Rated 5 out of 5 by VeryGoodPointsStacey Great Location and Great Hotel
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit is a modern and contemporary Bangkok hotel located in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping and entertainment district. Upon arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, I was greeted by a hotel representative who took my luggage (I had accumulated 3 bags by this point in my trip, so the assistance was very welcome) and escorted me to a luxury Mercedes Benz for the trip to the hotel. The car was stocked with cold water and travel magazines . Upon arriving at the hotel, I noticed security was heightened compared to previous trips to Bangkok (likely a result of the travel warnings issued by the US and UK State Departments. While my trip was uneventful, 3 bombs went off in Central Bangkok the week after my trip, so high security is very comforting.) I was greeted at the front door by a bellman and front desk receptionist. I was incredibly impressed that I was able to bypass check-in and was taken straight to my room by two members of the hotel staff. My room was upgraded to a large suite. My check-in was completed in my room and the traditional Thai hospitality was not lost on me. (I’d love to think my Platinum Status with Starwood got me this VIP treatment, but I must say, I’m pretty sure I owe the VIP treatment to the director of rooms at a Sydney Starwood property)
. It’s amazing that this hotel opened in 2007, because everything still looks brand new. The Westin Grande Sukhumvit lives up to its name. The Room My suite was huge, incredibly clean, had a full bath and half bath and was well laid out. The view from the 15th floor was decent – I looked directly into the new Terminal 21 shopping center from the living room and from the bedroom could see skyscrapers and a slight view of the river. The room had a very large working desk with both wireless and wired Internet access. The Internet speed was very good. There was a sofa and chair, a refreshment center with stocked mini-bar, complementary fresh fruit (new fruit added daily), tons of free water (you can’t drink the water in Bangkok). The bedroom was extremely large and had a king size bed, chaise lounge chair and small table, separate dressing area, large closet with safe (always use the safe in Bangkok), and huge TV. The master bath had a tub, shower and nice vanity area. The shower pressure was a little disappointing. Overall, the room was amazing and made a week of work in Bangkok very enjoyable.
Restaurants and Room Service The hotel has a variety of restaurant choices. I really enjoyed Kisso Japanese Restaurant. The sushi and dumplings were delicious and the prices are extremely reasonable for hotel restaurant pricing. In fact, compared to Westins in North America, Australia and Europe, the prices seemed cheap! And the food was awesome! I didn’t try the main restaurant, Taste, because I had access to the concierge lounge (more on that later) and the bar, Zest, was always busy and makes a great iced tea (yes, iced tea…I know it was a bar, but not everyone drinks) and after two months in Australia, I was ready for a proper iced tea! Room service was also very well priced (everything in Thailand is well priced) but they had a hard time getting my orders right on the first try. The Lounge The concierge lounge was lovely. The staff was very attentive and always willing to help with anything. There were always a lot of food choices. For breakfast, the hot choices never thrilled me, but the continental breakfast choices were great – and I swear, they had the best mini donuts I’ve ever had. In addition to the donuts, I enjoyed the fresh fruit. Thailand has some of the most amazing fruit and the breakfast fruit selections didn’t disappoint. Each morning, the staff would make custom coffees – by day three they didn’t even have to ask what I wanted to drink. Another treat is the fresh jams! I’ve seen the same jams at a lot of hotels in Bangkok. This time I tried the mango and passion fruit jam. Yummy!
The Hotel Overview The first floor lobby had ample seating and great ambiance, but reception is actually located on 7. On the 7th floor, you’ll find Taste, Zest Bar, reception, the concierge, a ball room and a few small shops. On 8, you can find a hair salon, the spa, the gym and a saltwater pool. The hair salon offers manicures and pedicures. They are very cheap and the service is just fair – what you would expect from any cheap salon anywhere in the world. Nothing relaxing or indulgent about it. I wouldn’t return for a mani/pedi. The spa listed manicures and pedicures on their menu, but they never seemed to have anyone available when I called to book. The other services in the spa were well priced for a hotel spa. The Westin is located across the street from the another Starwood property and connected by a Sky Bridge. The Sky Train is also connected to the hotel which makes getting around by foot, or Sky Train, easy. The neighborhood is busy and crowded. There’s a department store and McDonalds connected to the hotel, Terminal 21 is across the street, and there’s plenty of street shopping. Summary I really enjoyed the Westin Grande Sukhumvit and would return. Bangkok has some of the best hotels in the world and choosing where to stay is getting tougher and tougher.The benefit of the Westin is access to easy transportation and the amazing prices!
April 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Derek1980 In need of restoration but general a great hotel
Good SPG recognition, especially their welcome specialist that contacts you prior to arrival to be acquainted with your preferences.
