Stayed for 2 nights in September at Le Meridien Bangkok.
I would like to say straight off that the Vista Plus corner rooms are exceptional and the service is heads and shoulders above any of the hotels we stayed at in Koh Samui. I'm guessing this is partly due to the big city providing better training and grooming in the hospitality sector, but there is no denying Le Meridien Bangkok has high standards that set the bar for all other hotels in it's class.
From the get go, the front counter at check-in provided friendly assistance and support with the added bonus of very good English ability from the staff. The airline had lost one of my bags on my way over to Bangkok from Koh Samui, and not being able to speak the language myself, the front receptionist immediately contacted the airline on my behalf and got to the bottom of the matter. Suffice it to say, my lost bag was miraculously found and delivered from the airport and to our room by early evening. Hallelujah!!
Service was consistently outstanding throughout the hotel; from doorman, to front desk, to housekeeping and hotel spa. All staff were wonderful. The hairdryer in our hotel room started smoking and overheated before shorting out (quite scary) but no sooner was a gentleman from housekeeping in our room replacing the busted hairdryer with a brand new one right out of the box.
The room was modern in design and very pleasant - consistent with the modern art-deco style that hits you as soon as you enter the lobby. After a sojourn of teak-styled villas and island bungalows, It almost felt like we had suddenly stepped into the future. The electronic day/night blinds are cool since you don't have to fuss with curtains that may let sunlight seep through when sleeping. The hi-tech phone is a neat device that is actually convenient and functionally easy to use and not at all gimmicky. It lets you browse and check any messages, instantly dial for services, see weather reports etc. all at your fingertips from a touch screen. I cannot say enough about the cozy king-size bed and pillows, which made it extremely hard for us to finally roll out for a full day tour of the city. The windows are floor to ceiling allowing a great view of Bangkok from above. This is a truly exceptional room for business and holiday travelers alike.
The bathroom is also modern and allows you to watch television on the large flat screen while soaking in the bathtub via a floor to ceiling sliding divider, which opens up the room and since the bathroom is equipped with speakers there is even volume control buttons for the tv by the vanity mirror. The shower is also quite nice with good pressure and a "typhoon" lever, which allows a rain storm to shower down from the ceiling - cool feature. One quibble is that the water tends to leak out so you'll need towels to dry the area off unless you want to walk into a puddle with your socks on. Nonetheless, wonderful fixtures and amenities that allow you to feel right at home.
I can only describe the spa as otherworldly. Taking advantage of the 30% discount during "happy hour", gf and I indulged in 2 hours of pure relaxation and bliss amidst the chaos of Bangkok.
The location, of course, is also very good since you have easy access to every major hub in the city by way of BTS Skytrain and MRT (5-10 min. walk). If you feel like a stroll through the busy city, the hotel is walking distance to interesting areas around Silom and a quick taxi ride to the Riverside. Several convenience stores are also right outside if you need a quick snack or beer run for the in-room fridge. The fridge is packed with various drinks but if you want to save some cash, I recommend emptying it out and filling the fridge with drinks from the convenience store right across the street.
Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the fantastic breakfast buffet with a great spread that would satisfy the most jaded and finicky foodie. For starters, I simply went nuts over the impressive selection of prosciutto, salami, cheeses and breads. The quality and service of the buffet is without a doubt better than any breakfast buffet you can get at the luxury resorts on Koh Samui or Phuket, bar none. I'd say it's right up there (though more limited in selection) with the finest Las Vegas buffets, including Bellagio.
Other that the hairdryer scare, I honestly cannot think of anything negative to say about Le Meridien Bangkok. Even then, the hotel manager was kind enough to send me a letter apologizing for the incident and personally welcoming us back. Next time we are in Bangkok we will no doubt take him up on the invitation with pleasure. This is truly a modern world class hotel. It's not a 5 star like The Oriental or Four Seasons Bangkok, but then again it doesn't purport to be. Rather, this is simply a fine business class hotel with reasonable prices, impeccable rooms and exceptional hospitality geared toward the smart traveler who knows great value. Highly Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the Silom commercial district and just metres from the vibrant Patpong Night Market, Le Meridien Bangkok is renowned for its outstanding service levels. Easily accessible to both the BTS skytrain and MRT subway station, exploring the city’s cultural sights and shopping malls has never been easier. Featuring 282 chic guestrooms and suites combining modern-day comfort with luxury, each room captures scenic views of Bangkok’s cityscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. An innovative all-day restaurant and a stylish lounge entice guests with menus of stimulating cuisine, creative cocktails and an international range of coffee blends. Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy an energetic workout in the gym or simply unwind with a signature spa treatment designed to achieve total purification. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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