Rated 4 out of 5 by Sperry8 Solid hotel - but in need of refurb
One of the better Starwood hotels in Bangkok and usually offered at a reasonable price. I also have come to like the location over time. It is a 7 min walk to the BTS station (quite close).
The rooms are spacious although dated. Not enough outlets (requires unplugged of lamps) and the decor is old. The shower head was one of the worst I've had. The bed was comfy and the pillows were nice.
They have a wonderful pool and a nice gym. The lobby is super large and looks grand when you enter. However, it is lacking in charm (it's just large and mostly empty). I'm sure an interior designer could make it look majestic again.
The platinum recognition at this property is top notch.
1- No suite upgrade provided for my stay, but it was for the weekend between xmas and new years and as such I'm guessing occupancy was high.
2- Free water and fast Internet provided
3- One of the best club lounges in the Starwood chain with yummy food, wine and couches. It's worth staying at this property just for lounge access. And they run the Platinum happy hour until 8pm - a nice feature.
4- Free buffet breakfast (+ Platinum amenity). It's a large spread and quite decent although improvements could be made. For example, they are missing fresh cut papaya and mango (which is abundant in Thaialnd). They offer dim sum, but don't tell you which are pork, which are seafood, and which are veggie. Just a sign saying dim sum contains pork. They really should break it out so people who don't eat pork can enjoy. They also only offer fried rice as opposed to steamed rice (unhealthy).
Service is excellent at this property... everyone has a smile and everyone is super friendly. Makes the stay very pleasurable.
I highly recommend this property and will return in the future although I do hope they refurbish the rooms and fix the minor inconveniences at the restaurant.
January 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Flyingtailor Another 8 nights in Bangkok
This is the 2nd year in a row where I have stayed here for new years maybe a tradition is starting wouldn't it be great.
I really like this hotel from Club lounge to restaurants location and of course to the most important thing this hotel does well SERVICE.
I can never say enough about this hotel. Happy new year to the staff and thanks again.
January 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by jack a bit older but still nice
After reading the many reviews and seeing the average review stand at 4.5 we decided to give this property a chance. We were, unfortunately, immediately disappointed by the condition of this hotel. Having stayed at many Meridien properties worldwide, we expected a certain level of quality from the rooms and decor and were sorely disappointed by the somewhat old and tired rooms and furniture. Moreover, there was only a single outlet in the room to plug our countless gear (three iPhones, an iPad, two laptops) in, and it required going down on the floor to reach it behind the desk. We resorted to unplugging the TV. Easy access to power for one's devices is a must have these days and no plugs even at the desk is a huge downer. The club lounge brightened things as it is large and well appointed with good food offerings. Another bright spot was the breakfast at the lobby restaurant - lots of choice and all excellent. We also enjoyed playing squash at the hotel, and found it easily accessible to public transit and sights. All in all, we were a bit disappointed by the old rooms - the hotel needs a serious renovation to come up to the level we are used to from other Meridien properties. However, we can recommend the property if you like to have a great lounge and good breakfast, a nice pool and a squash court, and don't care so much about power outlets or room decor.
December 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NigelW Business trip to Bangkok
I took a business trip to Bangkok in Dec, 2013. I was booked by my employer at the Royal Meridien at the Plaza Athenee. The hotel exceeded expectations. The room was comfortable and clean, the food offered at breakfast catered to many cultural tastes and the service offered by the staff was most helpful and always friendly and polite. The concierge service was superb in providing taxi service and offering guidance. I was impressed when I was offered use of the SPG lounge while waiting for my very late flight even after I had checked out. I also appreciated the fast internet connection in my room.
December 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hoebel Excellent experience
It was a fine stop over on my way to Macau
December 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Razzou Superlative Experience
Finally gave this property a go after numerous stays at other Bangkok hotels - so glad I did.
From pre check-in to post check-out, excellent. Was contacted to confirm arrival time and asked for any special requests; enjoyed the check-in chat and process; SPG elite recognition with a well-appointed suite; spacious club lounge with good F&B selection and attentive (and attractive) staff; relaxing colonial-style environment at and around the pool area, etc. Top it up with follow-up e-mail that included my bill after check-out; very helpful given the tendency to misplace it in paper-form.
