I usually don't blog about hotel stays - this is my first, in fact - but Mode Sathorn Hotel made such an impression on me I had to share it. 🙂
I didn't go research on hotels in Bangkok then find the best price, instead I went to a deal website and from the narrowed-down options went to research on each of them. I read from reviews that the hotel is just beside Surasak BTS, has a very nice rooftop bar on the 38th floor, an infinity pool on the 11th floor, a fantastic room view while taking a bath, super comfortable bed, and is relatively new.
I specifically asked for a room on the 32nd floor coz a reviewer mentioned anything above 32rd is awesome. We were also given a complimentary upgrade to Deluxe room.
Turns out, everything was true and Mr Mode and I enjoyed our stay tremendously.
The last time I stayed in a hotel with such a wonderful view of the city was in Macau, overlooking casinos with bright neon lights and people going in and out at any time of the day.
This was taken from our room, it was a great view to start the day with compared to typical concrete walls and fake windows, or bad views like facing the back of a building or carpark.
What wowed me most was the toilet. You can enjoy the city sights while soaking in the bath....
... or taking a dump (coz the toilet bowl faces the window). Very therapeutic.
The toilet was huge by normal hotel standards. It was cleverly divided into 4 sections - dresser, toilet, shower, bathtub, with non-obtrusive partitioning and space planning.
I also appreciated the many little details around the toilet: hooks for towels, space for putting dry clothes, a simple glass panel to place toiletries instead of on the floor or a huge marble/concrete slab, plenty of open space cabinets for storage; and around the room: touch-sensitive lamps, a long mirror at the side instead of in front of the bed, a separate walk-in wardrobe area at another section of the room, fluffy bed room slippers, partially concrete floor (not a fan of carpet coz I'm paranoid), 2 air-con controls for different parts of the room, torchlight, umbrella. You know, the little things.
And it's the little things that count. 😀
Apart from the many positive reviews, the greatest motivation for choosing Mode Sathorn was its name - MODE.
There was MODE in everything. HOHOHO.
I felt a certain high from seeing our pet names affectionately displayed everywhere. Lol.
White sheets and perfect sunlight call for selfies.
No, I didn't look like that when I got off the plane. LOL. A bit of makeup and good sunlight did the trick.
I also liked their breakfast buffet, especially the bread and jam section. There was a good assortment of bread but I LOVED the jams - strawberry jam, peach jam, marmalade, blueberry jam (I don't even like blueberries but this was SO GOOD), whipped cream, caramel - all HAND-MADE! 🙂
We went up to the rooftop bar on the 38th storey once, but in the morning lol. We never had time nor energy left after a full day out to hang out at the bar or pool. We wanted to go after our trip to Talat Rod Fai but it was 2am by the time we reached the hotel.
But that's okie! Coz we stayed on the 32rd floor and it's only 6 floors down from the rooftop bar. The view shouldn't be THAT different, right? =)
Private view. <3
I cannot adequately describe how wonderful a feeling it was to wake up to a brand new day with the view of a thriving city and going to bed at night overlooking a city that never sleeps. Beautiful, just beautiful.
'Hotel with bounciest bed award'. Lol. I didn't bounce on it, but oh my, was it the most comfortable bed ever! I usually have trouble falling and staying asleep in a foreign bed, but throughout my stay at Mode Sathorn I had a great sleep every single night. Their pillows could have been harder coz I like my pillows firm, but they're already better than most hotels. I never can understand why hotels provide such support-less pillows.
The award-winning bed might be bouncy but it was very stable too. Back at home in our bed, it feels like an earthquake whenever Mr Mode turns. I had undisturbed sleep at Mode Sathorn because I experienced zero disturbance from him. We NEED to invest in a good bed. >.<"
I also like that they made the reception tables (instead of traditional counters) low to communicate casualness without losing professionalism with the overall contemporary design. The chairs placed around the reception tables so that patrons can actually take a seat while waiting was a great idea too.
Did I mention that it is just BESIDE the Surasak BTS? Literally the first thing you see when you get out of the train. Surasak station is a little off-centre (4 stops from Siam) but we didn't mind. It's a tiny tradeoff for a great view. It's almost impossible to have a great view if you were to stay in the city centre. Also, it was just one stop away from our Thai Cooking School in Chong Nonsi.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mode Sathorn Hotel and wish we could have stayed a day or two more in Bangkok to relax in this affordably luxurious hotel. Well, there's always next time! ^_^*