My Favorite Hotel in Bangkok: Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
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I’ve stayed at several nice properties in Bangkok, but the place I love coming “home” to the most is the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit.
I originally stayed there because it was such a great value as a Category 3, only 7,000 points for a room and only 8,500 points for a deluxe room, but after one stay I was hooked and I look forward to going there every time I’m in Bangkok. It’s now a Category 4, which starts at 10,000 points a room, but I still think it’s well worth it.
It’s located in, you guessed it, the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, and connected directly to the elevated BTS system. Everything about the hotel is understated elegance and exquisite attention to service and detail. While the Grand Hyatt Erawan was a place I would want to visit and hang out in, the Sheraton Grande totally fits my aesthetic and a place I’d like to live. It’s not modern, it’s not edgy, it’s comfortable, consistent luxury. They even play my favorite jazz in the lobby!
My most recent stays were my first visits as a Starwood Platinum. I checked in around 2:30 on a Monday and was informed that they had upgraded me to a Grande Suite (entry level), but that it wasn’t quite ready. Would I mind waiting in the lobby for 20 minutes? No problem!
Except the 20 minutes turned into an hour, which was cutting it close for my 4PM spa appointment. I finally just started staring at the front desk and finally they looked up, realized I was still there and hustled to take me up to my suite with a few minutes to spare before my spa appointment.
The room was, as expected, quite comfortable.
One of my favorite features (other than the extra half bath) to the suite was the butler service which came with 2 free laundry items a day AND, my favorite, free coffee and/or tea delivered your room. Not just tea, but tea with cookies and all the accouterments!
If you’re not a Platinum, I highly encourage upgrading via cash or points to a Deluxe room which comes with complimentary drinks 5-7PM at one of the 3 hotel bars and buffet breakfast.
One of the bars, The Sala, is by the amazing pool, and there’s nothing more relaxing then basking in the Bangkok heat while sprawled drinking fruity frozen drinks and nibbling on the complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
And I finally got a chance to check out the live piano jazz in The Library, which was incredibly enjoyable. In case you’re wondering btw, the complimentary drink menu is the same across all bars — a small white, red, and sparkling wine selection and various beers and mixed drinks.
Their buffet breakfast is one of my favorites. It has a wide variety of options from across the world, including pretty decent dim sum and fantastic roti. I liked the sushi, but after unexpectedly bawling at breakfast, decided the fresh wasabi was too much for me.
On our return to the hotel from Pattaya, we received the same upgrade to a suite that wasn’t quite ready. This time though, we were escorted up to the Library and served complimentary beverages in calm surroundings while we waited. Which wound up being only 10 minutes, not even enough time to finish our beverages.
I’m in love with the Grand Hyatt Erawan now too, but I still think I’m more likely to stay at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit for longer stays or when I want a good deal on points.
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