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It was a difficult choice on which hotel to stay at Bangkok since the city has plenty of Marriott hotels- 18 to be exact. I paid for a prepaid rate, rather than use my Marriott Bonvoy points, because the hotels in Bangkok are relatively affordable. But if I will be staying for 5 nights or more, I might as well use my Marriott Bonvoy points because of the one free night that comes with 4-night award booking in Marriott hotels. I eventually chose to stay at two properties: Courtyard Bangkok and Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel because of their proximity to my meeting venue. In this review, I will be sharing my experience at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel. I booked a deluxe room, but I was thrilled to know that my suite night award went through and I got upgraded to Studio Suite.
The Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel is located within walking distance from Chit Lom BTS station and is conveniently connected to the BTS Skywalk. It is less than 10-minute walk from shopping malls such as CentralWorld and Siam Paragon.
I arrived at the hotel at 11am and I was delighted to know that my room is ready. The staff introduced me to the hotel and handed me the club lounge policies. The duty manager personally approached me to welcome my stay and handed me his calling card for any concerns that I might have. During this time, I knew that this will be a great stay.
Room: Studio Suite, King
I was given the room 2201, a nice corner suite room, which is 46 sqm in floor size according to their website. Even if the hotel was built in 2009, it felt modern and well-kempt. I did not even know the age of the hotel until I checked their website upon writing this review. The room felt like a larger premium room rather than a real suite, as most of the suites I am used to have separate living room area. Nevertheless, the size of the room compensated for the lack of such. The added bonus is that this room has a stunning corner view.
The bathroom is reminiscent of those located at St Regis’. I really like the baththub to be located near the window. This is a great opportunity to relax with an excellent view of the city after walking around the city for the whole day. The curtain window can easily by fastened up or down by a button.
Renaissance Club Lounge
The club lounge is located at 21st floor and is open from 6am to 12mn. They serve breakfast, high-tea and canapes. All Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador Marriott elite members can either have their breakfast at Flavors (hotel’s dining) or the club lounge. The breakfast choice is limited in the lounge but definitely is less crowded compared to Flavors. The quality of food and alcoholic beverage during hors d’oeuvres were above average. I visited the lounge at various times during my 3 night stay in this hotel, and in no time that it felt crowded.
Guests with club lounge access are also entitled for 2-hour use of the meeting room inside the club lounge. The lounge also provides computer terminals and a printer.
Restaurant : Flavors
Another option for the breakfast is the restaurant named Flavors. As expected from a hotel located in Asia, it serves a variety fo food selection from Asian to Western dishes.
The hotel has complete and modern gym facilities. Beside it is the pool with a stunning view of the city which is a perfect place to hang-out. During the night, the pool is lit with changing underwater light colors. Just across the pool is a bar and the Quan spa, which unfortunately, I did not have time to experience myself.
The Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel surpassed my initial expectation. The consistency of the service coupled with above average facilities set it apart from other Renaissance hotels. I will try the other hotel brands when I come back to Bangkok to try another experience, but I would not hesitate to stay here again in the future.
Jayson set his foot on a plane when he was 12 year old and loved it ever since. His ardent wanderlust had helped him explore the world amidst his busy work schedule. He does not mind travelling solo to explore what every city has to offer. Although he was introduced to the world of miles and points on a later time, it did not prevent to learn to use points strategically in his travel. His trips were immediately transformed from economy class and hostels to luxurious first class and hotels, and never looked back.