Grand in Every Sense
In the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok offers luxury, comfort, and convenience to guests. One of the first things which impressed me was the generous size of the lobby area and main staircase. Stepping into the hotel felt like I had stepped into a Victorian era: high ceilings, pillars, and plants. It reminded me of my my stay at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park in some ways.
We were ushered from the car to the check-in counter while the bellboy took our luggage to the suite. Due to to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff were ready to take our temperatures, and assisted us with checking in on the Thai Chana app on our mobile phones which is used to facilitate on tracking those who may have been exposed to the virus. If you don’t want to use the app, you can also simply use the sign-in sheet.
The staff at the check-in desk gave us a warm and sincere welcoming as we confirmed our reservation. Bottles of hand sanitizers were available at every counter, and so too around the hotel as I later discovered. One thing I was surprised by was that the hotel didn’t serve a welcome drink or coupon to redeem within the hotel, neither did they have a cooling towel. I even thought that they may have forgotten about the welcome drink, but I was told upon check-out by a manager that they used to have it in the past, but discontinued this. I’ve stayed in many hotels around Thailand, ranging from 3-5 stars which served a complimentary drink. However, this was not the case here. I feel like it’s a simple gesture which can impress guests, especially after coming in from the heat of Thailand.
As we were there to celebrate a special occasion, we were fortunate to be upgraded to the Grand Suite King with access to the Grand Club Lounge for evening cocktails and breakfast in the Dining Room. With a spacious 70 m² available, it felt more like an apartment. The living room area has a comfortable sofa and included an iPod docking station which could play the radio, too (there was also a docking station in the bedroom).
The views included the hotel’s swimming pool, the city, and the ever-so-green Royal Bangkok Sports Club on Ratchadamri Road. I loved the fact that this suite had a private guest toilet for when you are entertaining guests.
The bedroom also included a TV and a 270° city view. It was also perfect for watching the sky trains pass by.
I loved what they did with the en suite bathroom. It included a walk-in wardrobe, a modern Japanese-style bidet toilet, his and hers washbasins, a bathtub, and a separate shower. Shower pressure is always important for me when staying at hotels and this was did not disappoint – it was a rainfall and handheld and best of all I loved how it would kind of steam up in the shower. The room has many mirrors in the bathroom and also throughout the rest of the suite.
The 25-meter freeform pool was pure bliss, especially for cooling off after a walk around the city, and it’s open until 10pm which is convenient. There’s also a slightly heated jacuzzi which was nice to relax in. A downside to the swimming pool area for me was the distractions of the sky trains and traffic down below. I felt like they could’ve had some music playing softly to drown out the noise. Having said that, it was still a pleasure enjoying those facilities.
Th pool has tables and chairs under umbrellas, or if you prefer something cooler then you can sit at The Breezeway restaurant which is undercover and has a couple of fans to keep you cool. I tried the the burger but I wasn’t too impressed with it and felt they could’ve done a better job.
The Grand Club Lounge
I was very impressed with the food that was served for the evening cocktails. It was a la carte and you could order continuously. You can read more about my experience there by following this link: The Grand Club Lounge at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.
From 7:00 until 10.30 you can enjoy a good breakfast in the The Dining Room. They have various Western an Thai options to choose from. The staff were more than helpful by serving you at your table and bringing what you’ve ordered. So no long queues waiting in line for your eggs. 🙂 I do feel like they could put in a bit more effort with the presentation of some of the dishes, like the Eggs Benedict for example. A bit of garnish would make it ‘Instagram worthy’. That said, all the food was scrumptious!
All in all I feel like this hotel lives up to its expectations in many ways and the staff are more than willing to make your stay comfortable. I look forward to visiting again.
You can find out more information on the hotel’s website.