Having stayed at the Watergate for each of the past seven years and most recently this year both at the beginning of our trip and at the end for 3 days and 6 days respectively I am rather ashamed that I haven't written earlier but better late than never! Having stayed at many hotels in South East Asia over many years The Watergate remains my firm favourite.
I apologise for the length of my submission but this hotel deserves the time so read on......
Through all the trials and tribulations of recent Thai history this hotel has steadfastly stayed an oasis in what can be a mad but alluring city.
From the team who greet you at the door from your taxi/limo with such friendliness and enthusiasm whilst running an extremely busy operation with the efficiency of a military unit to the smiles that greet you at reception and check-in both my mum and I always feel like long lost family members and not purely guests.
The rooms are exceptionally clean, well equipped (flat screen, DVD, etc.) and stocked. The bathrooms spacious with deep bath, twin sinks and separate walk in shower. Extensive storage space and nice touches such as orchids, fruit and chocolates all add up to make you feel special.
The garden, pool and pool area on the eighth floor is enchanting (especially when the sun goes down and the lights go on) or if you just want to escape the city below and the gym one of the best I have encountered. I cannot vouch for the spa but it does look tempting if I wasn’t so afraid of Thai massages.
The breakfasts are a well balanced feast of western, Asian and eastern food which set you up for the day. I have only eaten at the restaurants Grappino (great wine list) and Thai on Four but would recommend them without reserve. The Lobby Bar, managed perfectly by Tui (who I believe has now moved upstairs) provides you with everything you need (my mum especially enjoys the cakes and pastries) and the new addition Cascade looks terrific.
If after a long day in the heat you want to sink a beer or three or sample a couple of cocktails then head down to Henry J’s downstairs and Din, Bee and the team will look after you with a smile and great conversation (with some well directed banter) whilst you relax and listen to the band or get involved in one of their fully involved theme nights.
The tour desk will organise any trips you want and remove the stress and worry you might have about organised tours and for anyone who wants a new outfit or suit then Paul’s Fashions is both professional and timely. My mum and I have had loads made here and it looks as good now as when it did when made, (not always the case at other tailors).
If you need anything from advice and help to recommendations and directions then Pui, the concierge is your man.
Last but not least the management is superior. It is not just highly visible and engaged (unlike many other luxury hotels) but also very approachable and friendly. I thank you Ingo and Pierre-Andre.
On a more personal note and a lovely touch it was my mum’s 70th birthday this year and without any prior notification we were both upgraded to the executive rooms and lounge with all the added extras included (that’s another submission!).
So, all in all if you want fantastic facilities and exceptional, natural service look no further. What you might recognise about most of the other Watergate submissions is that people say that they will go back. Well we have, again and again. This is a secret gem of a hotel!
If I had one complaint it would be that a couple of years ago they removed the small, plastic ducks from the bathroom......I miss them!
From your far away ’friends’ Angus and Helga. See you all next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feel the excitement of Bangkok at your very doorstep. Amari Watergate Bangkok puts you in the heart of the vibrant Pratunam neighbourhood in downtown Petchburi, known for its bustling landscape of shopping bazaars and lifestyle malls. At the 5-star Amari Watergate hotel, you are just steps away from all it has to offer. ... more less
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