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Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Ranked #46 of 883 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 November 2011

Ok, it is ultra modern, trendy design and lounge music to be heard throughout the hotel.
No doubt it is a quality hotel - but lets start with the negatives.

It is a contrasting place....
First, it is a dark hotel. All the walls are dark. Lights are low. It was clearly the designers aim and it works, but takes some getting used to.
Second, there is too much light!! Why? Because the curtains dont go behind (or even meet) the walls so impossible to keep out sunshine. A big design fault for me (and many other travelers) who like to sleep in and not be awakened by bright sunshine at 7am.

Initial service for a 5-star hotel was shocking. At check in the reception desk girl seemed clueless. Even after choosing to take the 'club package' (see below) at around $70 per night I was simply left waiting. I had to ask where the elevators were. No direction. No assistance. really disappointing..... However from that moment on I have to say the staff could not do enough, especially of course the club level staff. And the food/drinks available in the club lounds is of good quality.

Rooms are comfortable, clean, modern.

Pool really nice with great views. Hotel spa....looked nice but of course too ridiculously expensive. Does anyone really pay those prices??? Just walk outside 5 minutes to Chang massage. Recommended and about 6 or 7 times cheaper!!

Breakfast buffet looks grand...but as a seasoned traveler it was clearly designed with cost effectiveness in mind and quality could have been much better.

So overall, really nice hotel but not quite enough attention to detail to live up to 5 star billing. That's more disappointing when you compare price with other 5-star properties (for example, see my review of Plaza Athenee). So I cant recommend this hotel as value for money, or for top notch rating.

Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

New Renaissance in the middle of it all. Right off the City rail and close to everything. The staff is very helpful and with the options at the hotel, you really don't have to leave the property, but it's Bangkok. Everything is new and well thought out. One of the nices and functional fitness centres of any property. The pool area is very unique and lets you take the sights of the city. This was my first time to Bangkok and staying at this hotel made it worth while.

Room Tip: The low number rooms overlook more of the 'downtown' area. You really get a sense of how bi...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

the staff are very friendly, i stayed for 6nights and enjoyed staying in new hotel. breakfast is pretty boring to be the same but they provide fresh juice and serve coffee tea and orange juice to your table. the skywalk is very convenient to central, mbk, siam paragon and siam sq. nite time is pretty quiet no hawker around too. taxi is easy to get from the hotel or out at the main road. bts is right outside the hotel to chatuchuk

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

Check in little slow, room allocated 15 mins later when 2 hours early. Set back from footpath but I enjoy the walk. Near central world, not exactly close, is misleading. Btw 5 minute walk.

Rooms are nice, on the small side and nice and airy. Poor mini bar. Comfy beds with goody lows, good ac, good channel selection. Average room service with limited Thai items. Gym was very nice and quiet.

Overall good but wouldn't return, better options for money.

International call to voicemail cost something like 180. Let's say that 8 was a 5 and my eyes failed, that's 150 a minute. I expect that charge at 12000b standard 5 stars in Australia, not rooms half the price here. Easily forgotten about since.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

We booked this hotel using Marriott points, based on the excellent reviews on this website. We have not been disappointed. We are on our second stay here during our two weeks in SE Asia. The door is always opened for us with a welcome greeting and the staff is always very eager to help. The first stay, we were in a smaller room, but still VERY nice. We had access to the Club Level, which was great. Although the breakfast at the restaurant Flavor was amazing - so much variety. It was too much! :)

On our second stay, we were upgraded to a suite, which was amazing. Huge room and bathroom with wonderful views. And again, all the perks of the Club Level.

One other "average" review noted their mini-bar was not fully stocked. Ours weren't either, but I feel confident they keep an inventory of everything that is placed in the bar. We never took anything and weren't charged for anything. As it should be! This is a Marriott for pete's sake - they know what they are doing! And if something is missing from your mini bar that you would like, just pick up the phone and ask for it.

At the front desk, anything we needed help with, they were quick to assist and always friendly. We liked the location, but a couple of taxi drivers we encountered didn't know where it was. It's in a good location, but perhaps still too new?

A lovely hotel and would definitely recommend.

Since we used points, I cannot rate the value of this hotel as unfortunately, I don't know what the rate would have been. Obviously there are much cheaper hotels to be found, but if you are looking for a really nice hotel, this is great.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

As many people have mentioned, the service here is absolutely fantastic. I arrived early in the morning, very tired after a night flight, and was immediately checked into my room early. I LOVE that! The staff are always genuinely warm and friendly, and nothing is too much trouble.
The room I had was spacious, gorgeous comfy king size bed, and lovely big bathroom.
The location is within walking distance of all the great shopping centres- CentralWorld, MBK, and so on....shopper's paradise! I liked that it was set back from the main road. It is a little quieter.
I had the buffet breakfast, which was standard 5 star with lots of choice.
The pool was lovely but freezing cold.
I would stay here again, particularly at the price.

Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

this hotel is just next to erawan, close to central world shopping center. their services are excellent, the doorman can recognize us immediately. strongly recommend their breakfast and swimming pool.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel

Address: 518/8 Ploenchit Road | Lumpini, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Bangkok
#19 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#33 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
#34 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
#42 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: £108 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 322
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, guests are greeted by a 200 metre exotically landscaped driveway that leads them to our iconic blue glass building. Set back from the hustle and bustle, you're in Bangkok's most vibrant neighbourhood yet secluded in your very own oasis. The hotel is a stone's throw away from Central Chidlom, Central World and Siam Paragon, Bangkok's swankiest malls, and just around the corner from the Chit Lom BTS Station. โรงแรมเรเนซองส์ กรุงเทพฯ ราชประสงค์ยินดีต้อนรับคุณด้วยทางเข้าน้ำตกยาวกว่า 200 เมตรสู่ตัวโรงแรมซึ่งมีความเป็นเอกลักษณ์ด้วยตัวตึกสร้างด้วยกระจกสีน้ำเงิน ใจกลางย่านธุรกิจ และเป็นศูนย์รวมแหล่งช้อปปิ้ง ทั้งห้างสรรพสินค้าเซ็นทรัลชิดลม ห้างสรรพสินค้าเซ็นทรัลเวิลด์ สยามพารากอน และร้านค้าอื่นๆ อีกมากมาย เดินทางสะดวกสบายโดยรถไฟฟ้าบีทีเอสสถานีชิดลม ... more   less 
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