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Old Feb 6, 18, 9:28 am
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Any recent experiences from this hotel? I read somewhere that some of the rooms are renovated - does anyone know if the suites are renovated?
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Old Feb 8, 18, 2:03 am
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Banyan Tree is more of a 4* hotel, much better options out there, even at this price point.
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Old Feb 8, 18, 4:44 am
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During our latest visit, We stayed next door at the Sukhothai, very nice suites and really enjoyed the layout of the hotel (with its inner garden etc). Personally enjoyed our stay as much as the Pen and Mandarin from our previous times. The airport service to room service were all top notch. Received even a great massage there as part of a virtuoso package (may not be part of that group offering now).
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Old Feb 8, 18, 7:15 am
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One property that has caught my attention is 137 Pillars Suites in Sukhumvit. You may want to have a look. I have not stayed, but it certainly looks very nice and has a gorgeous rooftop pool.
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One property that has caught my attention is 137 Pillars Suites in Sukhumvit. You may want to have a look. I have not stayed, but it certainly looks very nice and has a gorgeous rooftop pool.
If it's anything like Chiang Mai, it should be really great!
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Old Feb 8, 18, 8:25 am
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If it's anything like Chiang Mai, it should be really great!
Actually, it seems to be highly inspired by their excellent Chiang Mai property. The gorgeous swimming pool also features a tall, vine covered wall behind it and is probably the most striking urban infinity pool I can think of. F&B also looks great, and the surrounding gardens and charming house cars and took tooks all are reminiscent of Chiang Mai.
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Banyan Tree is more of a 4* hotel, much better options out there, even at this price point.
Have you stayed at Banyan Tree Bangkok before? I am surprised to hear about 4* as it is priced above lots of other options, for example it is the most expensive hotel within Accor, ahead of the two Sofitels.
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Old Jan 18, 19, 9:44 pm
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Have you stayed at Banyan Tree Bangkok before? I am surprised to hear about 4* as it is priced above lots of other options, for example it is the most expensive hotel within Accor, ahead of the two Sofitels.
I think for some here it fails the "very best" part for the luxury hotels forum.
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I think for some here it fails the "very best" part for the luxury hotels forum.
Thanks for the feedback. Have you stayed at Banyan Tree? I do not expect Banyan Tree to be the "very best" either, but I am interested to hear how you would rank Banyan Tree relative to other hotels I know such as Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Waldorf, St.Regis, Athenee, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, So Sofitel, Sofitel Sukhumvit, etc. Feel free to compare to other hotels you might be more familiar with as well.
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Old Feb 5, 19, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
Thanks for the feedback. Have you stayed at Banyan Tree? I do not expect Banyan Tree to be the "very best" either, but I am interested to hear how you would rank Banyan Tree relative to other hotels I know such as Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Waldorf, St.Regis, Athenee, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, So Sofitel, Sofitel Sukhumvit, etc. Feel free to compare to other hotels you might be more familiar with as well.
A "small" comparison to the other accor properties you mentioned (visited Banyan Tree 1BR suite, So Sofitel wood room towards Sathorn Rd and Water towards Lumpini, Sofitel high floor room)

Style:
1) So Sofitel: Lobby, restaurants, hallways, rooms, it simply has a very nice luxurious modern flair. My personal favorite.
2) Banyan Tree: Luxurious modern Thai style with nice touches all around, definitely a 5* hotel in that regard. It's very much about personal preference, I would rank it 2nd.
3) Sofitel: Not bad either, though I prefer the So Sofitel's more extravagant approach to the Sofitel's rather classic elegance.

Views and location:
1) So Sofitel: Really love the views over Lumpini Park, I even consider them strong contestants for Bangkok's #1 . Sathorn Rd side is ok but less spectacular for sure. I like the location as being both close to Lumpini Park as well as having Silom Rd in walking distance. MRT is quite close and BTS within walking distance too, but xing Sathorn Rd is not the most fun activity. Wedged between Rama IV Rd and Sathorn Rd, it is a high traffic area and as such I would like slightly more sound proofed windows (it's not exactly bad but definitely audible).
2) Banyan Tree: Though quite close to the So Sofitel, feels like a more remote area. MRT and Lumpini Park still within walking distance, but a bit further than I would like. Good area of town, next to the Sukothai Hotel and the German embassy, but not much to do around there. I like that it is a bit offset from Sathorn Rd as it helps giving it a more tranquil atmosphere. Views strongly depend room location. From rather boring over acceptable to outright stunning, best case is probably high floor towards north-west.
3) Sofitel: Location wouldn't be my first choice as I am not a big fan of Sukhumvit Rd. With the right rooms you can get some nice views of the Sukhumvit skyscrapers or even above them.
So Sofitel has best average views, Banyan Tree might have the best possible view. Sofitel isn't bad either but I prefer views over Lumpini Park.

