I was in Bangkok last week to attend the first ever TBEX travel blogging conference. In case you’re thinking ‘wait, what? They have conferences for these things?’, yep! It’s a real thing. Hundreds of travel bloggers coming together, talking shop, learning from each other and then getting very drunk afterwards. Because travel bloggers.
Whilst in town I wanted to be close to the conference but also really central to the action of the most lively district in the city – Sukhumvit, so I scoured the internet for a well-located hotel with a bit of real character. I hate it when hotels feel sterile and anonymous, so when I came across the Maduzi Hotel in Sukhumvit, I was sure I would like it. It’s a boutique hotel but still has that element of luxury I was craving.
The plan was to spend 5 nights soaking up the city with fellow travel blogger Hippie in Heels, whom I had spoken to many times online but had never met in person. If you don’t know her blog then check it out. She is just wonderful.
When I arrived after a 22 hour journey from my home in West Sussex, England, I was beyond tired and dragged myself out of the taxi into what can only be described as a little oasis in one of the busiest parts of Bangkok.
Maduzi, the Thai phrase for ‘come in and see’ takes privacy very seriously indeed. The gates are manned 24 hours a day and the hotel operates a strict ‘no walk ins’ policy, giving a VIP feeling in a sometimes anonymous city.
Despite the early hour, I was greeted warmly and show to my room, which can only be described as an enormous suite! Bedroom with super kingsize bed, separate toilet and bathroom with shower and huge jacuzzi bath, and a dedicated dressing room. There was even a little area for making coffee in the morning, and I make no secret of my love for coffee!
I dive-bombed the plush bed and fell into a dreamless sleep, all thoughts of my cramped economy flight far from my mind.
When I awoke I was hungry. Like, really hungry. So hungry in fact that when presented with the option of a four course menu at the hotel’s restaurant, I couldn’t resist.
The chef was feeling Autumnal and had decided to theme the menu around this season’s vegetable – the mushroom. Mushroom soup, mushroom fritter served with poached egg and onion fondue and a plate of mushrooms! Just kidding. The main course was an absolutely enormous steak of course served with mushrooms.
For dessert I chose the chocolate meringue cake because isn’t meringue just the best?
After one of the most indulgent lunches I’ve had in a long time I briefly considered working it off at the on site gym, but then thought better of it. My sprained ankle is still giving me a few issues and I really don’t want to push it just yet. Back to it soon I hope!
Instead I settled on a relaxing bath, soaking away my long journey in the infinity style bathtub. Check out this video and just try not to get jealous. 🙂
If you’re planning a stay in Bangkok, I’d highly recommend the Maduzi for its laid back atmosphere, underrated décor and impeccable service. So, when are you coming to stay?
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the Maduzi hotel during my stay, all opinions remain my own.