Excellent staff especially bell staff petite lady who is both gracious and hardworking. Acknowledges all guests entering the hotel. Next is the staff at the lounge, attentive and meticulous.
Ambience of both the executive lounge and seasonal taste is quite optimal, high ceiling and well spaced. Nice lofty view of the area skyline from the lounge during cocktail hours.
But selection of the lounge drinks are quite limited, and management should consider some cocktails since it's named cocktail hours.
Room is nicely decorated without overdoing it. But screaming a need of restoration and maintenance. Shower head pressure is quite an issue since it's quite minimal. Tiling in the shower area seems uneven, water trapped after showering. Corridors are a little stale considering theme of Westin is a refreshing stay.
Overall a great hotel with dedicated staff, attentive and gracious. But oddly management lacks personal approach and does not mediate or address certain issues. No response from emails that requires attention, which is quite disappointing.
July 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Discerning18 Old and Tired
Whereas the staff in this hotel are efficient, well trained and responsive to clients the hotel is suffering from its age. On my last stay I had my room changed twice because the rooms I was first offered smelled and were dirty. The carpets were dirty and one of the rooms had marks that looked as if someone had vomited so violently that the carpet was unable to be cleaned.
The hotel is in urgent need of refurbishment to re-establish it as a comfortable place to spend time.
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dan71 An Amazing Stay
I was in Bangkok on a business trip for five days in March 2013. I was lucky to have booked at the Westin. Not only that the service, facilities, and comfort were at my expectation, but also the location of the hotel itself was convenient. It lies in a prestiguous street in the middle of the city, close to different transport means (trains, tube, and taxis). Nearby were some of the top shopping destinations, Thai and international. All in all, it was a pleasant experience.
March 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by mkakhor An average stay with a blocked view
The service was fine by the usual Thai standard. Room was spacious. Shower handle not easy to adjust temperature. Generous supply of towels. Clean room. Major drawback was the view. At 19th floor I have another taller building to view at. Poor reward for "Green Choice" scheme. A 150 baht voucher. No option for points. Come on! Can do better than that if this hotel is serious about being environmentally concious. Not much recognition for my SPG Gold status. Apart from the F&B discount (much appreciated!). Overall, the hotel crossed the passing mark, but only just. Can do better..
June 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by FingerPie Don't forget the little things...
Hotel is great. Really good location and staff as always are very accommodating and professional.
Last couple of visits though, I have noticed the elevators from the G floor to the Lobby on the 7th floor are looking really tired. Its the first impression so it's pretty important to keep up to scratch. It's a minor investment so no excuses really other than dropping the ball on planned preventative maintenance.
July 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by aamin It is all about location
It is in the heart of bustling Bangkok, with access to station, shopping, different eateries just steps away. You step out and it seems Bangkok's best is at your finger tips. Also their quality of beds an pillows are the best in industry!
May 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by IndiaAhmed Good location
Nice place for a short stay. Accessible and right at the heart of culinary options.
July 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Willo1 Great Hotel
It was a great hotel with friendly staff and excellent facilities
July 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Brad71 Used to be great
I actually bought the bed after staying here a couple of years ago. I'm still very pleased with the bed but won't be coming back to the hotel. Check in was a disaster - was told there were no non smoking rooms available despite booking 2 online yesterday and traveling with small children. When we insisted on seeing the manager we managed to get 2 non smoking rooms on the same floor. SPG card was not only ignored they issued a new one.
April 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by wernerat Very Central
The hotel can be reached from the airport within 45 minutes by City Line and the Green line. Asok station is right in-front the hotel.
Guest Service Staff is very competent and friendly. Rooms (Executive Floor) are spacious and quiet.
The hotel is in close vicinity to many many restaurants and shopping facilities. For me it is the perfect value for the money hotel in BKK.
Also an outdoor swimming pool is available for relaxation
November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JLim Happy Stays
The location is good, and transportation is convenient (BTS) and near shopping areas.
What is most pleasing are staffs are very friendly and make you feel welcome since arrival up to departure. Service and responses from staffs were excellent, and always with a smile and makes you feel welcome.
Rooms are well kept and maintained.
I would surely be staying in Westin Hotel Bangkok when I am back either on business trips or holidays. And I would recommend this hotel to my colleagues and friends too.
July 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fergy Sukhumvit Hotels
Westin is a 5 star modern hotel close to all facilities in the busy part of town. Very close to Asok BTS station and Terminal 21 shopping mall
Staff are friendly and helpful and it is reasonably priced and of course has the SPG advantage
Recommended for business and pleasure
July 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by RGtravel Very dissapointing stay
Rooms were NOT cleaned well, dirty plates and dirty coffee cups were not cleaned nor replaced. showers are old and not clean, rooms are dark, bath tabs in both our rooms got blocked and had to call reception to send plumber.
