We arrived at the Siam Kempinski Hotel in the late morning after a 50 minute ride in a taxi from Bangkok’s Suvranabhumi airport. When he opened the taxi door, the porter who greeted us addressed me by my name, and this obviously made an impression as it was meant to! The check-in process was fairly swift, as we sat in the lounge and was served each with a cold towel and an iced drink. Unfortunately, our room was not ready as the hotel was full, so we were ‘invited’ to occupy our time at the Siam Paragon shopping mall across the road until we would receive a phone call on my mobile when the room was ready. After an hour and a half, I was informed that our room was ready. The lady receptionist who walked us to our room, pointed out the hotel facilities at the same time, and finally when we were in the room, pointed out the amenities available in the room.
We had opted for a Premier room. These are between 45 to 48 m2, and larger than the Deluxe rooms which are between 40 to 45 m2. Our room situated at the garden wing has a glass fronted bath room. In the room are the usual amenities found in any five star establishment, but of particular note is the laptop size safe; a digital internet entertainment system; a steam iron and a ironing board; full length mirrors behind the wardrobe doors and the toilet doors; a LavAzza Esspresso Point machine for coffee and complimentary tea. Four bottles of drinking water are available daily. There are no less than 17 electrical sockets- ( 6 located beside the work desk, 4 next to the TV, 2 at each side of the King sized bed, 2 more along the wall to the balcony and one at the entrance door with 2 more in the toilet in addition to the outlet for the shaver! The working desk is fairly large and there is provided a leather folder with writing paper and envelopes. For the Premier rooms, the soft beverage cans inside the room fridge are complimentary, including the local beer. These are replenished daily. Shoe polishing is also complimentary! There is an umbrella for rainy days, and in the drawer at the bedside side-table, a torchlight for emergencies.
Newspapers, local and international, are available at your request during check-in. The Spa is on the 7th floor and the gym on the 8th floor of the garden wing.There are complimentary, separate male and female saunas; steam rooms, and jacuzzi.
Sleep quality is very good. The mattress is firm not hard, and pillows soft and smooth. The bedsheets are clean. The room is cleaned twice a day, and someone comes to check to ensure this is done and to inquire if you needed anything more!
The Kempinski group of hotels or the Kempinski Collection began in 1897 and they pride themselves in creating what they term as “The Kempinski Experience”. Each hotel or resort is supposed to exude elegant individuality and at the same time reflect the color and customs of it’s location. The staff at the Siam Kempinski Bangkok, do indeed exhibit that charm and warmness that appears inherent in the culture of Thailand. Ever smiling and greeting Sawadeeka! with a slight bow of the head, and palms pressed together as in prayer. The Concierge was very helpful to the extent of printing out detailed maps for us on locations we wanted to go. The doorman not only opens the door as you approach to go out, but hastily also goes down to stop traffic for you to cross the road to the Siam Paragon! In spite of being a large hotel, every attempt is made to make you feel warmly welcomed and at home. Would I return to this hotel? I think the answer is pretty obvious!
Obtain your taxi ride to your hotel at the airport where there is the AOT Limousine counter. It cost 1,200 Baht for our transfer by London cab from the airport to the hotel, and the cost is the same from hotel to airport. So we paid in total 2,400 Baht for two trips ( airport-hotel-airport) which is far less than what the hotel is charging using their BMW 7 series for just one trip!
Best time to come to Bangkok is in December and January, when the precipitation (rainfall ) is lowest, and temperatures lower at night to around 24C - 25C. Daytime temperatures are up to 33C to 34C.
We took our meals solely at the food outlets in the shopping Malls, savoring Thai crusine at establishments that are patronized by the locals ensuring that the Thai food would be authentic and good.
40 Baht (or 1 € ) per night stay is automatically added to your hotel bill as a donation to fighting infectious disease as Kempinski has been committed as an official partner to Stop TB Partnership hosted by WHO. You could waive or amend this contribution at the reception.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Siam Kempinski Hotel, the city-resort adjacent to Sa Pathum Palace, is part of Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels. Located next to Siam Paragon, this luxurious “resort within a city,” boasts 303 plush rooms and lavish suites. With its aim to create a sanctuary in the heart of the city, all rooms overlook lush beautifully landscaped tropical gardens awash with a cornucopia of flora and fauna, with 22 of them enjoying private access to the pools in the garden. In fact, it is the first and only hotel in Bangkok to offer the most unique and exclusive experience. ... more less
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