It was our third time staying here, the first two when it was a Pan Pacific. We were a bit apprehensive about the management change to Crowne Plaza, but we found things to be the same. We booked a club floor deluxe room and I recommend the upgrade as the included benefits are many:
500baht daily laundry/dry cleaning credit
Breakfast, either in the club lounge or Panorama Restaurant
Happy 3 hours (5-8pm) with substantial hors d'oeuvres and full open bar, including made-to-order specialty cocktails
Coffee, tea and soft drinks all day long
The room was spacious and the bathroom was huge. Toiletries are still Aigner! We had a great view of both the horse racing track and Lumpini Park. The comfortable bed was made "American-style" with a flat sheet between the comforter and the fitted sheet ... only hotel of the two-week trip where we didn't have to request that. Pillow menu. Service was always superb, especially Bee in the club lounge (a familiar face we remembered from our last visit).
The front desk staff were very helpful in planning our day of sightseeing in Bangkok, giving us specific information on sites and the best order to visit in order to avoid traffic. SkyTrain, subway and Patpong are all within five minutes walk from the front door, so the location is perfect. Taxi to the airport on Friday afternoon took 40 minutes and cost less than USD11, including 70baht in tolls.
Breakfast in the Panorama was spectacular, four lines of food and beautiful views over the park. The rooftop swimming pool has nice blue tile and huge chaise loungers - perfect for relaxing after a long day dealing with the city. The service was top-notch, from housekeeping to pool staff. The daily laundry allowance was a nice extra - they even repaired a small tear in my sweater. The Panorama had a nice 3-course prix fixe lunch menu for about USD10 with many choices.
A few hints ...
Silom Road has many, many places to get foot massages, Thai massages, facials, etc. Don't use them for anything other than foot massages. You'll get more professional treatment and cleaner facilities at Central World or one of the other large malls. The legit spas are only slightly more expensive.
Although taxis are vey inexpensive, the SkyTrain is usually quicker.
The laundry/dry cleaning credit is non-accumulative, so send down 2-3 garments right after you check in so you don't lose your first day's credit.
Unlike some hotels, the hors d'oeuvres were constantly replenished during happy hour at the club lounge, so don't break your neck to get there when it begins at 5pm. You will be able to enjoy the full selection even if you show up at 7:30pm.
ATMs in Thailand charge 150baht (USD5) for each withdrawal, so avoid small transactions. Also, exchange booths will refuse banknotes which are not in "mint" condition.
If you're going on a sidetrip, the Crowne Plaza will be happy to securely store some of your luggage until you return.
Bangkok's Chinatown is total, crowded chaos. Some people will like that, others will not.
The next time we are in Bangkok, the Crowne Plaza Lumpini Park will continue to be our hotel of choice.
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- Enjoy personalised service at Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park, in the heart of the city's business and entertainment district.Take the elevator up to the 23rd-floor Lobby at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park hotel, where gleaming black-and-white tiles lead the way to our helpful Front Desk with dedicated Japanese-speaking Guest Relations. Staff will check you straight into your room or Suite, where panoramic views of Bangkok's twinkling city skyline await you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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