While the Metropolitan hotel is usually my no-brainer choice in Bangkok, Hotel Indigo is turning out to be my new favourite.
Occupying prime position in Bangkok’s very own “5th Avenue” of Wireless Road, Hotel Indigo screams “come get eclectic with me!” and charms you with myriad quirky, colourful accents.
We’re talking a canary-yellow tuk-tuk at the entrance and a face off between a gorgeous Mac and an old-skool computer at the reception.
As you walk to the lifts, you’re greeted by a radio gaga worthy wall filled with ghosts of radio pasts.
Typical of the Indigo brand of hotels, the rooms are decorated to highlight the city the hotel is based in. Just look at these pictures to get a peek into the eclectic charm of the hotel.
There are a couple of wonderful breath-of-fresh-air things I wanted to point out. Unlike most enclosed, stuffy and cold hotel lift landing lobbies, upon reaching your floor, you’re greeted by the swish of overhead fans, offering up a cooling breeze as you make your way to your room.
And the rooms come with balconies. This was much appreciated, especially since I was running a fever during my trip, so being able to take a break from the air-conditioning without having to walk around Bangkok’s sweltering heat, made me feel much better.
These are nice touches that give you a sense of being outdoors, whenever you want to, of course.
Hotel Indigo Dining:
Although the Wireless Road area is home to several of the best restaurants in Bangkok (Gaggan – #1 on the 2017 Asia’s top 50 restaurants guide is one of them), Hotel Indigo’s dining options aren’t anything to sniff at. With one of Bangkok’s hottest new rooftop bars and restaurant, a funkier-than-usual “hotel restaurant” and a cosy cocktail bar, you’d be perfectly fine just wining and dining here.
CHAR Restaurant and Rooftop Bar:
Dining at CHAR gives you amazing views of the city skyline as you enjoy delicious grilled meats. Read more about Char in my Where to Eat, Stay and Relax at classy Wireless Road area post.
In addition to the aforementioned CHAR restaurant, there is also the rooftop bar which is one of the newest sky-high charmers on the Bangkok scene. Located on the 26th floor of the hotel, it’s a great place to see the views across Bangkok and also, a great place to be seen, judging by the attractive, cocktail-swigging crowd.
Just a floor below the bar, is the infinity pool – which is a great place to lounge around, cocktail in hand, watching the sun set – if you’re lucky enough to park yourself somewhere. The area is relatively small, and usually filled with hotel guests.
Metro On Wireless:
Breakfast is served at the Metro on Wireless café, which we didn’t partake in, but we did have dinner here one night.
Although not as “glamorous” as CHAR, Metro on Wireless is about as interesting as a designated hotel restaurant can be. The enchanting and quirky design that Indigo embodies is reflected in the restaurant’s décor and the menu features regional Thai creations by Thailand’s chef hero, Ian Kittichai of Issaya Siamese Club fame (#21 on the Asia’s Top 50 list).
There are the requisite “hotel restaurant” international items as well like burgers, sandwiches and pastas. Although one might be hesitant to order such standard-sounding fare, the Angel Hair Aglio with Gourami Fish is a real delight.
Crispy, golden slices of fish accompany the spicy (and in Bangkok, you can assume your aglio olio is going to be fiery!) strands of al dente pasta.
Hotel Indigo’s ‘hood:
Hotel Indigo is located in one of the most pleasant neighbourhoods in Bangkok. Check out my post on Where to Eat, Stay and Relax at classy Wireless Road.
Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road:
Address: 81 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Contact: +66 2 2074999 or firstname.lastname@example.org