Bangkok is one of our favourite cities in the world. The many different areas of Bangkok each have their own character. However, like all big cities, it can be tough to get around. The key for Bangkok is being close to the sky train, also known as the Bangkok BTS. Luckily the Nantra Hotel in Sukhumvit has the BTS and more right on its door step.
The rooms themselves are clean and comfortable. A big comfy bed to curl up in at night. A big TV with a USB port so you can watch any programmes you have with you. Watching TV shows on an actual TV is quite the luxury when you're on the road. Big windows so its nice and bright during the day. A large desk that two people can work side by side on. Just be warned that the end of the desk furthest from the refrigerator appears to only be glued to the wall. It's not supported at all so don't put anything heavy on it.
The bathroom sink is in the main room. There is a door through to a small bathroom containing the shower and toilet. The door seals well enough that you can have the bathroom window open and the nice cool air-conditioned air in your room won't escape.
A breakfast buffet is served every day on the ground floor. Breakfast cereal, toast, fruit, tea and coffee. The breakfast area is very nicely decorated. We spent quite a bit of time working down there just to get out of the room for a while.
The wifi Internet access was generally good. It was a little flakey in the room. It was however perfect in the breakfast area. Slightly annoying. I suspect they just need to reshuffle their routers or something. It worked well enough in the room most of the time but in particular if one of us wanted to talk to someone on Skype we'd have to go downstairs. Downstairs there's 3 computers you can use if you don't have your own.
The big plus with Nantra Sukhumvit 39, that is actually its name, is the location. When you step out the front door you have to walk about 15 seconds to get to some outdoor tables where you can buy excellent street food. Another 15 seconds and you're at the Phrom Phong BTS station. From there its a matter of minutes in air-conditioned comfort to anywhere in central Bangkok.
The Nantra Sukhumvit 39 was at the upper end of our budget. We paid 1000 Baht per night for 7 nights. It's quite likely that their prices will have gone up by the time you read this. It's not the cheapest option available but it was a perfect base for us to get some work done and to explore the dynamic and varied city that is Bangkok.
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