The Westin Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok welcomed us like old friends upon arrival and we slept like babies in our comfortable and luxurious Heavenly Bed.
Our Experience: After 22 hours of travel from Fiji via Hong Kong, we arrived in Bangkok dead tired, but eagerly anticipating our stay at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit. From the minute we arrived, we were welcomed like old friends. Check-in was seamless and speedy.
Our room was spacious and appointments were plentiful. The Westin Heavenly Bed has no peer in our estimation; a preponderance of pillows, luxurious linens, not too soft, not too hard. We slept like happy baby bears that first night, and every night thereafter.
The following day, we made our way to the Executive Lounge, which is segmented into three spacious, yet intimate areas. The Lounge is a very comfortable place to work overlooking a spectacular view of the Bangkok skyline.
Breakfast in the Executive Lounge is generous with a varied number of Asian and Western style choices, served from 6:00-10:30am weekdays, and until 11am on weekends. There are even grilled tomatoes for those wanting an “English breakfast.” Cocktails and canapes are served daily from 5:30-8pm. Other amenities available to Executive Club members include personalized reception and cashiering, all-dayd complimentary tea, coffee, non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks. Express laundry service is available on request, as well as complimentary pressing of 3 garments per stay. Late checkout until 4 pm is available on request for Executive Club members, too.
We met travel writer friends at the 7th floor Zest Bar for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The view is spectacular and the bar menu, while casual, is comprehensive. Comfy seating and attentive service (our server remembered our favorite drinks several days later!) made for a very enjoyable get-together.
Also on this level is the Seasonal Tastes restaurant, where a magnificent breakfast buffet is offered. The food throughout the Westin Grande Sukhumvit was outstanding, but what made the biggest difference were thoughtful touches and attention to detail. Cooked eggs were placed on slices of bread to absorb moisture if waiting in warming pans to be served. Condiments were presented so they could be managed with one hand, the other presumably occupied with a beverage or plate. Multiple serving stations – omelets, roast ham and country style bacon sliced to order were treats we expats had sorely missed in our recent travels. Ice cream was freshly frozen on an ice-cold slab among toppings of every sort, even at breakfast!
Favorite Details: Pete loved the bedside electronic push button “command post” which allowed for light and messaging controls at the push of a button throughout our room. I loved the thirsty cotton waffle weave robe, much more comfy in Bangkok’s warm climate than heavy terrycloth, but warm enough to wear in air conditioning, too. Big thirsty towels, quality toiletries, bottled water, and many thoughtful touches – razor, toothbrush, cotton swabs, emery board, sewing kit, comb, bath salts – in abundance ensured we wanted for nothing. Electrical outlets were everywhere, ensuring all our devices could be charged without having to juggle due to lack of availability. Staff members’ nametags also had an interest they were passionate about; what a great way to personalize interaction! Best detail ever: the gleaming stainless steel coffee press which allowed us to brew a full pot of quality java every morning the very minute we awakened. 😀 😀 😀
Hotel Particulars: The 5-star Westin Grande Sukhumvit is located in the heart of downtown Bangkok, with world-class shopping, restaurants and entertainment just footsteps away. Skytrain and MRT stops are conveniently located within a few hundred feet of the front door. The neighborhood is busily vibrant and conveniently located to popular business venues, such as the Queen Sirikit Convention Center (one MRT stop away) and others.
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit has two restaurants, Kisso (Japanese cuisine) and Seasonal Tastes (contemporary all-day dining with live cooking stations, carvery, and hot buffet). The Zest Bar and Terrace and the Pool Bar serve a variety of cocktails and more casual fare. There is a full fitness studio adjacent to the outdoor pool. The Vareena Spa offers an expansive variety of therapeutic treatments and holistic experiences in a Northern Thai ambiance.
Pricing: Deluxe, Premium Deluxe, and Executive Club Rooms begin at $121 Deluxe and Executive Club Suites begin at $219. Presidential Suite from $1050.
Our Rating: ***** (5 out of 5) We spent a week at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit and were very sorry when our stay came to an end. Westin never fails to exceed expectations and this property was no exception. We would gladly have stayed much longer, feeling as pampered and appreciated as we were. We can highly recommend you consider a stay here on your next visit to Bangkok. We know we will!
Contact: 259 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand. Tel. 66 2 207 8000. Central reservations: 800 937 8461 (US)
Disclosure: The Westin Grande Sukhumvit graciously provided two of our seven nights on a complimentary basis with breakfast. Additionally, we were given access to the Executive Lounge throughout our entire stay. All other food, drink and services were on our dime.