Life is a dream at Dream Hotel

Written by on April 8, 2013 in Asia, Blog, Hotel, Reviews, Spas, Thailand - 10 Comments

For someone that has only stayed in one hotel in Bangkok, and no idea where anything is, deciding on a hotel to find in the massive city can be … oh … just a tad overwhelming.

So, I simply go to Agoda to research hotels.

Given that this trip to BKK — and my escaping Chiang Mai —  is a must for my sanity, I decide my sanity is also in need of some posh indulgence.

That’s when I see the listing for Dream Hotel. Five stars. Excellent reviews. In the neighborhood I want.

Sold. Booked.

And, what a dream the hotel is.

Bangkok's Dream Hotel

The room

After breezing into Bangkok and hopping into a cab, my driver turns down Soi 15 in Sukhumvit and immediately I know Dream isn’t going to let me down. The sparkly, spin-y disco ball cube spinning in the middle of the driveway makes me smile. And, in this moment, I need to smile.

The lobby is swank, sleek … hip. And then, there’s the room.

My oh-so gorgeous room with blue mood lighting under the bed and on the wall. It oozes sexy.

Then, there’s the bed.

It speaks to me.

“D,” the fluffy white duvet whispers, “don’t I look amazing?”

“Put your head on me,” tease the pillows.

Compared to my apartment at Smith, this bed simply looks like heaven.

I toss my carry-on onto the little stand and immediately jump into the bed.


This bed is heaven. Soft. Perfect. If I didn’t have a hair cut/color in two hours, and work to get done, I’d skip the entire day and just pass out.

Which I do later that night after dinner with friends.

Needless to say, the sleep I have is incredibly restful … and incredibly comfortable.

Dtravelsround at Dream Hotel in Bangkok

In the morning, I head down to breakfast in the restaurant and grab some food. While it’s lacking in vegetarian options, what I do manage to grab is good.

Then, it is off to the spa for some more ahhhh.

The spa

Because I book in early (before noon), I get a 1000 baht discount, which means the honey body scrub, oil massage and facial is only around 2000 baht AKA highway robbery in America.

In the spa, I disrobe and let my practitioner work the scrub into my dull skin. While it is super sticky (it is honey), the shower at the end of it leaves my skin feeling softer than a baby’s. Super soft. And, yeah, glowing.

Then, time for the massage.

I love massages in Thailand. LOVE. But, this? This isn’t a Thai massage. It is akin to my treatment in Bali at Grand Mirage … gorgeous.

I lay there as she rubs my muscles and try to get over my funk. To get over my rut. I repeat a mantra in my head for more than an hour as she massages my body and gives me a facial.

When the treatment is over, I feel like a new person. And, far happier than I was before. There’s something to be said for just letting yourself breathe.

The pool

Relaxed, I head across the street to Dream’s other location and up to the top floor to get some pool time on the roof deck. Immediately, I head to the bar and grab a white wine and sit back, getting lost in my own thoughts for a bit before I jump into the chilly waters. Once the initial shock of the cold subsides, I refuse to move another inch and just soak as I sit and laugh with my friends.

The bottom line

For the $74 I paid for a king bed each night, this place is perfect. Staff are great. Facilities are nice. Restaurant is a bit overpriced, but I didn’t even mind. This was my mini-vacation. As I leave back to Chiang Mai, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I’m ready to go back home. At least for now.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

10 Comments on " Life is a dream at Dream Hotel "

  1. @TravelEater April 9, 2013 at 3:13 am · Reply

    Very glad to have discovered your site (and your spa tips!). I’ll be spending about 6 months solo in SE Asia starting in Oct and will keep coming back to your site for tips and ideas. Thanks!

    • Diana April 18, 2013 at 2:08 am · Reply

      Thank you! Let me know if you are ever in Chiang Mai!

      • @TravelEater November 22, 2013 at 10:08 am · Reply

        Hi Diana

        Just following up on our conversation from a while back …. I’m in Malaysia now, and will arrive in Chiang Mai on Dec 11. Are you still there? Love to meet for a coffee. Any advice on month long stays? I’m looking at the Smith Residence and The Bliss, amongst others.

        • Diana November 24, 2013 at 9:05 am · Reply

          Hi Johanna, I am still in CM. I don’t live at Smith any longer but am close by. Wifi there isn’t great if you want to get work done. I’ve never heard of Bliss. But, there are plenty of guesthouses and apartments in the city to choose from! Would love to meet — message me when you arrive.

  2. Brett April 9, 2013 at 3:40 am · Reply

    I stumbled on the Dream Hotel for my first visit to Bangkok back in 2007 and it was an awesome place to stay! Loved the breakfast!

    • Diana April 18, 2013 at 2:08 am · Reply

      It is going to be my go-to hotel from now on when in BKK.

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 9, 2013 at 10:15 am · Reply

    LOVE the pic of you all snuggled up in your king bed!

    • Diana April 18, 2013 at 2:07 am · Reply

      Thanks, babe!! It was such a nice bed!!

  4. hogga April 14, 2013 at 9:19 am · Reply

    sounds amazing!

    • Diana April 18, 2013 at 2:06 am · Reply

      It WAS.

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