Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel Review
Stayed recently at the Galleria 10 Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel during my one night stopover, and it was the perfect base to do exactly what I wanted to accomplish, which was do a little shopping, and get a nice Thai massage.
Galleria 10 is located on Soi 10 off Sukhumvit, very near the Asok and Nana BTS stations. If you take a taxi from the airport it should cost around 350 baht, including all of the surcharges.
I arrived fairly late, around 10pm on a weekday. The check-in desk was quiet, which meant a nice and speedy check-in process. I was given a ice cream when I came in, nice touch! Free dessert, yay! The hotel will also take a 1,000 baht deposit upon check-in and it’ll get refunded when you check-out. The front desk agent kept saying it was “only 1,000 baht” which I thought was weird, because I felt 1,000 baht wasn’t that cheap. If it was 100 baht I’d stress the “only” part. Anyway, it wasn’t an issue since I used my credit card and didn’t have to pay any cash.
I reserved a king bed Deluxe Chill room, and was provided a nice one on a higher floor. The hotel looks small on the outside, but it’s pretty long going back into the lot, with 188 guestrooms in total. The Deluxe Chill room has all of the typical amenities you’d expect, maybe more than you’d expect considering the inexpensive price you can get rooms here. Free Wifi too in case you’re wondering.
Another interesting thing about this hotel is that you can get an actual 24 hour flexible check-out room, which your check-out time will be 24 hours after you check-in. This is great for people arriving late and needing to depart late the next day.
Breakfast in the morning was also very good. Breakfast was included in my room rate, which is the case for many of their promotional rates. There is a large and impressive buffet spread in the restaurant by the lobby. It had Western and Asian choices, but I stuck with mostly the Thai-style breakfast items as I figured the chefs would be more familiar cooking Thai food. But there was plenty of pastries, cereals, and even a fresh noodle and omelette station.
Facility-wise the hotel has more than enough facilities for a property of it’s size. On the roof there’s a small but functional gym with a variety of equipment. There’s also an outdoor deck and nice rooftop pool if you’d like to take a dip in the hot hot Bangkok weather. I didn’t see anyone there during the middle of the day. There’s also a bar, a few meeting rooms, and a couple of computers you can use. A massage room on the roof is also available if you don’t want to go too far for a Thai massage. Prices are reasonable and probably cleaner than some massage places on the street.
Since the hotel is off the main road, by about two minutes walking time, the hotel also offers a little golf buggy to drive you to the main road. I don’t think it’s really necessary to take it unless you have luggage, so it’s nice to have as a little perk. A tuk tuk would’ve been more Thai, but the golf car is definitely more comfortable. It’s just hard to get the golf cart to pick you up from the road to bring you back to the hotel since there’s really no way to signal them that you’re there, faster just to walk.
After check-out on the way to the airport, I decided not to chance it with infamous Bangkok traffic and took the BTS to Airport Rail Link. It was fairly easy, although it did take a bit of time. I walked to Nana BTS (Nana is better than Asok because the escalator going up to the platform is close to the hotel.) Took the BTS to Phayathai, no transfer of train required which is nice. Then did a quick less than 5 min walk to the Airport Rail link and hopped on the train there.
Now, as of this writing, the City Line and Airport Express have had some maintenance issues with the train cars. Basically they weren’t maintained and started breaking down, so many of them have been taken out of service to get repaired. Trains are only running local now, no express train to the airport. Also, you may experience some delays and oddities so just allow a few minutes extra time. In my case, the doors were closed and the train was supposed to depart but just sat at the station a few minutes. Then the doors opened again and closed, and finally left. Weird.
Overall the hotel stay was great. It was located not far from Times Square, Terminal 21, and public transportation stations. Siam Square is only a few stops away too. Staff were professional and friendly at all times. Next time you are in Bangkok looking for an affordable, hip, well-located property, Galleria 10 Bangkok should be at the top of your list. Also, if you book direct from their website you can get packaged specials.