Glow Pratunam Hotel, Bangkok [Thailand]
It may seem odd, but this was my first ever trip to Bangkok. I mean, I’ve been to Phuket and Cha-am before, so it wasn’t my first time in Thailand, but Bangkok is an entirely new experience for me. Our home for the next three nights would be at Glow Pratunam Hotel, which is right opposite the famous Platinum Fashion Mall.
Before Leaving Suvarnabhumi Airport
Head over to Gate 7 upon arrival and purchase your DTAC Happy Tourist prepaid 3G SIM card. I’m sure it will come in handy for your adventures in the Land of Smiles.
Getting to Glow Pratunam Hotel – Airport Rail Link
In order to avoid the Bangkok traffic jam, we decided to try out the Airport Rail Link. Take the escalator to the basement level B, follow the signs and you’ll reach the station where you can purchase the tokens to board the Airport Rail Link.
There are three different type of tickets that you can purchase. The City Link stops at every station, whereas the express lines only stop at either Makkasan or Phaya Thai. We would be taking the Phaya Thai Express Line since we’re headed to Pratunam. The journey itself took roughly 20 minutes.
A single trip ticket costs 90 Baht, and gets you a token. You don’t need to insert the token anywhere at this point in time, show it to the guy manning the escalator, and they’ll let you take the escalator down to where you’ll board the Airport Rail Link. The token is used when you’re exiting the Phaya Thai station.
Not that many people taking the Airport Rail Link at this time, which was around 4.30pm in Bangkok.
Each cabin has these luggage racks for securing our luggage so that we can travel comfortably.
A look at the interior of the Airport Rail Link, which was pretty spacious.
Getting to Glow Pratunam Hotel – Bangkok Transit System (BTS)
From Phaya Thai Station, we switched to the BTS, which was an entirely different rail system.
The BTS card looked just like the Transitlink card we used to have in Singapore! We travelled for one station and alighted at Ratchathewi BTS Station.
From here, Glow Pratunam Hotel is 10-minutes walk along Phetchaburi Road. If you’re dragging along a huge luggage, good luck. Just head to the junction, turn right and keep going. Glow Pratunam Hotel should appear in no time.
Glow Pratunam Hotel
Glow Pratunam Hotel itself is located on the 7th to 20th floor of Shibuya 19 Fashion Mall. To get to the hotel reception, you’ll have to first take the lift to the 7th floor.
There is always at least one staff from Glow Pratunam Hotel at the lift lobby so tourists should not encounter any problems.
Check-in was pretty quick and efficiency. A welcome drink is provided and very much appreciated after our long walk from Ratchathewi BTS Station. By the time we’re finished with our drink, we’re ready to head to our rooms.
Glow Pratunam Hotel is relatively new, and it shows the moment we enter the hotel. The hotel and furnishings looked new and modern. The separate hotel lifts serves only floor #7 to #20.
We originally got our rooms from Expedia, with each Deluxe Room (no breakfast) costing us SGD$98 nett per night, which we thought was a fantastic deal for the decent location and room size.
One of our rooms got a free upgrade to a Glow Suite at no extra cost upon arrival – I guess they must have been overbooked? Yippee!
Room Type – Glow Suite
Details from Glow Pratunam Hotel official website –
- 43 sqm with King-sized bed
- Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet access
- Floor to ceiling windows offering stunning city views and natural light
- A delicious (what?!) pillowtop mattress and two types of dreamy pillows
- A comfortable couch for lounging
- Work desk with international adapters
- 32’ LCD TV with cable channels
- iPod docking station with radio and speakers
- Individual air-conditioner for personal climate control
- Bathroom amenities and hairdryer
- Mini-refrigerator with complimentary coffee, tea and water
- Iron and ironing board upon request
- Electronic in-room safe
- Black-out curtains
The Glow Suite has a separate living area with basic furnishings.
On the other side of the living room – a simple work desk with plenty of power sockets for the gadget freaks in all of us.
We didn’t try out the hotel facilities as most of our time was spent outside the hotel.
The scissor comes in really handy for cutting tags from our cheap buys! An iPhone dock is really much the norm these days – when will we ever see an Android phone dock?
Torchlight and a (pretty good) hairdryer are kept in the desk.
The “delicious” mattress with fluffy pillows. There is a master control panel for all the in-room electronics. The air-conditioning and lights can be operated without stepping away from the bed. You can even set the alarm clock if you wish.
The view from our hotel – right beside the Grand Diamond Plaza is the Platinum Fashion Mall. The notorious Bangkok jam can be seen everyday outside our hotel.
In-built safe with two bathrobes in the wardrobe. Somehow, our safe was locked so we didn’t get to use it. Kind of lazy to get the hotel to unlock it after we notified them.
The bathroom is pretty huge, and TOTALLY EXPOSED to the bedroom. There is no privacy partition!
Standard His and Hers basins in the vanity area.
Cotton buds and cotton pads are thoughtfully provided by the hotel.
The bathtub from which you can enjoy a nice soak after a full day of shopping. The wooden panels are be shifted so that the LCD TV wouldn’t be blocked.
Both the WC and the shower cubicle have glass doors, but they are totally transparent.
Well, this is great for couples and erm, pretty much bad for any other combinations. I doubt the hotel would provide the free room upgrade for two guys sharing a twin room?
Located at the ground level of Shibuya 19 Fashion Mall is a 24-hr MacDonald’s and Starbucks, which was kind of convenient. The only shortcoming was the huge walking distance from any BTS station. Being located right next to the Platinum Fashion Mall is both a blessing and a curse. Great for shopping and shopping and shopping, but a nightmare if we want to travel by BTS.
There are plenty of cabs at the Pratunam area so that’s another option. You can pretty much forget about travelling on buses – you’ll know what I mean when you’re there.
Glow Pratunam Hotel by Zinc is a lovely hotel, and great value for money even if we’re just talking about the Deluxe Room. The hotel is clean, safe, modern, and everything is in good working condition. The staff speaks pretty good English, so any communications (room service etc) went without a hitch.
The bill upon check-out was accurate without any mistakes. The airport transfer we requested for our trip to the Suvarnabhumi Airport (800 Baht, for 4 pax with 4 luggage) arrived right on time as well.
Would I recommend it? Definitely!Glow Pratunam Hotel