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This thread refers to the various Marriott brands within a specific geographic area. Marriott Bonvoy hotels in XX usually have posts asking which property is better, etc. Trip reports are usually better suited in the property specific threads.

Can someone who knows list the names of the hotels here in this long thread? Here are the names, addresses, email contact, commonly used abbreviations and some basic info about each hotel. (Location information, CL and breakfast information, UG experiences reported within the thread, typical room layout and frequently mentioned basic advice for different properties.) Keep in mind most posts indicate these are all great hotels. Hope this helps. CJK
  • JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok (JW) 4 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 2, Bangkok 10110, Thailand between the Phloen Chit and Nana BTS Stations. There is a pretty large CL. Elites mostly report having complimentary breakfast offered only at the CL and not in a restaurant. Some are bothered by the hotel's proximity to the Nana district and think the hotel may get some associated business while others (myself) have not really noticed this unless looking hard to see it. The hotel was recently renovated and there are a few posts showing pictures. UGs are usually to the club level regular room where the bathrooms are interior (no outside glass wall) and feature rather small showers but great soaking tubs. Unlike the other hotels listed here, the toilets are not in enclosures.
  • Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel (Ren) 518/8 Ploenchit Road Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok almost attached to the Chit Lom BTS Station and the SkyWalk. One can reach the platform without having to walk on public sidewalks and by using escalators/elevators in the building next door, so most feel this is the property with the fastest and easiest access to BTS. The CL is smaller than the JW's and sometimes gets full. Some elites report having a choice of the complimentary breakfast in the restaurant (which is quite good and huge) while others report having that request denied. Latest reports indicate the restaurant breakfast is offered as of April 2018. The hotel does not have many suites so UGs are usually to corner rooms which often have seating and/or dressing areas as well as larger bathrooms with full glass walls. IMO this is the best/most convenient hotel for a first timer looking to do typical touristy things in Bangkok.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok (CY) 155/1 Soi Mahadlekluang 1 Ratchadamri Road Bangkok is about a five minute walk to either the Ratchadamri or Chit Lom BTS Stations. The hotel operates tuk-tuks to/from the BTS Station. The hotel has a CL and consistently offers elites a choice of breakfast there or in the restaurant. The CL is on the top floor of the hotel and has outdoor seating. Having stayed at the hotel several times as a P, PP and LTP I have never been given an UG, so if there are others who can chime in on that please do. The regular room has a small interior only bathroom with a window overlooking the room and no tub, only a walk-in shower. IMO the price can makes this a great choice, as it is convenient to many places a visitor will go. Sometimes it can be half the price of other Marriott options and they often run double points promotions. (Call the hotel to ask, it cannot hurt.)
  • Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park (Sukhumvit Soi 22) 199 ถนน สุขุมวิท ซอย 22 Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand is about an eight minute walk to the Emporium Mall and Phrom Phong BTS Station either down the Soi sidewalk or through Queen's Park. The hotel operates a regular shuttle to the BTS Station although some have reported trouble catching it back to the hotel. The CL is large, with an outdoor deck, and most people report not being given a choice for the complimentary breakfast in the restaurant. Most Plats report getting UG to a suite, with the M Suite seeming to be most common. It has a living room, bedroom and single large interior bathroom with separate walk-in showers and tubs. This is the largest hotel in Bangkok.
  • Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit (Sukhumvit Soi 57) 2 ถนน สุขุมวิท 57 Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand ([email protected]) is a two minute walk to the Thong Lo BTS Station. Getting to the station involves crossing Thong Lo intersection which can be daunting. The hotel is about a ten minute BTS ride to the central malls, the Ren, etc. The area is a little quieter and more "Thai" than the more touristy/business area where the JW, Ren and CY are located. Some people report being able to have complimentary breakfast in the restaurant while others report lounge only. The CL is about the same size as the Ren's and can get crowded in the early evening. The hotel is on the higher floors of a 40+ story building and the CL is located on one of the top floors, offering stunning views of Bangkok. There is a rooftop bar on the top of the building with great views, too. Elites are often given a coupon for a free drink on the roof. Plats report mostly getting UGs to a two room suite with an extra half bath. The main bath includes an enclosed toilet, a single large walk-in shower and a large soaking tub that can easily seat two. (While the tub is large, the JW, Marquis and Ren tubs are more comfortable for a single person looking to lean back and relax.) IMO this is the quietest of the hotels listed here.
  • Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse 262 Thanon Surawong, Khwaeng Si Phraya, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand is the newest hotel. As of April 2018 there are not many posts from users who have stayed, nor is there an abbreviation being commonly used on this forum. The hotel is not attached/close to a BTS or MRT station but is near the Silom business area, the Patpong Night Market and some more popular adult entertainment establishments.
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok 35,000 Category 5
The St. Regis Bangkok 35,000 Category 5
Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse 25,000 Category 4
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park 25,000 Category 4
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok 35,000 Category 5
Le Méridien Bangkok 25,000 Category 4
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit 25,000 Category 4
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel 25,000 Category 4
The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok 35,000 Category 5
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit,25,000 Category 4
W Bangkok 25,000 Category 4
Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa 17,500 Category 3
Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 17,500 Category 3
Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok 12,500 Category 2
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 1512,500 Category 2
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Old May 20, 18, 12:39 pm
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Anyone stayed at the JW Marriott since construction has started? I was about to book, but there was a notice that said:

