Nesting at Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit

“MAAYONG hapon,” said the foreigner, smiling.

To hear a “good afternoon” greeting spoken in a Philippine dialect with almost 3,000 kilometers from my homeland has an instant effect of good vibes.

 

GM of Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit- Simon Ramsay
“Maayong hapon,” said General Manager Simon Ramsay when we met. Before this current assignment, he was the resident amnager of Radisson Hotel Cebu & acted as OIC in Park Inn by Radisson in Davao when the late Pavan Kakar went on a break

 

It will make you grin, if not laugh excitedly. The connection will put you at ease and yes, make you feel like you’re home.

The Visayan greeting were the first words uttered by Simon Ramsay, the Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit’s general manager, when he welcomed me to his hotel, my home for the five-day Bangkok sojourn.

 

Selfie time with the Radisson Suites Bangkok team
After the formalities, a selfie, of course.

 

The Big Mango is a regular destination for work and leisure. With each visit the excitement escalates. That’s how dynamic Bangkok is. In fact, the Thai capital has been likened to New York City, the city that never sleeps.

This tired soul, on the other hand, needed sleep. It was a long journey and I had little sleep in the past 24 hours. And entering my generously appointed, apartment-style one-bedroom suite with everything I need to feel at home, I knew I would get the rest I needed.

 

Stayed in a 1-bedroom suite at the Radisson Suites Bangkok in Sukhumvit
A one-bedroom suite as my nest for the the 5-day Bangkok sojourn.

 

And I did. (The almost massage-like relaxing dip at the Jacuzzi also did wonders.)

 

Rooftop jacuzzi of the Radisson Suites Bangkok
This did the trick. A restful night of sleep for this tired soul after a quick dip in the rooftop Jacuzzi.

 

Over a hearty breakfast the next day, I sat with the Simon and Khun Saranchana, the DOSM, and we shared stories on travel and cuisine of Thailand and the Philippines.

 

Breakfast at the Radisson Suites Bangkok
This spot became my most favorite corner in the breakfast room.

 

Apparently, Simon’s stint as resident manager in Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu was the reason why he knew how to speak Visayan.

 

With the Radisson Suites Bangkok team for breakfast
First breakfast was with this charming Radisson Suite Bangkok team; Saranchana Suphirun, Director of Sales & Marketing, General Manger Simon Ramsay & Ploylalada Chaiboonruangsin, Asst. PR & Marcom Manager

 

He even made it to Davao as the officer-in-charge whenever the late Park Inn by Radisson general manager Pavan Kakar was on vacation. (It was Pavan who generously initiated this Bangkok hosting).Flying to Bangkok regularly for the past 10 years, I always seek the unique in each of the hotel I stay in, including this current address I was in—Sukhumvit 13, an area shared with other renowned hotels.The 150-room Radisson Suites Bangkok has everything the business and leisure travellers would want in a hotel: well-appointed guestrooms and suites, complimentary WiFi, specialty food outlets, spacious meeting rooms, well-equipped fitness center by the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

 

Radisson Suites Bangkok pool
Take a dip in the rooftop pool at sunrise or sunset. The Jacuzzi at the elevated deck in a relaxing way to end a day of touring Bangkok as well.

 

But what makes the hotel unique? I asked Simon.

“The Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit is a well-established international hotel located between Sukhumvit MRT and Nana BTS stations. We have been operating for 6 years and have a tremendous repeat and loyal guest base who use us each time due to our location, ‘Yes, I can’ service (always positive, always smiling and always professional mindset of the Radisson people) and our guest loyalty program, Club Carlson,” he shared.

 

Frontliners of Radisson Suites Bangkok
Positive vibes from the front liners Khun Arisa & Khun Pielinploy day in and out.

 

“The hotel is unique in the sense that it is a suite property offering suite rooms at hotel prices in the center of Bangkok. We pride ourselves in offering a warm Thai hospitality in everything that we do here in the hotel. We are in a central location with restaurants, bars and shopping malls all within walking distance and of course if you don’t want to walk, then our complimentary tuk-tuk service will drop you off and pick you up in the local area.”

 

Raidsson Suites Bangkok offers suites rooms at hotel prices
What makes Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit unique is it offers suite rooms at hotel prices in the center of Bangkok. The one bedroom suite of the Sukhumviit 13 hotel

 

Big bathroom in the Radisson Suites Bangkok Suite
Can one ask fro a bigger sanctuary? The spacious bathroom of the one bedroom suite

 

From the hotel, my destinations, be it sightseeing, shopping or dining, were a tuk-tuk plus a BTS train rides away. How convenient is that?

 

Complimentary tuktuk ride for all guests of Radisson Suites Bangkok to and from the BTS station
Most convenient ride from the hotel to the BTS station & back. Complimentary tuk-tuk rides is offered to all hotel guests

 

It is a fact that competition is stiff when it comes to the hospitality business in Bangkok. I asked the GM how the hotel stays on top of the game.“The hotel is always evolving. We recently opened our newest outlet in February this year, the Punjab Grill, to rave reviews from our guests and the local Bangkok residents. The bar area is now trending with its signature Indian cocktails and mocktails, while the Punjab Grill menu caters for all dietary restrictions from vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and Jain. We had seen an opportunity in the market to offer Fine Dining Indian Cuisine with an emphasis on Punjab cuisines so we designed a new restaurant in an under-utilized area of the hotel.”

 

A taste of India at Punjab Grill at Radisson Suites Bangkok
Punjab Grill’s private dining area. The framed prints on the wall are all from India.

 

The 130-seater Indian restaurant is the fifth dining and entertainment outlet of the hotel, adding to Mauve, a casual dining space that features an interactive show kitchen offering signature dishes from western grill to exotic Indian fare; Asqu (askew), chic coffee space by day and chill-out spot at night serving signature cocktails and tapas; Aromas, a bakeshop & a deli; and, The Rooftop Bar, an al fresco casual dining spot by the pool.

 

Mauve is Radisson Suites Bangkok's breakfast place
A section of the buffet station of Mauve.

 

“We are also in the process of looking at other F&B options within the hotel to develop during 2016 and into 2017 so watch this space as we continue to evolve.”

Like a boss, I arrived and departed the hotel on board the hotel’s limo service, a special treatment from my host. It was a great way to start and end of what I consider as my most remarkable stay at the Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit.

 

Hotel limo service to & from the airport compliments of Radisson Suites Bangkok hotel
Warm Thai smile to welcome & send me off. My chauffeured hotel service to and fro the hotel from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

 

Daghang salamat, Khobkhunkrap, Simon, Surachana, and to the rest of your team.

Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit is at 23/2-3 Sukhumvit 13, Sukhumvit Road, KlongtoeyNua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand. Visit their website atwww.radisson.com/bangkokth_sukhumvit.

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Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit ofapplesandlemons.com and jeepneyjinggoy.com

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 09, 2016.

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