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I finally made it to Bangkok! I was definitely happy to get off of airplanes and out of airports. I grabbed a taxi and made my trek to the Grand Hyatt Erawan to check in and freshen up before I explored the city.
I had some expiring suite upgrades, so I burned one in Bangkok. That, and my Diamond status were big reasons why I chose the Grand Hyatt Erawan. You know I love my Hyatts.
I was greeted the moment I walked out of the taxi and quickly escorted through the hotel’s grand entrance.
I was led to the front desk and was able to proceed with the check-in process without any wait at all. Since I was a Diamond member, they double-upgraded me to an executive suite. I’ll take it.
The suite was massive! Just from a quick glance inside, I noticed enough couches and seats for a family of 7. I couldn’t wait to really check it out.
As soon as I walked in, there was a half bath on the right. I love when there’s a quick bathroom option – you know, when you have to go so bad that you’re running to your hotel room. It’s good for those situations.
The living room was extremely spacious with windows overlooking Bangkok. I spent most of my time in the living area gazing out the window, or emailing at the desk.
There was an elegant dinner table for 6 that never got used. Shame.
A full service kitchen that also stayed just like I found it.
The bedroom had a king sized bed, couch, TV, and view of the city. I loved this room and was easily able to rest and sleep well here. Even after flying in First Class, there’s nothing like a bed to sleep in.
View of the city and skytrain.
The walk-in closest was barely big enough for my luggage.
The bathroom had two sinks, private toilet, tub, and walk-in shower. Yes, the shower was up to my high standards. Overhead and wall shower heads with handle.
Food & Amenities
There were plenty of onsite restaurants to choose from, but I didn’t frequent them as I was looking to eat local in the city. I did have my Diamond breakfast delivered to me in the morning because my flight to Phuket was before the Club opened up. It was a wonderful breakfast and gave me the energy I needed to get up and going.
This is what really surprised me. I had three hand-written notes all in different locations with numerous free treats. I was blown away by the detail and felt very welcomed.
Here’s the personalized note in the living room with figs and such.
My Diamond amenity was a box of chocolates and Voss water. The chocolates were an assortment of amazing.
Some more dried fruits & nuts.
And then, in the bedroom, there were macarons. Come on.
If that wasn’t enough, there were plenty of snacks and alcoholic beverages to purchase at the mini bar.
There was even bread and butter in the kitchen fridge.
I never made it out to the pool, but here’s the view of it. Looks inviting.
There was also a world class spa with residential villas at the hotel. The prices were comparable to what you would pay for a massage in the States. Massages in Thailand are everywhere, and much, much cheaper, so I wouldn’t suggest using the hotel spa.
The hotel was in a great location, especially for shopping: The Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Narai Phand, Central Chidlom, CentralWorld and Gaysorn Plaza. The BTS Skytrain was also very close as you can see.
Most of the shopping above was no more than a 15 minute walk. Be careful. I got lost in the maze of the markets.
The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok was the perfect place for me, because I held Diamond membership with Hyatt, and had a suite upgrade to burn. If I didn’t, I probably would’ve stayed at a Starwood property through the Cash & Points redemption method (or just paid cash for my stay). Hotels in Bangkok can be very affordable with cash, but hey, I’m all about burning points. Just evaluate the cost before selecting a hotel in Bangkok.
Having said that, the Grand Hyatt in Bangkok treated me very well. I like the location of the property, their service was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Hyatt, and the accommodations were more than enough.
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