Minus the travel time between the airport and the hotel, I would really be in Bangkok for less than twelve hours. So other than wanting to be in the Siam area of the city, my only other requirement was a nice and clean place to sleep and shower. Oh, and it also had to be dirt cheap. Hehe.
With that said, I was looking at staying again at the Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam. I stayed there for a few days back in 2012 and it wasn't bad. It was walking distance to the malls, the Bangkok MRT station was right in front, it was cheap, and breakfast was included. Unfortunately, I was going to use my AA miles for the stay and this property wasn't available for the date that I needed it.
Remembering that a new Mercure/Ibis was being built a few steps away from the Holiday Inn during my 2012 visit, I then checked if any of those were available. In the end, I decided on booking the Ibis for only 6,400 AAdvantage miles.
The doors leading to the lobbies of each property (Mercure & Ibis) are clearly marked...