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What can I say except, I Bangkok. First night didn't go so well. Arrived late so had no bearings. Got totally lost, couldn't find anything. Caught a taxi to Banyan Tree roof top bar, which would have been nice but couldn't get in and then couldn't get cab back :( When I finally did it was almost 8 and I was tired and hungry After …
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We awoke just before our hotel room doorbell went off (yes.. You read that right!) Our breakfast had been delivered right to our very bed. It was wheeled in on a tray, the tray was then set out into a table and our Eggs Benedict for two was served. The BEST Eggs Benedict in the world! We ate our breakfast and looked over the morning Bangkok skyline …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBanyan Tree Bangkok
The staff were amazing, the hotel was lovely and lived up to our expectations.
The restaurant food was delicious and we were made to feel very comfortable by all the staff
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Next door to where we're staying and incredible open top views from the Moon Bar plus yum cocktails!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Banyan Tree Bangkok
I stayed at the Banyan Tree recently in a Club suite and would rate the hotel as far better than the Orienta and Peninsula. This is down to the city location and service.
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff at the Banyan. The suite was very well equipped with good bathroom and working area and there is an IT troublshooter on hand 24 hours a day.
If you don't want to splash out on the Vertigo, the Saffron restaurant serves good Thai food and is high up so there are still fantastic views of Bangkok.
Don't miss the spa treatments. They may be pricey compared to most in the city but are well worth it for the expertise of staff and ambience of the treatment rooms.
Highly reccommended and the best 5 star I have found in Bangkok.
Just spent 3 nights at the Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok between Christmas and New year and feel compelled to give credit, where credits due.
We did think maybe we were being extravagant spending $180 per night, when Bangkok hotels can be had for next to nothing, but have since decided this was a really good decision.
In the frenetic mayhem that is Bangkok, this Hotel is an oasis of calm. The staff, the facilites, and the surroundings are all superb.
We had upgraded to the Banyan club suite, complete with in suite check-in, complimentary drinks and snacks, and dry cleaning/laundry. The views from our 57th floor suite where amazing, and well worth the money (especially as £100 just about gets you a 2star hotel in London, Rome, Venice etc.) The sunken bath,and massive walk in shower were fantastic, as where the bathroom freebies (there is also a flat screen T.V in the bathroom!)
Try the sky deck pool and jacuzzi for fantastic views over the city, and towards the river.
One tip though, if you are thinking of visiting 'Vertigo' the Banyan trees
open air restaurant on the 61st floor, save yourself a small fortune and just have a cocktail in the bar instead. We were given this advice but ignored it. The restaurant service was too slow, and the food only average for the £120 bill (for 2 courses x 2 people) a fortune in Thailand. The city at night from here is a must see though.
Go around the corner to Anna's cafe instead for some authentic Thai food at about £15 for two!
Zen Accommodations in Wild Bangkok
I had a three night stay at the Banyan Tree Bangkok.
The airport pick up service is great, and cheap (B1500) by world standards. A warm welcome on arrival at the hotel, complete with flower garland, herbal drink and escort to the room.
My suite on the 57th floor was spacious and had a fabulous view of the city and Lumphini park. A quick complimentary shuttle ride to the Skytrain station, or a five minute walk to the Underground station.
The rooms and hallways have incense and essential oil burners. A lovely touch, and the scents are changed daily. Great amenities in room, and on turn down.
The club lounge is great, though the food was a little dull. Breakfast was pretty good. The view and service at the rooftop restaurant, Vertigo, were great. The food was ok, but certainly not the best I've had in Bangkok.
I had the Royal Banyan Spa treatment which was lovely.
I thoroughly recommend that you utilise the complimentary shopping companion sevice. Give them your list and they will escort you to the best places for each item. Invaluable in a city like Bangkok.
Overall a lovely hotel, with some of the most friendly and professional staff I've encountered. My only negative comment would be that the carpets and furnishings seemed a little tired. Other than that, a great stay at a far more competitive rate than the likes of the Oriental.
Enjoy - and relax!
Lovely Lovely Lovely
Banyan Tree hotel in Bangkok is a great place to be~~ O the entire hotel has this smell... smell soooooooo good. Bed was great! View was great! I found the hallway little bit old but still very lovely. Overall this place is excellent for romantic get away and also business trip as well!
Bangkok is the place to be ..
Read the previous post! I had the same experience !
Thai not "merican luxury!!
The Banyan Tree is a very good 5 star hotel, good location, good facilities, lovely rooms. I would recommend upgrading to the club floor for the variety of benefits such as free drinks etc.
Vertigo restaurant is superb, obviously you can get cheaper meals in Bangkok but please keep it in perspective. You can get a meal for £2 in Bangkok but you could get a meal for £5 London. You could pay £500 at a top restaurant in London, Vertigo is a top restaurant in Bangkok and you are more likely to pay £100 so relatively speaking it is still cheap. Both the views and the food are fantastic.
The previous review would scare anyone to death about going to Bangkok, bear in mind that you can get conned anywhere in the world and providing you keep your wits about you Bangkok is not any more dangerous than any other major city. The jewellery scam is one of the most well known scams and most tour operators warn you against it when you get your transfer from Bangkok airport. The Thai people in general are amongst the most friendly people you could wish to meet.
My advice to anyone who wants "American Luxury" or a city to be like they are in America is this, stay in America. In my opinion "Thai" luxury is 10 steps ahead of "American Luxury" anyway.
