The valet / chauffeur area is a bit cramped and puts doubt upon arrival as usually hotels of this standard have grand entrances. Lebua's is down the left-hand side of the building, but still shows good presentation. The main entrance is to the nearly empty plaza / shopping arcade, but also has access to the main lobby too. Whichever entrance you use, once inside you soon know you are in a fancy hotel.
The only small fault occurred during the check-in procedure, actually it was the wait prior to check-in. I had been roughing it in Kanchanaburi province and was quite worn out and after the frustrating drive through Bangkok at peak hour I just wanted to shower and relax. The whole affair took about 30 minutes, however there were plenty of comfortable chairs, staff on hand for drinks (live piano music) and when check-in occurred it was all done right where I was sitting - no need to move until ready to be escorted to my suite.
I had a room on the 28th floor with a seperate living room area, large bathroom, small kitchen area, bedroom and a balcony (a form must be signed to comply with the conditions while using the balcony - if not it remains locked.). The whole room was magnificent, very clean, well equipped (with modern amenities), very spacious and extremely comfortable and livable for the next 4 days. Both the bedroom and living room had seperate TV's and dual air-conditioning controls, and the bedroom had a divider to close off the other sections while sleeping.
The balcony wasn't huge, nor was it tiny - suitable for about 4 persons, with stunning views of the river and Bangkok. (On Valentine's Day there was a fireworks display and the view from either the bedroom or balcony was stunning.)
The kitchen area was located between the living and sleeping area, modest but well equipped (microwave, hot plates, utensils, pans etc.) and sufficient to cook modest meals or reheat dinners. Everything was very clean, dare say spotless.
The living room was modestly equipped with a 2 seater, 2 chairs, large padded bench seat (recessed into the wall), a coffee table and another table, and a TV (with cabinet). Comfortable with enough space to move and live.
The bathroom was large, bright, very functional and extremely clean with all the usual amenities and equipment.
The bedroom had a very comfortable bed with bedside tables and controls, a desk with chair, TV and cabinet (with DVD player) and a luggage rack. Leaving plenty of room to move and spread out.
Unfortunately, I didn't pack the required attire to experience the restaurants located at the dome on top of the hotel (+60 floors), which was a little disappointing. I did however utilise room service. There were a multitude of choices of varying cuisines, and every dish I ordered was delicious, arrived promptly, and served professionally upon arrival (trolley with warming compartments, table top, fully set). However, expect to pay a premium in comparison to dinning externally outside of the hotel. Breakfast was a buffet style with an outside (near pool) smoking section and an air-conditioned indoor non-smoking section. Choices of hot and cold, western and asian were varied and of a good quality. First time I've seen this, the bacon is pre-cooked and then reheated on a hot plate when required.
Overall, a fantastic stay with an excellent room (and views), great food, exceptional housemaids and professional / polite staff. I will try other hotels of the same quality when I revisit Bangkok, but this will take some matching, yet alone beating. A definite recommendation to stay at this hotel, if within the budget.
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