"Please note - Hotel transformation in progress with expected completion September 2018. Work may be noticeable. For the comfort of hotel guests, noise limited to 10am-12noon and 2pm-5pm daily."
Note: Bold is my emphasis.

Just wondering how "noticeable" it is?
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I have read the last 10 pages of this thread to start getting familiar with the Marriott hotels in Bangkok. I have never stayed at any of them. After August 1stI will consider it because my Marriott status will “upgrade” on Aug 1stfrom Plat to PPlat100AMB so perhaps my odds of suite upgrades would be better post August 1st. We’ll see.

In general I like having a variety of hotels so I am not a regular at any Bangkok hotel but I have been to more than a dozen so far, multiple times each. No single hotel gets more than 25% of my business because I like to mix things up. Obviously there are some hotels I like more than others, but I usually find that no place is perfect and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.

Generally speaking, I am looking for good value for the money. That means good chances for a suite upgrade, the presence of a club lounge, choice of breakfast in the restaurant or lounge, nice clean & modern rooms, etc. Because I have been several times to BKK, unlike occasional travelers I am fairly agnostic about location. I get more out of a fantastic hotel out of the way than a subpar hotel in a great location. I have not been shopping around Marriott hotels for long enough to have a good feeling for what is the normal price range at each hotel; for the moment I only rely on a few data points for dates of future trips that I am looking at, so my conclusions about the price range of each hotel might not be correct yet. Feel free to correct me as necessary to provide a more accurate picture to all readers.

With the comments above in mind, please let me know if my comparisons are accurate (knowing that I only rely on written reports for Marriott hotels, not based on what I have seen myself):
- CY: good price, probably cheapest Marriott option. Having a lounge makes it good value for the money. However lounge is small, evening food spread limited, and suite upgrades are rare. If I compare with Starwood, ignoring Aloft and 4P as the “cheap” alternatives without a lounge, the closest match might be Royal Orchid Sheraton. At ROS I get suite upgrades almost all the time and the club lounge seems nicer than what I read in comments from CY. Price sometimes below 3k at ROS so if CY is good value for the money, then ROS is even more so. My takeaway is that if I want to be in this price range, ROS is a better choice than CY? For sure some people will pick CY over ROS due to location, but for my purposes I ignore location.
- Ren: points required 30k per night which is higher than 25k pts per night for Marquis, M57, and Surawong, which I find puzzling because cash rates seem a bit lower at Ren than others? Anyway I will assume that the Ren is the 2ndcheapest after CY. Breakfast seems allowed in the restaurant since the beginning of the year, which is a plus. The lounge is more drink-oriented and the food quality not the best, with a number of fried stuff options. They upgrade to suites but it’s more like a large room. Upgrades to exec suites difficult. Possibly the best match on Starwood’s side is Westin. Sounds like the lounge at Westin is better. Even though room upgrades are not the best at Ren, they seem better than Westin which is even worse. And Westin’s room are older and not as nice as Ren. Both similar price. Ren beats Westin it seems.
- Marriott Soi 57: generous upgrades, real suites and 1.5 bath. Hotel new and modern. Is breakfast allowed in the restaurant or only in the lounge? I missed this earlier in the thread. Lounge is perhaps too crowded, but food better than at Ren. In terms of hotels with a lounge, sounds like M57 is a notch above Ren + Westin, but below JW + Athenee. Clearly if Ren beats Westin then M57 beats Westin too and price not that much more than Westin. M57 most likely below Athenee because the Athenee lounge is fantastic, but I am 0/4 on suites upgrades at Athenee, and M57 is cheaper than Athenee so sounds like M57 is an attractive choice value-wise depending on whether one cares more about a suite or about a lounge.
- Marriott Marquis: seems generally more expensive than M57 but not always. Excellent lounge in the evening. Breakfast now allowed in the restaurant as of May 2018 based on one report. In addition they have lunch in the lounge. Rooms are nicer and newer than CY, but that would be expected given the price tag. Suites not as nice as M57 but upgrades equally generous like M57. Are they real suites or just larger room like upgrades at Ren? So higher price than M57 in light of a better lounge than M57, moving it closer to the quality of the Athenee lounge, better odds of suite upgrade than Athenee, but overall still a notch below Luxury Collection level on Starwood’s side? All in all, MM seems a good choice to go along Athenee once in a while given the lower price and more likely suites.
- JW: the most expensive Marriott option. Rooms recently renovated but bathrooms remain subpar. Suite upgrades difficult. Probably the closest match to Athenee, but seems more expensive, and I doubt the lounge is better than Athenee. Both have difficult upgrades. The edge goes to Athenee over JW on better price and better lounge?
- Surawongse: not much info yet so hard to assess the likelihood of suite upgrades. Not sure how the lounge is. The only thing I see is price, and it does not look to be much below Athenee which makes me doubt it’s a good value proposition; I doubt Surawongse is at a Luxury Collection level.

