As I write this, from the ‘connectivity station’ in the lobby of my hotel, I am very tired and very full of greasy tofu pad thai but I’m not complaining – I’m in Bangkok! This is my first time in Asia and I am so excited to explore the culture and the cuisine. I absolutely love visiting new places and this is no exception – the neon pink city taxis are enough to get me excited! I landed less than 12 hours ago and due to the 7 hour time difference (it’s evening here now), I am pretty exhausted and my experiences of the city so far are pretty limited. However, what I have seen I have loved and I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow, start a new day and discover more of the city’s treasures (on the agenda tomorrow is Chinatown, a visit to several beautiful temples and dinner on a river cruise, which entails an international buffet – foodie heaven!). As we didn’t venture outside of a 5 mile radius of the hotel today, I thought I’d do a post instead featuring some photos I’ve taken of inside the hotel itself. We’re staying at the DoubleTree Hilton and although for this stint of the holiday it only serves us as somewhere to sleep, the interior design of the building is truly beautiful and the facilities are expansive. Oh, and the food is pretty damn good too!
Despite it being a city hotel, it has a beautiful rooftop pool surrounded by lush greenery and super comfy sun loungers which proved to be the perfect place to have a nap in the afternoon sun earlier …
This stylish retro pool bar has an impressive cocktail menu and is super convenient when you’re soaking up the sun and don’t want to walk more than a few steps to satisfy your thirst for a sweet but refreshing alcoholic drink.
The lounge area on the pool terrace where we enjoyed our first proper meal in Bangkok (I don’t count plane food because it’s so heavily processed that it tastes like plastic and makes me feel quite sick) – I had a delicious tofu pad thai with a lime and peanut dressing. It was so greasy (I get the impression that a lot of Thai food is!) and very filling but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
A view from the pool terrace. Though this is far from your generic ‘scenic’ landscape shot, I still think that it’s beautiful. Bangkok is a built up, heavily industrialised city and there is scarcely a patch of land that isn’t occupied by street sellers, local apartments, commercial shopping centres or hotels for tourists and business people. But that’s what I love about travelling and cultural diversity – no two cities ever look the same.
This is some of the décor on the top level of the hotel, near the rooftop pool. The rich gold suggests luxury and splendor and the detail and texture on the walls is done in an art deco style, making the design individual and authentic.
And last but not least, it’s little finishing touches like these that make a hotel stay all the more enjoyable. I always appreciate small things like this, as they make me smile and realise that even the seemingly insignificant details of life can have meaning in certain moments, in certain circumstances. I saw this and smiled, I very much look forward to collapsing into bed tonight knowing that Mr Conrad N. Hilton personally (or so I like to think) wishes me sweet dreams.
Love, Beth xo.