Hello, never stayed in Bangkok and really just wanted to do the Hell fire pass tour so we decided on the Banyan tree Hotel and I am so glad we did. First of all, the Hotel is nowhere near the protesters and is a good part of town. After checking out a few Hotels I decided on this one for it offered free alcohol and at roughly $275 aus a night, we couldn't go wrong. We only stayed 3 nights here after our trip from Coconut Island, Phuket but we could have easily stayed more. We had room 1702 and being booked in the club room, had our check in on the 19th floor. We arrived around 2:30pm and after the Hotel arranged a van transfer (there is 5 of us) we were taken to the 19th floor where we were greeted and after the paper signing and complimentary drink, shown to our rooms. We originally asked for 3 separate rooms but next to one another or at least on the same floor but we were not guaranteed this. They could give us rooms but on different floors. The other alternative was a single bedroom suite and a two bedroom suite so my wife and I took the single bedroom suite, 1702 and our friends took room 1704. Both rooms were great.
Our room was huge. You entered into a big open room with a full kitchen, 6 seater dining room table, a big writing desk, arm chair and two couches. Also was two mini fridges and a TV and dvd player. Walking through a door into the bedroom where there was a huge king size bed, another couch and a TV and DVD player. Go through another door opens up to another huge bathroom with a big shower with twin shower roses, a separate bath tub with a TV on the wall, twin vanity basins and a separate toilet which had a courtesy soft light on so you could easily see where you are going at night. The bed was comfy and you could order different pillows to suite, there was separate controls for the air con in each room and a good size safe. This room had it all. The freebees were alcohol from approx. 10am in the morning till 8:30pm with cocktails from 5:30pm till 7:30pm. You had a choice of three cocktail each night. The alcohol was Singha beer, sparkling wine, white and red wine. The girls loved the sparkling wine and of course the cocktails. I like Singha beer so I stuck to that. There could have been other beer, I can't remember. If you are there for lunch, they make freshly cut sandwiches as well as cakes and condiments laid on. Chicken, Ham, cheese sandwiches all sorts. Eat as much or as little as you want. Same for afternoon tea. Pastry currie pasties and sausage rolls, cakes, cheeses, bickies, prawn savouries and lots of other yummy things. Honestly, you really didn't want dinner after this (but we did) Speaking of which, another highlight was the open roof top restaurant called Vertigo and wow, the view is spectacular. You can get the lift to the 59th floor then you have three flights of stairs to get to the roof. There is a bar called the moon bar which is at one end of the roof top. That is higher again. You do need to book. Dress code is men must wear long pants. I saw 3/4 pants on one bloke but of course girls can where short dresses, shorts, whatever but I wondered why us blokes can't where nice dress shorts for whatever reason so men, pack a pair of long strides. Now this is opulence eating here. I have never done and don't ever plan to again pay $100aus for a steak. Even a Latte cost $9 aus so be prepared but as one of our party said, we are here and don't plan to be here again so let’s just do it. The food was superb and the presentation was fantastic. When our five main meals came out, they were under a silver dome in which five waiters lifted all at once to give it the wow factor. I had what is called a mangaloo steak (I think that is what it was called) anyway it is a T'Bone without the eye fillet. Cooked superb and melted in my mouth. So it should have for that price!! All up it cost around 20000 baht. We nearly fell over so around $140 aus each. That included drinks and sweets. They also take your photo and give it to you as a memento. I took so many photos of the view. I didn't really want to leave but we did. I am glad we did it. Back to the room. There is a 2 item laundry per day and if you had it collected in the morning, they bought it back later that day. We took ourselves down to the central pier. The hotel got us a taxi, handed us the taxi details just in case something happened??? Like what? anyway it cost us 53 baht ( under $2aus) so I gave the taxi driver 100bht and he thought we were great blokes. Anyway walk to your left to the booking office next to a money exchange booth and for 150bht you can get an all-day ferry ride sort of hop on hop off service up and down the river so I think where we got on was stop number 3 so we went to as far as it goes at stop number 13 and came back to stop 9 which is what you take to get off to the presidential palace. Again men, you need long pants to get in. We walked around for a while forever getting asked if we wanted a tuk tuk. We walked back to pier 8 then caught the ferry back where we started. The sky rail is at central pier so we jumped on this. Cost 28bht so $1aus and got off at exit 4 within walking distance to the Hotel. Back in time for lunch and beer!! We originally talked about going to a weekend market and the Hotel had organised a courtesy bus for us but we didn't go in the end. My mate and I did the river cruise and the three girls did the shops. There was free Wi-Fi in the room, they gave us 2 door keys and also replenished the bowl of fruit in the room. Our tour of Hell fire pass had us leaving the Hotel at 7am. The club breakfast doesn't start till then so the Hotel said we could have breakfast downstairs for this opened at 6am. My wife enjoyed the day with the girls but she mentioned the shopping wasn't much. There is a big wheel (ferris wheel like the London eye) that you can see from the rooftop but it starts at 4:30pm and unfortunately I didn't get to go on it. We had an early flight out of Bangkok to Melbourne the Sunday but we had to leave the Hotel at 5:30am. The hotel insisted we have a breakfast box which they gave us as we loaded onto the transfer bus and this was great. I wouldn't mind coming back to Bangkok and spending more time here. Bangkok is big and skyscrapers everywhere. The Banyan tree has a few Hotels around the world and if they are anything like the one at Bangkok, it would be great. All the staff were helpful. English at times was broken with some but we never had any problems getting our point across. Would I come back here, you bet. Thank you Banyan tree. It was a great choice of Hotel. Keep up the good work............Oh well back to work !!
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