Stayed here for one night at the end of a long weekend to Thailand.
I'm probably in Thailand at least 3 - 4 times a year, and always at least once or twice to Bangkok. This was my first time to the Banyan Tree and glad it didn't disappoint.
Checked in after a traffic affected 4 and a half hour drive from Hua Hin and couldn't fault the welcome. It's luxury you expect from the brand. Had an upgrade to a higher floor and the room was very well decked out. Huge bathroom with seperate tub and walk in shower. The wife was straight into that tub. Great King size bed and all the amenities you'd expect from a 5* hotel from DVD player, iPod dock, free wifi, well stocked mini-bar, luxury toiletries and so on.
We booked dinner at Vertigo and this is where the night went away a little. We live in Singapore so are well used to roof top bars and restaurants and I've had dinner and drinks at the likes of Lebua before when in Bangkok. The experience at Vertigo is a bit different. Firstly, the views are fantastic, and it's definitely worth getting up there just for sunset to enjoy a few sundowners before taking your table. It's also worth asking for a table on the side so can enjoy that view through dinner. The food is fantastic, if not slightly expensive compared to what you'd expect to pay in Thailand. Even at well know other downtown restaurants in Bangkok. Also, the serving staff aren't that attentive or brilliant. You'd expect better when paying those prices.
The one gripe is the volume of people and lack of control over them. The bar gets over packed very quickly and you're constantly being knocked into either by waiters or other guests jostling for photo opportunities. Even whilst at dinner, there's a constant stream of people past your table heading to and from the bar area. This does die down after sunset, so it's worth booking a later table for dinner and getting to the bar early to avoid the over crowding.
We stopped at the Moon bar on the way down for a night cap. I'd avoid this if you've been to Vertigo already. It's much windier here, the drinks not as good and smells of cooking constantly from what much be the kitchens on that floor blowing out onto that area.
Breakfast in the morning is definitely recommended before heading out for a day of sight-seeing or shopping. It's a huge selection, even by most 5* hotels, fantastic quality and also great value for money. We paid for it seperately as hadn't included it in our original booking but would definitely include it next time. Worthwhile note if it's not too hot. Ask for one of the tables outside by the mini-waterfall.
I'd definitely stay here again. It's worth it's wait in gold as the ideal place in Bangkok when you've had a long tiring and hot day out and just want to kick back in luxury.
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