When I give a hotel 5 stars (circles;), it is based on my own criteria. I'm certainly not stating that this is a Michelin rating top hotel in the universe (I am a retired school teacher but even if I could afford one of these hotels, I'd never stay there.
When we go on a vacation, we are there to see the sights, not to spend the day in a hotel.
My ratings are always based on the following specifications:
A. This means, can you walk to venues, restaurants, shops, antiquities, or proximity to transportation. We were a tad over a block from the sky train. I had received the wrong charger from Apple and couldn't use the free internet with a dead computer (*&^%#@! Apple--but it was a happy accident because we were able to take the sky train to the malls (would you believe the apple stores in the malls did not have a charger for the 'air'?) and since we were there during the protests, we got to walk back with the nicest people you could imagine. I even bought some of their whistles in support. One of the funnest things we did while in Bangkok on our own). We took a taxi to the gigantic electronics mall and became true tourists by returning in a tuk-tuk. How fun!
B. Is this a safe area because we do a ton of walking whilst on holiday. We loved walking through the area with the transvestite massage therapists. A lot to see. We bought several shirts from the sidewalk vendors also.
A. I generally rank the top hotels on TRIP ADVISOR and stop at the first one that I can afford. Since we were staying at this hotel while with a tour, we had no choice however we arrived a day early and the rates were unbelievable.
3. Cleanliness--if everything else is great, and the hotel is filthy, I would never stay there again. This happened to me only one time in Rome and this hotel received my only 1 circle review. I do my homework prior to a trip and am ultimately extremely happy with my choices.
4. Everything else is icing on the cake but here are some other reasons why we loved the hotel:
A. The room ended up being a huge suite--a large bedroom, great bathroom, a kitchenette/dining room/living room. Because we only stayed here to tour Bangkok for a week, we stuck a bottle of wine in the refrigerator (and oh my goodness, here's a warning--wine is EXPENSIVE in this city), but never ate in the room. We also never sat in the living room and I don't think we even turned either of the two TVs on. We only slept here.
BUT, I can't even begin to describe the buffet breakfast. We did eat one dinner here and were very happy but that breakfast, INDESCRIBABLE!!!! Probably the most amazing buffet I've ever seen. Maybe 10 stations with even Asian/Middle Eastern stations. The fruit is something to dream about but everything was amazing.
I can't recommend this hotel enough!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant and sophisticated, the upscale Grand Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok (Managed by Accor) boasts the best location amidst the bustle and vibrant city centre of Bangkok. Only seconds from the BTS Sky Train station and leading department stores, the remarkable Grand Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok also provides easy access to expressways, and is only 45 minutes from International Airport. Our luxurious accommodation features 386 spacious rooms and suites, outstanding restaurants, and bars. This stylish hotel combines traditional Thai Charm with refined modern amenities and state of the art conference facilities for meetings and seminars, making it one of the best Bangkok hotels for leisure and business travelers alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Bangkok
- Grand Sukhumvit Sofitel
- Bangkok Sofitel