Le Meridien Bangkok - Solid Starwood Option

100   Recommended

Avantec Suite
March 4, 2018 by
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This was my second stay at Meridien Bangkok this year.  Once again it was a very good stay and there are very few flaws to think of about this hotel.  

 

Room

In January I was upgraded to a Circular room because there were no suites available at check-in.  This time I was upgraded to a suite which obviously makes it great value for the money particularly given that I was on a BRG stay (3200++ THB).  Looking at the floor plan there are 2 suites per floor (at least based on my floor) out of 18 rooms so it is not surprising that suite availability can be decent for Platinum guests.  At least one upgrade in two stays is far better than my experience so far this year at Athenee (0/4).

You can see from the pictures how the suite looks like, but I would note that the picture of the shower does not do justice.  It is actually a double shower (a rain shower and a regular shower head with hose on each side of the door), which is quite unique.  I just could not take a picture that shows this properly.  The bathroom has movable wall panels on two sides so for a solo traveller you can open everything and have far more light in the bathroom if desired.  

 

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Dining

This hotel has one of the most quiet breakfast buffets in a restaurant that I have seen, because it has a separate section downstairs for Platinums.  The spread is excellent and the quality of the food is good.  They have unlimited Prosecco, which is even more generous than SGS.

In the evening, one of the only drawbacks I can think of is that food options are limited.  You are served one plate with three appetizers so obviously that does not replace a regular Club Lounge such as you can find in ROS or Athenee.  They offered us a second set of appetizers which was appreciated.  The drinks are very nice and they have a good selections of cocktails.

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Location

The hotel is close to Patpong which is not for everybody's taste, but at least you have lots of restaurants and shops from walking distance, and easy access to the Silom Sky Train BTS line.  I personally find the Sukhumvit line more convenient, but if you plan on going to tourist sites, the Silom line is better because you can go without transfer to Saphan Taksin and take a tourist boat from there.

Service

Service in this hotel is excellent and given that it has co-management with Athenee (Luxury Collection), perhaps you kind of get LC service levels (or close to it) by training I guess.  Staff in the restaurant and the bar in the evening were attentive and asked frequently if we wanted refills.  The hotel was also kind enough to keep a suitcase for us in storage for 3 weeks before our scheduled stay.

Overall

This hotel can be good value for the money and you can find a BRG for less than 4k THB.  Regular rates are usually above 4k and if you start to approach 5k THB then it starts to get closer to SGS or Athenee and depending on dates it becomes best to shop around for other Starwood options which are excellent in Bangkok.

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