This was our third trip to Bangkok in 8 years and with the exception of a service charge and tax being added to the food bill, not much had changed. It was however, our first visit to Courtyard by Marriott, our other two visits we had stayed at The Landmark Hotel (this was now too expensive!) and we found it a very enjoyable experience. It was central, just off Ratchadamri Road and round the corner from The Four Seasons Hotel. The Momo Café was being re-vamped when we arrived and the restaurant had been housed in one of the hotel’s function rooms. This worked well but I think everyone was happy when the Momo re-opened a few days later. All the staff were very friendly, always smiling and couldn’t do enough for you, especially Tar, Som and Kiwi in the café and Pui on the concierge desk who sorted out our delivery from the taylor very nicely. The hotel also boasts a Spa and we both spent a pleasant afternoon enjoying a thai massage and lying by the pool with a cool beer!
If there was anything the hotel could improve upon it would be to include a separate bar area, maybe in a corner of the new Momo Café. Hotel guests like to sit and have a drink before going to bed without feeling the need to eat in the café too! It would also bring more business into the Café if there was an inviting area to sit and relax with sofa’s and comfortable chairs which wasn’t in the hotel lobby!
Our visit coincided with the protest marches that were happening in Bangkok at the time but we needn’t have worried, apart from seeing them camping out at Lumpini Park from the Sky Train when we went down to the river on a couple of occasions, we didn’t see any trouble at all.
As we had seen most of the tourists sights before, we concentrated on the markets and shopping complexes that Bangkok is famous for, visiting Chatuchak market at the weekend and the Siam Paragon, Square, Discovery, Central World and, of course, MBK throughout the week. We also visited Narry.com taylors where my husband had a suit and four shirts made to measure and I had 4 ladies shirts. The fabric is excellent quality and the workmanship is second to none, even if the presentation could do with a little work. (my four shirts where stuffed into one plastic bag when they were delivered to our hotel) They aren’t the cheapest taylor in Bangkok but we had used them before and knew we could count on the quality.
We ate at Cabbages and Condoms on more than one occasion (always excellent) and tried the new Outback Restaurant in Siam Discovery which was good but expensive. One evening we booked a dinner cruise on The Grand Pearl which was excellent. (it’s worth noting that we booked this online before we left England) We were picked up from our hotel, taken to River City where The Grand Pearl pulled alongside with a saxophone playing on the front deck and an Elvis impersonator welcomed us aboard. The group played throughout the meal and cruise. We had a table outside on the front and watched Bangkok float by as we ate a beautiful thai meal. Very enjoyable. For lunch on many occasions we went back to The Landmark Hotel on Sukhumvit Road to The Terrace Café where we sat and enjoyed a beer and salad whilst watching the world go by in buses, taxi’s, tuk tuk’s, limousines and anything else that moved in the busy Bangkok traffic.
We didn’t use a taxi at all during our visit as for 130 bhat per 24 hours (ending at midnight) you can purchase a sky train ticket and use it all day. The sky train runs from east to west (Sukhumvit Line) across the centre of the city and another line (Silom Line) runs north to south. Since our last visit the Silom line has been extended across the river. Bangkok also has an underground railway, MRT, which interchanges with some of the sky train stations. There are also Tourist boats on the river too, so you can pretty much get to most places you need to be by using public transport! Great!
Should we visit Bangkok again we would have no hesitation in booking Courtyard by Marriott.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore this central Bangkok hotel. Comfort and convenience combine seamlessly at the Courtyard Bangkok. Boasting a central location near Silom and Pratunam Market, as well as CentralWorld, our hotel welcomes you with 316 well appointed rooms and suites, all of which feature Bangkok views. Additional room amenities include 32-inch flat-screen TVs, pillowtop mattresses, in-room safes, and 24-hour room service. Dine on international fare at our hotel restaurant, MoMo Cafe, or sit outside by the pool and enjoy the sunshine. If you're planning an event in central Bangkok, you'll be delighted with our nearly 4,200 square feet of function room space and creative catering. And of course, thanks to our prime hotel location, the very best of the area is right at your fingertips. Explore Pratunam Market, discover Silom and the vibrant Central Business District, or attend an event or convention at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre. The city is yours to enjoy when you stay here at the Courtyard Bangkok. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Bangkok
- Bangkok Courtyard