Once upon a time, Holiday Inns were a budget option for travellers but, if the one on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 22 is any indication, some serious rebranding has gone on. This Holiday Inn opened in April this year and has a sleek, modern design that extends throughout its room to its snazzy rooftop swimming pool.
And the hotel’s flagship bistro, Cafe Zeta, is currently offering an all-you-can-eat buffet for the very reasonable price of B299++ for lunch and B499++ for dinner. Hotel buffets can, of course, be hit and miss – there is either a lack of real variety or the dishes offered are simply uninspired. Zeta Café, though, has made considerable effort to raise the bar in this department.
The range of food available is impressive – there’s the pasta in one corner, nestled in next to the wok-fried noodle bar. Opposite, a vast salad bar that also offers a potpourri of starters, mostly Thai and western.
There’s also a carvery dishing up lean meat and a sashimi bar that is well and truly above the standard you might expect from a hotel outlet. Alongside, bowls of miso soup are ladled out at a rate of knots and vegetable and satay skewers are available for your selection, then seared on the grill by the waiting chef.
If there’s still room after that, there’s a seriously well- stocked dessert bar, with more toppings than could ever feasibly be combined in one – or even several – servings. Full bellies guaranteed.
Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit 22, 1 Sukhumvit 22 | 02-683-4888 | holidayinn.com | Daily 6am-11pm