Two Starwood hotels not mentioned above which I like are Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit and Meridien. Both do not have a lounge which is why they do not have a natural comparison with Marriott. Because I prefer hotels with lounges, that’s a knock on both SGS and LM but I like SGS due to great happy hour in three choices of locations including Bar Su, and I like LM because of the good suite upgrades. So I stay in both once in a while. Like I said, no hotel is perfect buy I enjoy my occasional stays there.

I have not been to W or St.Regis because of spotty Plat treatment and no lounge. Price does not seem to stand out as good value but I have never been there so perhaps I am wrong.

I have not been to Aloft or 4P. They are usually no more than 1000 THB cheaper than ROS and if I can get a lounge and a suite for only 1000 THB more, then I do not see Aloft and 4P as good choices for me. If I want a select service hotel, might as well go to Hyatt Place than Aloft or 4P because HP is more recent and it has suites.

I have been to Grand Hyatt and I like the hotel but I think it’s a bit overpriced relative to other options in Starwood or Hilton. Reading reports on M57 and Marriott Marquis makes it even less likely I will stay at GH soon. Park Hyatt is even more overpriced that GH is, and it does not have a lounge. I am looking forward to try the Hyatt Regency which should open later this year.

I like Millenium Hilton. I think it’s a notch above ROS, and the base room is at a similar price level than ROS. However if you want a suite you need to pay for it, special offer 1100 THB for Hilton Diamonds whereas I get it for free at ROS almost all the time. The basic rooms at MH are not very nice so I always pay extra for a suite. I can find rates as low as 2700 THB at MH then add 1100 THB for a suite so 3800 THB guaranteed in a suite, with lounge and great breakfast in the restaurant. This is a good deal. Currently MH is cheaper than M57 and MM but rooms not as nice at MH so it seems fair. Note that MH is are currently renovating their rooms so it will become more of a competitor to Marriott + Starwood, but they will increase their prices as a result too… We’ll see by how much. Conrad and Hilton Sukhumvit are ok but I am not a big fan so possibly the Marriott options are better. Waldorf Astoria will open soon, probably more in the league of St.Regis than JW. WA won’t have a lounge and price point most likely quite high so I might try it once in a while but I doubt I will be a regular.