Will be first on my list when in Bangkok again.
December 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by dayoff great hotel with great service
from check in to check out, this place was great! overall friendly staff, althought conceierge and valet team seem to have some communication problem, as i had to tell several ppl that i was actaully waiting for a taxi! great club lounge and breakfast options. great location, close to BTS. and if you like to run outside, like myself, will enjoy approximity to Lumpini park.
November 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Derek1980 Great hotel but needs some refurbishment
An old property that is nicely decorated with luxurious appointments and fittings.
Great staff throughout including Front Office, Lounge and also Bell staff.
Management may consider refurbishing rooms as it's really quite dusty and "old" looking.
Great location, walking distance to BTS.
November 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by pguru Great SPG hotel in a city with lots of choice
The hotel is located in a very upscale area, right across from the American Ambassador residence. The staff are exemplary. Language skills are poor so you may have to explain yourself. The room service is slow. They do recognize SPG elites and upgrades are given. Great breakfast buffet. The Executive lounge is great.
October 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by mlok Fantastic guest experience and the very best staff service i have seen
This is the most outstanding hotel i have ever stayed in Bangkok. Every staff in the hotel will make exceptional effort to make sure you are well taken care off. I am so impress that they even take a photo when i check in at the club lounge when i stay for a week, they wanted to make sure all their staff would recognized and greet us by our names.
August 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hogis Great stay
I stayd at Plaza Athénée for my first time, four nights at the Club-leavel. From the moment I arrive to check out time, I was very well treated. ALL the staff (a special thanks to them in the Club-lounge) was very nice and polite and made my stay to a very pleasant one. Whole the facility has a great class. One of the best hotels I´v ever stayd at.
I have allready made a new reservation for the next time I visit Bangkok. Looking forward to come back!
August 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steveamcb Treated Like Family
Despite frequent trips to BKK, I had not stayed here for more than a decade; my loss! My family and I stayed here in July for 3 weeks awaiting our shipment, and I must say that it not only felt like home, but the staff and management treated us like their own family. We have had several major issues at SPG properties in recent years but not even a glimmer of a problem here at the Plaza Athenee Hotel Bangkok; this is all credit to the attitude of those that work here. Too many people deserve credit to mention by name, and I fear omitting someone, hence I'll just say a collective thanks to everyone, particularly those that treated my daughter so kindly. Sad to leave, but we are neighbours and will be back frequently to dine in the various great restaurants. Once again, our sincere thanks.
August 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AZjohn Treat customers like a real guest
Plaza Athenee is becoming my home away from home. It appears that several others have written their reviews the same as I am. From the moment you are greeted at the doors, at check in, and the numerous restaurants, all the staff treat me with sincere kindness and appreciation (which I truly appreciate in return). The facility itself has a class of elegance with the special Thai flare. The pool area is my personal oasis where I escape coming back from work. The breakfast is wonderful with the largest and diverse options I have ever seen. And numerous times, the management team has gone out of their way to introduce themselves and ask if everything is good with my stay. The entire team at Plaza Athenee has set a standard that no hotel for my business stay has come close to achieving, which makes me very thankful I found this hotel. Will be seeing everyone there again next Monday!
July 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Flyingtailor Back Home
Just had to come back stayed here for 9 nights feels like my second home. The moment I walk in my lungs fill with that awe. Always have been lucky and been upgraded to club floor and they never forget my amenity gift one of the only hotels that never overlook that.
I dont know where to start from the guys at the front door and the front desk always great service. The lounge service is also quite spectacular with one of the best lounges anywhere. The rooms are large and have very nice bathrooms and always clean clean clean.
July 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BLTHAI51 good location
luxury hotel, great location, helpful staff, got room upgrade,
July 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Magnificent Hotel
My recent stay was nothing but perfect. As a Platinum SPG member I travel extensively across the world and the Plaza Athenee is a standout for comfort, facilities, service and peace and quiet. The Club lounge was outstanding as was the suite. Customer service outstanding.
Congratulations to the whole team, you exceeded our expectations.
