The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Bangkok. It is within walking distance to various shopping centres - Central World, Siam Paragon, Amarin and further down to MBK and Siam Centre. The Ocean World is located near to Siam Paragon, while Madame Tussaud is near to Siam Centre. These shopping centres have all the high end designers’ brands, while the MBK is more towards middle class items.
There is also a nearby MRT station – Chit Lom, where you can get on it and travel across the city. It is cheap, efficient and clean. However try to avoid peak periods when it is jam packed with travellers – as with most others rapid transport system across the world.
The hotel is located about 150m from the main road – Phloenchit Road. In between the main road and the hotel is an open space parking lot, so you can see the hotel from the road. The only thing is that you may miss the entrance to the side road leading to the lobby if you travel fast on the main road – my cab driver missed the entrance.
The hotel itself is modernly designed with chic items here and there. The lobby does not occupy too large a space, and can be a bit congested during peak periods eg while checking out. There are sofas at the centre of the lobby, away from the check in counters. Security is pretty tight – all vehicles entering the compound is checked, as well as any person entering the lobby.
I had the 1 bedroom studio – the room was nicely decorated. As you enter the room, to the left is the closet area, to the right leads to the bathroom. The room itself is huge – ample space. There is an L shaped sofa on one corner. The bed was firm and very much to my liking. A wing chair is placed next to the window. The AC was really good – not much noise even at high speed. The internet connection was also fast.
The bathroom is also nicely decorated and huge. The big bathtub sits by the window, and you can basically see the outside buildings while in you are in the tub ... and vice versa, unless of course the vinyl curtain is drawn. It has a separate shower area with good pressure of hot water. The only comment is that the pipe outlets on the sinks are way too low, thus making it quite difficult to wash the hands, especially for a tall person, and even worse when you want to fill up the kettle to boil some water.
The buffet breakfast spread is quite OK – nothing to shout about, typical for this sort of hotel. One thing stands out is that you can have a fresh fruit juice squeezed upon your order. The restaurant is well lit due to the high glass surrounding. However, this also attracts heat by mid morning. While I was there, the hotel had some problems with the AC in the restaurant, so it got stuffy after a while.
I had the opportunity to sit in the lounge in the early evening – there were plenty of mosquitoes enjoying the lounge as well. It was really a nuisance that after a while I decided to leave the lounge area. This may also be due to the hotel ambience which, to me, is somewhat dimmed in some areas. It is not really brightly lit like some other hotels. The walkway to the rooms from the elevator area is another example of poor lighting. Since there is no window at the walkway, or the public areas on my floor, I was totally dependent upon the lighting, and to me, it was very poorly designed.
Apart from these small things, the hotel is OK, and the staff is very pleasant, accommodating and helpful – from the bell boy, concierge, door staff, front desk, waitress etc, they were friendly.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel Bangkok