Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit

100   Recommended

View Specialty King
June 7, 2018 by
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I stayed back in January for only 1 night just to see the hotel, and I have returned for 2 nights this time.  About 95% of the time in Bangkok I book a 5-star hotel, but for this stay I just needed a comfortable bed so HP was ok for this visit. I paid 2125 THB for HP which was a good price considering that among all options I typically look at (Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt), HP was the cheapest, with the second cheapest being Aloft at about 2400 THB and every other hotel was 2900 THB or more (4 Points, DoubleTree, Royal Orchid Sheraton, and Courtyard).  In addition, my dates were not confirmed until late so I needed a flexible reservation which was the case for HP, whereas for other hotels I suspect the quoted prices above were non-flexible so the price gap would have been even greater if I compared apples with apples (flexible rates).  I consider HP to be superior to Aloft and would be willing to pay a premium for HP so whenever it’s cheaper than Aloft then it’s a no brainer.    

 

Room

When I stayed back in January I was upgraded to a “view specialty” room (xx01); at that time the suites were not ready yet (still in construction).  This time, the suites were ready and I confirmed they were available on hyatt.com. Unfortunately I did not receive a suite upgrade as a Globalist.  I rarely stay at Hyatt Place anywhere in the world so correct me if I am wrong but I think suite upgrades are not a published Globalist benefit at HP, unlike Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt, etc. so I did not think I was entitled to a suite therefore I did not say anything at check-in regarding the lack of suite upgrade. The view specialty room is about 2000 THB more expensive than the entry level room so that would be the value of the Globalist benefit.  The suite is normally another 2000 THB on top of the view specialty room.  Anyway I found the room to be in as good condition as it was in January.  Everything new, modern, and functional.  There are convenient international power plugs and USB ports on each side of the bed. When I arrived in the room it was a bit hot, but if you move the temperature down in the evening the AC is working good enough to ensure a cool night.  The bathroom has an oversized shower which is a plus.  

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Gym

The gym is split in 4 separate rooms.  One room is for cadio with elliptical machines, treadmills, etc.  Another room is the weight room.  The last two rooms are for yoga, stretching, or using the large exercise balls.  

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Pool

The swimming pool on the 19th floor is small (and only 6 lounge chairs) but nice and clean. It is satisfactory for a limited service hotel.  

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Dining

We went to Aire Bar on the 28thfloor for happy hour.  They were kind enough to let us use our unused vouchers from January in addition to the new vouchers for our June stay.  The terrace is small but is a nice outdoor spot for drinks, which is good for a HP kind of hotel.  The Globalist free drink vouchers can be used for a choice of red, white, rosé, or sparkling wine, beer, Mojito, Sangria, and a few other choices.

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Overall

Overall I recommend this hotel for travelers on a budget who do not require a 5-star hotel.  However as a general rule, Bangkok is a city where the extra cost of a 5-star hotel over a 4-star hotel is not that much, which is why more often than not I do not want to stay in a hotel like HP in the city, even though HP is priced quite well relative to competitors such as Aloft, 4P, and DT. In addition, if you have elite status in a hotel chain (Hyatt or other), it makes even more sense to stay at a full service hotel where you have good odds of a suite upgrade and where you will have lounge access.  For example, I can sometimes find rates as low as 2700 THB (pre-paid) for Milllenium Hilton or Royal Orchid Sheraton.  Having the lounge and possibly a suite upgrade for only 600 THB more than HP makes it a better value proposition than HP.  For that reason, I will never be a regular at HP, but in specific circumstances, for my purposes HP remains an excellent choice at a good price for a 4-star hotel.  The service you will get will be well worth it.  I am looking forward to the Hyatt Regency to open later this year (website still says 3rdquarter of 2018) because Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt are overpriced in Bangkok, and for most of my stays, HP often does not provide exactly what I am looking for.  HR might end up being a better choice for Globalists at a modest price premium over HP – that remains to be seen.  In the same line of thought, I was told by staff that Hyatt is also planning further expansion in Bangkok beyond the Hyatt Regency (+ Andaz, + another HP in Sathorn). 

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