Bangkok 5 Stars Hotels Review

 

There are very many hotels to choose from in Bangkok, ranging from USD60 / €45 to USD450 / €350. You can easily find clean, nice 4 stars hotel around USD100 / €75. Since traffic in Bangkok is really bad ( I have once spent 2 hours in a traffic jam which took 20 mins for normal traffic), you may want to find a hotel close to BTS station. It is the Bangkok Mass Transit system (commonly known as Sky train) and it pretty much takes you everywhere tourists go. The fare is from 10 to 40baht ( US$0.30 / €0.25).

I have stayed in more than 20 hotels (big or small) in Bangkok over the past years and my criteria for Bangkok hotels is comfort, cleanliness, location and of course price. The service I would expect is in direct proportion to the price I pay but generally speaking, services of hotels in Thailand are excellent.

If we have similar requirements in selecting hotels, then maybe you can use this post as one of your references.

Four Seasons Hotel – This is my favourite 5 stars hotel. I love the location, service and the room. The decoration is western with thai flavour. It has the BTS stop right outside the hotel and is close to Erawan 4 faces buddha ( I am a true believer 😉 ) Their thai restuarant “Spice Market” is pretty good. They have a nice spa and also have in room massage service. It is very relaxing to spend a day or afternoon in the pool area and you can also choose to have a massage there too. The concierge service is comparable to the one in New York 😉 They once got me a car with English speaking driver (new Toyota Camry) for my day trip to the tiger monastery (where you can pat real tigers) for 4000 baht (US$130) which is like half of what the hotel charges.

 

 

Grand Hyatt Hotel – It is located right in between the Four Season Hotel and the 4 faces buddha. I used to like this hotel a lot but after my friend has had a paranormal experience there, I tried to stay away from it. 

 

 

Peninsula Hotel – This is a very nice 5 star hotel across the river. You can have great views from the hotel room. They have shuttle boat service going to the nearest BTS station. Huge spa and wonderful breakfast and great service. If you prefer to stay away from the bustle and hustle of the city then this is the place for you. I personally prefer to be in the city centre and their pool is too crowded for me as many families with young children like to stay in this hotel (during school holiday).

 

 

Mandarin Oriental Hotel – It is the first 5 star hotel in Bangkok on the bank of the river. I don’t like the location and I think the prices of their spa is outrageous. For me it is just another 5 star hotel.

 

Centara Grand Hotel – I stayed in this hotel when it first opened in 2008 because I got a good deal from the travel agent in Hong Kong at that time (USD200 for 3 nights). I was upgraded to the executive floor and both the room and bathroom were huge. They have a excellent choice of buffet breakfast (it is more like a brunch than a breakfast). However, I do not like their location. This hotel is on top of the Central World shopping mall, and to get to the sky train, you do have to change lifts and from hotel to get to the ground level and the sky train station is a good 10 mins walk. The same distance of going to Siam Paragon (another shopping mall). You may think that 10 mins walk is nothing but to walk 10 mins in the heat (33°C or more) and high humidity and polluted smog is not a pleasant thing. If you decided to take a cab, then be prepared to get stuck in the traffic jam due to the location of the hotel.

 

 

Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong – This hotel was opened in 2010 and I stayed there 1 month after it was opened. The hotel decoration is very trendy and modern and I do like their design very much. Room is good size and bed is extremely comfortable (american type). They have a glass wall between the bedroom and the bathroom but there is also an electric curtain should you prefer more privacy or when you are sharing room with a friend. They have the sky train station outside the hotel but no direct walkways. You have to go out through the open car park and driveway before getting to the station and really have to watch out for incoming vehicles on the way. Even if you choose to walk through the old connecting building, you will still have to walk through the driveway. This is the thing that kind of bothers me.

Breakfast is included in the room rate and your eggs will be freshly prepared instead of precooked. Expresso and cappuccino at no extra cost. Wifi on the other hand is not free. This hotel has a nice indoor pool but since there is no outdoor pool, you cannot get any suntan.

in door swimming pool

 

Grande Centre Point Hotel & Residence Ratchadamri  – This is another hotel that opened in 2010. It is located in a side street in between Four Seasons Hotel and Grand Hyatt Hotel so the entrance is not that visible. I paid USD30 to upgrade to a bigger room with open kitchen, dining and living room and a good size bedroom. It is a small apartment rather than just a hotel room. There are washing machine, microwave, stove and all kitchen utensils. They also have free wifi in the room. So if you are traveling with friends or family, this hotel will be a good choice. The breakfast selection is not as good as other 5 stars hotel and their expresso coffee is awful but what they are insufficient in the breakfast , they do make it up in the room rates. Their room rate is at least 30% – 50% less than the 5 stars hotel Four Seasons Hotel and Grand Hyatt Hotel next door.

 

The Sukhothai Bangkok – This is a hotel more for businessmen / women and couples without children and it has a private and quiet ambiance. They used a lot of wood in their decoration and for me it is a bit outdated and need renovation. I heard that this hotel has started renovating a couple months ago and now the new renovated rooms have LCD and ipod docks.

The location of the hotel is not ideal to me as it is too far to walk to sky train. Their breakfast is quite good and they have a standard size pool. 

 

InterContinental Bangkok – I stayed in this hotel about 2 years ago and I was told that they have renovated their rooms recently with 42 ” flat screen tv and ipod docks. This hotel is close to Central world and just opposite Grand Hyatt. Sky train stop is very close by and they have a roof top pool. However, they do not offer free wifi.

 

Conrad Hotel – This is some of my friends’ favorite hotel and although it has been opened for 10 years, I must say that they have been doing a good job in up keeping.  The room is spacious and there is glass wall to separate the bathroom and bedroom but also with electric curtain for more privacy. Sky train station is about 7 – 8 mins walk away and the hotel has shuttle bus service going to the sky train station every 30 mins. They have a nice pool but unfortunately due to the hotel location, you do not get much sunlight in the afternoon. Their clientele is mainly business people.

 

 

 

Banyan Tree Hotel – The room is spacious and they have good spa. However, their location is the worst there could be. The main road outside the hotel is a near stand still most of the time and it is quite a walk to the sky train. They do have shuttle service to the sky train station but a 5 mins car trip could sometimes take up to 15mins or more. However, they do have a nice bar with good city view ( it still can not beat the sky bar in Lebua Hotel / State Tower). This hotel used to accommodate many tour groups from HK and other parts of Asia. 

 

 

Hansar Hotel – This hotel was opened in April 2011 and I came to know about this hotel through my friend as she has bought a condo here. (the hotel has serviced apartment side and hotel rooms side) The hotel is situated right behind the Four Seasons Hotel and as it was still very new the time I was there ( I stayed there in June), I need to tell the taxi driver to go to Four Seasons Hotel. ( you need to take a left right after the Four Seasons hotel) The sky train station is 4 – 5 mins away.

You will get a clean sleek feeling from the minute you enter this hotel. Lobby and room are bright and spacious. It is not a mega big hotel but rather a nice and trendy hip hotel. Since the hotel is not big, the staff make it a point to remember the names of the guests that stay there. They will greet you everyday with your last name. Room is big with spacious bathroom and comfy bed and their mini bar is free. They also provide free wifi. Some rooms have washing machine and ironing board should you require a longer stay.

The food quality in the coffee shop is quite good and price reasonable.

 

 

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