Recently at a gathering of local Hua Hin expats the conversation turned to why Hua Hin was chosen as everyone’s new home. The answers were all fairly predictable; relaxed lifestyle, the beaches, golf, infrastructure, resort lifestyle and overall quality of life. The other answer given, which was almost unanimous, was Hua Hin’s proximity to Bangkok. The relaxed small town life is enjoyable but every once in a while most said they enjoyed going up and experiencing the thrill of the big city and what it had to offer.
For me personally, I like going up to Bangkok once or twice a month for movies, good shopping and an unlimited plethora of quality restaurants. On my most recent trip to the City of Angels I stayed at a hotel where I could experience all 3 of my desires, movies, shopping and dining without ever stepping outdoors.
The Emporium Suites by Chatrium is built into the Emporium Shopping Mall complex which has very recently completed an 8 month 3 billion baht remodel. Here you will find 8 floors of great shops, a super market that would be the envy of any country it was placed in, floors of restaurants that can meet any type of cuisine desire and first class movie theaters. Another benefit is that it connects directly to the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain station. I can’t think of a more convenient hotel in Bangkok to stay.
The Emporium Suites is a 5 star hotel offering cosmopolitan luxury in the trendy area of Sukhumvit Soi 24. Each guestroom provides exceptionally spacious comfort, with floor-to-ceiling- windows, separated kitchens and the highest quality furnishings.
As the name states, they offer suites in 1, 2 or 3 bedroom configurations ranging in size from 95 to 200 square meters. I stayed in their Grand Deluxe One bedroom suite which was 115 square meters in size and had a full European kitchen, including an oven, a dining room table, a spacious lounge with an entertainment system, a separate washing machine & storage room, a guest toilet, two outdoor decks and a luxurious bedroom and bathroom with a desk and second flat panel TV.
Their Penthouse suites of which there are 4 are an astounding 515 square meters in size, equating to 5,543 square feet.
If staying in a suite is a little too indulgent for your tastes then you can also choose to from one of their studio rooms which range in size from 55 to 90 square meters. Here you will also enjoy a kitchen, floor to ceiling windows along with all of the amenities that come with this 5 star hotel such as 24 hour in-room dining.
Speaking of dining, The Emporia combines delicious international cuisine with stunning city views, whilst cocktails can be sipped in their relaxing Lobby Lounge or poolside at their Pool Bar. The entire pool area has also recently gone through a remodel and is a great place to unwind in the heart of the city.
Additional amenities include their modern and completely outfitted Fitness Center, with both male and female steam and sauna rooms. Next door to the fitness center is their Thann Sanctuary Spa. With locations in 16 countries Thann is renowned for their unparalleled sensorial treatments.
If luxury and ultimate convenience is the way you like to live then do yourself a favor and book yourself into the Emporium Suites next time you’re headed to Bangkok, it’s the suite life!