To celebrate wedding anniversary 1.3, we stayed at Le Méridien Bangkok for one night. The hotel is about 31km/19mi from Suvarnabhumi Airport and 27km/16mi from Don Mueang Airport. If you want to take the metro, the nearest MRT station is Sam Yan. If you prefer the BTS, go to Sala Daeng station.
As we strolled through the doors, I immediately noticed the décor. It’s quite different from the Westin and the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, but it totally suits the vibe of this particular Le Méridien. It’s modern and very stylish.
And then there’s the “dotted dog”. These dog sculptures are scattered throughout the hotel, and while it may seem strange, they fit in nicely with the atmosphere.
At the check-in counter, we were given a cool towel and a shot glass of cold yoghurt. It was tasty, but I’m still searching for the hotel that gives you a shot of tequila on arrival. 😉 We were also given the choice between 500 Starpoints or a candle as a welcome gift.
As we head up to our room, I noticed more unique furnishings. This hallway reminded me of the Hall of Faces from Game of Thrones; it was very mysterious, but it flows with the rest of the hotel.
We were upgraded to an Avantec Suite on 21F, and it was lovely. As you enter, there’s an entranceway with a bookshelf that acts as a room divider.
Next to the shelf is an office desk with lots of outlets and a phone. Also, in this main room is a sofa, window seat, tv, and a large picture window with a view of a temple.
The bedroom has three more large windows, so the natural light was fantastic. (There are blackout curtains as well.) There’s another tv, a chair, and a very comfortable king-sized bed.
The bathroom was sizeable as well. The tub was quite roomy, and there are double sinks.
The toilet has its own space. The shower was my favorite feature, though. Two separate shower heads and a bench for leg-shaving or whatever else you want to do in a shower that large.
There were many nice artistic touches and small sculptures scattered around the room.
The only downside of a room this large was the very small closet. We only stayed for one night, so it wasn’t a problem. If you don’t pack light, then most of your belongings will have to stay in the suitcase.
Before we went to the bar to enjoy the free SPG Platinum happy hour cocktails, room service delivered a chocolate cake for our anniversary! This was a great and unexpected surprise. I just hope they don’t get suspicious when we start celebrating all three anniversaries at various SPG properties! We really were married three times, and we DO celebrate all three anniversaries!
Downstairs on 4F we had drinks at Bamboo Chic Bar. And each one was amazing! You basically get anything on the menu plus a selection of appetizers during the “Creative Hour” from 17:30 to 19:30.
While we were toasting, the hotel manager stopped by our table for a chat. Mr. Carl Volschenk was very friendly and he gave us a few restaurant recommendations since we’re fairly new to Bangkok.
The next morning, we had breakfast in Latest Recipe, which is another SPG Platinum benefit. The restaurant has lots of natural light and although it was crowded, it wasn’t hectic. There’s a nice selection of fresh fruits, pastries, yogurt, breakfast meats, noodles, and ice cream. The buffet has a little of everything, but it’s not a massive spread. The waitstaff will bring coffee and tea to the table; juice is self-serve.
After breakfast, we explored the hotel. The facilities are all very nice. The pool is on 6F and it is a bit small, but it’s a good bit of privacy for Bangkok.
This is a Category 4 SPG property, so free nights cost 10,000 Starpoints; we used Cash & Points which cost 5,000 points plus 75 USD. Paid rates start at about 4000 THB (115 USD) if you book in advance.
If you’re looking for something to see and do near the hotel, then the Patpong Night Market is a short three minute walk away.