Where do I start with the praises?...
The location was great, Ploenchit Rd turned out to be smack in the middle of the shopping area - anything from the local malls to the super luxurious designer shops, all within walking distance. I was there right before Christmas so all the shopping centers had lots of Christmas decorations, which gave everything a very festive feel. The hotel is right in front of a BTS SkyTrain stop, so very easy to get around town from there. It can be a bit confusing though if you take a taxi from the airport as the hotel is relatively new and most taxi drivers don't know it - be on the lookout for the white sign on Ploenchit Rd. indicating the entrance to the hotel as it's not immediately visible from the street.
The rooms are plush, luxurious, and very spacious. The decor is contemporary but luxurious and comfortable. The bed was plush yet firm, I got some of the best sleep I've ever had in a hotel anywhere. I wish I could have brought the bed back with me to the US!!!! The bathroom was bright and spacious, it just felt decadent. I loved the glass bathroom with a view into the room. I guess it makes it convenient if you want to watch TV while sitting in the tub.... I got a room on the 18th floor with a city view, nice.
The Fitness Center on the top floor is not to be missed. The equipment and facilities are first class, and the views make you want to extend your workout - not a bad idea after all that yummy Thai food. The Fitness Center staff was friendly and helpful.
Breakfast was good, a big selection of asian and western food. On 3 of the 4 days I was there I had to leave very early in the morning to catch a trip to Kanchanaburi and flights to Chiang Mai and back to the US. The staff kindly offered to pack a breakfast for me since I had to leave before the breakfast spread was open. The breakfast they packed came in a nice container and bag with fruit, croissants, and juice.
The staff and service were top notch. Everyone was very helpful, friendly, and welcoming. I stayed here twice, before and after my trip to Chiang Mai. I paid for my first stay and used Marriott Reward points for my second stay. The staff treated me equally well on both occasions, in fact slightly better on the second stay (which was free using points). They welcomed me as a Marriott Rewards member; the fact that I wasn't paying for the stay didn't change their service or welcoming attitude. They were very forthcoming with recommendations for excellent Thai food, sightseeing, shopping, and massages. The staff and their excellent service made an already excellent stay perfect.
One note of caution (not related to the hotel): if you take a taxi from the hotel, make sure you ask the concierge to clearly explain to the driver where you want to go. My friend and I got a taxi to the airport but the driver got lost (hardly seems possible!), since we didn't speak Thai we were pretty much helpless and ended up being driven around and had to ask for directions a couple of times and almost missed our flights back to the States.
The rate I got (~$110/night) and the number of Marriott Reward points needed (20,000 points/night) were a terrific value. The hotel exceeded all my expectation. I would highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay here again on my next trip to Bangkok.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, guests are greeted by a 200 metre exotically landscaped driveway that leads them to our iconic blue glass building. Set back from the hustle and bustle, you're in Bangkok's most vibrant neighbourhood yet secluded in your very own oasis. The hotel is a stone's throw away from Central Chidlom, Central World and Siam Paragon, Bangkok's swankiest malls, and just around the corner from the Chit Lom BTS Station. โรงแรมเรเนซองส์ กรุงเทพฯ ราชประสงค์ยินดีต้อนรับคุณด้วยทางเข้าน้ำตกยาวกว่า 200 เมตรสู่ตัวโรงแรมซึ่งมีความเป็นเอกลักษณ์ด้วยตัวตึกสร้างด้วยกระจกสีน้ำเงิน ใจกลางย่านธุรกิจ และเป็นศูนย์รวมแหล่งช้อปปิ้ง ทั้งห้างสรรพสินค้าเซ็นทรัลชิดลม ห้างสรรพสินค้าเซ็นทรัลเวิลด์ สยามพารากอน และร้านค้าอื่นๆ อีกมากมาย เดินทางสะดวกสบายโดยรถไฟฟ้าบีทีเอสสถานีชิดลม ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel Bangkok