i always want to stay within the sukhumvit area when i'm in bangkok. upon checking out from sivatel, i decided to transfer to nantra ploenchit hotel.
what was working for this hotel is its location and proximity to BTS ploenchit. it's in the quiet soi of nai lert, which isn't crowded at all. when i checked in, i unfortunately ran out of baht. the staff were nice enough to lend me 60 baht to pay the taxi driver. they also upgraded my stay to a deluxe room and gave me 1 hour extension for checking out the following day. the hotel is quite new (or newly renovated, i'm not too sure) and the room, although small, was functional. they also have an elevator, which of course is almost always absent from other bangkok hotels of this level.
not so nice things? wifi was really slow. i could not even upload a photo on instagram. breakfast needs a lot of improvement. while i'm ok with toast, some butter and strawberry jam for breakfast, they should have at least included fried egg. apart from bread, the only other choice you have is the cereals and they didn't offer any fruit. at night, there won't be anywhere near to go to for quick snacks. there's not even a 7-11 nearby and you have to go all the way to soi sukhumvit 1 for the nearest or the one in front of wave place along wireless road.
overall, my stay was ok. again, it has got to do with lowering your expectations so that you won't get very disappointed. till next time!