Some people like Sofitel So which would be in a category similar to JW and Athenee. But from reports in the Accor thread, they seem to nickel & dime Platinum clients recently, in addition to issues with unclean rooms or bed sheets with holes which is unexpected for a hotel of that caliber. I am more tempted to try Marriott choices like M57 or MM than Sofitel So.
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Forgot to mention, it would be useful to get comments about the ease of getting Look No Further or Best Rate Guarantee in various Marriott hotels in Bangkok. I have had decent success on the Starwood side.
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Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
- CY: good price, probably cheapest Marriott option. Having a lounge makes it good value for the money. However lounge is small, evening food spread limited, and suite upgrades are rare. If I compare with Starwood, ignoring Aloft and 4P as the “cheap” alternatives without a lounge, the closest match might be Royal Orchid Sheraton. At ROS I get suite upgrades almost all the time and the club lounge seems nicer than what I read in comments from CY. Price sometimes below 3k at ROS so if CY is good value for the money, then ROS is even more so. My takeaway is that if I want to be in this price range, ROS is a better choice than CY? For sure some people will pick CY over ROS due to location, but for my purposes I ignore location.
While you accurately describe the lounge at the CY, one thing many people seem to overlook is that breakfast is provided in the restaurant (for Gold and above). It's an excellent buffet offer, with Thai, Western, Chinese and Indian options, as well as a made to order omelet station. Not nearly as crowded as lounges tend to be at breakfast time. While there last November, I split my time between the CY and Marquis (Queen's Park), and while both have their pros and cons, I'd probably stay at the CY again for 2/3 of the price of QP. It's also on a quieter side soi, if that matters at all. I found it pleasant to walk the last couple blocks back to my hotel without the crowds and noise.
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While you accurately describe the lounge at the CY, one thing many people seem to overlook is that breakfast is provided in the restaurant (for Gold and above). It's an excellent buffet offer, with Thai, Western, Chinese and Indian options, as well as a made to order omelet station. Not nearly as crowded as lounges tend to be at breakfast time. While there last November, I split my time between the CY and Marquis (Queen's Park), and while both have their pros and cons, I'd probably stay at the CY again for 2/3 of the price of QP. It's also on a quieter side soi, if that matters at all. I found it pleasant to walk the last couple blocks back to my hotel without the crowds and noise.
Breakfast is now allowed in the restaurant at MM for Plats based on what I read, which was not the case when you stayed there. So I think the advantage of CY for breakfast might have disappeared (it used to be that CY restaurant > MM lounge).

Did you get upgraded to a suite at CY and/or MM? I gather than suite upgrades are very difficult at CY but quite frequent at MM.

So yes you pay maybe 30-35% more at MM, but the cash price of a suite there might be close to double what a standard room at CY is. So if those values are accurate, when I think about value for the money (without having seen any of CY or MM), would I pay 30-35% more and get something worth 100% more? I think so. Of course the suite is not guaranteed so I would temper my expectations but I base this mostly on the fact that several people reported getting suites frequently at MM.

And also I think a good comparison is CY vs Royal Orchid Sheraton. For someone who does not care much about location, I suspect ROS wins if you are Plat due to the lounge and suite upgrades. ROS now gives breakfast in the restaurant as well for Plats. It was not the case a few months ago.
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Breakfast is now allowed in the restaurant at MM for Plats based on what I read, which was not the case when you stayed there. So I think the advantage of CY for breakfast might have disappeared (it used to be that CY restaurant > MM lounge).

Did you get upgraded to a suite at CY and/or MM? I gather than suite upgrades are very difficult at CY but quite frequent at MM.
I'm surprised that Plats are given breakfast in the restaurant, other than as an occasional exception. The lounge breakfast was fairly extensive. But if true, I'd agree that it would be at least on par or better than the CY. It would also make me think that perhaps the lounge breakfast would be somewhat smaller now.

I was not upgraded to a suite at either hotel. That's not unusual for Marriott Gold though. I was given a club level room at the Marquis.
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If the Marquis is allowing Plats breakfast downstairs, my guess is that it's because the lounge is crowded now that hotel operates at full capacity or nearly so.
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Originally Posted by TravelinSperry View Post
Anyone stayed at the JW Marriott since construction has started? I was about to book, but there was a notice that said:

"Please note - Hotel transformation in progress with expected completion September 2018. Work may be noticeable. For the comfort of hotel guests, noise limited to 10am-12noon and 2pm-5pm daily."
Note: Bold is my emphasis.

Just wondering how "noticeable" it is?
I was there not long after the refurb started and didn't notice anything.
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I'm surprised that Plats are given breakfast in the restaurant, other than as an occasional exception.
Hmm, I have been getting free breakfast in restaurants as Marriott Gold, every time (in JW and Autograph Collection hotels in several countries). Not in Bangkok though, haven't yet stayed at Marriotts there.

By there way, can anyone directly compare Maquis to Surawongse? Thinking where to use a free night cert.
And btw, aside from lounge, how do they compare to Indigo (Indigo has no lounge)?
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New Marriott & SPG combined property list with points requirements is not too bad.

2nd column is old required points
3rd column new required points
4th is the difference going up or down
5th column is the new category.

Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 12,000 17,500 5,500 3
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit 25,000 17,500 -7,500 3
Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse 25,000 25,0000 4
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen?s Park 25,000 25,0000 4
Casa de la Flora, a Member of Design Hotels 36,000 35,000 -1,000 5
Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok 20,000 12,500 -7,500 2
Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15 21,000 12,500 -8,500 2
Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa 30,000 25,000 -5,000 4
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok JW 30,000 25,000 -5,000 4
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa JW 40,000 35,000 -5,000 5
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa JW 40,000 35,000 -5,000 5
Le Méridien Bangkok 30,000 25,000 -5,000 4
Le Méridien Chiang Mai 30,000 35,000 5,000 5
Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand 21,000 17,500 -3,500 3
Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa 36,000 35,000 -1,000 5
Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort. 36,000 35,000 -1,000 5
Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa 21,000 12,500 -8,500 2
Marriott's Mai Khao Beach - Phuket 35,000 35,0000 5
Marriott's Phuket Beach Club 40,000 50,000 10,000 6
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach 30,000 35,000 5,000 5
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach 35,000 25,000 -10,000 4
Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa 25,000 17,500 -7,500 3
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel 30,000 25,000 -5,000 4
Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa 40,000 35,000 -5,000 5
Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa 30,000 35,000 5,000 5
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa 40,000 35,000 -5,000 5
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers 21,000 12,500 -8,500 2
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok 30,000 35,000 5,000 5
Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas 36,000 35,000 -1,000 5
Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa 30,000 25,000 -5,000 4
Sheraton Samui Resort 30,000 35,000 5,000 5
The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok 30,000 25,000 -5,000 4
The Bangkok EDITION 40,000 35,000 -5,000 5
The Library, a Member of Design Hotels 60,000 60,0000 7
The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket 60,000 60,0000 7
The Naka Phuket, a Member of Design Hotels 60,000 50,000 -10,000 6
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui 60,000 60,0000 7
The St. Regis Bangkok 36,000 35,000 -1,000 5
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok 30,000 25,000 -5,000 4
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket 21,000 25,000 4,000 4
Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui 90,000 85,000 -5,000 8
W Bangkok 30,000 25,000 -5,000 4
W Koh Samui 90,000 85,000 -5,000 8

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Some easy breezy new redemption highlights;

BARGAINS:
  • The CY is now Cat 2 or 12.5k pts/night. It is not as nice as some of the other Marriott family hotels BKK hotels, but it is much nicer than a North American CY, it is located on a clean quiet street with wide sidewalks near Erawan Shrine and an easy walk to the fancy malls and BTS. The staff is great. There is a CL with an outdoor deck in the sky. Breakfast for elites can be in the lounge or the restaurant which has a pretty good buffet.
  • The 4P is also Cat 2 but I do not believe there is a CL.
  • The Soi 57 FS: It is now Cat 3 or 17.5k pts/night. Plats usually get UGed to a two room suite with stunning views. The CL is top notch. The staff is excellent. The hotel is two blocks from the BTS station. The ThongLo neighborhood is clean and quiet with many trendy restaurants. Some do not like it being a little away from the main tourists and business areas while others find that an advantage. Personally this is my favorite hotel in BKK.
  • St Regis is now Cat 5. Great location, overlooking the Athletic Complex, great service, great rooms.
TOO MANY POINTS:w
  • Aloft. Loud hotel, few elite perks, it is in the middle of Soi 11 and it is now Cat 4, the same as the Ren, W, Westin, Athanee and Marquis and just a few points less than the St Regis which is Cat 5!
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Originally Posted by CJKatl View Post
Some easy breezy new redemption highlights;

BARGAINS:
  • The Soi 57 FS: It is now Cat 3 or 17.5k pts/night. Plats usually get UGed to a two room suite with stunning views. The CL is top notch. The staff is excellent. The hotel is two blocks from the BTS station. The ThongLo neighborhood is clean and quiet with many trendy restaurants. Some do not like it being a little away from the main tourists and business areas while others find that an advantage. Personally this is my favorite hotel in BKK.
I'll ask for advice here and maybe someone will be kind enough to reply.

My wife and I are visiting Bangkok for the first time later this year. We're tourists and no business is involved. We are totally unfamiliar with Bangkok for the tourist.

My current status is Plat (also Lifetime Gold) and my wife is currently Gold (based on elite night credits). If I understand the new Marriott elite categories, I will become Platinum Premier on Aug 1 (and also Lifetime Plat) and she will become Plat.

I have a 5 night reservation at the Sukhumvit Soi 57 based on the positive comments I've seen. 4 of the nights are covered by (legacy) Chase category 1-5 e-certificates and 1 night is on points.

