If you would like a five-star hotel experience in Bangkok at three-star prices, you have to stay at Le Meridien Bangkok.
It’s located at 40/5 Surawong Road in the Silom neighborhood of Bangkok.
It’s part of the Starwoods Hotels and Restaurants group and has about 300 rooms.
Guest services agents will greet you at the door with a slight bow and nod of the head and the typical Thai greeting: Sawadee (which translates loosely to Good Day.)
Upon arrival, you will enter a spacious lobby with marble floors and dark wood paneled walls. You’ll see desk agents and concierges stationed behind vertical metallic desks with a smile on their faces ready to help you.
You will see the one thing that every grand hotel must have: a grand staircase.
During my stay, there was a particularly helpful agent called “Graph” who was able to provide a variety of activity suggestions and helped me make dinner reservations.
Guest rooms are spacious and well decorated: queen-sized beds with fresh, white lines, camel-colored indoor carpeting, windowed floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Bangkok skyline. You’ll also find a piece of ginger-flavored chocolate in your room to welcome you.
Bathrooms are well appointed with black marble counters, a free-standing bathtub, a marbled shower with a rainforest shower and a separate toilet.
You can have breakfast included with your meal at the “Latest Recipe” restaurant, a sun-filled room with floor-to-ceiling windows which provide an open view of the Silom District cityscape.. The post-modern decor evokes an airport lounge with molded armchairs.
The breakfasts are a smorgasbord of goodness. A cook will prepare your made-to-order omelette that may include tomatoes, cheese, spinach, onions or ham. You will have a wide range of choice of fruits – including watermelon, papaya, strawberries, blueberries, among them. You can choose fresh juice cocktails and smoothies made from a wide variety of fruits: orange, watermelon and papaya juice. You will have a choice of various breads — including toast, muffin, cinnamon rolls and croissants, among others.
Le Meridien also has a great indoor gym with a variety of machines, free weights and cardio equipment.
An outdoor pool with a lounge area overlooks the cityscape.
The hotel is conveniently located near the Patpong Night Market where you can shop for inexpensive, kitschy momentos.
If you want to try delicious, Thai food in an authentic setting, try the nearby Ruen Urai restaurant, right next door to Le Meridien.
For more about Ruen Urai in Bangkok, check out this link
That’s the Lowdown.