My primary doubt as I was checking into Le Méridien Bangkok two weeks ago was whether the stay would be worth writing about.
It was a 24-hour staycation in a city hotel 8km from my home.
Not that I am the kind of person who enjoys red light entertainment, but with businesses in nearby Patpong just beginning to pick up, there seemed almost nothing else stimulating to look for.
I was wrong.
The 13-year-old hotel, which has been renovated, indeed had quite a few things on offer.
During my overnight stay, I witnessed a harmony between well-thought-of practicality, French joviality and Thai warmth.
Even though some new dining establishments have been added and are still settling in — the attentiveness and amiability of the staff nicely made up for some…