Glow Pratunam, Thailand

Finally, after a long day of shopping, eating & walking, we returned to Glow Pratunam hotel (919 Petchburi Road, Kwang Thanon Phayathai, Rajdhevi กรุงเทพมหานคร 10400, Thailand. Tel: +66 2 257 3999) to get our room keys.  We had checked in earlier that morning before the official check-in time so couldn’t get a room yet.  Hence we parked our luggage at the concierge & went shopping at Platinum Fashion Mall which is just located opposite the hotel.  It was a pleasure to hear that our luggage had been put in our room given that it was late, almost 11pm. 😛

Pics taken at the hotel lobby that morning as well as the building entrance before heading to Platinum

Photos taken at the hotel lobby as well as the building entrance that morning (top right)

I managed to take some photos of the hotel in the day before we left to enjoy the day.  Just a note that this hotel only occupies 7th to 20th floor of Shibuya 19, another shopping mall in the area.  Therefore if you notice the top right photo above, the building is called “Shibuya Glow”.  You will need to take the elevator on the left side of the building (after entering via this main entrance) to 7th floor, where the hotel lobby is.

Glow Pratunam is relatively new, only opened in 2012 so its facilities & room amenities still look quite new too.  Although the hotel lobby looked kind of dark & dim, when we went up to our room on 16th floor, it was quite brightly lit.

A brightly lit & long corridor welcomed us upon reaching 16th floor

A brightly lit & long corridor welcomed us upon reaching 16th floor

Our deluxe twin room

Our deluxe twin room

The room looked chic & comfortable.  Although just 29 square meters, it appeared more spacious than Grand Millennium Sukhumvit which claimed that the room size is 38 square meters.  Everything was well maintained too.  If I really had to be picky, it would probably be that the sliding doors of the cabinet often slide too quickly & the bathroom would be exposed to a certain extent (because you can either open the cabinet door from the bathroom or from the bedroom).  Other than that, nothing much to complain about. 🙂

Complimentary WIFI internet access was available although we didn’t really need to use it since we each bought a Traveller SIM card that provided unlimited data access too.  Nonetheless, I did try the WIFI connection & it seemed to be pretty stable.  I also took photos of the night view & day view from the window of our room:

(Top) night view (Bottom) day view

(Top) night view
(Bottom) day view

Before we retreated to our comfortable room for a good night’s rest, we also had our traditional Thai body massage done at the hotel for 1.5 hours (฿500/ S$21.30).  Originally I had wanted to try out the highly recommended Number One Massage located on Petchburi Soi 15, adjacent to Glow Pratunam but it was raining so heavily we dismissed the idea of looking for it.  Anyway, the massage at the hotel paled in comparison to Health Land that we did the previous day.  I felt my masseur kind of short-changed me, she requested for an urgent toilet break & was gone for a while, but my massage still ended slightly before my friend, although we started same time.  Furthermore she also kept hurrying us while we were changing into the gowns provided, saying that we were “late & the 1.5 hours starts now”. 😦

The booking we made at this hotel came with buffet breakfast, & the restaurant was just behind the hotel reception.  It was not a big restaurant, & crowded when we arrived slightly after 9am.  We only had to let the staff know our room number & we could enjoy our breakfast, no breakfast coupons needed.

Glow Pratunam Hotel breakfast

Above is a photo collage of the food I ate as well as a peek into the buffet layout. I also had some fruits that I did not take picture of.  The food was decent though not a huge variety of choices were available.  While there wasn’t much to shout about the indoor dining area, the outdoor dining area gave a bright & cheery feel.  But I guess it’s too hot for anyone to want to eat out there haha.

Nice ambience at the outdoor dining area

Nice ambience at the outdoor dining area

The only downside about its location is that the nearest BTS station is about 15 min walk away – Ratchathewi.  On our way back from Siam area, we took the BTS from Siam to Ratchathewi but lost our way when trying to walk to the hotel.  Nonetheless, getting to the airport was still quite easy.  We took a taxi to the nearest Airport Rail Link station – Rajprarop, upon checking out of the hotel.  The ride took less than 10 min (it was 11+ am then & cost about ฿50) & the airport rail link took about 25 min (฿40/ S$1.70).  So in less than an hour, we arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, so convenient, cheap & fast since there was no traffic jam to be afraid of. 😉

I think this hotel is quite popular amongst tourists, given its strategic location opposite Platinum as well as near other prime shopping malls.  In fact at the breakfast restaurant, I could hear the voices of many Singaporeans, through the way they spoke.  Overall, this is a nice hotel to stay in, value for money too, we paid around S$100 for a night.  I wouldn’t mind staying here the next time again. 🙂

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