Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok review

We stayed at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok for four nights. To clarify the name of the hotel, this isn’t a “Sheraton”, rather it’s a Luxury Collection hotel which is one of Starwood’s 11 brands. This hotel is literally across the street from the Westin Grande Sukhumvit. And it was just as fabulous!

We entered from 1F, where the skywalk directly leads to the BTS Asok station. This is also where you’d enter if you arrive by taxi. The lobby is located on this level.

Direct access to hotel from the BTS Skytrain
Direct access to hotel from the BTS Skytrain

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Looking down from the skywalk to the second entrance on the ground floor

The check-in was smooth, the associate welcomed us to the hotel and explained the SPG Platinum benefits. She apologized that a suite wasn’t available and said they would continue looking for a suite for us during our stay. Although we were not upgraded to a suite during the stay, we were amused to receive daily letters to let us know they were trying to book us into a suite. However, the standard rooms are of excellent quality. The associate also confirmed that we could checkout at 16:00.

Benefits for SPG Platinum guests
Benefits for SPG Platinum guests

Our bags were swiftly brought to our room on 23F. The room was larger than the room at the Westin. There was an entranceway, so you aren’t immediately confronted by the bed or the bathroom.

View into room from entranceway
View into room from entranceway

The bathroom was large with a separate shower and bathtub. The shower had enough space to shave your legs if you’re flexible. Otherwise, have a soak in the big tub. The toiletries were by Thann and included shower gel, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, bath salts, and bar soap, as well as a razor and toothbrush.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit bathroom
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit bathroom
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit bathroom
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit bathroom
There is a separate walk-in closet
There is a separate walk-in closet

The towels were soft and fluffy, and three face towels were available. (Not all hotels have face towels, but all seem to have hand towels. Why is this important? Because you can’t wash your face with a hand towel. Yes, there is a difference. Yes, I have had many conversations explaining this difference.)

Moving on…

The bed was just as comfortable as the one at the Westin, but it wasn’t as big. However, there was a pillow menu in case you need a firmer or softer one.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit bed
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit bed

We were given fruit each day, and the bottles of water were restocked while the room was being cleaned and in the evening for the turn down service.

The TV had a good selection of channels – BBC, CNN, HBO, Discovery, RT, etc.

There was also a desk and an armchair with a footrest.

As SPG Platinum members, we can enjoy free cocktails and snacks in three locations in the hotel: the Sala, the Living Room, and the Library.

The first evening we visited the Sala located next to the pool. The setting was very relaxing, and I wasn’t bitten by a single mosquito! There are many regular tables and loungers, and you’ll feel like you’re not in the city but in a more tropical setting with all of the plants and flowers surrounding the pool.

Happy Hour menu
Happy Hour menu
Enjoying a cocktail
Enjoying a cocktail
Poolside seats
Poolside seats
There's a swimming pool hidden in there somewhere
There’s a swimming pool hidden in there somewhere

In all three locations, the complimentary beverages are available from 18:00 – 20:00. If you order anything outside of those hours, you can get a 30% discount.

Another place to enjoy SPG perks is the Library. There are sofas as well as tables. This is a good place to sit if you need to do some work and you don’t want to be cooped up in your room.

The Library
The Library
The Library
The Library

Coffee and tea are available upon request, and peanuts, shredded coconut, rice crackers, and another savory snack that I could never identify are available. At 18:00, canapés are served and happy hour begins. Since I was still sipping on my coffee, the waitress suggested an espresso martini to help with the transition from work to play. Brilliant idea!

Happy hour canapes
Happy hour canapes

And she showed me how they create their cold brew coffee fusion concoction. It looked like a fancy chemistry set, but if it makes good coffee, then I’m in favor of it!

Cold brew coffee chemistry set
Cold brew coffee chemistry set

Next to the Library is the Living Room with large comfy sofas and tables to make it feel like home and huge windows so you can see the BTS and city speed by. This is a nice spot to unwind if you don’t want to sit by the pool.

