My partner and I recently returned from a 2 week holiday in Indonesia, after which we had a 2 night stay in Bangkok on our way home to the USA. (For reference, we stayed at Amanjiwo, Amankila, Amanwana, and Amanusa while in Indonesia--feel free to see reviews.) Typically, we have stayed in suites at Four Seasons, Ritz Carleton, Mandarin Oriental, and comparable properties, particularly when in cities. We found the Sukhothai to be absolutely sensational--beautiful property, extraordinary service, great style, and a nice suite. Its location off the river was not an issue at all for me, even though it was my first visit to Bangkok; I enjoyed its quiet location.
The hotel's public spaces really are amazing. I like a contemporary sensibility, so the Sukhothai really impressed me. The decor was a very clean, contemporary interpretation of Thai style, and I found it elegant and impressive while not being busy or gauche. The bar area, and the outside bar area, in particular, I thought were truly spectacular. The lobby and other spaces really made me feel like I was in an oasis.
Our suite was wonderfully sized--a nice entry hallway with bath, a nicely sized living room, and nicely sized bedroom, and a quite large bathroom. We overlooked the lovely courtyard below. The A/C worked VERY well, which I absolutely require to be comfortable--I must have had it near 15 C at most! My only issue at all with our stay was the decor in the room, particularly in the big bathroom, was a little too "Vegas" for my taste, due in large part because of the large number of mirrors. Otherwise, we were very, very happy with our room.
Service was extraordinary. I hadn't even brought a pair or pants having spent 2 weeks in hot and humid Indonesia, so I didn't bother even though we had 2 nights in Bangkok. The hotel was very gracious in this regard, even though I was a bit underdressed compared to the rest of the guests I saw. I asked if it would be OK, and everyone was quick to say I would be fine. All in all, I felt quite comfortable. We also had an A/C problem in the Italian restaurant on our 2nd night, and since I got too hot, I asked if they could move our meal back to our room--which they did without hesitation. I had expected them to offer us a discount on the meal because of the disruption, but that never happened. When I asked about that at the front desk the following morning, the representative was only too happy to give us a 25% discount because of the hassle. With every request, we found the hotel staff to be wonderfully gracious and accommodating.
Dining was wonderful, as well. Despite the glitch with the A/C in the Italian restaurant I mentioned above, we were very pleased with our dining experiences at the hotel. Since I didn't want to deal with the heat, we ate most meals at the hotel (except for lunch at the Peninsula and high tea at the Oriental, see below). Our 1st night we dined at the Thai restaurant, and its decor was lovely, and our meals were excellent. The breakfast buffet at the Sokhothai might be the most impressive spread we've seen in a decade (perhaps equaliing or surpassing the St. Regis Monarch Beach near us in California that we last enjoyed almost 10 years ago). It was set out in perfect fashion, with each item being clearly labeled so there was no confusion. They had almost everything, too, that we could want. And our last dinner, at the Italian restaurant, was great food. It was a shame we had to move, in fact, because we loved the atmosphere of the place the most!
For fun, we had also toured around the Peninsula where we also had lunch, and similarly toured around the Oriental where we had afternoon tea. Both hotels were very gracious in offering us a chance to see their suites so we could compare them to the Sukhothai for future visits to Bangkok. The Peninsula shares a similar contemporary sensibility that we both enjoy, though I still might prefer the Sukhothai because of its size, because its not a chain hotel, etc. My partner, if we return to Bangkok, would likely prefer the Peninsula simply because he loved the river views and just being close tot the river. We leave it to you to ascertain what might be a bigger priority for you. As for the Oriental, we could only see a junior suite, but that was enough--the design sensibility of the hotel just isn't for us at all. The service was extraordinary, as expected, and I'm sure the Oriental offers a great stay. But we didn't like it. Too formal for us, too proper, too gauche in its design, etc. On the other hand, it was obvious that the Oriental was almost full, whereas the Peninsul and Sukhothai clearly had far more rooms/suites available--which does say something, I suppose! Still, for the same money, I'll take the Sukhothai or the Peninsula. And the Oriental not surprisingly cost significantly more.
Bangkok was also a surprise. What a wonderful city. We expected a dirty, pollution-ridden city with ridiculous heat and humidity. Instead, we just found the ridiculous heat and humidity! We found Bangkok to be a very friendly, enchanting city, massive in some ways and neighborhood-y feeling in others. Great shopping, lovely temples, and a big city all mixed together. We felt very safe, too.
If we were to return to Bangkok, we would be thrilled to stay at the Sukhothai again. if it were my choice, it would be the Sukhothai for sure. If I take my partner's interest in river views, though, we might consider the Peninsula. Both are worthy choices and less expensive options to the Oriental, even though we can afford it.
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