Room size:
1) Banyan Tree: Comparing a suite to regular rooms is borderline nonsensical. From what I know even the smaller rooms are good size, but who knows... For a couple of 2, the 1BR suites have a very good size and the room separation is nicely done.
2) Sofitel: Nicely spaced rooms, though not spectacularly roomy.
3) So Sofitel: This is probably where I would rank it last. Rooms are not cramped by a long shot, but you won't enter it and get a wow effect. They have some nice designs that help making more efficient use of space but there are other aspects where it's noticeable that it is simply less roomy.

Tranquility:
1) Banyan Tree
2) Sofitel
3) So Sofitel, though it probably doesn't aim at that anyway.

Breakfast:
1) Sofitel very slightly in front of
2) So Sofitel again slightly in front of
3) Banyan Tree (Club lounge).
All 3 work on a good 5* Bangkok level. In contrast accor's 5* MGallery properties Muse and Vie are clearly worse in that area (not outright bad, but definitely on a lower level).

Culinary in general:
Hard to name an overall winner, though I am slightly leaning towards the
1) Sofitel.
2) Banyan Tree: As an overall experience, it is probably impossible to beat the rooftop restaurant (Vertigo), I would even go as far as calling it Bangkok's best rooftop restaurant (with emphasis on rooftop).
3) So Sofitel: Could easily have won against many other hotels, but someone has to be last.
All of these 3 hotels score nicely in the culinary area, I don't see them at Bangkok's very top. They all can provide a nice experience but fall short to such heavy weights like the MO. I would also rank the Okura in front of it as it simply provided more lasting memories.

Pool:
Sofitel and Banyan Tree both provide a nice relaxing experience while the So Sofitel definitely wins view wise. Typical for the hotel, it is more pumping bass and neon light than relaxation.

All 3 are legitimate 5* properties and I wouldn't call any of them a nose wrinkling "Thailand 5*". Personally, I don't care that much about service as in "assistance to do random things". As far as I know, none of them provide anything like butler service and I can't comment much on concierges, bellhop and so on as I am more of a DIY guy. But all the service interactions I had were great with typical Thai hospitality. If you consider the Sofitels to be genuine 5* hotels, I don't think you will be disappointed. They are trading some blows but none of it is leagues ahead of either.

I think the Banyan Tree might be the winner if you are looking for a resort like experience in town. If I would not be allowed to leave the hotel for several days, this would probably be my favorite pick. I really like the So Sofitel as as it combines interesting style with a luxurious experience. As for the Sofitel, it does most things right in just being a very good hotel. It would probalby be my last choice if I were looking for more than "just" that. Then again, it would probably be my first choice if I had to find accomodation for anyone whose preferences I don't know.

Of course this is all my personal opinion and by no means meant to be an objective assessment, YMMV.
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Old Feb 5, 19, 2:51 pm
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@makrom, thank you very much, this is a top notch quality FT analysis. I am looking forward to visit Banyan Tree later this year to build on your comments.
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Old Feb 5, 19, 3:48 pm
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I thought Banyan Tree was very tired and my last visit was in 2015 when meeting a friend in that Bar. I hope they did something in terms of renovations since then, but frankly doubt it. Back then Grand Hyatt Erawan was leagues ahead, which isn't too hard.
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Old Feb 6, 19, 3:16 am
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I thought Banyan Tree was very tired and my last visit was in 2015 when meeting a friend in that Bar. I hope they did something in terms of renovations since then, but frankly doubt it. Back then Grand Hyatt Erawan was leagues ahead, which isn't too hard.
From what I am aware of they renovated several smaller things since then, just very recently they reopened the rooftop bar (which I did not deem in need of renovation).
Whle I can understand what you mean for some hallways (wouldn't call it run down, but did show some wear), this wasn't the case for our room and floor. While it might not have been brand new, it was definitely in good shape.
For comparison, to assess my perception: I also heard people call the So Sofitel to be worn out, which is very far from how I see it. Of course room lottery might also be at play.
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Old Feb 6, 19, 9:03 am
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If you need to be in the same part of town as Banyan Tree, and at around the same price, then I recommend COMO Metropolitan, which is very good value. The rooms were recently renovated, food is excellent, service relaxed but good.
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Old Feb 15, 19, 2:45 pm
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I haven't stayed at the Metropolitan for several years, but every time I'm in Bangkok I always book into the Como Shambhala Spa for a massage - its a great spa.
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