Aug 18 2011
Punishingly early departures or late arrivals are common for long-haul travellers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. Where to lay your head close to the departure and arrivals hall? These three properties, one on airport property and two off, offer clean, comfortable places to stay. Super budget places aren’t easy to find near the airport, but check online for specials. These properties are also handy to have up your sleeve if you’re headed east to Cambodia or north to Laos overland immediately after arriving in Thailand — they save a couple hundred baht on taxi fare and are close to the airport bus station for onward connections after a refreshing sleep.
The Novotel at Suvarnabhumi
999 Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Moo 1 Nongprue Bang Phli
T: (02) 131 1111
The Novotel is actually set on Suvarnabhumi airport property, and is a 15-minute walk or a five-minute shuttle ride from the arrivals hall. It has all the mod-cons one expects in an airport hotel, as well as a pool in a manicured garden and a fitness centre. Round-the-clock check-in and day-time only specials make this handy for long-haul travellers. Standard double air-con 3,500 baht to 5,200 baht but significant discounts are available online.
The Cottage Suvarnabhumi
888/8 Ladkrabang Soi 20/1, Ladkrabang Rd
T: (02) 727 5858
This new hotel has spotlessly clean rooms, comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, mini bar, and powerful air-con. The pool is simple but great to take a dip in after a long transit, and a chill out area/ sundeck is open all night if you wish to grab some beers and beat your jet lag staring at the sky. Pick up and drop off at the airport is included in the room price as is a breakfast buffet from 7:00-10:30, and Wifi is available, for a fee. Standard double, air-con room is 3,000 baht, but check online for discounts.
The Queen’s Garden
1 Soi 7 Ladkrabang Rd
T: (02) 734-4540
This ageing hotel is still kept sparklingly clean, the beds are comfortable and the rooms have cable TV, a minibar, some with flatscreen TVs, and Wifi is free. The on-site restaurant serves up cheap and cheerful Thai favorites until midnight every day. The hotel is located across from a canal and wat complex, so there’s someplace interesting to wander when you wake up at 4am from jet lag. Airport transfers cost 150 baht each way, per room (not per person). Standard double, air-con is 1,200 baht, and again, discounts are available online.
And do remember if you don’t want to drag all of your luggage to the hotel in between connecting flights, you can stash your luggage. And if you’re just overnighting before heading into the capital, here’s how to get there.
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