After several weeks exploring Northern Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, we felt as though we had come home to Somerset Lake Point Bangkok.
You might recall that during a previous stay in Bangkok we were hosted by Somerset Park Suanplu in the financial district off South Sathorn Road (click here to see our review of that property). When we were asked by The Ascott Group to visit another of their properties, Somerset Lake Point Bangkok, for what would turn out to be our last few days in Thailand, we were delighted. After roaming around Southeast Asia for several weeks, it felt as though we’d be going home for a bit.
The Ascott Limited, as part of one of Asia’s largest real estate companies, CapitaLand, is the largest serviced residence provider in the world. Ascott properties number over 250 in more than 90 countries in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf. The Ascott defines global living by operating under three brands of serviced residences, each catering to a distinct customer: Ascott – exclusive luxury residences, Citadines – vibrant apartment hotels, and Somerset – catering to families and repeat travelers with a home-like environment. Somerset Lake Point, with two residential towers which contain over 400 residences, is The Ascott brand’s largest property in Thailand.
Our Experience: Serviced residences offer the best of both worlds: like an apartment, you’ll get a fully-equipped kitchen from which you can prepare your own meals and a spacious layout with comfortable appointments. Like in a hotel, the maid comes daily with fresh linens, towels and bath amenities, and delivers a spotless cleaning. It’s really no wonder that many choose Somerset Lake Point Bangkok and its sister properties in The Ascott network for long-term stays! So easy to get used to this kind of lifestyle!
Arriving in Bangkok, our cabbie sped us from Don Mueang Airport to the familiar Sukhumvit district, turned off Sukhumvit Road into a smaller, secluded residential “soi.” Lined with grocers (including a large Foodland supermarket, so nice to have within walking distance), restaurants, and retail services, Soi 16 is a real neighborhood. The location is close to the Queen Sirikit Convention Center (which has its own Metro stop), the BTS skytrain and the Asok Metro stop. Complimentary tuk tuk will take you from the front door of Somerset Lake Point Bangkok to access transportation or the excellent Terminal 21 Shopping Mall on Sukhumvit Road.
Our One-Bedroom Premier apartment at Somerset Lake Point Bangkok was nicely sized at 60 square meters. Its living area was segmented from the spacious bedroom and en suite bath. This is a great setup for couples such as ourselves who may not always arise at the same time in the morning.
Our L-shaped kitchen had a full-size refrigerator, microwave, combination clothes washer/dryer, cooktop, electric kettle and toaster,
There was a fabulous built-in workspace in the bedroom comprised of generous desktop with great lighting, ergonomic chair, entertainment system, and abundant storage. This setup would be perfect for a longer term stay!
The bed was comfortably and attractively furnished with multiple pillows and soft cotton linens. Handy night tables had outlets for charging phones and individual lighting controls.
Rounding out the bedroom appointments were double wardrobes, which housed a safe, bathrobe and slippers, iron and ironing board, shelf and hanging space.
The en suite bathroom was spacious with a separate glass enclosed shower, luxurious soaking tub and attractive, contemporary vanity area with handy shelving. About the only thing I would have preferred in the bathroom was brighter light for makeup. Old eyes need all the help they can get, and it was quite dim.
Our apartment had a view of the pool with the Benjakiti Park and Lake beyond, but outside access to our balcony was pretty much impossible due to air conditioning units installed out there. We were happy to have them! Our apartment was deliciously cool, contrasting with the hot and humid Bangkok temperatures outdoors.
Somerset Lake Point Bangkok has an abundance of thoughtful site amenities to ensure you can make the most of your stay. There is an indoor play space for children, gymnasium space for workouts, jacuzzi and sauna rooms, golf practice bays and two swimming pools (the indoor pool was under renovation during our stay).
In the lobby, business services include wi-fi connectivity (separate from the in-room system) with secure log-in, printing and faxing services, and different meeting configurations. There is a cheerful coffee shop adjacent to this area for guests on the go or those who want to take a break.
Two restaurants on site, Garibaldi’s and the Somerset café, offer a full range of menu items. We enjoyed delicious Italian-themed entrees at Garibaldi’s, and daily breakfast at the café restaurant located in our Tower B. Happy hour was fun at the bars in both locations.
Favorite Details: We enjoyed cooling off at the outdoor pool. Any Christmas you can spend at a pool is a great Christmas as far as we’re concerned! But Christmas away from home with just the two of you can be somewhat of a lonely affair, too, depending upon your mood. Staff at Somerset Lake Point Bangkok created a special Christmas dinner menu – turkey with all the fixings, and even a traditional pudding dessert! This was served in a special holiday atmosphere complete with twinkling lights and Christmas décor. The mood was warm and we felt very cared for. It was a great sendoff on our final evening in Thailand.
Other holiday cheer, including a lobby party with staff dressed in Santa costume, extended even to the Somerset tuk tuk, which was gaily festooned with glittering tinsel so that everyone could get in on the fun.
The Somerset organization works hard to promote a sense of community, explained Yada Anukoonpittaya, Assistant Sales and Marketing Manager for Ascott International (Thailand). “It’s important to us that guests experience not only an initial welcome, but the sense that they have a home with Somerset.” In the middle of bustling Bangkok, we feel as though we surely do.
Hotel Particulars: Somerset Lake Point Bangkok, No 41 Sukhumvit 16, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. Tel. (66) 2663 1234
Pricing: Studio apartments begin at just under $65/night at the time of this writing in a New Year’s promotion. One-bedroom apartments start at about $85/night, two bedrooms at about $110, and three bedrooms are just under $145. Ascott Online Advantage members receive special discounts and perks. As well, early bird pricing is available for advance reservations with up to 40% discounts. Long term stay rates are by quote.
Our Rating: **** While there were a couple of minor service glitches in our experience, they were the result of the hotel being at full capacity for the Christmas holiday. These were quickly remedied, and in no way detracted from a very well-deserved four-star rating. Somerset Lake Point Bangkok would be an excellent choice for singles, couples, or groups desiring short or longer term stays in the center of Bangkok. Now that we’ve stayed in two different Ascott properties, we will seek to stay with them in their other locations, because we know we can expect the best.
Disclosure: We were the guests of Somerset Lake Point Bangkok for two nights of our stay, including breakfast. We paid for a third night, drinks and meals.