As a rule, airport hotels are NOT sexy. They are places built for early starts and unsociable layovers, with the breakfast buffet often being the only thing worth getting excited about.
BUT heading back from a retreat in Koh Samui this week I was chuffed to find that a Novotel booked purely for it's proximity to the departure gate in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport was actually a rather stylish place to spend an evening.
I've since found out that it has been voted one of the best airport hotels in the world and I'm not surprised as it impressed the pants off my husband and I thanks to a combination of good food, a cool outdoor pool and an eight-hour breakfast window.
REASONS TO LOVE NOVOTEL'S SUVARNABHUMI HOTEL
1. THE OUTDOOR POOL WITH SWIM-UP BAR
The pool on the second floor comes with pretty pagodas, views of the air traffic control tower and a SWIM-UP bar that is open until 10pm. Great for plane geeks, cocktail lovers AND staving off jet lag. We arrived fresh from detoxing in Koh Samui so didn’t take full advantage but there were plenty of people enjoying a pint in their trunks.
2. KINSEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT
One of five restaurants off the glamorous atrium lobby, an elegant design and knockout food give Kinsen a not-at-all-airport-hotel vibe that we loved.
Offering fresh juices, superb sashimi and fights of sake in good-looking surroundings, the kitchen team were also happy to conjure up something off-menu for the veggie husband.
3. Proper 'around-the-clock' service
It doesn't matter what time you arrive at this hotel there's no set check-in time and you can check out 24 hours later, whether that's 5am or 5pm.
The (big) gym next to the pool is open all hours (it’s also possible to book spa therapists to come to your room for anti-jet lag treatments), and there's also 24-hour dining with breakfast starting at an impressive 3am.
Rooms at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport start at £150
ALSO WORTH A LOOK...
For those of you with less time/cash to spend on an airport stay the Boxtel is a more 'bijou' Bangkok option. Just two minutes away from the Novotel and five minutes from departures these scandi-style wooden boxes with beds offer everything you need for a good quality nap between flights.
Prices start from £28 for four hours
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