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Quarantine in Thailand (or Sandbox/Samui+) in Marriott Bonvoy Hotels

Quarantine in Thailand (or Sandbox/Samui+) in Marriott Bonvoy Hotels

Old Aug 16, 21, 1:13 am
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Quarantine in Thailand (or Sandbox/Samui+) in Marriott Bonvoy Hotels

Any experience staying in a quarantine hotel in Thailand (or Sandbox/Samui+) and gaining points and status? Are there even promotion offered? How much did you pay and how many points did you earn?

Did your quarantine hotel at least have a balcony and fast internet? What was good, what not so good?
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Old Aug 16, 21, 7:16 am
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Originally Posted by BinSabai
Any experience staying in a quarantine hotel in Thailand (or Sandbox/Samui+) and gaining points and status? Are there even promotion offered? How much did you pay and how many points did you earn?

Did your quarantine hotel at least have a balcony and fast internet? What was good, what not so good?
I stayed at Le Meridien Bangkok for ASQ back in March. The stay counted toward elite status and points. It was specifically noted in the ASQ promotion terms.
Did not have a balcony, but internet was perfectly fine for streaming / Teams calls. Food was decent as well. They were very flexible with rescheduling my stay at the last minute due to airline irrops.
Some details from my stay here: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/33096222-post991.html
Some others in that thread as well.

Haven't looked at Sandbox options...yet. But have to think the each Marriott hotel will have info on their packages for sandbox.
Worth also inquiring about how they handle a positive test result on any of the required tests...Happened to me.
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/33096222-post991.html
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Old Aug 16, 21, 7:32 am
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We also stayed at LM Bangkok. Earned points and nights credit. We didn't like the food very much. We ordered lots of Grab. The staff were very nice and trying hard, these are obviously challenging times for hospitality industry in Thailand.

There are very few Bangkok ASQ properties with balconies, and none of them are Marriott or Hyatt. Personally I would go for Phuket sandbox if I had to return; being locked in a room for quarantine was much harder than I thought it would be (and we only had to do seven days).
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Old Aug 17, 21, 12:48 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee
There are very few Bangkok ASQ properties with balconies, and none of them are Marriott or Hyatt. Personally I would go for Phuket sandbox if I had to return; being locked in a room for quarantine was much harder than I thought it would be (and we only had to do seven days).
does Aloft not have some balconies?
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Old Aug 17, 21, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by BinSabai
does Aloft not have some balconies?
At least one room
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Old Aug 18, 21, 12:57 am
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Originally Posted by EuropeanPete
At least one room
actually two but with over 100'000 THB a bit pricey for this kind of hotel
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Old Aug 18, 21, 1:56 am
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i also stayed at LM Bangkok for ASQ in february this year. the standard room at the time was 64,800 baht for the package (including all meals, covid tests, etc.) plus a 5% discount for Bonvoy members, so 61,560 baht total. got elite nights and points (in fact at the time was a double nights, double points promo so did pretty well there...) unlike other ASQ options, they included complimentary laundry service for like 2 items per day which you could accumulate and do a bunch at once which was appreciated. the food was a little boring but not bad and certainly ample. I gained like 5kg during my stay there...





i need to head back to the states this coming january so am already considering my quarantine options for coming back (i live in chiang mai). i'm strongly leaning towards phuket (samui options are quite pricey) and the new courtyard hotel there which seem to have not crazily jacked up prices unlike the other "SHA extra+" hotels. even the f'n westin siray bay, a decent enough hotel for the normal prices of ~4,000 baht per night, is going for over 11,000 baht a night during the dates i need!