A taste of American luxury in Bangkok
I stayed at the Banyan Tree Hotel in April of 2004. The rooms were very clean and luxurious. The view was spectacular since this hotel is at least 30 stories high. The staff was extremely courteous and helpful. I ordered some candles to make the mood more romantic. I was expecting a few wax candles. However, they brought 9 or 10 beautiful liquid red candles which were more than we could ask for. Their breakfast buffet has a great view as well as good food. I would certainly stay here again if I was to return to Bangkok.
By the way, travelers should be very cautious when touring Thailand. I dont mean that you will be robbed at gunpoint. The robbers in Bangkok will con you with a smile. They know when they see tourists that we have money. I was asking this man who was in some sort of uniform where the Pratunam market was. He had told me that the market was a long distance from here and that I should take a taxi. He asked a tuk tuk that happened to be nearby to take us there. The tuk tuk driver told us he knew a store where we could buy quality jewelry at a good price. So we decided to go. The driver waited outside the jewelry store for 45 minutes while we shopped. He seemed like he was happy to wait. After purchasing a necklace for my girl, we got back on the tuk tuk and he started asking us if he could take us to another store where we could purchase clothes. I told him to just take us to the Pratunam market. He then started begging us for a few minutes but I firmly told him no. He then proceeded to drop us off at what appeared to be the Pratunam market. The streets looked somewhat familiar. It turns out it was the Pratunam market where he dropped us off at. However, as we looked around we realized that it was just a few blocks from where we originally got on the tuk tuk. He had driven around the city to make it appear as though he had taken us a long way. The man in uniform who had told us that Pratunam was miles away was in on it from the beginning. This is what they do for a living. The man in uniform knew that people give more credibility if they are dressed in such a way. He initially acted as though the tuk tuk driver and he did not know each other but it was all planned from the beginning. They are a team, and they receive commission from the jewelry store as well. Do they feel bad about conning tourists? I dont think so, because they feel as though we are wealthy and they neeed to do what they got to do to survive.
Do you like being treated as a guest or a profit centre?
It's a beautiful hotel but the service lets it down. We continually felt as though the only concern of the hotel was to increase their revenue from us. It was small subtle things but everpresent. That is not to say that the rooms were not nice but it is a bit disconcerting to have price tags on EVERYTHING. Give me a break. The vertigo restaurant, though, is quite amazing and worth visiting (although not cheap).
I think there are much better values in Bangkok such as my favorite, the sukhothai, located next door.
One of the best that we have experienced
After four weeks traveling around Europe and staying mostly in Hotels with small rooms that provide basic facilities at a not so small prices, we thought we would spoil ourselves on our stop-over on the way home, and stay at the Banyan Tree Bangkok.
We were not disappointed, the Hotel is located in an upmarket area, surrounded by several Embassies and very close to Patpong Road Night Market and the main shopping districts. You are made to feel welcome from the moment you get out of your cab by very friendly staff who present you with a small flower garland.
The rooms are magnificent and provide great views over Bangkok. If you can afford it, go for the Banyan Club deal which provides you with huge rooms on the upper floors and provides you with many extras like complimentary drinks and food in the Club Lounge where you also get a 10 minute neck massage and a great buffet breakfast. They also deliver to your room all the ingredients with instructions for a cleansing body scrub.
We considered the Banyan Tree to be great value for a top quality hotel that oozes class and is serious about providing a great experience for its guests.
The only downside was, we only had one night.
Top of the World
You simply must go to Vertigo!
It may be considered an expensive dinner by Bangkok standards, but they throw the view in for free, so a bargain in reality.
It is wonderfully romantic, at least have a cocktail.
Superb hotel - beware of the roof top restaurant
The Banyan Tree is superb. Our room, no sorry, our suite on the 55th floor (the club floor) had wall to floor windows with amazing views over Bangkok, you could see for miles, well if the smog wasn't to thick you could. The staff were extremely helpful and polite - even recommending a hairdressers in Siam for my girlfriend as the salon in the hotel was booked up. Tip for any girls going to Thailand and are thinking about having a haircut before your holiday - don't !! Have one when you get to Bangkok for a complete new hairstyle , wash, etc it came to approx a fiver - absolute bargain - can't remember the name of the hairdressers but it was one of the main ones in the Siam Centre.
As we'd travelled to other parts of Thailand before spoiling ourselves at the Banyan Tree we thought we'd try the Vertigo restaurant on the roof - it is aptly named as it is open air and is on the 61st Floor - again the views are amazing (especially after sunset). Having been used to paying about 500 to 600 baht for a meal for 2 with drinks, we thought we'd treat ourselves, gave the starters a miss and went for the main course. We each had a steak, unfortunately, as it was night-time we couldn't actually see what we were eating, the meat was very fatty and the side orders weren't up to much. We had a bottle of wine and a couple of drinks - no dessert - and it came to 6000 baht !! Eat somewhere else in town.
However, don't dismiss the idea all together as there is an open air bar (the Moon Bar i think) next to the restaurant so you can go for drinks and cocktails without having to eat the food and the bar staff will tell you what each of the brightly lit buildings in the distance are - if it gets a bit windy just hang on !!
Other than the food at Vertigo, i could not fault the room, staff or location - just round the corner from the night market and the lumphini boxing stadium. Would stop here again.