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The Park Hyatt Bangkok is one of the top new luxury hotels in South East Asia and I got to experience this hotel earlier this year for a quick one-night stay. I left the hotel feeling very impressed about the property and here’s a the full review of my experience there, including a look at facilities like the pool, gym, rooftop bar, and more.
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Booking the stay
We used 20,000 Hyatt points to cover one night at the Park Hyatt Bangkok. The cash price with tax came out to $292 USD so we got about 1.4 cents per Hyatt point which wasn’t a bad redemption but I do prefer to get a little more value from Hyatt points, especially when staying at a Park Hyatt.
This stay was one night of our month-long round the world trip and on this trip I used a combination of points from the World of Hyatt card along with points transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards to cover all of the Hyatt stays, which included stays at the Park Hyatt Milan and Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. Out of all of the Park Hyatts we stayed, I think I preferred the Park Hyatt Bangkok the most.
Getting to the Park Hyatt
We were actually on a layover on a Cathay Pacific itinerary I’d booked with Alaska miles from HKG->BKK->SIN. Admittedly, I only booked this route to sample out Cathay Pacific first class and business class but being able to stay one night on a layover at the Park Hyatt Bangkok was a nice plus, too.
After flying in on a great flight (but way too short flight) in first class on the Cathay Pacific 777, we arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). I’d never flown through BKK and I thought the views from the baggage claim were pretty interesting.
After getting our luggage, we were picked up with the hotel’s BMW Series 7 chauffeur service. These BMWs are equipped with all sorts of cool features, including tablets with maps and specific seat controls. Two bottles of water were awaiting us in the car which was very much needed on an extremely hot and humid afternoon.
The cost of the private transport was about $100 USD one-way, which was pricy considering this was a one-night stay but it made getting to the hotel much easier with all of our luggage.
The Parky Hyatt is about a 30 minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and we only hit a moderate amount of traffic on our way in. Because we only spent one night at the hotel, I didn’t get much time to explore the nearby attractions but the hotel is attached to the Central Embassy (shopping mall) and within walking distance of Temple Pathumwanaram, Erawan Shrine, Jim Thompson House and Lumpini Park, and has access to Phloen Chit BTS Skytrain station.
The Park Hyatt Bangkok ground lobby
The entrance to the ground lobby to the hotel is home to a sleek porte-cochère. Our bags were taken care of as soon as we arrived and we were ushered inside the hotel.
As we entered the property, I was impressed with the art in the lobby which resembled a modern art museum. New York-based Yabu Pushelberg, who also served as the designers of the Hyatt’s flagship Park Hyatt New York hotel, was responsible for the interior design of the hotel and I thought they they did a phenomenal job throughout the property, beginning with the ground lobby.
One of the most impressive pieces is suspended over the atrium of the staircase. This installation was created by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada and it’s known as “Pagoda Mirage.” The piece incorporates hundreds of small, conical copper swirls suspended to evoke the reflection of a pagoda on water. It’s probably one of he most fascinating pieces of art I’ve seen a hotel to be honest.
The Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel lobby
After arriving to the hotel, we were shown up to the 10th floor where the hotel lobby is located. There were two desks, one for check-in and the other for the hotel concierge. We were not required to wait in line at all and I honestly didn’t see many guests at all during our stay.
To the side of the desks, was a little comfy seating area within a very artistic mini-library.
The 10th floor has some great views to enjoy while you await check-in. The designers emphasized calmness for the interior of the property and you definitely pick up on that theme as you make your way through the property.
I though the surrounding corridors were also well done and really enjoyed the minimalist theme ongoing throughout the hotel.
Some of the artwork left me pondering more than others but I really did enjoy seeing it all.
29th floor views
After check-in we were led to a separate elevator that leads to the rooms. It’s kind of annoying having to take two elevators to get down to the ground floor but it was nothing like the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, which required us to make our way down 100+ floors each time, so it wasn’t an issue. And since this was a layover, we didn’t even have time to venture out anyway.
Around the time of our arrival the sun began to set and we were given some spectacular views of Bangkok and the neighboring skyline. The building all the way to the left of the photo below is the tallest building in Bangkok, known as MahaNakhon. It houses Ritz-Carlton-branded apartments and I believe a Marriott partnership is in the works for the tower. When we visited it was just weeks away from being completed.
I believe the impressive tower below is home to a local bank.
Park Hyatt room Bangkok
Since I only have Hyatt Discoverist status, we were not given any special upgrade at check-in. However, the standard king room was still very impressive with an exceptional view of Bangkok.
There’s a large closet directly to the left when you enter the room with plenty of room for your luggage and any garments you might have with you.
You’ll also find some slippers, a robe, and the safe.
On the other side of the closet is a small half bath. It’s a bit different to have the toilet on the other side of the hotel room from the bathroom but I always prefer bathrooms with separate rooms for the toilet, so I didn’t mind the layout.
Both the bathroom and the closet are at the entrance of the room and this little area can be closed off from the rest of the room. I’m not sure if there’s any needed practical benefit of this design (maintain temperature, noise cancellation, etc.) but it was an interesting feature.
Here’s what the closed doors look like from the other side.
