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Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
Ranked #24 of 880 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2011

Date of Stay: June 17-19,2011

Room Type: Premier Room
Upgrade: Cabana Room





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Airport/Hotel Transfer: When traveling into Bangkok, I usually just get a round-trip transfer at the airport. For a little less than what you would be paying the hotel for an entry-level Mercedes Benz, you can get a BMW 7 series to take you to your hotel, you can also arrange for a pick up on your departure day and get a discount.

Location: Location wise its great, being just at the back of Siam Paragon you can easily get a cab any time of the day. I haven’t tried taking a cab back to the hotel so I am not sure if drivers are familiar with this new hotel. The BTS station is a bit of a walk since you have to go through the mall to get to the train plus the Siam station seems always full.

Check in: There were a lot of people by the check in counter but a staff approached me and offered to check me in through the executive counter. Check-in over all was easy and fast, I was escorted to my room by the staff and was properly introduced to the in-room facilities.

Room: The room opens to a private section of the pool for Cabana rooms and Duplex Suites. The size of the room is not that big, pretty standard but it was okay for a solo traveller. Everything is pretty standard but was done very well. I like the fact that they have Lavazza coffee machines built into the cabinet for morning coffee by the pool. The bed is very comfortable and will provide you with good rest after a long day of exploring the city. The only thing I really don’t like is the fact that lights do not have individual controls it’s all connected to one master switch, so it’s either bright or pitch black.

Pool: I was a bit bothered on Sunday when the cleaning staff cleaned the pool at around 8-9am, being a morning person I would want to go for a morning dip by the pool as early as 8 but was quite disappointed when I opened the curtains to 4-5 people scooping leaves and scrubbing the pool floor. I wish they could do it earlier maybe 6-7am so early risers could get a chance to use the pool when they wake up.

Bathroom: I notice that the designers have a thing for mirrors or shiny surfaces. You can actually see yourself from every side, in fact if you keep the door of the toilet cubicle open, you could actually see yourself take a dump…it’s not really bad but just an observation. The shower stall is very big and roomy with an adjustable rain-shower head, my only gripe is the toiletries which are standard Kempinski toiletries instead of premium branded ones.

Club Lounge: I went up to the Club lounge on my first day for cocktails and was quite disappointed with the choices of the spread. Drinks were limited to Red and White wine. The cocktail spread was also limited to a few hors d'oeuvres and some fruits. The service of the staff has been impeccable though.

Breakfast: I decided to have breakfast on the ground floor at Sra Bua, although the spread isn’t every extensive it was adequate. Eggs are ordered a la carte you can also order pancakes and waffles with sausages or bacon.

Check-out: Was very quick, I just had to return my keys and give my card…I was out of the door in no time.

Overall: If staying at the Kempinski, I suggest get a Cabana room, you wouldn’t want another room after staying here. The convenience of jumping into the pool when you wake up in the morning beats other rooms at the hotel (with the exception of the Duplex Suite). Like the title of this review a stay at this hotel carries a huge price tag, stay if you want to splurge but with all those hotels around Bangkok opening I think I will be trying out a different one in the future.

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Reviewed 21 June 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights. Amazing property in the heart of Bangkok. Luxurious property with amazing service. There is a shopping mall across the street with plenty of dinner options if you get tired of the hotel restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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Thank JCLON
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

The hotel is awesome and really close to the centre of Bangkok!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank EWong00
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

LOCATION: A taxi ride from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the hotel takes about 30 minutes outside of the rush hours. Ad another 15-30 minutes to the journey during the rush hours. The ride from the airport costs between 250-300 THB, plus 70 THB for the two high way tolls. The hotel is not yet well-known amongst the taxi drivers. Giving the taxi the driver the address 991/9 Rama 1 Road will not get you far. Instead, tell them that the hotel is located right behind the Siam Paragon Shopping Centre (and right by the Sra Pathum Palace). A perfect location during the opening hours of the Siam Paragon (10AM-10PM). During these hours you can walk directly from the Siam Square Skytrain Station through the far end of the shopping centre and to the hotel. Outside these hours, you will have to walk alongside the Siam Paragon to get to a hotel. This walk will take around three minutes.
HOTEL: Newly opened hotel in September 2010. The early check-in was arranged without much ado, and the check-out is also very efficient. The concierge is competent. The room is of a generous size, new, bright and clean with a good size balcony. A non-smoking room sadly reeks cigarette smoke (? through the main ventilation), but the staff apologetically offered to change the room. The bathroom was of a good size, functional and clean with a separate toilet. The isolation could have been better considering this is a new hotel. From the room, the noise from the swimming pools could be easily heard.
CONCLUSION: Very good location, though it can be difficult to find at first. Very nice, good size room and the staff is courteous and competent. Recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank HKasyouare
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

This hotel is located next to the Siam Paragon shopping center, and close to the Siam BTS station. If desired, the hotel can be reached from the airport by taking the train and then the BTS. Another option is to take a taxi, but that takes quite some time in the late afternoon.

Despite the proximity to the Siam Paragon, it is a very quiet hotel.

The staff in this hotel is extremely helpful, and check-in/check-out is done efficiently.

The rooms are very convenient and modern. Internet is available (wired and wireless) and working well.

The hotel has two restaurants, but I generally eat at the nearby Paragon shopping center (many restaurants, incl Thai, Japanese, Chinese, French, etc.).

The hotel has a large swimming pool. I have stayed here during weekdays and during the weekend, and you never get the feeling that it is busy, because the hotel is very spacious.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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Thank NLKorp
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

What a great surprise! We stayed there four nights, and were amazed by the high service standards, as well as the facilities of the hotel. The room was very spacious, and beautifully furnished. The bed was very, very comfortable. The breakfast was also very good, and the service still at its best. I will definitely come back because of the perfect location, as well.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Oeilaiguise
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights in March. Very impressive from the moment we stepped into the lobby, very grand. Staffs were very friendly and helpful. The room very modern and comfortable. Was particularly impressed with their attention to details. Very convenienly located, with Siam Paragon just across the street. However, the driver seemed to be unfamiliar with its whereabout when we took a cab from the airport. The buffet breakfast was another plus, with your choice of eggs made to order. Would definitely love to return for my next visit.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank RobertaHK
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Address: 991/9 Rama I Road | Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Siam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #24 of 880 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range: £164 - £336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok 5*
Number of rooms: 401
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Siam Kempinski Hotel, the city-resort adjacent to Sa Pathum Palace, is part of Europe's oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels. Located next to Siam Paragon, this luxurious "resort within a city," boasts 401 plush rooms and lavish suites. With its aim to create a sanctuary in the heart of the city, all rooms overlook lush beautifully landscaped tropical gardens awash with a cornucopia of flora and fauna, with 22 of them enjoying private access to the pools in the garden. In fact, it is the first and only hotel in Bangkok to offer the most unique and exclusive experience. ... more   less 
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