Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok
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Martin Reed. What a fantastic human being that man is. We were invited again to stay at the fabulous Sofitel Centara Grand, free of charge, and we arrived there about 2pm after our overnight train from Lao (spent in an air-conditioned, 1st class private room playing Yahtzee and drinking beer) and some time walking around the centre of Bangkok. It …
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So back to Bangkok to meet up with our friends Keith and Angela. We got here a couple of days early to do some relaxing and some shopping. Relaxing in Bangkok is not so easy, but the shopping is definitely good. We decided to steer clear of Khoa San Road as it seemed to just be full of the standard traveler schtick, instead opting for the …
A whole gaggle of Wicat folk descended on Thai Airways in Bankok for various reasons. I was there to do training. We all went to the Golden Temple, visited Pat Pong on several occasions, checked out various bras and restaurants. Dining mostly excellent, but didn't care much for deep fried pigs ears.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok
Best option for hotel near Bangkok airport
The hotels at the Bangkok airport are slim-pickings and over-priced, so my husband and I opted to stay at the Sofitel on our way in and out of Thailand (two nights total). It's about 20 minutes from the airport by taxi, although longer in rush hour. Both nights we were upgraded and still only paid $70/night under a special discount. The hotel is beautiful and is conveniently connected to the Central shopping mall. There is a subway in the mall which will take you into Bangkok. This hotel is also very close to the famous Chatuchak market. Highly recommended.
We have just returned from our first visit to Thailand and we chose to stay at the Sofitel (influenced by reviews). What a decision! We felt like royalty from the moment we drove through the gate and nothing happened during 10 days to change that impression. The only way to describe the hotel is 'colonial', from the style of the buildings to the standards of service but it certainly isn't old-fashioned. We stayed in the Railway Wing - I was dubious after reading a criticism of dark rooms - and our room was beautiful. We were on the ground floor so had a terrace, separated from adjoining rooms by palms, frangipani trees and bamboo - in effect our own mini jungle and perfect for relaxing on after a hard day lying by the pool. Beautiful pools, pritine grounds and topiary everywhere, from birds and elepnats to a giraffe! We used the hotel to book a trip for us to the floating market and the Kwai Bridge. This was a 2 day outing and was excellent - but the highlight was definitely the night spent at the Jungle River Rafts. Only accessible by long-tailed boat, kerosene lamps for lighting and a toilet which was flushed using bowls of water. It doesn't get more basic and yet it was magical. Great food, elephants coming down in the morning to be washed and fed by the hotel guests, no problems with insects - and the only sound was the river lapping against the rafts. We can't recommend this trip too highly. The hotel is right in the middle of Hua Hin so we could access bars, restaurants etc with ease. The spa was very good considering they're in temporary accomodation (there was a fire last year) and the new building looks very near to completion. Definitely a hotel which will be remebered for all the right reasons.
Very pleasant hotel
A nice 4 star hotel with very pleasant interiors, friendly staff and good food.
The rooms are very spacious, with excellent light control panels by the bed. They are clearly well maintained and very clean, but are simply just a little old and could do with a refurbishment to provide a more contemporary feel. Excellent pool area with nice decking. Very good standard breakfast with everything you could want including freshly cooked items.
Very friendly, helpful staff. Only downside is location - which is not that central. However the excellent Sky Train is close by which provides good access to other parts of th ecity.
We stayed here last year, for 5 nights, it is a very nice hotel, very clean.
The rooms are a good size, bathrooms spotlessly clean also. TV with movie channels, small fridge for drinks etc. Location is excellent, next door to huge shopping mall complex, with lots of bargains to be had there. The mall food court was excellent, ate there most nights, great food, very good prices too. Good tour desk at hotel also. Shuttle bus to and from city, very convenient. Around 15 mins from all the hustle bustle of central Bangkok.
Highly recommended. Staff were First class.
Beautiful entrance/reception area! Good variety of tours available (recommend the Ayutthaya tour). Go to see the temples yourself and take one of their chauffer driven cars to drop you into the city! The staff at the hotel were great although the porter helped us take the luggage to our room, he unloaded and stood in our room - he didn't budge until we gave him some money - the problem was that we had no small notes so we gave up and gave him a larger than usual sum. That was very very off putting. However, the room was great with its view of the Express way which we didn't mind. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The room service was good too.
The breakfast was nice - with a varied buffet. We visited the Banyan Tree Vertigo restaurant too. Well worth it despite the hefty sum we paid for the average food! The bar at the Sofitel was relaxed, dark, with some live entertainment. Overall its worth staying here as its close to the airport and not too far from the city - the only reason it may take so long in the car is if you get stuck in one of Bangkok's notorious traffic jams. The MBK centre is worth a visit, as it the shopping mall that connects to the hotel. Overall - great value for money.
