Le Meridien BangkokReturning from my good friend's wedding in rural Cambodia, I had a couple of days layover in Bangkok. I usually go to the JW Marriott or the Conrad, but I have blogged both of those to death recently, and so I decided to look for another high end property with a reasonable rate. It's weird - since I started posting all these places, my mentality has changed from just relaxing to "How can I get all the shots to make this place a full review?". I don't think I am relaxing as much as I used to. Oh well, your benefit.
Anyways, looking at the days I was there the Le Meridien was available in an area of the city I wasn't familiar with. It's been my experience that Le Meridiens are very nice properties, so I booked it without hesitation.
ArrivalI was going to take the train to the subway and walk the 2 blocks to the hotel, but you know what? I said Screw it! And I sprung $75 for a chauffeured BMW 5 series to the hotel. Very relaxing. Worth the extra cost? For most, no, it's not. But it was a very nice treat for Rob.
The RoomI booked a standard king room with the Amex Business card holders special Marriott Rate (7% off for those who are curious about getting one, but I don't promote cards damnit!!!). I was upgraded to... an Executive floor room of exactly the same size and type. Honestly, I'm at the point that this is a worthless upgrade, same room, higher floor, nothing else is added or different. Meh. I did talk to the front desk people and now I have some tips about chatting them up on the Marriott app before I arrive to help get a suite assigned. This is a change to what I am used to but if it helps, Rob is fine doing that.
DiningLatest Recipe is the main restaurant, and is fairly indicative of Asia (let's take two cool American words and use them, whether it really makes sense or not). It's a good place with such a wild breakfast buffet, that coincidentally is an option for status members to eat at instead of the Executive Lounge (more on that later!).
Executive LoungeThe very first Le Meridien I have been in that has an Executive Lounge. I didn't know what to expect, but no matter what I could had expected, they exceeded that. It's really quiet, exclusive, top floor of the hotel, quiet and the level of service is crazy.
FacilitiesA pool deck, a spa, the gym, event spaces, yeah, this is a fully defined hotel.
SummaryA five star hotel, super fancy but not in your face. It's French "Yes, we know we are fancy, this is expected, no need to be bourgeoisie about it". Absolutely delightful hotel which I really look forward to visiting again. My god, Bangkok has the best hotels, seriously, and they are not that expensive!
I would say go for the lounge here, the benefit for the breakfast alone would offset the price for 2 people, let alone the drinks in the evening or the snacks and tea in the afternoon.
Clinton Rost - 2023-03-21
Rob - 2023-03-21 From the Real Rob