BANGKOK : My stay in Shangri-La Hotel

SHANGRI-LA / BANGKOK / THAILAND

Travellerczech’s Rating: 8/10

I often visit Bangkok as it keeps fascinating me by its chaotic nature, delicious street food, and creative shopping opportunities. It’s such a captivating place with something for everyone.

You have to plan strategically while choosing where to stay in Bangkok, otherwise, you will waste a lot of time in traffic. The location should always be within a walking distance to the Skytrain, so you can easily travel around.

Also, don’t forget to visit the amazing ancient Siam capital Ayutthaya and be mesmerized by historical temples and sights…it is only one hour drive from city center.

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I have chosen Shangri-La hotel as my base during my recent trip to the Thai capital and I wasn’t disappointed. Let me share with you my experience


OVERVIEW :

Officially the largest 5-star resort in Bangkok is offering more than 800 guest rooms in two hotel wings, 9 bars and restaurants, Spa, meeting facilities, its own dinner cruise boat and much more.

It really is a luxury oasis in the heart of the city. Did I mention the fantastic tropical swimming pool? 🙂

Shangri-La does deliver a serenity and elegance for discerning travelers, no matter if business or pleasure brings you to the city.



LOCATION : 8/10

…very convenient. I was pleasantly surprised by the quick 35 minutes journey from the Airport.

Saphan Taksin Skytrain station is a just 2minutes walk from the Krungthep wing of the hotel and the frequent trains take you directly to Bangkok’s central shopping areas within minutes of travel time.

You can also use the hotel complimentary boats to visit Asiatique entertainment village, or simply cross the river.

  • TIP: Day Skytrain pas cost only TBH 140 and save you a lot of travel time.

ROOMS: 8/10

In my opinion, all the rooms look much better in reality than on the online booking sites. I did have a sneaky look into all different rooms and suites and they all are very well maintained, spotless, with a touch of Thai decor and most of them have fantastic views over Chao Phraya river.

The hotel has two wings, original Shangri-La wing and newer Krungthep wing with balconies.

I was staying in Shangri-La wing Deluxe river view room. The quite rooms are 36sqm big, with panoramic views from a window seating area. For me, it was easily the best part of the room.

Deluxe river view room also includes :

  • panoramic river views 🙂
  • plush bathrobes, slippers &  toiletries
  • safe
  • minibar and coffee/tea facility
  • pillow menu
  • TV, DVD
  • complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
  • desk, chair & window sofa

KRUNGTHEP Wing feels almost like another hotel. It has its own reception, lobby, gardens, and pool. It supposed to be more private.  Rooms are spacious, elegant and have a river facing balcony, but I have found the noise from the bridge quite bothersome.


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SERVICE & FACILITIES: 7/10

SERVICE :

As you would expect, all the staff is very professional. What makes my stay is the people who enjoy their job and treat every guest as an individual and with a smile.  I didn’t get this in Shangri-La. From the reception, to pool deck staff, everyone was distant, not very helpful and sometimes, almost with an “attitude”. It simply felt like everyone is tired of the guests. The only person who stood out was the manager at Volti restaurant.

FACILITIES :

The main attraction of this hotel must be the tropical swimming pool. Forget you are in restless Bangkok, lush greenery and turquoise waters create idyllic “island escape feel” so relax and enjoy a bit of tranquility.

Hotels main facilities :

  • Tropical swimming pool deck + additional pool in Krungthep wing
  • Horizon Club Lounge
  • Conference center
  • Health Club & Spa
  • Hair salon
  • Souvenir store / Chocolate shop
  • Shuttle Boat
  • 6 restaurants & 3 bars

POOL DECK :

HORIZON CLUB LOUNGE : 

HEALTH CLUB : 

 SPA :

MORE: PRIVATE BOAT DINNER CRUISE, MEETING ROOMS, ATM, SHOPS …


FOOD & DRINKS: 9/10

Shangri-La has fantastic food across all their 9 F&B outlets. Better than any other hotel I have visited. From endless breakfast selection to dedicated restaurants to sample international delicacies…it’s just sooo yummy!

Of course, breakfast is a MUST and the NEXT2 all-day dining restaurant has something for everyone. They also have a healthy corner and you can kick-start your day on the beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the river.

VOLTI :

My taste buds were the happiest at the Italian bistro Volti. The Italian born manager makes sure, the food is the best quality and I could eat their fish dishes any time of the day. Perfection!

MORE: SALATHIP, SHANG PALACE, LOBBY LOUNGE …

For an authentic Thai dining experience, head to Salathip restaurant, set in a picturesque wooden house overlooking the river.

There are other places to enjoy a sumptuous meal, or just a cocktail, such as Chinese Shang Palace, Lobby Lounge or try dinner on board of Shangri-La’s own dinner cruise boat Horizon.


