My partner and I just completed an enjoyable trip through Thailand and wanted to share with you our impression of one of our Thailand hotels. The tail end of our Thailand adventure brought us to Bangkok where we booked 5 nights on points at the Bangkok Marriott Surawongse. The research I did indicated that this was one of the newer Marriott properties and the hotel seemed to be well regarded by past guests. I booked through the app using 100,000 points for 5 nights (4 nights at 25k/night with the 5th night free). I then also decided that this was an ideal location to use up my 5 night suite upgrade awards. To date, I have been having pretty good return on my suite upgrade requests, but as this was a special stay (and I wanted to use up my 5 suite credits) I decided to throw these down. I made the upgrade request through the app as well and my request was granted promptly and we found ourselves confirmed with the requested corner 1 bedroom M Suite 4 days prior to our arrival.
Our arrival to the Marriott Surawongse was a good indicator as to how our stay would be with the hotel. The welcome was warm and up to the highest Thai standards, from the valet right through to the check-in and bellhop providing us with access to our suite. I can not sing the praises of the Marriott Surawongse staff enough on this matter, throughout our stay we were constantly doted upon and asked if there was anything they could do for us. I especially wanted to signal out the staff in the M Club lounge on the 31st floor. The M Club Lounge is one of the best Marriott executive lounges I have had the pleasure to utilize during my travels. It is substantial in size, with very comfortable decor, layout and impressive views of all of Bangkok. The M Club staff were stellar and deserve the highest of praise in how they cared for everyone visiting the lounge.
As for the review of the hotel itself, it is tucked away in a residential area which provides for some peace from the hustle and bustle of many of the other hotels we have stayed at in Bangkok. As the hotel is a little far from the nearest mass transit location for some, the hotel does provide a shuttle service to the nearest BTS station (Sala Daeng in Silom). The shuttle service runs on a posted schedule, and is only one way, but the staff will give you a lift back should you be at the drop off point when they are dropping off other guests. Surawong Road is a short walk to Silom Road and we did find it an easy walk to or from the BTS stations when required. Normally the walks were in the evening, as we found the walk a little too warm during the heat of the day. We found it a better solution to grab a metered taxi from wherever we were If we wanted to avoid the heat. Be sure to ask the hotel staff for a return taxi card prior to stepping out for the day. As the hotel is quite new, we found that some taxi drivers are not familiar with their location. The cards provide the location of the hotel in Thai for ease of reference when requesting a trip back. The Concierge staff will also fill out he taxi card for you when requesting a taxi and speak to the driver on your behalf to ensure you get to where you want to go on your own.
During our stay, we made sure to take advantage of as much of the amentities as possible. Primarily we found ourselves on the hotel’s 18th floor which contains the gym, spa and outdoor pool. The gym is well appointed and will provide you with everything you need to get your workout in. You can follow up all your workouts with a visit across the elevator lobby to the hotel’s roof top infinity pool. The pool deck has plenty of comfortable deck loungers to relax on, with a nice ratio of shaded or in the sun loungers for everyone. I also liked the fact that the staff at the pool were attentive to your needs, once they’d ensure you were settled in, they allowed you to drive the level of care. If you wanted to just sit back and read a book while enjoying the deck, you were permitted that pleasure without being bothered. When you were ready for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink, a simple wave had the staff providing you with the care you required. We found ourselves using the pool deck often during the heat of the day as it reached “feels like” 40 degrees Celsius frequently during our stay. I could not think of a better way to wait out the heat then grabbing a book and relaxing poolside with that amazing view. The view at the pool is of the Sukhumvit area and include views of the impressive Ritz-Carlton Residence within the King Power MahaNakhon Building (pictured). We never got a chance to check out the Spa on this floor but I am sure it will equal the rest of the hotel’s amentities. The other amenities we found ourselves visiting most were the M Club Lounge on the 31st floor, which I have already covered, and the Yao Restaurant on the 32nd floor of the hotel. We hosted a Bangkok friend at the Yao Restaurant on our first night in and found the food to be top notch and the night time view of Bangkok to be equally impressive.
Overall, we would highly recommend the Marriott Surawongse while in Bangkok. The only regret we had was that we missed out on their 1 year anniversary celebrations held the day after we departed. We would have loved to have been there to congratulate them and wish them them success in the years to come. We are looking forward to our next visit to the Marriott Surawongse.