While budget travel is generally my daily reality, I still have an appreciation for well-designed spaces and beautiful interiors. I do come from a fine arts and design background, after all. So when I found myself in a position to review Maduzi Hotel in Bangkok, a wonderful hotel that combines finesse, elegance and excellent design, I jumped on the opportunity to experience one last taste of luxury on the tail end of a whirlwind two year South East Asian adventure and visit one of the best hotels in Bangkok. I thought I deserved it! Here is the lowdown on this little gem.
Maduzi is located smack in the center of the trendy Sukhumvit neighborhood, at the junction of Sukhumvit and Ratchadapisek Roads, a few minutes’ walk from the Asoke BTS and Sukhumvit MRT and a short distance to the main shopping district. As such, you’d expect it to be a little loud in some of the rooms or shared areas, but it is in fact an oasis of peace and relaxation, a little sanctuary right in the center of the hustle and bustle. The hotel is fully gated and doesn’t accept walk in’s, so it has a great sense of privacy to it that really adds to the feeling of exclusiveness. As an added bonus, right across the street is one of my favourite vegan restaurants, May Veggie and a five minute walk away, my favorite yoga studio, Yogatique. The Terminal 21 shopping mall is also five minutes away.
The intimate 40 room hotel is decorated tastefully with a fusion of contemporary Thai and Persian touches and large, luminous common areas. The main entrance opens up to a beautiful art collection and leads to an inviting and elegant white bar that is open 24 hours, an intimate restaurant serving a mostly French cuisine and a plush reading room, giving a first impression of peace, comfort and class without ever being over the top or extravagant. There is unfortunately no swimming pool on site, but it seems to be a nice trade-off since I don’t feel like Maduzi attracts so many families, which can be interesting for couples and business travelers seeking quietness. There is a bright modern gym on the first floor. The 40 rooms are spread onto seven floors, meaning that even the smallest rooms are still a sizable 49 m².
This is one of the best and largest rooms I have ever slept in! My room included luxuries such as an espresso machine, a complimentary mini bar, walk in closet, Bose sound system, ultra comfortable king size bed with about a million marshmallowy pillows and, the star of the show, an infinity pool Jacuzzi. I kid you not. The lush robes, Panpuri Organic toiletries and bath salts were the nicest added touch and contributed to me spending a fair chunk of my time at Maduzi splashing around in the tub. Echoing with the rest of the property, the room is classy with Scandi-cool design touches, especially the bathroom with its large vanity and uber cool fixtures.
Despite everything fantastic I have just mentioned, the service is where I believe Maduzi excels most. The fact that it is a small family business means that the owners are often on site (sometimes even behind the bar serving people!) and they will go above and beyond to accommodate special requests, be it dietary or otherwise. I inquired about vegan options at the restaurant and was presented (by the Chef himself) with a special breakfast menu (which was delicious) and told there would be soy milk behind the bar and in my room for my coffee. I also was told to ask anything and they would try their best to accommodate me, and they really did. Would you rather a handheld shower head instead of the fixed one? Sure. Macrobiotic diet? We got you covered. Fancy going undercover and use a codename rather than your own? We encourage you to do so. Check in a 6am, check out at 4pm? If we can, yes, by all mean. I was impressed.
THE LITTLE EXTRAS
The Wifi at Maduzi was some of the fastest I have ever used in South East and the flexible check in and check out policy was a really convenient bonus. On a more socially aware standpoint, Maduzi’s restaurant has a special pancake menu where part of the profit goes to Food4Good, an organization that shares the donation money between the Holt Sahathai Foundation, the Foundation for Children with Disabilities, and the Baan Nokkamin Foundation to support nutritious meals for more than 1,000 children under their care. These were unfortunately not vegan, so I couldn’t partake, but they looked amazing and I love the initiative.
Maduzi is a fantastic budget luxury option and you get a lot of bang for your buck. The hotel location is a major asset and the staff will go the extra distance to make sure your stay is a pleasant one. As a vegan traveler, I did find there were a lot of animal products in the room furniture (leather and cowhide), but I did appreciate the staff knowledge when it came to catering to my vegan diet.
Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110 (Directions)
Many thanks to Maduzi Hotel for their hospitality. As always, all opinions are my own regardless of who is footing the bill.