We stayed at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn for 10 nights on an extended visit of Bangkok and surroundings. The hotel is conveniently located right beside the Surasak BTS sky train station and has got its own private elevated walkway to the station from the 3rd floor of the hotel. The hotel is medium size in set up. It’s situated right beside the Blue Elephant restaurant which makes for a tempting dinner alternative when you want something other than what is offered by the three restaurants at the hotel itself. We tried all three restaurants: Luce (Italian), Chef Man (Chinese) and the Glass House (buffet style and à la carte). All three were good. The Italian restaurant disappointed only in the quality of the pizza. The tomato base was totally insufficiently flavored and therefore made for an insipid, bland experience. Having said that we enjoyed the other dishes (tomato mozzarella deconstructed and a spicy octopus diavola). The Luce restaurant is right by the pool side and offers very nice views (as does the infinity pool) over the Bangkok skyline. The Chef Man restaurant and the Glass House were both simply. The rooms in the hotel were spatious and uncluttered. Some people may find them basic given the five-star rating of the hotel and indeed they are probably somewhere in the grey area between up-market 4-star and basic 5-star. The rooms come with all usual commodities and had a sufficiently stocked mini-bar that was restocked daily. The mattress was on the hard side and gave me a light back ache throughout our stay. The air conditioning at the hotel is probably not the strongest we ever encountered. The first room stayed at a whopping 27°C for up to five hours after we had arrived and with the air con fully switched on. We requested for a room change and were given another room two floors up and had no more air conditioning issues the rest of our stay. The breakfast is served each morning from 6 to 11 am at the Glass House. The range is unremarkable and again tends to lean closer towards 4 star than 5 star. For the lovers of cold cuts or cheeses in the morning, the offer will most likely result in being disappointing since, apart from the odd slice of ham, precious little was on offer. Since we are not big breakfast eaters we found the range to be sufficient. The lobby area is agreeable and houses the lobby bar. Since two of the four walls are glass, the lobby is blessed with plenty of natural light. The concierge offers tours through an independent company but it may be worth your while to compare the offer and prices to what is available outside of the hotel seeing that we found that the prices can be up to 100% higher inside the hotel. The BTS skytrain stop whizzes you into central Bangkok in no time (direct line to Siam Square and Sala Daeng) and in the other direction to Central Pier from where you can easily hop onto one of the many ferries that take you up the river to the historic city. All in all a friendly, nice, pleasant, comfortable hotel with excellent, guest-focused staff and good infrastructure. A good choice for reconnoitering Bangkok.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn is one of the premier hotels in Bangkok's luxury hotel sector. This deluxe property is centrally located in the Sathorn business district, and a short drive via the nearby expressway to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. It is unique in being the only hotel in Bangkok with its own direct access to the BTS Sky Train system at Surasak Station literally bringing the city to your doorstep. All 390 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites are decorated in soft, subtle tones and feature the latest amenities for the comfort of both le ... more less
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