A frequent traveler to SE Asia as well as Europe, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to sample the hospitality industry in many places. When I am in Thailand the Sukhothai Hotel is my destination. I have stayed only in the suites in my travels there but hear the same kind of compliments about the other accomodations from acquaintences..
This is what 5-star is supposed to mean. To see what old-time European hotels were like you must go to SE Asia and Asia today. And nowhere is it done better than the Sukhothai. The welcome is gracious and succeeds in making you feel as though you are returning home. The service is seamless...mention a need to any staff and it gets delivered to the right party and acted on immediately. Staff is so solicitous you feel the need to urge them jai yen krub. Concierge comprehends quickly what you desire (not the case in many Bkk hotels) and makes it happen.
Housekeeping. Attention to detail is foremost and service is immaculate. It was a little unnerving the first time I returned to my suite and found my 15 or 20 toiletry items lined up like parade marchers on a white linen towel. When I said I wanted the kitchen equipped to allow me to do some cooking, a restaurant's worth of cutlery and equipment showed up within one hour.
Facilities. Gym is well equipped and staff will assist you in any way needed. No need to be concerned about how to use a piece of equipment...they will quietly demonstrate. If you are doing serious stretching and a staff member offer to assist, you may wish to consider that they will show you angles you did not know your body could achieve.
Pool. Just as gracious as the service. Plentiful supply of umbrellas, towels, complimentary bottles of water. Restaurants are accessible from the hotel wing or poolside...or right at your chaise for that matter. Thai food selection is authentic and not dumbed down to farang format....remember, "mai pet" means not hot (and also not Thai). Celedon restaurant on the hotel grounds rated one of the world's best by Gourmet Magazine.
Overall: If I want chrome and glass I can stay in NYC. This hotel embodies the Thai/Buddhist concept of right action, right effort, right attention, right mindedness. Perhaps needs a few more amenities for children, but the ones i see there seem very happy.
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- COLONNADE, all-day dining restaurant features live cooking stations, Carving Trolley and a wide selection of Western and Asian favorites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Sukhothai Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Sukhothai Hotel