The Living Room
The Living Room
Evening cocktails in the Living Room
From the Living Room, you can see the skywalk connecting to the BTS
From the Living Room, you can see the skywalk connecting to the BTS

The jazz band takes the stage at 21:00. If you stay to hear the music, please note that after 21:00, there is a dress code: “no shorts, no sports wear, as well as no singlet’s and closed shoes for men”. On Friday evening, we stayed for the jazz, and just before 21:00, the waitress reminded the Mister that he would need to change clothes if he wished to stay for the music.

By night, the Living Room transforms into a jazz venue
By night, the Living Room transforms into a jazz venue

As an SPG Platinum guest, there are three places you can have breakfast: the Italian restaurant at Rossini’s, the main buffet at Orchid Cafe, and the pool restaurant Sala.

Entrance to Rossini's
Entrance to Rossini’s

The first morning during our stay, we had breakfast at Rossini’s. On offer is a partial buffet and any many made-to-order dish like sausages, eggs, steak, etc. The buffet has a variety of bread, jams, fruit, cheese, and Asian options like noodles and dumplings. The food was really tasty and the atmosphere is pleasant. If you’re looking for a quieter way to start your morning, then this is a good place.

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Made-to-order choices at Rossini’s
Rossini's
Rossini’s seating. The restaurant was a lot quieter than Orchid Cafe.
Made to order eggs at Rossini's
Made to order eggs at Rossini’s
Fresh fruit at Rossini's
Fresh fruit at Rossini’s

The buffet in Orchid Café was vast, so even the pickiest of eaters will find something here. Breakfast staples like bacon, eggs, and sausages are available along with baked beans, noodles, naan, fresh fruit, pancakes, sushi, pastries, cereal, cold cuts, cheese….most corners of the globe were represented. Everything tasted good, the only complaint was the sad French toast; it was a bit hard. But that’s hardly a complaint with the other options available.

Breakfast at the Orchid Cafe
Breakfast at the Orchid Cafe
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Buffet spread at Orchid cafe
Fresh fruits
Fresh fruits
Breakfast pastries
Breakfast pastries
Breakfast
Breakfast

Breakfast is also served in Sala from 7:00 – 11:00. We didn’t have breakfast here during our stay, but I scoped it out and it’s similar to the buffet in Orchid Cafe, just a lot smaller.

The décor of the hotel is more opulent than the Westin with sweeping staircases and large furniture, but it doesn’t feel stuffy or uninviting. One afternoon we returned to the room while it was being serviced, so I explored the hotel. The second floor had most of the meeting rooms, but since an event was happening, I couldn’t see much of the area. BarSu and Dine in the Dark (DID) are located on the ground floor, as well as a street level entrance/exit.

Dine in the Dark is a “sensory” restaurant where diners feast on their meals in complete and total darkness. No watches, no phones, or anything that can emit light. All of the servers are visually impaired, and for each guest, the hotel makes a donation to the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand.

Dine in the Dark
Dine in the Dark

The spa, fitness center, and swimming pool are located on level three.

Stairway to heaven?
Good location for a musical number
Artwork
Artwork
Corridoor
Corridor

And one more perk for SPG Platinum members – complimentary washing/pressing service. You’re allowed two articles of clothing per guest per day, so four items daily if there are two people sharing.

Paid rates at the hotel vary, with prepaid rates typically starting around 4,724 THB/night (US$136/night), increasing to 5,500 THB or more at busy periods. As a Category 5 SPG property, a free night can be booked for 12,000 Starpoints, or you can use Cash & Points for 6,000 points plus US$110 , though there’s normally only Cash & Points availability for weekend stays.

Verdict: we had a fabulous time. The staff were super-friendly, especially the ladies in the Library and the Living Room. If you’re looking for a great location in the heart of Bangkok, then I recommend the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit.

Staff in the Living Room
Staff in the Living Room
They also take great selfies
They also take great selfies
Welcome
Since it was my husband’s birthday, they gave him a complimentary birthday cake!

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