Banyan Tree Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)

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Banyan Tree Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)

5 Case Rating


Location

Banyan Tree is located in Sathon, about 40 minutes drive to BKK airport. There is not much in Sathon, other than Health land, the best massage place in Bangkok- 20 minutes walk on same road. Apart from offices, car rental places and Embassies the area felt a bit dull when compared to Sukhumvit. It is though easy to get around the city as within 10 minutes walk is the nearest BTS station- Silom. 4 stops to Asoke on Sukhumvit (for Terminal 21 shopping Centre) if you don’t fancy the 10 minute taxi ride. The river seemed not that far though when seeing this on the roof.

Room

Room on 35th floor was a small executive style club room as two rooms were offered, an entrance room that offered a large sofa, coffee table and large working reception desk with closeby LAN cable- a luggage rack is also offered. There was a TV which offered a huge amount of English choices such as BBC, CNN, HBO, Fox Movies but also Russian, Arabic, French , German, Japanese and off course Thai choices. There is some hot drink making facilities and an extensive Mini Bar (of which all soft drinks – non alcohol were free) plenty of alcoholic drinks though & extensive snack food items (not free). A easy to use safe is also located next to fridge. In addition the room offers a incense stick and oil burner (in which oils are changed daily).
Glass Japanese style sliding door link this room to the bed room.
The bed room offered a comfortable cosy low bed with mellow lamps on each bed side table, a small clock and telephone. Two cabinets faced the bed in which a small Samsung TV is offered. Channels are same as in the living room. The other cabinet was a wardrobe was of decent size and offered x2 slippers. The room had large windows which offered an excellent view of the city.
The adjoining bathroom was all marble fitted and included a separate bath and spacious shower cubicle. Amenities were all non branded in hotel large Thai style dispenser bottles, they were decent products & refilled daily. In addition full shaver sets, dental sets, detergent, shower cap and nail files are offered in little pouches. There is also plenty of towel, hair dryer and in a large wardrobe in bathroom are two Japanese style robes along with ironing board and iron.
Overall the room is very comfortable 5 star standard but felt a bit aged, though more traditional Thai style but lacked any up-to-date modern decor of now most of the Bangkok hotels.

Facilities

The hotel offers free WIFI in room and a public one which in general worked well except sometimes drops on the roof in the Vertigo restaurant. There is a nice pool on the 21st floor long but thin but good for doing lengths, they offer extensive amenities to the pool such as Sun tan lotion, Evian water spray, sunglasses and googles. On the same floor is the main SPA, steam room and sauna, juice bar plus a souvenir shop that offered excellent arts and crafts of Thailand, also a gym with modern equipment is offered.
Catering facilities are extensive, the highlight is the top floor (59th) which has the vertigo restaurant and moon bar – al fresco that offers en exceptional view of Bangkok, the best I here. The dining is exquisite but expect to pay in excess of £100/$160 for two lower priced mains and two glasses of wines. Understandably you pay for the view. Food was good though and offers a mixed selection of food items not specific to Thailand or Western. If it rains, there is inside a Chinese restaurant. In addition on other floors is a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant, Thai Restaurant, sky lounge – not quite as high as Moon bar but also open outside. There is a lobby bar and international restaurant both ala carte and buffet on the ground floor, which is where breakfast is served. The breakfast was fairly decent.
In addition there is a jewlerry store on ground floor and ATM nearby. Business centre is also offered plus parking facilities which are free of charge.

Staff

Staff service was meeting the expected standard of 5 star of Bangkok. Check-in staff are polite and process was smooth they even escort you to your room and clear explaining everything. The bed turn down service was a nice touch from housekeeping staff whom give you a little present on your bed and leave room nice and warmly lit after returning from dinner. The staff in the Vertigo restaurant were very nice and hospitable, you can see they get bugged all the time for photos but oblige and enthusiastic with your visit experience. Staff in other areas like pool and spa are also welcoming. Overall true Thai hospitality was offered.
Overall loved staying at Banyan tree, its a cosy but dated traditional Bangkok 5 star with one of the best al fresco dining experiences in Asia. I would love to stay here again.



21 S Sathorn Rd, สาทร Bangkok 10120, Thailand


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The Verdict Is...

Roof top restaurant and bar is highlight with incredible view over city. Excellent 5 star facilities with nice pool, just room feels in need of some renovation.

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