 VALUE FOR MONEY: 7/10

Of course…five-star luxury and waterfront property doesn’t come cheap but comparing to another top class hotels in global cities, it’s actually much more affordable than you think.

  • Advance purchase can get you a room from THB 5.950 ( USD 187 )
  • For BEST DEALS book directly on SHANGRI-LA.COM

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sheraton grande bangkok

BANGKOK : Stay at Sheraton Grande / REVIEW

Where : 

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Luxury Collection
Sukhumvit Road 250 / Bangkok / Thailand

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Overview :

Well-appointed, refined and very conveniently located hotel. Perfect for a city break, business trip or family getaway.

The main reason I was attracted to this hotel, was the pool deck. I wanted to be in the heart of the city, but escape the hustle & bustle when needed and relax in a tropical surroundings.

It wasn’t just the pool what stood out…the impeccable service from every single staff member made my stay so much more enjoyable.

I was allocated a room even though I arrived well before my check-in time. Friendly and accommodating reception staff swiftly escorted me into my room so I can begin my 3 nights break in the Thailand’s buzzing capitol.

Now, let me show you around…


Location :

It doesn’t get much better than this. Direct connection via “private” bridge to the BTS Asoke Skytrain station with walkways to the Terminal 21 Mall and Metro.

Bangkok doesn’t really have a city centre and the metropolis is divided by roads. Sukhumvit road is one of the major one, with all the top shopping malls nearby (World Central, Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, Central Dep. Store and many more).

If sightseeing is what you up to, 20min by taxi gets you to the Grand Palace and Chao Phraya river historical area.

To avoid the traffic, use the Bangkok’s efficient public transport system. Journey from the Airport via airport rail link and only one change at Phaya Thai station is very easy, takes 45min and cost less than 100Baht ( $3 ).


Room :

I have upgraded to the Premier room and it was well worth it. The room itself has separate bedroom, hallway with walk in closet and bathroom.

Room feels spacious and elegant, offering lovely views over the city from the upper floors, upgraded interior and wonderfully comfortable king size bed.

Well stocked mini-bar, flat TV, working desk, 100% black-out curtains and enough sockets to re-charge your devices.

Bathroom has a bathtub, shower corner, bathrobes, soft slippers and toiletries. It is roomy and the green tiles adding a bit of colour in otherwise taupe interior.

Free Wi-Fi, breakfast included and most importantly…no noise can be heard from the corridor.


Service :

As one would expect …impeccable. Seriously, there isn’t one single thing to comment on.

Always smiley, helpful and exceptionally courteous. I am always impressed when the staff remembers what cocktail I’ve had the night before, preferred choice of breakfast food or just adding some “insider” trip for a nice place to see in the city.


Dining / Entertainment:

Two buffet areas :

  • The Sala – pool deck restaurant (buffet open on the weekends)
  • Orchid Café – the main breakfast/dinner buffet area near the lobby. Breakfast offers enormous variety of food to cater all the different nationalities and you must try the fresh mango…it is just irresistible.

Other restaurants :

  • Italian Restaurant Rossini’s’
  • Thai Restaurant Basil
  • The Living Room Bar with live Jazz music and smaller cocktail bar Barsa

I didn’t try any other meal except the breakfast as there are so many places to eat outside. You will be spoilt for choice. I would recommend restaurant Thaithyme in Terminal 21 mall or Suda…inexpensive but great food only 2 min walk to the right side from the hotel ( Soi 14 / Khlong Toei )


Facilities:

As I mentioned earlier, the main reason I have chosen Sheraton Grande was the pool deck. Lagoon shaped pool and jungle setting immediately transports you on to a tropical far away island.

It really doesn’t feel like you are in Bangkok anymore and after long day of sightseeing, shopping or working, this is easily the best place you can unwind. Let the photos speak for themselves.

Don’t’ miss the professionally equipped gym with a bar, aerobic studio, spa, sauna, steam and Jacuzzi.


Who is it for :

No matter if business or pleasure is what brings you to the hotel, you will enjoy your stay in comfort and luxury.


What makes it special :

  • Swimming Pool
  • Great breakfast
  • Service

Not so good :

  • Shower door didn’t close properly ( if I have to say something ) ☺

 


Tips for Trips :

  • Consider to hire a private long-tail boat for a canal tour to see how the local’s live on the river.
  • Visit one of the vegetable markets and taste some unusual fruit
  • Use Uber instead of a regular taxi, it works out cheaper and more comfortable. Have the address of the place you wish to go in Thai as some drivers don’t read/speak English.
  • If you are planning to use the Skytrain/Metro, buy the1/3/5 day ticket so you don’t need to queue each time you need a ticket.
  • For a wild night out, take only amount of cash you think you need and leave cards/expensive things inside the hotel safe.
  • For “interesting” shopping – visit Terminal 21 Mall and for more upmarket experience, pass by the Central department store. It offers surprisingly wide selection of brands, good prices and also has a great restaurant on the men’s floor.

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