The Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel was next on my list of Bangkok hotels to check on and see whether or not it makes a great place for an overnight stay when passing through Bangkok.
In this case I intended to stay at the Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel on the outbound journey from Bangkok before flying home the next day.
I went by car from my Bangkok hotel to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Following the road signs was quite straight forward and upon arrival I dropped the car off at the front of the hotel and left the keys with the concierge.
The porters seemed to be ready and waiting, came and took the luggage and directed us to the reception.
Upon entering the foyer of the Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel I was immediately struck by how large the space is.
On the left and right are the actual hotel rooms and the foyer goes the full height of the buildings five floors.
Arriving at the reception desk, which is a good 70 metres from the entrance the staff advised that I was entitled to a private check-in and the receptionist, escorted us to the Biz Centre where we were shown to a small desk for the check-in formalities to be conducted.
The hotel booking had been done on the Agoda website and the room rate indicated that it did not include breakfast but as the check-in progressed I was advised that the room rate also included the following:
I don’t recall seeing all these inclusions when I booked so it was a pleasant surprise to find out about this and meant that there was no need to walk over to the Magic Food Court for breakfast (just kidding).
As an exercise I will add up these individual values as I go, so you can tell if this package is worth it or not.
The room was located on the 5th floor overlooking the swimming pool and the fruit plate and fancy chocolates were already laid out.
It was late afternoon and still warm outside and there was still time for a swim. So after getting changed, we went down to the pool and tried to connect the smartphone to the WiFi signal.
As luck would have it, the connection worked perfectly and we were able to stream a Thai movie onto the Samsung whilst I went for a swim.
Many small hotels offer free Wi-fi but business hotels charge 500 Baht per day ($15), so I shall use that figure.
The pool is located in a courtyard with a wet bar at one end and two lions spurting water from their mouths in the middle of the pool.
It was a little cold getting into the water but after swimming for a while it was actually just the correct temperature.
Although the hotel is right in the middle of the airport, the runway runs parallel to the hotel and so the planes do not actually fly directly overhead.
Because of the surrounding walls of the building there was very little noise from the planes in the pool area, although you could see the reflection of them taking off in the glass paneling of the building.
After swimming and relaxing for a couple of hours we went back to the room to change.
The room was directly overlooking the swimming pool and the large Air Traffic Control tower could be seen on the other side of the building.
Occasionally a large jet could be seen taking off but you could not hear anything.
Cocktails start at 5:00pm, so after getting showered and changed we went to make maximum use of the Lounge facilities.
We weren't quite sure where the lounge was located so had a bit of a look around the foyer area first and all the different restaurants and bars in there.
As evening was coming the lights had been turned on and it gave it a nice atmosphere.
In the end we had to ask for assistance and as it turned out the cocktails were served in the Biz Lounge, which was where the check-in had taken place, earlier in the day.
Happy Hour, as it is known in Thailand had a range of sushi, canapés, finger food, small steaks, chicken pieces, curry puffs, cheeses and desserts on offer.
Before diving into the food a couple of glasses of red wine were ordered just to whet the appetite.
There were only about 6 other people getting drinks and food and so there was plenty of time to savour the offerings.
We took a seat by the window where we overlooked a lawn and then could see to the main airport building in the distance through the car park.
The lounge was pleasantly decorated and had comfortable seating and it was a nice relaxing atmosphere.
I don’t recall the name of the wine but it went down a treat and was followed by a couple of Blue Margaritas and a One Night in Bangkok cocktail.
I have to say the One Night in Bangkok was not really to my liking, it had a little too much lime for my taste, but that didn't stop me polishing it off.
As time wore on, more food was slotted in between the drinks and to be honest after having some of the lovely desserts I went back and had a sampling of the Japanese sushi with ginger, soy sauce and wasabi paste; delicious.
When we initially ordered the cocktails from the menu I noticed that they were marked up at 300 Baht each. I don't remember the wine price, but for the sake of the exercise let’s say it was priced the same as the cocktails.
So that was 5 drinks at 300 Baht. A buffet in Bangkok is between 500 and 1000 Baht, so I shall estimate 750 Baht each, as it was not really a full buffet, but still you could eat as much as you wanted.
Total value I estimate at 3000 Baht ($100).
We managed to keep eating until just before 7:00pm when the waitress came around for one last drinks order.
We declined her offer as we had eaten our fill and I had to work the following day and didn't want to be the worse for wear.
Leaving the Biz Lounge we had a final look in the foyer and then went up to one of the higher floors to take a nighttime photograph of the Suvarnabhumi Airport sign before going back to the room.
The pool is open until 10:00pm and there were still people swimming and drinking at the bar. We watched a movie as a good end to the day.
Next morning we went down for breakfast in the Biz Lounge again.
There was a very plain choice of cereals, but there were heated tomatoes, sausage etc and if you wanted eggs or something cooked you could order that.
Don’t get me wrong, they had fruit juices, croissants etc, I didn't pay too much attention to what was on offer, but I dare say you could get what you wanted.
I am putting a conservative cost of 500 Baht each ($30) on the breakfast, it is probably more like 800 Baht in their restaurant I expect.
After breakfast and packing the suitcases I had to head off to a business meeting.
The Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Hotel arranged me one of the AOT Limousines to go off to Bang Phli somewhere, so I checked out and left my luggage with the concierge to be picked up later.
After returning to the hotel around 3:00pm after my business meeting, I collected my suitcase and walked over to Suvarnabhumi Airport using the connecting tunnel.
If you want to see how to go to Suvarnabhumi Airport from the Novotel just follow the link.
So what did I think of the Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel?
Well I paid $250 for the room but I got internet $15, food and drinks worth $100 and breakfast equivalent to $30 so I reckon the room only cost me the equivalent of $105 and I didn't even use most of the other services on offer.
To me the Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel was great value, a lovely room with a very comfortable bed and right next to the airport.
I have to say that I was more than satisfied with my experience at the Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Hotel.
I felt that I got really good value and if I get the opportunity to go back there I most certainly will.
(in fact since writing this review I have returned on two more occasions booking in with the Executive package as it is such a good deal.)
Just note also, that if you have children under 12 then they can use existing bedding in the room and the snacks, cookies.
Happy hour and breakfast is still included.
Of course the children won’t be consuming alcoholic drinks, but they will have access to the food and in my view you would have to be getting the room for almost free.
Follow the link if you would like to book the Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel or see more of the hotel features.
This package may not always be available, but if it is, then I consider it great value for couples or more.
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