For the last 4 years this has been my hotel of choice when visiting Bangkok, normally for business but this last trip I actually came to chill out and just relax. One of my friends suggested there were cheaper options-- maybe $50/night cheaper-- and another was trying to get me to try the Okura, his hotel of choice. It was tempting, I am sure they are nice choices. Plus the hotel is going through renovations so again it was tempting. Then I remembered my earlier reviews-- about how the staff make the difference and I knew that is what would draw me back. Coming in at 2 am and being greeted with welcome back (yes I know they have it on the computer-my whole history) but they generally seemed to be glad I was back. Most were gone from my last visit, and I missed that a little, and I was trying to see for the first couple of days if the staff service was lessening in flavor even a little. I did notice some, but maybe it was me, I was really tired. There did not seem to be enough breakfast staff, and many seemed tired and disjointed. However, my last 2 days, I saw one of the old timers who remembered me, and some others and it was good to see. Then, I had an evening meal (top floor is great perk be sure to get it) with a business man who spends about 6 weeks a year in Bangkok. He as was telling me he tried them all, Okura, Intercontinental etc. and although some had nicer features than Anthenee, what brought him back time and time again was the little things-- and the staff. He had not found a replacement for that-- which was the gest of my first review in 2011-- it is the Staff that make the difference. I hope as the hotel goes through its transformation that it remembers that and continues to emphasize that-- I will keep coming back to my Bangkok home.
A few things-- centrally located-- new mall with great theater about 10 minute walk.
Best massage 10 min walk-- The Touch-- see my review
I guess they had lots of Chinese guests in town because all 4 days the breakfasts more Chinese than usual and western not so much. Still got my morning omelet everyday. One day hotels are going to learn that bacon needs to be crisp.
Swimming pool area a little redone since my last visit. But still has that sewage smell odor waffling through the air occasionally. Also, no one this time to greet us, take orders or bring fresh chilled fruit like on my previous stays. A little sad, but maybe slow week.
26 floor in the evening of course is the place to relax after a day of work or sight seeing.
Join the club-- nice perks
Concierge service first rate as always. Have never steered me wrong.
Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast can't say anymore
So, give it a try-- even if you have YOUR favorite hotel. I think you will be surprised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a leafy boulevard in the city centre of Bangkok, the hotel is a short walk (3 minutes) from Ploenchit BTS skytrain station and Central Embassy luxury shopping mall and close to the city's other premier malls, including Central World, Siam Paragon and EM District. The hotel is also renowned for warm and attentive service and modern facilities including the sumptuous newly remodelled lagoon-landscaped Swimming Pool + Fitness Athénée. Choose among 374 sumptuously remodelled guestrooms + suites in exquisite contemporary Thai colonial style conceptualised by an award-wining Thai designer with royal heritage elegance and deep-rooted environment awareness. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meridien Bangkok
- Plaza Athenee Bangkok