The brand new Swiss origin Mövenpick sits slap bang in downtown Bangkok. The eight-storey 297-room resort offers highly efficient service and a rather cool ambience. The style is certainly ostentatious and rather European, from the huge entrance doors to the minimal and smart room interiors.
Located in the heart of downtown Bangkok, it’s a short tuk-tuk ride to the near Asok sky train station – the hotel has two vehicles who ferry guests to public transport free of charge. There’s also a river ferry stop nearby – adventurous guests can grab regular long-tail boats from here to other parts of the city.
Address: 47 Sukhumvit Soi 15 Klongtoey, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand.
Style & character
The Mövenpick styles itself as modern Thai, though it’s perhaps more appropriate to call it modern Swiss with Asian influences. Everything is ultra neat and quite plain, from the hallways to the room décor. Water plays an important role in the hotel’s aesthetics – ponds and cascading waterfalls can be seen everywhere. Feng Shui apparently was a deciding factor in how the hotel interior has been laid out. Overall, it’s a little cold, but perfectly efficient.
Service & facilities
The rooftop pool may not be as spectacular as some on top of Bangkok’s high-rise hotels but it’s 20 metres in length and has an adjacent kids’ pool. The gym is large and well-equipped and while there is no spa, the Mövenpick works with Healthland, a highly reputable spa company. In-house massages can be arranged. Every day from four to five it’s chocolate hour, free for guests and popular with kids. Service at the Moevenpick is competent and forthcoming without being intrusive – a healthy mix of Swiss efficiency and the Thais’ reticent politeness.
For those who like subdued, plain luxury, the Mövenpick is perfect. Thai influences are subtle and everything is über-functional, from the very large TVs and the smooth wooden floors and plain surfaces to the compact marble bathrooms with rain showers. The standard rooms are large enough and exude uncluttered, simple comfort.
Food & drink
The ground floor Lelawadee Restaurant serves reasonably priced, excellent Thai cuisine. The menu is divided into regional sections with signature dishes from the north, north east, central and south of Thailand. The head chef is French and the selection of western dishes is more than adequate but emphasis is clearly on local fare. The pool side Rainforest Bar on the rooftop is the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink. The buffet breakfast leaves room for improvement.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are two rooms built especially for wheelchair access and the floor numbers in the lift can be read in Braille.
Yes. All young guests receive a Mövenpick doll, a small gesture that reflects the generally child-friendly hotel policy as does the free ice cream for kids. Grown-ups come in for a treat too as there are baby-sitting services available.
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