Overall; I will not recommend the Westin BKK as a five star.
BTW - i contacted reception at the check out and gave them my review as well.
August 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Harry50 exellent as usual
This was my fourth stay at this hotel and it was again fantastic , very well managed hotel , great staff , they fullfill all your needs with a great smile , superlocation on Sukhumvit for shopping and with almost direct acces to the skytrain , perfect SPG recognition as platinum , great brunch on sunday's with great kid's entertaiment , in summary.....a hotel wich make you feel at home . great value for the price paid....keep going like this
July 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mark96 Consistently attentive and caring staff
An outstanding staff combined with comfortable facilities. Everyone, from the managers to the wait staff, provided instant recognition and a feeling of hospitality. Very capable at servicing not only business, but also personal family and touring needs.
February 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RhysW My Stay after a few years
Since my last stay here in 2009, I am impressed by the level of responses and even improvement which I was surprised.
The idea of loan of sport gear for use in the gym and also a day pass for the sky train was brilliant as well. Thank you very much.
July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Muryo Great location
If you want to get a real sense of what Bangkok is all about, this hotel is located right in the heart....on a skytrain stop, close to shopping and restaurants/bars..
November 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Plum Excellent stay and warm hospitality from the staff
it was my first stay in Westin Bangkok and overall my experience has been fantastic. The staff went all the way to make my stay an enjoyable and memorable one.
December 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by prasert Very relaxing weekend.
We had a great weekend,enjoying the pool, staffs are very friendly and the location is good closed to everything!
November 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice68 Run Westin
Fantastic hotel and the opportunity to run in the nearby Queens Park is extra postive.
October 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by punchinthesun A great hotel is a great hotel
I need to travel frequently, and have become accustomed to the convenience of better hotels, including those offered by Starwood. In Asia, great hotels abound, and their amenities become expected after awhile.
However, its the staff that makes a hotel stand out from the rest (including the one across the street), and your staff has made my heart sing.
Between the concierge staff arranging my something special, to the business office arranging my meetings and transportation my days were enhanced. But the staff in the Exec Lounge are beyond compare, and truly made me feel welcome each time I visited.
Thanks, and I hope to see you again....soon!
October 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by GFJL Outstanding Service
The BEST Service I have amongst ALL Hotels in Bangkok
August 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jespergoh Memorable Stay at Westin!
A memorable Honeymoon stay
December 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by MSWZ Great Hotel
Great experience every time I stay.
July 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sperry8 Good hotel, but missing some key things
Its a good hotel. And its generally priced right. But for a Westin, it is missing some things. Let me start with some positives:
1- As a Platinum, I've generally been upgraded here 2 out of 3 times. And the suites are huge and really nice.
2- The beds are big and comfy.
3- They check in Platinums in their executive lounge, which is a nice touch. And the staff is friendly - but only in the lounge.
1- The front desk staff (outside the lounge) is generally not friendly. Not unfriendly either, just not what you expect from Thai people (who are some of the friendliest people in the world).
2- They are the only Bangkok Starwood property that will not let you eat breakfast free as a Platinum. You must give up your 500 Starpoint amenity to eat at the large buffet. If you dont you will need to eat free in the very small lounge.
3- Speaking of the lounge, its laid out as 3 separate uncomfortable rooms. Just tables and chairs. No couches are any place to lounge about. They do have snacks and drinks, but its just not as nice as other lounges.
4- The shower head in my suite was ridiculous. It was older than me and definitely not what I expected from a Westin. Definitely time to upgrade them.
At the right price, I'd stay here again. But I certainly wouldnt overpay to stay here.
February 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vaab Nice Hotel, but a bit Noisy
I arrived at the main floor of the Westin Grande Sukhumvit in the late afternoon and was immediately directed to the 7th floor of the building for check-in. Check-in was prompt and courteous and I was assigned a spacious room on the 20th floor, with a large king size bed. I was also offered a voucher for a complimentary drink at the hotel bar – Zest Bar & Terrace.
At check-in I was told that renovations were ongoing on the 23rd floor but this work was only going on during the day. When I arrived at my room, I could hear drilling and banging, and was surprised that the renovations were taking place on a Sunday. A note in my room from teh manager also says that renovations are ongoing on the hotel rooftop and in the pool area, through to December 2011 and that guests can be accomodated at the nearby Four Points or Sheraton for pool and fitness facilities. I do not know if these are the same renovations mentioned that are happening on the 23rd floor when I checked in. These issues are noted in the fine print on the hotel website though you do have to look for them.
