An oasis of calm begins as the driver takes the exit from Sathon Road to the hotel. A driveway ensures that this hotel is hidden. Far away from the honking cars and roaring engines. A few years ago we already stayed in this SLH hotel, which is now also part of Global Hotel Alliance and we are curious what it is like to come back.
Because we take the hotel car from the airport, the receptionist is waiting for us at the door to check us in. Check-in is efficient, for suites and rooms with club access, check-in takes place in the room.
In a word, the suite is great. After opening the door there is a large hall and adjoining a living room with sitting area and work table. The coffee corner is also located here. Through French doors you enter a large bedroom with an adjoining gigantic bathroom with 2 sinks, a large sofa and ample storage space. The shower is wonderfully powerful.
A very spacious suite. The TV and Harman Kardon sound set are great. You can easily connect to the TV with an iPad or iPhone and play music or watch your favorite series.
The pool is nice. Dark mosaic tiles ensure that the water is not clear blue, but dark green. This gives a nice, chic effect. There are plenty of sunbeds around the pool and there are quite a few cabanas. The service is very good. Towel service as you would expect in a 5-star hotel, but also continuous fresh water with ice cubes, occasional refreshment and of course the pool menu. On Saturdays there is a DJ who plays music and creates a very good atmosphere at the pool.
The gym is huge. This one looks like a real gym. Everything you want is there. This is the biggest gym I’ve ever seen in a hotel. The sauna is located in the changing room. This one is very well maintained. There is both a Finnish sauna and a steam sauna.
Club Room with Balcony (#294)
The room has a view of the pool. On the balcony a large day bed and two chairs. The balcony can be shielded from the rain at the top. In the room a larger seating area and a desk, as well as a cupboard for coffee and tea. The bathroom is standard in size. The room has a bed, a sofa and a desk. The beauty of these rooms is Club access and a balcony with the day bed from which you have a nice view.
The club serves breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails. There is a serene tranquility on the 6th floor of the club. There are plenty of snacks on display during both afternoon tea and cocktail hour to feed the inner man. In addition to the snacks and drinks, you can also use a meeting room and have 2 pieces of clothing washed. We did not make use of that.
The hotel has 2 restaurants, both listed in the Michelin guide. Celadon serves authentic Thai food, this is a great restaurant and a must visit. Travel+Leisure has voted the restaurant the best Thai in Bangkok.
In addition, LaScala the Italian restaurant where famous chefs regularly come to show their cooking skills. We had high expectations but were disappointed. As a result, no separate report has been written.
Couple of points that fall short:
- There are menus with matching wines. You can also decide to eat a la carte, these are the dishes from the menus. If you order this, no matching wine can be served, while every dish in the menu has its own wine. How is this possible?
- The food is bland or the main ingredients do not predominate. for example, lobster is cooked sous-vide and then coated with a sauce that is so overpowering that the lobster can no longer be tasted. Ravioli with chickpeas are full of fish egg so that you only taste fish egg.
The restaurant looks very nice, exactly what we like. The private room for a private dinner is very beautiful. Great if you can dine here of course.
Zuk bar is a very nice bar with nice drinks. The ambiance is pleasant.
Checking out is very good and efficient. We used the car provided by the hotel to take us to the airport. Do this, this is a unique experience. The airport service is very good. The service even continues at the airport. Other 5-star hotels also do this and it gives a wonderful luxurious feeling.