(1) I noticed that the Athenee will be a category 4 (25K points) and I'm wondering if I should consider a switch. To do this, after August 1, I'd have to see if I could switch over our 4 e-certificates. TripAdvisor rates the Athenee much higher than the Marriott Sukhumvit.

I know that this is a Marriott thread, but can anyone comment on the Athenee versus the Soi 57 for a tourist. Should I make the effort to switch hotels, or should I just be happy with what I've already got at the Soi 57? (I try very hard to treat my princess well.)

(2) Here's a second question. Looking at a map of the BTS, it looks like the Soi 57 is near the Thong Lo station and the Athenee is a short walk to the Phloen Chit station. If we were traveling to the Grand Palace, would that difference of 4 stations have any significant effect on our travel time?

Thanks.
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Old Jun 30, 18, 5:22 pm
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The four stations might add ten minutes at most to your ride, but that is not significant. I have stayed at the Marriott properties several times each and the Soi 57 is my favorite property, over the JW and Ren. The views are spectacular, as a Plat you will likely get an UG to a two room suite with 1-1/2 baths, one of which has a huge soaking tub against a window overlooking the city. The CL is very good. The staff is wonderful. IMO it is the quietest of all the properties both in terms of not hearing noise in your room and there not being as much busy energy in the hotel and lobby.

One of the biggest problems with choosing a hotel in Bangkok is there are so many good Marriott/SPG options. Choose one and you will have a wonderful trip. Don't worry what might be elsewhere.

As for the palace area, when I am with Bangkok newbies a like to take the BTS to the tourist boat, take it the whole way up without getting off just to get an overview, get off at the last exit, meander over to Khaosan Rd, eat lunch at the restaurant on the main road with the pig sign above it, go back to the tourist boat and ride down to the palace.
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Originally Posted by GetawaysRus View Post
I'll ask for advice here and maybe someone will be kind enough to reply.

My wife and I are visiting Bangkok for the first time later this year. We're tourists and no business is involved. We are totally unfamiliar with Bangkok for the tourist.

My current status is Plat (also Lifetime Gold) and my wife is currently Gold (based on elite night credits). If I understand the new Marriott elite categories, I will become Platinum Premier on Aug 1 (and also Lifetime Plat) and she will become Plat.

I have a 5 night reservation at the Sukhumvit Soi 57 based on the positive comments I've seen. 4 of the nights are covered by (legacy) Chase category 1-5 e-certificates and 1 night is on points.

(1) I noticed that the Athenee will be a category 4 (25K points) and I'm wondering if I should consider a switch. To do this, after August 1, I'd have to see if I could switch over our 4 e-certificates. TripAdvisor rates the Athenee much higher than the Marriott Sukhumvit.

I know that this is a Marriott thread, but can anyone comment on the Athenee versus the Soi 57 for a tourist. Should I make the effort to switch hotels, or should I just be happy with what I've already got at the Soi 57? (I try very hard to treat my princess well.)

(2) Here's a second question. Looking at a map of the BTS, it looks like the Soi 57 is near the Thong Lo station and the Athenee is a short walk to the Phloen Chit station. If we were traveling to the Grand Palace, would that difference of 4 stations have any significant effect on our travel time?

Thanks.
I have had many stays at both, the Marriott 57 (last stay in 2016) and the Plaza Athenee (between 2006 and 2010). The Athenee Hotel has been upgraded recently to a Luxury Collection Hotel which probably means more like the SGS than a Le Méridien.

- I have been upgraded at the Athenee before to an apartment looking suite. But they are known in the past to be stingy on upgrades. If upgrade to a suite is important to you, then the Marriott 57 wins on this one.
- Lounge: the Marriott is located on the 40th floor while the Le Royal Club Lounge is on the 26th floor. Both excellent in terms of service but better premium booze selection at the Athenee lounge during happy hour.
- Food at both lounge and breakfast at restaurant are excellent. But I believe the 57 has a better breakfast selection their restaurant (57 Cafe) and the Athenee has better happy hour food at the lounge.- but gotta remember, it has been few years since I partook.
- Great pools at both properties.
- Location: both excellent - Thong Lo area is very quite with expats and Japanese neighborhoods nearby. 10-minute short walk from the Athenee and you will end up at lower Sukhumvit and its infamous night life.

The Athenee:

Marriott Sukhumvit 57:


The difference in time from Thong Lo (Marriott 57) and Phloen Chit (Athenee) BTS stations to the river is negligible.
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Thank you both for taking the time to respond.
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