Otherwise, the hotel is very nice and is located above the Robinson Dept store. All amenities are readily available nearby, including restaurants and bars. One thing I did feel though was that the hotel was quite generic – there was no sense of “Thai-ness” at the hotel or within the room. While quite grande throughout, it really could have been a hotel found anywhere.
It is definitely one of the better hotels in the area and with rooms starting on the 8the floor and higher, there is no street noise at all.
October 23, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by BMW5 Good Service but bad room facilities
I had the pleasure of staying with this hotel from 15-18 July 2013.
We found the service (people) was great but everything else falls short of expectations:
1) toilet tap keeps falling off and eventually broke the soap dish
2) shower drainage cover keep coming loose
3) toilet wallpaper is coming off in the toilet corner
4) mosquitoes in the room. I was bitten a couple of times
5) confusion over mini-bar during check out.
I am a gold member for years and have experienced SPG service across the globe. Sadly this hotel falls short.
I provided feedback via email to their customer services but couldn't get a response from them at all.
July 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MaverickMel I MUST PROTEST...
As a frequent traveller, I must register my protest with you on several fronts...
1. Your staff need to stop showing up all the other hotels!
I am a frequent traveller, and have stayed at more hotels than I can remember, but the staff at the Westin club lounge are really the best! Friendly, and approachable, they are clearly happy to be there! From the minute I get to the hotel, being greeted by the bell staff, to walking across the lobby on the 7th floor and having reception desk staff call me by name, to the club floor where everyone knows my name... It's like coming home.
2. You need to make it a little less convenient to get around.
I frequently haul my wife around the world and she likes to shop, can you please make it such that she can't get to all the major shopping areas with ease? Despite having come here so many times, I still haven't learnt my lesson. Do you know how many times I have had to buy extra suitcases and bags?
3. You really have to stop making me want to move in!
I have my own home... You really don't want me to move in here, do you?
Seriously though, if I WERE to nitpick, there are a couple of very minor flaws such as the fact that there aren't enough suites on higher floors, or that the very minor, gradual upgrades to the fittings are resulting in strange things like lights with no apparent "off" switches, or some toilets without the ubiquitous bidet/wash shower attachments,
All in, this is ABSOLUTELY my favorite hotel in this part of the world. Would I stay anywhere else in Bangkok? Not if I can help it!
I have come to Bangkok for work, for relaxation, for shopping, and for just plain fun, and I can tell you that I have clocked more nights in this hotel than I have in any other hotel on the planet!
And finally, a word of warning.... If you actually do put together a suite on a high floor that has a fully-equipped kitchenette, and make the mistake of letting me stay there, you might have some trouble getting me to vacate it....
Keep it up!
December 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by iluvmydog The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok: Excellent Location, Service, Amenities, Safety @WGS
Location next to BTS and Terminal 21 mall is excellent. 4 stops to Siam Paragon on BTS. 4 stops to Silom on MRT. Direct route to Jatujak weekend market on either BTS or MRT.
From the moment your taxi arrives, you are made to feel welcomed by the very helpful staff who will unload you bags for you. You have to check-in on the 7th floor, an inconvenience by some, but I personally feel that it provides a sense of privacy to guests, as it's away from the views of passers-by. A lot has been said about the so-called "dragon ladies" at the Front Office, but my experience is exactly the opposite. My check-in was handled professionally by Ms Took, a thoroughly pleasant and friendly person, who greeted me by name when I saw her again 2 days later, to ask how the room was (I was upgraded to a corner room), and when I told her that I liked the spaciousness of the room and the bathroom, offered to have that logged on in the system for future visits. The staff (especially at reception) at Taste (where breakfast is served), are always friendly and attentive to your every need, without ever being intrusive.
In your room, you will find bathroom slippers (one of the most comfortable ones provided by any hotel, anywhere), and comprehensive set of amenities. Towels are numerous and of generous proportions and of superior quality. The complementary tea offered (Jing brand, pyramid shape) is the same as that offered at the buffet shows that the hotel does not try to cut corners to save money. And the coffee-maker is easy to use and Lavazza capsules are provided complementary. The beds and bed-sheets are a dream (pun intended) to sleep on. Also, if you use a 3-pin plug for your electrical appliances, you do not have to bring your own adapter. Samsung TV and DVD player is offered.
When leaving the lobby, small bottled water is provided with a touch infused with lemongrass scent -an extremely thoughtful gesture, greatly appreciated as you encounter the Bangkok heat and traffic soon after!
I stay in Bangkok every 3 months and have stayed in different hotels each time. Taking into account all my experiences, I decided to stay in the Westin for a second time. This stay confirms my decision, and now I'll ask myself, "Why stay anywhere else?"
December 9, 2013