if phuket doesn't work out due to travel annoyances getting there and back home to CM, i'll probably just stay at the aloft in bangkok this time. it's cheaper than the LM and seems fine. i would go back to the LM if i hadn't already stayed there. i feel like i spent enough time locked in a hotel room there so a change of scenery wouldn't be a bad thing.
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Originally Posted by pablos
i also stayed at LM Bangkok for ASQ in february this year. the standard room at the time was 64,800 baht for the package (including all meals, covid tests, etc.) plus a 5% discount for Bonvoy members, so 61,560 baht total. got elite nights and points (in fact at the time was a double nights, double points promo so did pretty well there...) unlike other ASQ options, they included complimentary laundry service for like 2 items per day which you could accumulate and do a bunch at once which was appreciated. the food was a little boring but not bad and certainly ample. I gained like 5kg during my stay there....
thanks for your very comprehensive review
LM would have certainly be an excellent choice. But now as the daily outside time has been cancelled, I consider a balcony as essential for me....only Aloft has 2 pretty expensive rooms with balcony (over 100'000) and they are already taken
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"the food was a little boring". I quarantined for 2 weeks in Korea earlier this year, where you have no choice as to where you were assigned. The food was certainly OK, at least changing everyday, but always in plastic or styrofoam.

But that, my friend, is fine dining.
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For ASQ in Bangkok it was necessary to book specifically ASQ package and different hotels were free to make the stay eligible for points or not. However for Sandbox stays, since you have more freedom to book and to change hotels during the stay, it would be more difficult for hotels to make a stay ineligible for points. Only the stingiest hotels will try to go that route for example Banyan Tree Phuket, but for 95%+ of the others I am quite sure all loyalty benefits will apply. If one Bonvoy property in Phuket/Samui was to say no, I would be interested to hear which one, but I would be surprised.
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I also stayed at LM Bangkok, in April. Fortunately quarantine was only 7 nights then. I received full Marriott status nights. Actually double nights due to promotion then. No balcony. I thought food was fine and I had no complaints. For a future quarantine, Im not sure what I would do. 14 days in one room with no housekeeping and no exercise time would be brutal, but BKK is much more convenient to me than HKT.
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Old Aug 22, 21, 7:01 am
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Originally Posted by restlessinRNO
I also stayed at LM Bangkok, in April. Fortunately quarantine was only 7 nights then. I received full Marriott status nights. Actually double nights due to promotion then. No balcony. I thought food was fine and I had no complaints. For a future quarantine, Im not sure what I would do. 14 days in one room with no housekeeping and no exercise time would be brutal, but BKK is much more convenient to me than HKT.
I stayed there in Jan and also got the points and nights. Plus some airline points on top by clicking through from their estore to book on the Marriott site.

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Originally Posted by pablos
i need to head back to the states this coming january so am already considering my quarantine options for coming back (i live in chiang mai). i'm strongly leaning towards phuket (samui options are quite pricey) and the new courtyard hotel there which seem to have not crazily jacked up prices unlike the other "SHA extra+" hotels. even the f'n westin siray bay, a decent enough hotel for the normal prices of ~4,000 baht per night, is going for over 11,000 baht a night during the dates i need!

if phuket doesn't work out due to travel annoyances getting there and back home to CM, i'll probably just stay at the aloft in bangkok this time. it's cheaper than the LM and seems fine. i would go back to the LM if i hadn't already stayed there. i feel like i spent enough time locked in a hotel room there so a change of scenery wouldn't be a bad thing.
The new Hyatt Reg on Koh Samui is a decent deal, like US$100 per night. You are at the mercy of Bangkok Airways for flights there though and they can be pricy. I am doing a month back in the US late Sept through October, returning via Europe as AY has a non-stop ARN-HKT on their A350, and the business class award was only 60k AS. Can add on the feeder flights from AMS/MXP/FCO/ZRH and others for the same miles, though I'm trying to get AS to add on an IB MAD-ARN, instead of doing a separate ticket, as I'll have checked bags and don't want to chance not being able to check it thru on separate tickets.

I just paid for my 14 nights in Phuket thru Agoda. Using the HIX Patong as it has balconies and all the rooms are pretty much the same, so not concerned about elite bene's as a Spire/AMB member, as I saved about 30% versus booking on IHG.com. Cancellable/refundable until 3 days before the check-in date. I did look at many of the Samui+ deals, but the only one that seemed reasonably priced or good was the HR.
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