This urban oasis in the bustling heart of Bangkok is a boon for event planners who require a variation of event facilities and enough room for everyone under one roof.
Marriott Hotels & Resortsâ€™ first Marquis-designated property in Asia is a 1,388-room behemoth that towers over its neighbours along Sukhumvit Soi 22. The property offers nine room categories, from the 32mÂ² lead-in Deluxe to the over 1,000mÂ² Sky Suite.
I felt a sense of grandeur as I strolled through the foyer, which reminded me of a palace; fittingly so because this building once housed The Imperial Hotel Bangkok.
The M Suite was my home for three nights, sequestered on the 33rd storey of the North Tower. There were separate bedroom and living areas, and interiors were modern with a soft touch of Thai influence. A plus for business travellers was the desk and ergonomic chair in the living room, as well as numerous strategically-placed charging points.
The swanky and spacious marble bathroom featured separate components â€“ a rainshower, bathtub, and water closet. I liked that there was an elevated space next to the closet that I could place my luggage on without having to stoop.
Although the bed was luxurious to the touch, I found the pillows to be way too soft even when stacked twice. I casually mentioned this to a staff member while waiting for my ride the next morning, and that evening when I returned, I was surprised to find three other pillows of varying firmness awaiting. This was when I found out there was a pillow menu available but subject to availability.
The massive property offers 5,000m2 of event space, comprising three ballrooms and 32 event rooms. The Thai Chitlada Grand Ballroom is the largest indoor function area, and at 332m2 it can hold 1,230 people theatre-style or 770 people for banquets.
There is also an outdoor function area just by the swimming pool on the ninth floor, and another on the rooftop with a glittering view of Bangkokâ€™s skyline.
One unique meeting space to note is The Apartment. Aptly named, this area sported a cooking area, fridge, dining table and countertop, reminiscent of someoneâ€™s home. Planners of small-sized events â€“ I would say no more than 25 â€“ can also arrange with the hotel team to meet with chefs, prepare a meal together by using surplus ingredients, and learn more about the hotelâ€™s push for sustainability over a casual and relaxed meal.
Club guests have access to two lounges in the North and South Towers. The lounge in the South Tower is larger and offers light refreshments throughout the day while the North Tower lounge is smaller, and only provides drinks and snacks.
There are nine F&B venues on-site, ranging from the open-air Abar Rooftop on its lofty perch to Akira Back â€“ the eponymous celebrity chefâ€™s contemporary Japanese-Korean restaurant.
Meanwhile, ground-floor Goji Kitchen+Bar is where breakfast is served every morning. The buffet spread is extensive, serving up Thai, Indian, Chinese and international dishes. There is even a carving station complete with a chef slicing chunks of ham and frying up streaks of bacon, as well as a glistening long table in one corner piled high with pastries and croissants.
Recreational facilities include two outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness centre, and the Quan Spa with 11 treatment rooms.
Meanwhile, the Phrom Phong BTS Station â€“ best way to get around traffic-clogged Bangkok â€“ is a quick five-minute walk from the back of the hotel through Benchasiri Park. The Phrom Phong station is also in the middle of two massive shopping malls EmQuartier and Emporium.
Staff were welcoming and always greeted me warmly whenever I returned. Service, from the housekeeping to the concierge, was exceptional; I think itâ€™s difficult to top the hotel pillows magically appearing in my room after a casual remark.
An appealing choice for event planners who need to house large groups of delegates in one property, as well as having enough function spaces to accommodate them all. Business travellers will also enjoy the hotelâ€™s location in the immediate vicinity of several shopping centres, massage shops, and roadside eateries.
No. of rooms 1,388 keys
Tel: 66 2 059 5555