July 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chez9 Staff make the hotel what it is
I cannot commend the staff at Plaza Athenee highly enough, they were patient; flexible; accommodating to our constant requests; friendly & professional
July 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Django10 This hotel really understands it's business
On average I stay 320 nights per year with my wife in hotels and so to that end look at hotels as our second home. So to that end we look towards the staff to provide that homely atmosphere. Your hotel although the first for us in Bangkok provided that atmosphere and made us feel welcome from day 1. My wife loved every minute of the attention she got from every single staff member. A credit to all of you. In my book you guys are second to none.
July 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by MarkE nice hotel
good breakfest, nice room had a very nice pool will stay here again
June 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MarkE very nice
a great hotel, will stay here again, great food
June 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ricco64 Nice stay
I was in business trip and found the Hotel perfect for location, features and staff kindness
June 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ghostie This hotel has great STAFF....
The staff at this hotel is amazing. They have made us feel welcome, at home and very special, and that is everyone that we have come across, from Bellboys, reception, breakfast staff, chefs, gym, pool...
We love the pool area, however, it does need a slight upgrade right now with timber work and edging of the pool, which is deteriorating. We feel this could also be an ever bigger highlight of your lovely hotel than it already is.
June 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Asteroid Walking distance
The hotel is walking distance to shopping malls, nightlife & restaurants in Bangkok.
June 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cassie13 Outstanding in every aspect
There are not enough superlatives to describe accurately this amazing Hotel. In every way it exceeds my expectations. I have stayed here on at least 6 occasions and it seems to continually excell in all areas. A particular mention of the Club Lounge (the best I have experienced by a very large margin), again I must congratulate PUN and the entire team who work so tirelessly and efficiently always gracious and smiling, attending to often, very large volumes of guests.
June 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Robino Comments on Facilities
I am an avid athlete and use the gym every time I come to the Plaza Athenee and I have found it to be less than ideal. There is only one real bike (I am not counting the recumbent) and it is terrible! You need a SPINNING bike or similar. Also, I asked the attendant to show me where the 'leg press' machine was and he pointed at every machine except that one. I question his knowledge--which is important to keeping the guests safely using the machines. This is a problem if he cannot identify a machine that targets the largest muscle group in the body. Also, there are THREE machines focused on abs and you don't need one-this can be done with no machine at all.
June 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by tokiogaijin Amazing staff - in all departments
now reviewing as a platinum guest -
it was actually because of my stay at this hotel a few years back that i decided to become a loyal spg member and am now platinum.
i get out of my taxi and the bell boy recognizes me and welcomes me back. as well i am given a warm welcome back by the front desk and the concierge. the fitness center is great - 3 great fitness guys are very friendly and always remember my name.
as a platinum member i can enjoy cocktail hour in the exec lounge (amazing service - never an empty glass, and amazing food prepared by a different restaurant each night) or the bar on the first floor. the f&b director often walks around greeting the guests and making sure everything is OK. he would greet me at breakfast by name and then again in the evening during cocktail hour. the bar has such a great waitress who offers amazing service and is very friendly. the exec lounge offers a very impressive mid day snack and tea service as well. and for breakfast you can choose a nice quiet limited breakfast in the exec club (sometimes having the whole place to yourself) or you can choose a huge buffet on the first floor.
overall the hotel strives to be perfect. the staff are always going out of their way to make the guest's stay amazing. if i have a little issue the exec lounge will take care of it immediately.
my only complaint is that everything is truly perfect that i do not leave the hotel and experience the sights of bangkok!!
June 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Achim007 This hotel has great features
Good location for business people, excellent service, very good food, friendly and helpfull
June 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bataa Thank you for great service
The service was excellent, employyes were professional. Location was good.
June 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Julia30 Nice hotel
Nice hotel.breakfast is great,u can spend hours in there. You can find pretty girl who support u with Chinese.
May 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by leapie Good Hotel, Convenient Location & Great Staff
Plaza Athenee is strategically located close to malls, eateries, shops etc. The staff members especially the Royal Club team is exceptionally efficient and helpful.
May 29, 2013