When your hotel provides an exercise bike in your room, it’s hard not to take it personally. But the Well Hotel Bangkok’s mantra is ‘live a healthy lifestyle while travelling’, so here’s where to stay ‘Well’ in Bangkok.
Down the quiet side street that is Soi 20, it feels like we’ve entered a bubble of peace amidst the constant craziness of the Sukhumvit Road.
Here, waiting calmly for us, is the Well Hotel – welcoming our travel-weary souls with a wholesome smile.
From the sanctuary of the Well Hotel’s pleasantly perfumed reception and fruit-infused ice water, it feels like we’re a hundred miles from the nearest traffic jam or sweaty, shoving crowd.
Yet we’re a moment’s walk from one of the main arterial highways that crosses Bangkok and continues all the way to the very borders of Cambodia.
It’s as if the Well Hotel is the Yin to Sukhumvit’s Yang, the stent to Bangkok’s occlusion, the tonic to what ails this incredible city.
Our video walkthrough of the Well Hotel Bangkok:
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Named after the mighty 400km road that starts its life in and bisects this Bangkok district, Sukhumvit is the pounding heart of the city. Once home to affluent Thais, it’s now also filled with affluent expats.
The range of nightlife and hotels in this area is also impressive and brings a lot of attention to this part of town. It’s a popular tourist spot night and day, and the constant mass of people makes Sukhumvit a fascinating part of Bangkok.
Each main street or ‘soi’ coming off the main road has its own personality, and the district has about 60 of them.
Within the district there are a number of neighbourhoods too. The Well Hotel in Soi 20 is in the Asok neighbourhood (Soi 12-23), known for some of the city’s best nightlife, hotels and restaurants.
If you want more information on the Sukhumvit district, check out What’s On Sukhumvit.
Sukhumvit Soi 20 is the perfect setting for the Well Hotel. Mostly ignored by the crowds but right up in the face of the action, Soi 20 has the best of both worlds.
It’s also well connected with Asoke BTS Station and Sukhumvit MRT subway station only a short walk away.
There’s also the taxi option, but be aware that the nearby Asok Intersection is famous for its traffic congestion – and in Bangkok, that’s really saying something.
Well Hotel Bangkok
This small boutique-style 235-room hotel in the middle of it all is perfect for a city break or a longer stay. Its focus is on wellness, but not in a preachy or judgy sort of way.
Our Deluxe room – the mid-range option of the five room types here – was spacious and comfortable with windows that actually open and the luxury of a big bath at our disposal.
We were expecting to find an exercise bike and yoga kit in our room, but that’s only in the suites and executive rooms.
We were fine with that.
The wellness theme of the hotel was still clear though, with things like pictures of plants and their health benefits on the wall.
We were impressed with the virtual concierge – a touchscreen on the room’s phone. You can book everything from room service to spa treatments from here.
For a small hotel, the Well packs plenty in. On level 7, there’s an open-air saltwater pool, where they hold daily aqua-aerobics, a gym and even a muay Thai studio.
There’s also a full-service spa here that offers all the treatments you’d expect. Prices here are about the lowest you’ll find for a massage in a Bangkok hotel.
Breakfast, which is served in the other wing of the hotel, is full of tasty fresh options and plenty of authentic-tasting Thai dishes too.
In this area, you’ll also find the bistro and bar, serving from lunch to midnight. The bar – Twist – offers a number of alcohol alternatives to stay in line with the hotel’s healthy image but can also mix up a cocktail no problems.
The bistro has a much more international flavour than breakfast, featuring western dishes with a French influence thanks to the kitchen’s head chef Gregory Caplot.
With Bangkok’s non-stop nature and its reputation for bohemian laissez-faire, the Well Hotel offers refuge and respite.
There’s nothing quite like coming back to its cool calm after a day out in Bangkok’s sweltering odious streets dodging crowds and mopeds, negotiating markets, and chancing your arm at a hawker’s food stand.
If it’s peace in chaos you’re after, you’ll be Well accommodated here.
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