Just before my trip to Bangkok, I casually asked my sister who spent 3 months in the city where the best place to stay is– it had to be in the midst of all the shopping, tourist attractions and excitement in the city. She immediately said, Siam Square.
So during my second visit to Bangkok for the year (2016), I decided to heed her advise and find a hotel around that particular district of Bangkok. I wanted a boutique hotel with lots of class and character (not your typical boxy, concrete hotel) because I was planning to spend some time just chilling in the hotel. After much online searching, I found the Hua Chang Heritage Hotel.
Influenced by the New Thai Colonial style with a perfect blend of European and contemporary Thai architecture and design, the Hua Chang Heritage Hotel exudes an aura of grandeur. The hotel fitted my requirements perfectly– a classy and stylish sanctuary in the midst of all the bustle outside its walls.
The luxury 5-star boutique hotel is located in a strategic part of Bangkok, just a few minutes walk from the National Stadium station on the BTS Train Line— and only one stop away from Siam Centre. I could just stroll over for some shopping therapy anytime I’m satisfied with my chill-and-do-nothing therapy. Now that is my idea of a relaxing city getaway.
Arriving at the Hotel
Upon arrival at the Hua Chang Heritage Hotel, I was instantly dazzled by the hotel’s beautiful Thai motive frosted glass entrance. What a way to make a first impression! As the doorman opened the doors to let me in, I was further impressed by the sparkling white and pastel coloured lobby. Majestic velvet sofas added an opulent touch to the simplistic and spacious design; and it gave me mix sense of luxury and comfort.
The concierge immediately attended to my luggage, and the check-in process was smooth and easy. I was initially booked for a Deluxe Room, but was told that they ran out of rooms so I was offered an upgrade to the Premier Deluxe Room on the highest floor. That suited me just fine!
The Hua Chang Heritage Experience
Hua Chang translates to Elephant’s Head, and the hotel is named after the Hua Chang Bridge located next to the hotel. The bridge was built to commemorate the Thai King Rama V‘s 56th birthday during his reign.
The Hua Chang Heritage Hotel has 75 rooms located in its 7 floors, and they come in 3 different types– deluxe, premier deluxe and the suites. The rooms are decorated in a modern contemporary design with 3 different colour themes; magenta, purple and cobalt blue. They represent the hues of the Thai lotus. The hotel also has a restaurant, a lounge area and a pool bar, as well as a beautiful oasis-like swimming pool.
Walking to my room, I noticed the absence of room numbers on the doors– I later discovered that they were written on the floor in front of the rooms. When the bellboy opened the door to my Premier Deluxe Room, I couldn’t help being completely in wonder of how pretty it was! I don’t know which colour theme it was in– but the pastel pink curtains, magenta walls and white-washed sofa was enough to make any girl squeal in excitement. It was what I imagine a girl’s typical dream bedroom would look like.
I absolutely loved spending relaxing hours in the comforts of my room– lazing on the comfortable bed, playing with the lights and sounds on the central control panel, and soaking in the bathtub while watching the television. And I must definitely mention the high-tech electronic toilet seat with warming and blow-drying facilities. Ahhh, luxury.
Everything surrounds the pool area of the hotel– it is the central feature of the Hua Chang Heritage Hotel. The swimming pool is decorated with lots of trees and plants, and made to look like a little pond with fountains and small waterfalls. There are three lounge chairs dipped in the shallow part of the water, and several dining tables and a gazebo for guests who want to dine overlooking the pool.
On one of the afternoons during my stay, I spent some time in the swimming pool. It was refreshing to take a dip in the waters; but unfortunately, there was not enough lounge chairs and a slight lack of privacy. The pool area and lobby is separated by a huge glass panel– it’s really pretty, but it also meant that everyone coming into the hotel gets a view too.
Miss Siam Restaurant
The Miss Siam Restaurant at the Hua Chang Heritage Hotel serves international and Thai cuisines, as well as breakfast in the morning. Due to the fact that I was in a food capital like Bangkok, I decided to forego breakfast at the hotel, so I can’t comment about the breakfast spread.
I did, however, have a couple of Thai desserts at the restaurant. I ordered myself a plate of tropical fruits, and a scoop of the popular coconut ice-cream. It was beautifully presented and absolutely sweet and delicious. Peeking at the range of dishes on the menu, I was almost eager to order some to try if not for my dinner plans at the highest al-fresco restaurant in the world! Read about it here:- Mynn’s Top 10: A Food Tour in Bangkok.
At the End of the Day
To me, the Hua Chang Heritage Hotel was an absolute fantastic find in the midst of a city that never sleeps. It gives you access to almost all Bangkok has to offer, yet takes you away to another place for some peace and tranquility. I love the luxurious contemporary design of the hotel– I have to admit that it is a great place for gorgeous photos (and thus the many weddings constantly held here, which is probably the only downside).
Wonderful service, beautiful rooms, good facilities, and an overall lovely atmosphere. There is nothing not to love about the Hua Chang Heritage Hotel. I honestly really enjoyed my stay.