Date of Stay: June 17-19,2011
Room Type: Premier Room
Upgrade: Cabana Room
Loyalty Card: Gold Level GHA Discovery
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.
- 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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