Picked this hotel due to excellent TA reviews, convenient location and great offer on Expedia.
The hotel is right in the middle of the action in Patpong. The night market is just across the road and there are hundreds of bars and restaurants within a couple of minutes walk. The metro station is about 5-10 minutes walk and the best way to get around Bangkok if you want to avoid gridlocked traffic.
Arrived at the hotel at 10am after an overnight flight. We had realised that it might not be possible to check straight in. The receptionist said our rooms were being given their 'final inspection and would be ready in 10 minutes'. We decided to go for a late breakfast in the hotel restaurant whilst our rooms were 'inspected'. Returning to the reception 40 minutes later we were told that the 'final inspection' was almost complete and we would be given our keys in 5 minutes. 20 minutes later we were handed our room keys! Whilst grateful to have been given rooms at 11am rather than the usual check-in of 2pm or 3pm, I just thought it would have been better for the receptionist to have been more honest with us at the start. Perhaps its just down to a cultural difference?
Our rooms were at the back of the hotel on the top (24th) floor so very quiet. I don't know but expect there may be noise from the nightmarket and road if in the rooms at the front on lower floors. The rooms were very tastefully decorated and had clearly been recently updated. They were large with spacious bathrooms with separate shower stalls and bath tubs.
We tried out the gym and pool. Both were fairly compact but well equipped and well designed. Le Meridien have certainly made the best of the small pool area and it is perfectly acceptable for a city center hotel. If you want a larger pool area for sunbathing then the hotels on the river (Shangri-la, Mandarin, Hilton etc) are a better choice.
Where Le Meridien scores above the hotels on the river is its easy acccess to the public transportation system. Its less than 10 minutes walk to the nearest station where you can take a Skytrain or Metro pretty much anywhere in Bangkok. The cost never seemed to be more than $1 and the trains frequent, clean and comfortable. I'd recommend taking the Skytrain to the station on the river (about 3 stops) then taking a fast ferry boat up river. The boats runs about every 10-15 minutes and give great views of the city again for very little money (the locals use them as regular transport). The boats stop off near most of the temples etc you might want to see.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the Silom commercial district and just metres from the vibrant Patpong Night Market, Le Meridien Bangkok is renowned for its outstanding service levels. Easily accessible to both the BTS skytrain and MRT subway station, exploring the city’s cultural sights and shopping malls has never been easier. Featuring 282 chic guestrooms and suites combining modern-day comfort with luxury, each room captures scenic views of Bangkok’s cityscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. An innovative all-day restaurant and a stylish lounge entice guests with menus of stimulating cuisine, creative cocktails and an international range of coffee blends. Take a dip in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool, enjoy an energetic workout in the gym or simply unwind with a signature spa treatment designed to achieve total purification. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Bangkok Hotel Bangkok