Wonderful stay -excellent hotel
It was our Silver Wedding Anniversary and we were treated to an upgrade, flowers, champagne and cake! The gardens are beautiful and the staff second to none - not to mention the choice of great restaurants - especially good is the breakfast. Would definitely return. Extremely handy for the airport as well - a real oasis
Good for stopover / shopping
As a woman traveling alone, I wanted a safe but lively location (no bars please!!!). The rooms were well appointed and the bathroom was pretty with black granite counters. The hotel is conneted to a BIG mall giving you lots of dining and shopping options. The hotel connects to the mall via the mall's parking lot. I don't like garages (too much TV) so that bothered me a little, but it probably won't bother anyone else!!
The expressway connection from the airport got me to the hotel in MINUTES.
It is not near Sukumvit, but who wants to walk along Sukumvit with the noise and congestion after a super-long-haul flight??!! If you want a good rest in a nice place with the option of stretching your legs, this hotel is an excellent choice.
Great new link to a great hotel!
With the new BTS Sky train that interchanges with the newly opened underground MRTA, staying at the Sofitel Central Plaza you'll have no problem getting in and around BKK. You can now walk (via Central Dept Store) in ten minutes to use the BTS or MRTA. It is used locally by everyone and you'll enjoy the various food stalls along the way. If you don't fancy a trip in to central Bkk, you can easily walk to Central Department store & Mall in a couple of minutes from the Sofitel Central Plaza. Not only is there Central Dept store, in the mall you can eat in the many restraurants (food courts), see a movie,visit the Centara Spa for any beauty treatments or just shop, shop, shop. TiP: Go to the supermarket in the mall (lower floor) for water and assorted goodies.
The hotel is beautiful with it's only downfall being within close proximity to the expressway. Still that's not too bad cause you are only 15 mins from the airport. The hotel operates a fantastic airport transfer system where someone will meet you on arrival and fast track you through customs then put you in a cab or limo to Sofitel. Highly recommended after a long haul flight. The rooms were very nice with spacious bathroom and importanly a very comfortable bed.
Breakfasts are fantastic with western and eastern style to choose from. If you don't want to dine in any of the hotels beautiful outdoor restaurants or restaurants in the hotel you can have the buffet in the cafe. The only thing we found disturbing was the lack of service in the coffee / lounge area and very high prices for drinks. The pool is beautiful and relaxed - a good escape if need be and a great option if you don't have time to hit the beaches. Room service was great with good portions and priced fairly menu.
One last thing, the Sofitel operate a free transfer to the BTS and Chitlom which is great but check the times as they tend to run hourly. We love this hotel and don't have any problems staying there on our next visit.
Perfect for quick stopover
Stay here if you are travelling Australia-Europe or similar long haul flight for a 1 or 2 night stopover. They pick you up in a private car and whizz you to the hotel in under 10 minutes. It is the nicest of the hotels near the airport. Particularly good if you have children who already feel travel sick from a long flight. It is the least painful way as most of the other 4 and 5 star hotels are a good hour or more through Bangkok traffic from the airport. This hotel has the advantage of being attached to a massive shopping centre where you can find everything from top fashion to a cheap supermarket where you can stock up on bottled water and fruits and exotic sweets to keep in your hotel room! The best thing about the Sofitel is the swimming pool and spa which is set in a gorgeous flower filled tropical garden. My son just loves it. He always meets another child to play with as the hotel is used by lots of German and Swedish companies for seminars and they bring their families. The rooms are a good size but we always stay on the Executive level with our own card for the lift and a few nice perks like internet usage and daily cocktails etc. It has a great beauty salon/massage parlour and gym. You can get any type of treatment and massage you wish for. The spa pool outdoors is gorgeous, surrounded by palms and orchids. You can eat by the pool or sit in an authentic teak teahouse and at night time, my son and I love to have a late swim and then just walk over to the fab restaurant under the tree lights and hear the live music. Food is excellent, the breakfast buffet is amazing. Staff are delightful and love children. Yeah! The only drawbacks are of course, not much of a view and you are right next to the expressway so have traffic noise. However, it is adequate to restore your batteries before the next long flight and you can shop till you drop next door at Central. Also, if you stay on a weekend you are right near the famous enormous outdoor Chatuchak markets. We really like this hotel for its convenience. It gives us what we need, without going too far from the airport. One disadvantage of staying in the gorgeous Shangri-La or similar along the river (we have done that too) is the long trip back to the airport