Bangkok has a lively market of five star, great value-for-less properties and Marriott the Surawonse is no exception to the rule in our experience. It is Bangkok’s first Marriott property, but the up to date interior could happily fool you into thinking it was opened yesterday.
Since the moment we entered the property we felt the attentiveness of service that lasted our entire stay. A doorman walked us to the reception, reception guided us to the room and upon check out with several bags and needing to mail a package last minute over a local holiday, the concierge was ready and willing to assist.
We were upgraded to a one bedroom suite which was tastefully appointed. Rooms here are bit smaller than what you will get at a newer building in Bangkok because this was one of the first international properties built at a different time, however its barely noticeable as the room is so inviting.
Views of the city pulled us in no matter where we were in the hotel, from our two floor-to-ceiling windows in the room or the 270 degrees views from the M lounge on the 37th floor. The hotel is one of the only skyscrapers in its neighborhood, so the views are uninhibited in every direction.
The hotel is located very much in the center of Bangkok, but be advised there is nothing majorly touristy around. It’s a great property if you want to enjoy the hotel or you don’t mind a walk through the more authentic middle-class neighborhoods. The hotel offers a free shuttle every half hour to the Saladaeng Skytrain station. There is no return pick up, however.
The lounge at M Club was a place we found ourselves enjoying a lot. It sits on the 31st floor with breathtaking views. Breakfast for Platinum members is held here daily with a stunning selection of a small but fresh buffet and some made to order options. The staff remembered our names and preferences and made every effort to be intuitive.
The hotel’s infinity pool deck also continues the theme of uninhibited city views. During the day and at night it boasts cool breezes high above the tropical city’s humid streets. It is not a very large pool area so it can get crowded at times, best to come earlier.
On the same floor opposite the pool sits a state of the art gym with plenty of machines and weights for every sort of training. Adjacent in the locker rooms there is a good functioning steam room and we took advantage of a spa treatment which was professional and relaxing. The hotel has excellent rates and we felt the difference from the street massage facilities based on techniques and use of high-quality skin products.
The hotel has a series of respected restaurants on various floors and the most inviting of all is Yao, offering traditional and innovative Chinese food on the 32nd floor. To take it a step further, its rooftop bar extension offers 360 degree, open-air views of the city.
We would not hesitate to stay at the Marriott Surawongse again. It is an excellent value for money, perfect for those who already know what they like in Bangkok and an outstanding example of Thai hospitality and service.