If ‘location’ is the one big issue then the Crowne Plaza Bangkok has it hands down. But that is just the start rather than the end of the qualities of this great value quality hotel.
Starting with the location, we found it perfect for our three days of ‘Bangkok in a rush’. It is right in the heart of the city – an easy walk to stations for both the Skytrain and the Metro giving easy access to all the key places. And also an easy taxi ride too for the less crowded times of the day.
Across the road we found the refreshing Lumpini Park – a lake with little boats, joggers and those doing slow motion impressions of the karate kid. And a short walk in the other direction saw us in the bustling Patpong night market.
But we found the Crowne Plaza has much more to offer than location. The room was spotless and with lots of little thoughtful extras. The staff were simply charming and always out to please. We’ve had bad experiences in the past of the concierge seeming more interested in tips and commissions. But Kob was altogether different – a fount of knowledge, and wisdom that helped us make the very most of our precious time.
As for the food, the breakfast buffet is vast in choice and high in quality. We lacked the time to eat in all three restaurants – Chinese, Japanese and Latin. However, we came close on our one visit by being allowed to mix and match from two of the menus. The crab risotto was pronounced ‘magnificent’ by a lady I try never to argue with. And my rib-eye on sweet potato was equally outstanding.
Woops, almost missed saying that this all came with a panoramic view of the Bangkok city skyline from the 23rd floor. Which is also where we found a lovely quite bar for a late night drink one evening.
All this and more came at a not unreasonable price considering the scope and quality on offer. The Crowne Plaza Bangkok is not for backpackers or those looking to do city on the cheap. But for those looking for excellence at great value it is going to more than satisfy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy personalised service at Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park, in the heart of the city's business and entertainment district.Take the elevator up to the 23rd-floor Lobby at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park hotel, where gleaming black-and-white tiles lead the way to our helpful Front Desk with dedicated Japanese-speaking Guest Relations. Staff will check you straight into your room or Suite, where panoramic views of Bangkok's twinkling city skyline await you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park Hotel Bangkok
- Pan Pacific Bangkok
- Bangkok Pan Pacific