Last month Flight Centre’s Corporate Marketing Managers gathered in Bangkok for their annual marketing conference. The team stayed at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok, a Starwood property. Michelle Jolley, FCM’s Marketing Leader writes about the hotel experience.
Centrally located in Sukhimvit’s business district on Sukhimvit Road, the hotel is around 25 mins from the airport by taxi (approximately R150). Steps away from the hotel is the BTS Asok Skytrain and MRT Sukhumvit station, an inexpensive and convenient way to get around and only a short trip to the renowned MBK shopping centre. Directly opposite is Terminal 21, a 10 story shopping mall themed on an airport and world cities featuring a selection of local boutiques and well known retail brands. A visit to the Food Hall is a must!
What were your first impressions?
The hotel is accessed via a ground floor lobby with the main reception area two floors up away from the hustle and bustle of the street below. Welcoming lounge chairs are positioned around the floor with the piano bar and Tastes restaurant also accessible on this level. It is a relaxing and air conditioned escape from the busy city outside.
What was your room like?
The Deluxe rooms are tastefully appointed with modern amenities including central LCD control panels, Nespresso coffee machine and free wi-fi. Rooms are spacious at 45m2 with plenty of natural light and views looking out across town, in my case to the west and to neighbouring hotels. A fruit platter with an assortment of local tropical fruits welcoming my stay was a nice gesture. The bathroom offered a touch of luxury with both a rain shower and wall shower head options, a large bath tub and White Tea by Westin bath toiletries.
Did you enjoy the food?
During our stay we sampled the buffet breakfast each morning and lunch at Seasonal Tastes restaurant. It is one of the best breakfast spreads around with a huge selection of Western and Eastern hot and cold dishes, including a fruit and cheese station, dessert offerings and ice-cream! Lunch was equally as impressive with a carvery and hot buffet area, wok station, a Japanese raw food buffet with the deluxe desserts making another appearance.
The hotel operates a 24 hour room service menu and for the more heath conscious traveller there is an organic detox a la carte menu selection in each room.
Tell us about the conference facilities
The hotel caters for a range of meetings and events from a large ballroom function space through to smaller rooms suited to 10 to 50 guests. Our meeting took place in the Boardroom which comfortably held our group of 14 attendees appointed with all the essential meeting inclusions. The room let in plenty of natural light as it overlooked the main restaurant space. The morning and afternoon tea break catering provided another excuse to sample the restaurant fare!
Who would you recommend this property for?
The Westin Grande would suit both leisure and business travellers due to its convenient CBD location and the hotel amenities on offer. It is well positioned to access shopping, great restaurants, nightlife and cultural points of interest.
Other facilities include an outdoor pool, roof top bar, Vareena Spa and Executive Club floor and Fitness Studio – all welcome additions for any business traveller combining business and after hour’s leisure.
What’s your overall rating out of 5?
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok is an impressive hotel and offers everything you could want from a luxury property. I’d definitely return in either a business or leisure capacity. I’d rate the hotel 4.5 out of 5.