desi Traveler stays at Plaza Athenee Bangkok
Bangkok is the most visited city in the world and that leads to opening of a large number of hotels and resorts in the Thai Capital. But a large number of hotels at every price point also mean that there is cut throat competition in the hotels business in Bangkok. No wonder hotels in Bangkok are always trying to up the game and set new standards for hospitality for both the business and pleasure traveler.
In my last visit to Bangkok, during the Thailand Tourism Festival, I stayed in Plaza Athenee Bangkok, a Royal Meridien Hotel. Now I was aware of the Meridien Hotels but was not sure why this one is called A Royal Meridien. In came to our helpful host Mr. Shah from the hotel who was explaining us the history of the hotel, he gave me 2 reasons why the Plaza Athenee is a Royal Meridien. While there are numerous Meridien hotels around the world less than 20 are accorded the status of Royal Meridien as the Royal Meridien brand takes the luxury to the next level which only the very best properties around the world can offer.
Besides the branding part, the Plaza Athenee Bangkok also has a real Royal history going back to Thai Princess Valaya Alongkorn. Renowned for her ability to elevate European styles with a Thai aesthetic, Princess Valaya’s influence was seen in everything from interior design to flower arranging. It was her mastery of these pursuits that are integral aspects of the modeling of Plaza Athénée Bangkok. Check the quote below from the hotel website about how they define the luxury experience.
A stay in the Plaza Athénée Bangkok invokes a feeling of long-lost tradition and nostalgia. The hotel has achieved their design goal to bring back the Thai-Colonial style of Princess Valaya Alongkorn’s era, sympathetically combining it with the modern world defining “Thai Transitional Luxury”.
Indeed from the moment you enter the hotel and see the jaw-dropping movie style Royal Lobby you know you are in for some real luxury in this hotel.
My room at the Plaza Athenee was well appointed with all the modern amenities and a wonderful view of Bangkok Skyline. Though my stay was a short one, I still explored the hotel to get a first-hand feeling of what all facilities the hotel has.
I really liked the 24-hour gym where trainers are available to help you with your exercise regime. There is an all pool with a view and a lovely garden that incorporates Thai as well as European features. Right next to the pool is a well-stocked bar.
But what impressed me the most was the visit to Suites at the Plaza Athenee. Each of the suites has its own personality and is individually decorated with a particular theme in mind. The themes vary from the Royal Thai to contemporary designs. Each suit offers working office, bedrooms, and even a kitchen. Some of the suits are so large that they give an impression of being on your own floor. Check the details of various suits at Plaza Athenee here.
Let me also highlight a bit about the food at the Plaza Athenee, as a vegetarian I was very happy to find a dedicated Vegetarian section in the buffet and also in the A-La-Carte menu. But the best part was that not only there was a dedicated vegetarian section there was even a dedicated Indian Food section that had food made the desi style. A clear indicator of the influence desi Travelers are making on the global travel industry. The buffet has almost unlimited options for every course of the meal along with live counters from Soup of the day to pizzas and dumplings. But as somebody with a sweet tooth, I am always interested in desserts and was pleased with the various desserts on offer.
One of the high points of my stay at the Plaza Athenee was the excellent buffet options both at the breakfast and dinner in the Rain Tree Café on the ground floor of the hotel. Though they have other restaurants and bar including a French, A Thai, a Cantonese restaurant beside poolside bar on level 4 aptly named The View.
Based on my understanding of newspaper reports & hotel management Bangkok is a popular destination for Indian Weddings with Plaza Athenee hosting many of these every year. The large meeting & banquet room at the Plaza Athenee serve as a good location for the same. The hotel is also popular for MICE events or Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions.
Where is the Plaza Athenee Bangkok Located?
The Plaza Athenee is located at 61 Wireless Road (Witthayu), Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand, and is within walking distance from the Bangkok Skytrain. There are many shopping malls are within walking distance, including one approachable by a skywalk as it is part of the same complex. In fact, the main venue of the Thailand Tourism Festival for which I was in Bangkok was only 1.4 KM from the hotel, so that was very convenient.
Overall I can say that if you are in Bangkok and looking for a luxury hotel right in the middle of the city that has good food, excellent service and a touch of Royalty you should book into Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel, now part of Starwood Hotels.
Some useful information about the Plaza Athenee Bangkok
Website of Plaza Athenee Bangkok
Phone: +66 (0) 2650 8800
Nearest Skytrain Station: Phloen Chit Station
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