My partner and I recently stayed at the Hansar Bangkok Hotel for a 4 day romantic get away. It was my third stay at the Hansar in the past 14 months and so, needless to say, they are doing something right in my eyes.
I recommend this hotel.
Location: The Hansar is located near Siam Square. The area is filled with high end, luxury shopping (Siam Paragon, Central World, Gayshorn) as well as cheaper options (Siam Square, MBK). The main malls are about a 10-minute walk from the hotel (you can also take the Skytrain 1 station). Ewaran Shrine is also a short walk. The area is also full of luxury hotels including the Four Seasons and St. Regis, which are both within one block of the Hansar.
Transportation: The Ratchadamri BTS (Skytrain) station is 100 metres from the hotel. The BTS connects to the MRT (subway) system as well and so you have easy access to the Bangkok metro system. Taxis in Bangkok are also generally metered and cheap. See the tips section for getting to the hotel from the airport.
Room: I have always stayed in the “Urban Suite”. Spacious, neutrally decorated suites with a living room & workstation separated from the bedroom by a sliding door. The bathroom is large and really nicely appointed with a large bathtub and rainfall style shower. The sliding doors for the both the bathroom and living area are nearly soundproof and nicely close off the bedroom. The styling is modern and conservative. The suite has a nice little glass enclosed “garden area” near the entrance, which is an original touch. Free wi-fi of course (and they have ridded themselves of the annoying password system they used in the past).
Views – Other tall buildings surround the hotel and so there is no particular view. However, you also won’t feel closed in.
Check In: Check in is on the second floor. Although there are only 2 people on duty at any given time, the Hansar is a boutique hotel and so it is unlikely to ever be queued up. In my case, I have never even managed to finish my welcome drink before being shown to my room. Check out was similarly easy. The front desk was also helpful in printing out some documents for me upon request.
Concierge: The concierge always has 2-3 people staffing it. I have always found “Oh” and the gang to be really helpful and professional. It is a small enough hotel that they will all know your name after the first day. The concierge was always helpful in giving advice, hailing cabs, making restaurant reservations and booking tickets. A nice touch is that they will often hand you a couple of bottled waters if you happen to be traveling very far.
Hotel Bar & Restaurants – Breakfast was included with my room. The breakfast area is very nice with options to sit inside or on the patio (the view is that of a small side street but they have done a nice job of enclosing the area with some trees). It has an excellent buffet as well as entrée options. The food is excellent and there is more than enough selection to keep most people happy for a 4 or 5-day stay. I have never eaten at the hotel outside of breakfast but Eve is a highly rated restaurant and very chic in the evening. There is also a café style restaurant. VUE is a small bar area on the main floor. In the evening it looks great and, at least during my stays, has always been very dressy & elegant. There are few stand-alone restaurants in the immediate area but there are many options at nearby hotels such as the St. Regis and Four Seasons. A 10-minute walk to Central World & area gives you a large number of dining options.
#1: Three main options for getting to the hotel from the airport: Metered cab (250 – 300 THB // $8 - $10); Hotel car service (2000 THB / $60); and Skytrain (via the airport link). Personally I think that taking a regular cab is by far the best option. The whole taxi stand process at the airport is very efficient and it takes about 30 minutes to get to the hotel. I would advise that you make sure you take a print out of the hotel address, preferably in Thai (it is available on the hotel website), to speed communication with the driver. The Skytrain option will take you a while and you will have to change lines 3 times as well as drag your luggage on some very busy train cars.
#2: The Hansar is a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”. Membership is free and while I don’t recall major benefits, every little bit helps and maybe you get a free upgrade on your room out of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hansar Bangkok, an unrivaled luxury experience just steps away from the heart of Bangkok and a short one-minute walk to the BTS Skytrain, yet nestled in the seclusion and comfort in Bangkok's most prestigious location, Rajdamri Road. Endless and enchanting views of Bangkok greenery, outstanding architectural elegance and timeless style, amenities to please the most discerning traveler, this is the Hansar way of life. Our suites are steeped in modern comfort and amenities, contemporary yet timeless in style and adorned in Jim Thompson silk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hansar Bangkok Hotel Bangkok