Once you make your way past that area, there’s another partially divided area of the room where you’ll find a cupboard with alcohol on the inside. I really liked the locally inspired decor and art which I thought was well done.
They had some dried fruit for us which was actually fantastic. I don’t usually like dried fruit but these were intensely sweet and we actually took some of them with us as we left Thailand.
On the other side is the desk and work station. The desk had outlets discretely built right into which was very convenient and fit in with the minimalist theme.
The king bed was nice and comfortable and had a 55″ TV in front of it at a reasonable distance.
Each side of the bed had a large night stand with a lamp.
There were also handy outlets along with controls for the lighting and sheers and blinds.
Toward the window was a chaise lounge chair where you can relax and take in the magnificent city views.
Check out the view below which is really great, especially as it gets closer to sunset. That tall building in the middle of the photo (the tallest one in the photo) is the Baiyoke Tower II, which is 997 feet tall and houses the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, one of the tallest hotels in the world.
In addition to the views, the bathroom was definitely a major highlight to the room. I loved the look and design of the bathroom and appreciated the double sinks and mirrors.
There was also a vanity mirror on the end of the sink area.
The sinks were nice but my favorite part of the bathroom was the tub + view combination.
I’m a huge fan of free standing tubs and when they have views like this, it’s fantastic. However, we did have a plumbing issue with the tub when we first tried to use it — the water was brownish and it was honestly super disgusting. But they sent a worker to come check it out and it eventually cleared up.
We ended up not using the tub but was great of them to fix the tub issue so quickly. Although we were only there for a short while, the service was all-around impeccable and the staff was warm and friendly at every corner.
The shower is also very nice with a waterfall shower head and second shower head, along with a great view of the city (you can pull down the curtains for privacy).
Park Hyatt Bangkok Living Room
The Living Room at the Park Hyatt Bangkok is another stunning area of the property and the artwork suspended below the ceiling is pretty sick. This piece was also created by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada and it’s known as “Naga” and meant to resemble a mythical water dragon traveling between the pool and internal waterfall.
The Living Room “features international and Thai comfort food, as well as loose-leaf tea and barista-made coffee.” They serve light meals throughout the day which include: an a-la-carte breakfast; high tea in the afternoon; and wine and canapés in the evening. Here’s link to the menu.
Because we were only Discoverist members we were not given a free breakfast and since we were flying out on Cathay Pacific business class in the morning, we chose to just hold our appetites until we arrived at the Cathay Pacific BKK lounge (which was a great decision).
Park Hyatt Bangkok Embassy Room
Embassy Room “is an international restaurant that offers a ‘home-styled’ dining experience where guests can enjoy a variety of dishes generously prepared along with interactive offerings from The Pantry.” This was another beautiful area but we did not have the time to try out the dining here either.
Penthouse Bar + Grill
- The Grill
- Chef’s Table
- The Cocktail Bar
- Whisky Room
- The Mezzanine
- Rooftop Terrace
Almost everywhere in the bar has an area with comfy seating and great views.
The main area is pretty stunning.
There are a lot of semi-private areas lining the windows all around the bar and grill. I’m not sure if these are VIP areas you need to reserve or if they are open to all guests but I didn’t see any reserved signs on the tables.
They looked like the perfect place to socialize with a small group of people.
The Park Hyatt Bangkok rooftop terrace
We capped off our night at the Park Hyatt roof top terrace. Although it was quite humid there was a decent breeze blowing through the rooftop, making it much more comfortable and tolerable to be outside. This terrace is a great place to grab a bite and a few drinks.
You’ll find plenty of comfy seating with great city views. I highly recommend checking out the terrace at night when the city begins to light up in every direction. This is definitely one of my favorite hotel bars.
The food was also excellent. We tried out their sliders and tuna tar-tar and it was simply amazing.
The drinks were also very good and they had a great selection to choose from.
After the roof top terrace we made our way down the stairs to get back to the elevator and I was once again stunned by the design of this hotel.
Park Hyatt Bangkok infinity pool
The Park Hyatt Bangkok is home to a pretty cool infinity pool. From the pool area, you get great views of the exterior of the skyscraper.
The pool is on the 9th floor (one floor below the hotel lobby) so the views are still pretty good from the pool. It’s not quite the Marina Bay Sands but I still think hanging out in an infinity pool overlooking Bangkok is a great feature of the property.
The pool is a little deceptive because it looks much bigger than it is. If you take a look at the photo below you can get a sense of the true size of the pool, where the water is actually deep enough to go for a dip.
There’s quite a bit of day beds to relax on surrounding the pool area.
One area I thought was pretty interesting was the walkway from the pool back into the building. You might have to duck to make your way through this mini-jungle like I did.
Park Hyatt Bangkok gym
While I didn’t get a chance to try out the gym, I did check it out during my short stay. The Fitness center and spa are located right next to each other.
The gym is very spacious and has a good amount of equipment to choose from, including free weights, benches, and many different types of workout machines.
The cardio equipment has some great views o the city.
This was a super short stay of one night but I was overly impressed with the Park Hyatt Bangkok and it’s one of my favorite Park Hyatts I’ve stayed at. It’s a stunning property inside and our with great location and the rooms are beautiful with tremendous views. The service was fantastic for this stay and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.
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