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Old Nov 2, 09, 1:38 pm
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Which Starwood hotel property in Bangkok?

I have combed through postings here and on the Starwood Hotel thread but still can't decide on a hotel. 2 couples in 2 rooms ...1 is SPG Plat and 1 is Gold (me unfortunately). We can use points or c/p or cash. We also each have an SPG50. So, many options.

As a first timer in BKK we will be doing the touristy stuff. Our 5 days will be something like...
Day 1 Grand Palace
Day 2 Chinatown
Day 3 Canal tour
Day 4 Outside Bangkok
Day 5 JJ Market

I like ROS for the option of being on the river and having a view and now that the upgrades are complete (?) it may be the best option. I don't like the thought of throngs of tour groups though.

SGS sounds great but maybe more of a business hotel? Not sure about the location for tourist.

LeMeridian is another appealing choice but again, not sure about the location in Patpong. I am reading too much into some of the comments about it being seedy?

Would love to hear thoughts/ideas/opinions.
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Old Nov 2, 09, 2:56 pm
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There is a whole thread on this topic over in the Starwood forum.
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Old Nov 2, 09, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by yosithezet View Post
There is a whole thread on this topic over in the Starwood forum.
Thanks Yosi...I did see that but it seemed more geared toward plat level business travelers. I thought that by posting it here I might get a different view point.
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The "seedy" issue on Le Meridien is not really a big deal unless you are the most puritanical people in the world. In which case Thailand may not be the place for you. There are plenty of "respectable" businesses in the neighborhood. You will walk past many places offering massage and most of them are legit. If you want to avoid the gogo bars that is easily done as those places are on sidestreets.

It's a relatively short walk to the BTS and subway which makes getting to some places like shopping easy. But for most of the big tourist sites you will need a cab or car from Le Meridien's location. Since there are 4 of you it is possible to get a tour guide and driver with a van to take you around for a reasonable price.

I just spent a couple of nights there last week. I liked it fine. It's very "designed" and trying to be boutique-y which I guess is what LM was going for. The breakfast buffet is pretty good. Internet connection is very pricey. But if you are staying free anyway that may not be a big deal. Or if somehow you can live without the net. :-) I stayed in the basic room which was smallish. But if you are getting upgrades you should be in a larger room.
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Originally Posted by lsk4jmi View Post
I like ROS for the option of being on the river and having a view and now that the upgrades are complete (?) it may be the best option. I don't like the thought of throngs of tour groups though.
Unless you intend to spend plenty of time in the lobby, you wont even notice the tour groups. Even then, tour groups doesnt spend much time in hotels and you are more likely to encounter them in the places you intend to sightsee than in the hotel.
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Best SPG hotel in BKK.

Originally Posted by yosithezet View Post
There is a whole thread on this topic over in the Starwood forum.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...er-thread.html

And many others ...

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...el-choice.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...hotel-hop.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...-sheraton.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...t-airport.html

Utilize FT search engine to read more about each BKK SPG property listed in the above threads ... and there are many other threads that discuss each property in details.
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Old Nov 3, 09, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Kalboz View Post
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...er-thread.html

And many others ...

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...el-choice.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...hotel-hop.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...-sheraton.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...t-airport.html

Utilize FT search engine to read more about each BKK SPG property listed in the above threads ... and there are many other threads that discuss each property in details.
Thanks...I have read through most of these posts. For the most part they are by Plat level SPG business FT's reporting about upgraded suites. Don't think as a Gold I'm going to be so lucky.
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Originally Posted by lsk4jmi View Post
Thanks...I have read through most of these posts. For the most part they are by Plat level SPG business FT's reporting about upgraded suites. Don't think as a Gold I'm going to be so lucky.
So go into http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...er-thread.html and say "Hey, I'm a lowly Gold. With this in mind, which is best for me given this and that and whatever else..."
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Based on what you say you will be doing, ROS looks like the best one for you.

Don't forget to include Wat Po on your day 1 schedule. You might also include Wat Arun if you're not too tired.
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Originally Posted by yosithezet View Post
So go into http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...er-thread.html and say "Hey, I'm a lowly Gold. With this in mind, which is best for me given this and that and whatever else..."
"Lowly" me..what's a poor gold to do?
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Originally Posted by lsk4jmi View Post
LeMeridian is another appealing choice but again, not sure about the location in Patpong. I am reading too much into some of the comments about it being seedy?
Le Meridien is not "in" Patpong, it's in Silom, which is Thailand's main financial district. Yes, Patpong is only a short walk away, but if you ask me the nightly parade on some blocks of central Sukhumvit is much more in your face...
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Just completed a 2 night stay at the LM Silom. Very nice hotel in the new LM style which might not be to everyone's taste. Rooms are very well appointed, including "free" amenities ! Breakfast was very well done!
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Originally Posted by SaigonCyclo View Post
Based on what you say you will be doing, ROS looks like the best one for you.

Don't forget to include Wat Po on your day 1 schedule. You might also include Wat Arun if you're not too tired.
Your right SC. But if it's about neighborhoods though, the PA's is the best in BKK. For me - the SG every time. A much nicer hotel than the rest and IMO worth the extra 3K Starpoints. It's right there at Asoke next to the Skytrain and MRT. You can get virtually anyplace quickly and easily. You can even take a klong boat down to the Chao Praya.
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Originally Posted by whackyjacky View Post
Your right SC. But if it's about neighborhoods though, the PA's is the best in BKK. For me - the SG every time. A much nicer hotel than the rest and IMO worth the extra 3K Starpoints. It's right there at Asoke next to the Skytrain and MRT. You can get virtually anyplace quickly and easily. You can even take a klong boat down to the Chao Praya.
I agree about the SGS. That's where I normally stay. In fact, I've never stayed at the ROS. I've done all the touristy things by the river in BKK and my wife likes the Sukhumvit area, so that's where we always stay.
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Originally Posted by yosithezet View Post
So go into http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...er-thread.html and say "Hey, I'm a lowly Gold. With this in mind, which is best for me given this and that and whatever else..."
I think that thread is excellent. I have posted my question there instead - thanks!

BTW: I posted instruction from the PA to their hotel from BKK on public transportation in THIS post.

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