
I introduced myself and she telephoned for the car whilst I waited on the other side of the barrier.
About 10-15 minutes later the car came and I transferred my bags into the Volvo sedan and the driver set off to the hotel.
There was a reasonable amount of traffic on the road as it was abou 5:00pm on a Friday evening, but the drive only took about 8 or 10 minutes and we were there in no time.
Ivory Suvarnabhumi Hotel Reception Area
At the hotel I was checked in by the desk staff, was given a key and the car driver helped me with my bag up to the room on the 5th floor in the same building.
This I believe was Building B.
The building has a lift so there is no lugging your baggage up several flights of stairs.
The Ivory Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel complex is made up of Building A at the front which also faces onto Lat Krabang Road.
There is a small on-site restaurant that is located in this building.
Judging from the sign hung outside it looked like the apartments in Building A were available for a monthly rent of 5500 Baht.
This is worth bearing in mind if you plan to make many trips involving a Bangkok layover.
Although I didn't enquire, the normal practice is two months rent up front and a six month minimum term.
Building B is the second building in the soi and houses the reception area.
All the rooms in this building are all quiet facing onto some other apartments or building roofs.
There was no noticeable road noise at all.
The room itself consisted of a double bed, small fridge; old style television and a combined bathroom and toilet and most importantly it was clean and had an air conditioner.
The photographs on the Agoda website accurately reflected the room appearance.
The minibar was stocked with a range of drinks and snacks for a reasonable price and the bathroom had all the toiletries that you would need for an overnight stay.
What I did notice though was that the curtains were backed with a silver material and fitted the windows very well.
If you had to sleep here in the day time you could be sure that the light would be blocked out and with the hotel being located down the small soi there would be no noise.
The bed was a typical firm Thai mattress and the sheets and pillowcases were clean, but had a couple of small holes.
For all I know they will go out and buy Sheraton 400 count Egyptian cotton sheet sets tomorrow so I wouldn’t take too much notice of this comment.
The breakfast was advertised at 169 Baht and there was an option of a Western breakfast or Thai breakfast.
If there are two people staying then it is probably more economical to get the breakfast as part of the accommodation cost rather than purchase it separately.
On the ground floor is a small massage shop by the name of Ananda Lanna Spa where a Traditional Thai Massage costs 200 Baht for one hour or 400 Baht for two hours.
Opening hours are 10:00am to 10:00pm.
The massage here was very strong and in traditional Thai style and is one of the best massages I have ever had.
If you do choose to stay at this hotel then I can certainly recommend the Thai massage.
The ladies in the shop had limited English, but enough to have a simple conversation.
The Ivory Suvarnabhumi Hotel was within easy reach of the airport and the room was cheap, clean and tidy.
It has a free round trip transfer, a good breakfast and is located within a short walk of the Paseo Mall.
I paid just under 1400 Baht for the night, including breakfast and I would recommend staying here if you have a Bangkok Airport layover and you need to kill some time between flights or if you just want to have a nap and freshen up before you resume your journey.
In particular I would recommend the Ananda Lanna Spa, located on the ground floor, as they provided one of the best and strongest Thai Massages that I have ever experienced in Bangkok. (in fact I have been back here on a number of occasions since this stay, when I have been in the general area).
If you would like to book the Ivory Suvarnabhumi Hotel or get more information then go to The Ivory Suvarnabhumi Hotel at the Agoda Bangkok website.
Update November 2011
I returned to the Ivory Suvarnabhumi hotel in late November and this time I was assigned Room 301B which is at the front of the building.
The room was fine but with it facing the main road it suffered from a reasonable amount of road noise. This room also had two windows.
One window was fitted with the blackout curtains referred to above and one was not, consequently a lot of light came in and as it faced the sunrise, it came in rather early the next morning.
Other than that the second experience was entirely satisfactory.
When making a booking I suggest that you select a room at the rear of the building.
For example, rooms 304B, 306B and 308B are all rear facing and I suspect that this will be the same for floors 2-6.
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