I spent two nights in Bangkok in late March 2012, essentially just a long stopover between a Phuket holiday and returning to Australia. Many colleagues had recommended the Banyan Tree as a great hotel and well located, but I also queried the Fine Hotel and Resort accommodation because of the extra benefits I get there. Eventually I decided to test them both out with one night in the Banyan based on recommendations, and one night next door in the Sukhothai due to the FHR benefits.
The Banyan Tree was fantastic, equal to the best hotels I have stayed in anywhere. The views and the rooftop / high floor restaurants just stunning. The Sukhothai, however, was a whole other step up. No city views of course, it's quite a low building, but everything was perfect. I was upgraded to an Executive Deluxe Room and it was massive - easily as large as my entire apartment back home. Everything was beautiful, everything I wanted was there, the service was truly impeccable, right down to the bottomless supply of truffles on the desk which seemed to always be replenished each time I returned to my room.
I also had the set Thai lunch in the Celadon restaurant, which was very nice (and complimentary, thank you FHR) and a 90 min massage in the day-spa which was easily the best I had in Thailand (and I had a lot!).
It sounds cheeky to say, but next time I'm in Bangkok I will stay at the Sukhothai and eat/drink at the Banyan Tree for the views.
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- COLONNADE, all-day dining restaurant features live cooking stations, Carving Trolley and a wide selection of Western and Asian favorites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Sukhothai Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Sukhothai Hotel