Bangkok Hotel Review –JW Marriott, The Best Hotel Lounge Buffet

 

After four great nights at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, I moved about six blocks down the street to the JW Marriott.  On previous trips to Bangkok I had seen this hotel from the outside several times.  It looked elegant and inviting.  So I decided to check it out on this trip now that I also had Platinum status with Marriott which matched my Starwood status when it acquired Starwood last year.  This was my first stay in years at a full service Marriott.

Check in

Upon arrival, I was escorted to the Executive Lounge for check in.

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Executive Lounge entrance

The representatives were efficient and courteous.  I was upgraded to an executive room. The agent said no suites were available.  One of the agents escorted me to the room and showed me some of the features.

Executive Room

The hotel website does not specify the size of an Executive room.  The room had nice features.  However, for a class of rooms that is just below a suite, this room was small.

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King bed with large foam pillows.

Controls for temperature and lighting and are on a bedside table.20170420_023827_resized

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The oval glass desk is stylish but provides a small area for working.
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Cozy reading corner

Fruit was refreshed daily.20170416_173324_resized_1

The minibar and refrigerator were well stocked.20170521_000126_resized20170521_000034_resized

The bathroom is rather plain but functional.  20170420_031911_resized

There’s a tub and walk-in shower.

 

There is a shaving mirror (mounted at a convenient height b/t/w), and the selection of amenities is impressive.20170420_031736_resized

Considering that this was a five-star hotel, the size and decor of this room was a little disappointing, especially when compared to the Sheraton Grande and other hotel options in Bangkok.

The best attributes of the Executive room is that it includes access to the breakfast buffet and the lounge, which I think is the best part of this hotel.

The Executive Lounge

I’m most familiar with hotel lounges in Starwood and Hyatt hotels.  Some of them, particularly those in Asia and Africa, are spectacular.  The check-in area of the lounge is separate from the part of the lounge where food and beverages are served.  So on my first evening visit to the lounge after mild disappointment with the room, I wasn’t expecting much.  I was in for a very nice surprise.

First, the lounge is one of the largest hotel lounges I’ve visited.  A long hall leads to the rear of the lounge and a private seating area and a business center.

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The buffet and large main seating area are behind the wall on the right side of the hall.
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Business center
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Private room

The heart of the lounge is the buffet with a chef who prepares dishes on the spot.  This is not the typical lounge fare but real food.  No need for dinner after visiting this lounge.20170420_022423_resized_1

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Entrees are made on the spot to one’s specifications if requested.
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The buffett has hot entrees, soup salads bread and desserts.

There is a self-service bar next to the buffet.

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Self-service bar

In addition to self service, friendly waitresses circulate through the lounge keeping beverage glasses full.

Location

The JW Marriott has a fine location on Sukhumvit Road near Sukhumvit Soi 3.  It takes only two minutes to walk to the Ploenchit Skytrain station.  Siam, Central World and Terminal 21 shopping malls are within one or two stops on the Skytrain.  There a several fast food establishments nearby.  There is a Thai street restaurant on the other side of Sukhumvit Road near Ploenchit station that serves outstanding seafood dishes at very reasonable prices.

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From my room at the JW Marriott looking towards the Nana Skytrain station and overlooking the infamous Nana Plaza adult entertainment area.

Overall Impression

The JW Marriott is a nice hotel with a good location (although not as good as the  Sheraton Grande’s) in the Sukhumvit area.  The rooms need updating and should be larger to compete with other five-star hotels in Bangkok.  In spite of the drawbacks, the wonderful Executive Lounge tempts me to stay here again.

Other posts about this trip:

Delta CRJ 900 First Class, Charlotte, NC (CLT) to New York, NY (JFK) and a “Midfield” Takeoff

Delta Airlines SkyClub, New York, NY (JFK) Terminal 4

China Eastern Airlines Business Class New York, NY (JFK) to Shanghai, China (PVG) – Terminal 1 Check-in and Expedited Security Process

Quick Look, Korean Air Lounge, New York, NY (JFK) Terminal 1

China Eastern 777-300 Business Class, New York, NY (JFK) to Shanghai, China (PVG)

Transfer at Shanghai, China (PVG) and China Eastern VIP Lounge, Terminal 1

China Eastern 777-300ER Business Class, Shanghai, China (PVG) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)

Bangkok Hotel Review – The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel

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