While in Bangkok for Songkram, we stayed for free (by using some of our Club Carlson points) in the Park Plaza Soi 18, which had the biggest room we had stayed in during the trip (our next hotel, the Conrad Cotai in Macau blew this hotel out of the water, more on that in a few days). This room felt extremely spacious after all the little guesthouses and budget hotels that we had been previously staying at in Vietnam and the rest of SE Asia. Because we were Club Carlson Gold members, they even upgraded us to an executive studio suite, which had a bathroom with an actual shower and a separate bathtub! Can I hear a whoop, whoop! After countless “wet” bathrooms that, like the name suggests, get the entire bathroom wet when showering, we actually had a contained shower. Oh the things you start to appreciate after traveling.
Having two couches, a desk and room to walk around (and practice my handstands) was also exciting. It felt like we were in an actual apartment. The only thing missing was a kitchen. One can dream. The location was also great, a few blocks from the metro, near some nice restaurants and not on a super busy street. The only downfall was that we must have been on a smoking floor because smoke would sometimes waft into our room under the door.
Getting Free Nights by Using Club Carlson Points
We were able to stay in this lovely room free for two nights by using 28,000 points from my large stash of Club Carlson points. The room normally costs 28,000 points per night, but because I’m a Club Carlson Premier Rewards Signature credit card holder, we received the last night of our award stay for free. Its my favorite perk of this credit card and a great reason to get it. As a Gold member internet access is also free, and the internet speed here was solid. If you want to learn more about this card, you can access a previously written post here. The redemption wasn’t the best deal ever since the room would have only cost about $70/night, but we didn’t feel like spending the money and once we were in the room, we were extremely happy with it.
We could have found much cheaper places in Bangkok for about $30/night (Usually you can find nice options for under $20, but it was Songkran weekend and thus rooms were more expensive).