REVIEW: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel

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Facade of Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel

Facade of Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel

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.

Location

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.

Lobby

Lobby

Club lounge policies

Club lounge policies

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.

Nice corner suite room

Nice corner suite room

King bed

King bed

Lounge area in the room. I think that the TV is quite small for the room

Lounge area in the room. I think that the TV is quite small for the room

Sofa with a view

Sofa with a view

Big desk with interesting decor in the background

Big desk with interesting decor in the background

Stationery set

Stationery set

View from the room

View from the room

Another view from the corner room

Another view from the corner room

Spacious cabinet area

Spacious cabinet area

Safe and more cabinet space

Safe and more cabinet space

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.

Bath tub with a view! This reminds me of St Regis KL

Bath tub with a view! This reminds me of St Regis KL

Two sinks perfect for couples

Two sinks perfect for couples

Shower and toilet

Shower and toilet

Renaissance carries Tokyo Milk by Margot Elena

Renaissance carries Tokyo Milk by Margot Elena

More toiletries

More toiletries

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.

Club lounge is open from 6am to 12mn with services during breakfast, high-tea and canapes

Club lounge is open from 6am to 12mn with services during breakfast, high-tea and canapes

Seating space in the lounge

Seating space in the lounge

Breakfast in the lounge

Breakfast in the lounge

Alcoholic beverages in the lounge

Alcoholic beverages in the lounge

breakfast set

breakfast set

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My selection!

My selection!

Meeting room available for use. A complimentary 2-hour use for those with club access

Meeting room available for use. A complimentary 2-hour use for those with club access

Two computer sets and printer for those last minute paperwork

Two computer sets and printer for those last minute paperwork

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.

Breakfast at Flavors

Breakfast at Flavors

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Cold cuts and cheese

Cold cuts and cheese

Variety of sushi

Variety of sushi

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Tom Yum station with a lovely server

Tom Yum station with a lovely server

More dishes

More dishes

Other Facilities

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.

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Pool

Pool

Bar

Bar

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Bottomline

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.

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Jayson Co

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.