I actually had other hotels in mind but the hotel we wanted to stay in was fully booked. I decided to go for a pampered stay at W Bangkok.
The standard check-in time was at 3pm but I decided to try my luck when I arrived at approximately 11am. My initial booking was a Wonderful Room (that’s what it’s called) but I was given a free upgrade to a Spectacular Room and also a complimentary Starwood’s Preferred Guest membership. Initially I wasn’t interested but the counter convinced me to get it since it’s free anyway.
I am quite impressed by the service standards of the hotel, although it’s exactly what you would expect from a 5-star hotel. Service staff were hospitable but a little too intrusive. There was one evening when we were both taking a nap and one guest relations officer entered the room to offer us the Twilight Service. I was quite shocked by the unexpected visit but she went on to explain what the Twilight Service was even though I just wanted to continue sleeping.
Other than the intrusion, everything else was pretty fine. I was chilling by the pool one afternoon and was served a cold drink, which was a nice gesture. The concierge and guest relation officers were quick to serve whenever we loitered around the lobby. Housekeeping received a little yelling from our room because I was downstairs and she was showering, housekeeping rang the doorbell several times and she thought it was me returning to the room… So she mistakenly yelled at the poor chambermaid.
There was a pair of golden boxing gloves in every room. I guess the hotel is really thoughtful because couples do fight a lot.
One thing about the rooms though was that the bathrooms had no doors. It didn’t help much that the room was full of mirrors. The only thing separating the bathroom from the bed was a thin panel of see-through glass. I honestly don’t mind her watching me shower, but not when I’m trying to take a shit.
One thing about staying in Bangkok is you need to have access to the BTS skytrain because traffic is horrible. I guess what sets W Bangkok apart from other 5-star hotels like Banyan Tree or Le Meridien or Conrad, is that you can literally crawl to the BTS station. The adjacent office building is Sathorn Square and you can just cut across it to head up to the skytrain station.
Remember when the counter girl convinced me to get the Starwood Preferred Guest membership? That came in handy when I requested for a late check-out. Starwood Preferred Guests get to check out 2 hours later than the normal check-out time. Now you know.
It’s overall a very satisfying stay and I would love to come back again, but sometimes it doesn’t make sense paying for a hotel that costs more than my flight.