Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort = More than Airport Hotel

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October 26, 2018 by
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I had a 1-night airport layover in BKK and I have never been a fan of the overpriced and aging Novotel so I tried Le Meridien this time.  The points redemption has decreased to 12.5k pts per night in August making this hotel a decent use of points unlike the previous 21k point level (7k Starpoints). 

 

Location

There is a shuttle bus from the airport but you need to pay 250 THB each way for it for a single traveller, and they quoted me 400 THB each way for a couple.  They gave me a fixed pick-up time based on my flight arrival time and I was informed that they could not wait more than 5 minutes due to airport regulations.  I thought if we get our suitcases early we’ll have to wait needlessly and if our flight is delayed we just miss the shuttle? Not the most customer-friendly shuttle. I did not want to worry about timing, so we took the taxi instead, which cost 200 THB.  The hotel is actually not that close to the airport – it took about 15 minutes.  I guess this is why the Novotel costs more: you are right by the airport and there is a free shuttle.  

Room

The hotel and the hotel grounds are very nice, as obviously this is more of a golf resort rather than an airport hotel.  As a Plat+AMB I was upgraded to a very nice suite without asking, and interestingly they noted in my welcome letter my AMB status. As far as I know my Ambassador did not contact them ahead of time so it’s good to see hotels being aware of the distinction between Plat75 and Plat100 which was not always the case before. I don’t recall ever having such a nice room in any airport hotel in the past, and I did not want to check out after only one night!  I am not a golfer, but if I was I would think this is a great place to be.  The room is very large and has a separate living room from the bedroom so it’s a proper suite.  The bathroom is very large including a big round bathtub and a large shower area.  There is also a terrace in front of both the living room and bedroom with views of the golf course.  Everything is in good condition and the room is built to a high standard – I was quite impressed.  

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Dining

There is a Platinum happy hour where we get two free drinks but I arrived too late and missed it.  I also chose the points and skipped breakfast so I cannot comment, but I stopped by to take a look and I could see that they have an excellent spread and food presentation was attractive.  

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Overall

Overall it’s a great hotel for golfing, but for an airport layover it is a bit unusual.  If you arrive in BKK at a time where there is not much traffic you could be in the city in 30 minutes, so not much longer than to reach LM near the airport. Also some hotels are cheaper in the city and many have a Club Lounge, although you will pay more for taxi.  The Novotel is often 1k-2k THB more than LM and is not a nice property overall.  Some folks who want a true airport hotel for the convenience and only a hotel bed might not mind paying extra for Novotel but personally I think whether it takes 5 minutes or 15 minutes to reach the hotel it’s not a big deal. In the future for a layover I would consider returning to LM.

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