The Lit Hotel is a beautifully designed building and a wonderful little hideaway in such a central location. Although you may get spectacular views and big buffet meals at other high-rise hotels in Bangkok, at Lit you get cosy, designer atmosphere with individual treatment.
The whole building is designed to be compact, yet still wonderfully creative. It's as though the design itself guides you along through the building giving a sense of flow and a greater sense of space.
The rooms are lovely, the bathroom we had was like a long corridor rather than the usual square and sealed rooms at other hotels. Our bath had a window view to the courtyard and infinity pool below.
I spent a good many hours sitting in the courtyard, just relaxing in the shade of the trees. In the evening there was some lovely music by a guitar/singer duo.
The infinity pool is very enticing, but not exactly private as one whole side is next to the restaurant windows, but then again its not that busy to worry.
Underneath the pool and courtyard is the well-equipped gym, which also has a beautiful view to another inner courtyard. I also decided to spoil myself to a three hour spa treatment for the first time ever, which was just sublime. The prices were comparable to the UK or Australia, but I wasn't after a cheap thai massage, that would have defeated the purpose of staying at the Lit.
The food at Lit was delicious, if somewhat adapted to western tastes. The Thai dishes seemed rather toned down to what I ate elsewhere but still very nice. The bar also makes wonderful cocktails which go well with an evening in the beautifully lit courtyard.
The staff at the Lit Hotel are all extremely polite, although the reception staff could be a little warmer.
The one place where I found the hotel let themselves down was in their advice to guests.
My mother fell ill and wanted to see a doctor and asked where she could find one. She was instructed by staff to go to the shopping malls across the road but after lots of searching there were no doctors to be found (except for beauty treatments). We asked one of these practices what we should do and it was they who told us that we would have to go to one of the hospitals and they suggested one of the two english speaking hospitals nearby.
The next day I wanted to arrange to have some of my things sent home by post or courier. In the hotel directory folder in each room it clearly says that the Hotel Host can arrange all these things, but when I enquired after this service I was told to go to the shopping mall across the road again. After asking again specifically for the hotel service she eventually called another member of staff to help me, but in the end I was given a map to the shopping mall where there is a post service.
In both cases we eventually found the hospital and the post office ourselves, but I felt that as a 5 star hotel they should have been more proactive in offering us proper and accurate advice. They didn't really seemed prepared for our questions and when you're ill the last thing you want is to be running around in the heat of a city you don't know that well.
Free WIFI is available throughout the hotel, including in the courtyard, guests are given a login valid for 4 days. Rooms have standard features of a hotel of this type, including a very well stocked mini-bar, coffee/tea making facilities, free coffee machine also in the lobby, book exchange in the lobby behind the coffee machine. Robes, umbrellas, slippers etc, it seems most items in your room can be taken and added to your room bill. Hairdryer wasn't that great, but a nice Sony flatscreen TV with international channels and a CD player.
Taxis and tuk tuks are permanently parked outside waiting for business, but the hotel will arrange for transport if you ask.
The BTS train (National Stadium stop) is just at the end of the street which I would recommend if you want to avoid traffic to/from suvarnabhumi airport.
But for those going to Don Muang airport taxis are the only real option and traffic is crazy around the hotel so give yourself plenty of time around peak hours. It took me 40 minutes at 2.30 pm.
The Jim Thompson house is in the next street parallel to the hotel. I've been there twice now because it's so beautiful. It gets really busy but we went on the 9.30am tour this time and it was great because the crowds only began to arrive as we finished. I recommend that you also go early to avoid the crowds.
Then of course there is the shopping nearby. This hotel is hidden amongst all the big shopping malls including Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon, MBK etc.
In case you need it it's in the carpark basement of the Siam Centre (This is the mall sandwiched between Siam Discovery and Paragon). The Siam Centre is closed for renovation at the moment but the carpark is still in operation.