Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand 2007 onward [Master Thread]

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Completing a stay here now. Didn't hear any refurbishment noise whatsoever. If they didn't announce they were doing something, I'd never know. Perhaps they don't do the work on weekends?

As for my stay... I had a lovely stay here. Truly making me rethink staying at this property a bit more.

1- Upgraded to a 1 BR suite with 4pm late check out. Nice batting average here on upgrades. Not 100% but probably 3 out of every 4 stays. Showerhead is rainfall now too (used to have much worse showerheads). Lighting in bathroom is still too low however and needs to be fixed.
2- Breakfast is good although it is not vegetarian friendly. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it is delivered improperly. Here's what I mean. On day 1 they offered three hot Thai dishes. Shrimp fried rice, Pad see Ew Talay (large noodles and seafood) and fish. Yay for me as I do eat seafood. On day 2 they offered a chicken dish, a beef dish and veggie fried rice. Boo for me as I don't eat meat. Now why would you offer 100% seafood one day and all meat the next? Why not offer one seafood, one meat and one veggie so everyone is happy? Further they have a large selection of dim sum. But even the seafood one's have pork or chicken in them. So if you don't eat meat you can't share in their dim sum. Why not offer some veggie or seafood only dim sum? In any event, there is still other things to eat such as salad, fresh fruits (albeit limited selection compared to SGS), and omelets. Still it could be so much better.
3- Gym is usable for short stays. One thing that would improve it tremendously is if they added some TRX ropes in the stretching room. But gym works in a pinch and I appreciate the free weights as they have light weights for small muscle groups.
4- Pool is small but fine for a short stay. Wouldn't want to lay here for a week though.
5- One thing I really like is the new happy hour for Ambassadors. I love the SGS happy hours and always disliked the sole club lounge happy hour here at the Westin. Now I can enjoy drinks in the Zest Bar from 5:30-8pm daily (the bar on the 7th floor). Music too. Seems like they are competing with the SGS best they can, and for me, I applaud the move. Personally I'd prefer a 6-8:30pm happy hour, but that's just nitpicking. Only issue is that sometimes the Zest Bar is closed for private events. If it overlaps with your stay... you'll lose this benefit.
6- I like the 3 pieces of complimentary pressing too. Hey it's per stay and not laundry like the SGS but it's something.
7- Internet is very fast down (29 Mbps). But only 2.7 Mbps up. So good for streaming movies, not so good for Skype.

Good job this time around Westin 

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