Today I am staying at the Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok, which offers 297 comfortably appointed rooms and suites, with both garden courtyard and city views.
Bangkok, is one of the most amazing Asian cities in the world for shopping, eating, spa treatments and unique luxury hotel stays. Whilst freezing back in Europe, I could leave the snow and head to Bangkok in where this time of the year it is not too hot let alone humid. It’s Christmas time and the hotels and shopping centres put on some of the most spectacular Christmas decorations. Therefore I love this time of the year and I love to experience the endless fashion diverse fashion which out here it can range from a variety of international brands as well as local designers.
One of the shopping centres to go to is Terminal 21 which is themed around an airport with every floor a different world destination. The Movenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 is literally around the corner from here. There is a complimentary shuttle tuk-tuk that goes there every 30 minutes and takes about 5 minutes. The BTS Asok station is literally opposite Terminal 21 and gives you easy access to the rest of Bangkok. One stop on the line gives access to the latest in shopping centre trends called EmQuartier, where endless European luxury purchases can be made. So the Movenpick is located well to explore Bangkok.
Movenpick took over this hotel about two years ago and the interior design is very modern and open and coming into the entrance it has a lovely setting and feel to it. The white exterior and combination of art deco inspired furniture is why my stay was so unique. I loved where I could sit in the library area and work whilst guests were checking in and out. The hotel has two U shaped buildings facing each other with a lovely courtyard in the centre of it, in the middle of it all is a lovely Lelawadee tree.
The restaurant takes its name from the tree planted in the centre of the hotel. In the morning buffet breakfast is served here and for lunch and dinner, it is an a la carte restaurant. With regards to food, the Lelawadee restaurant serves both authentic Thai cuisine, European and Asian favourites. I had dinner here and the Phad Thai served here was one of the best I’ve tasted here in Bangkok. I had a lovely steak tartare which was well presented with some lovely toasted bread. The prices are competitive and the food overall was delicious.
For breakfast, the international buffet was served here, with endless choices of fresh food and bread. The coffee was excellent and so were the juices. What I liked was the dedicated kid’s section with food choices for them placed on a lower table so they could help themselves.
As a Swiss company, Movenpick is famous for its chocolates and ice cream, that is the heritage. Every day at 4 pm there is chocolate time for all the in-house guests and I could come and enjoy some of so of these wonderful delights. They all tasted so good and best of all I could go back for as much as I liked. As I was there during the Christmas period it felt extra special and I would definitely recommend this hotel to enjoy some of the Swiss delights.
I had access to the business lounge and every day there was a wide variety of freshly made food available. There were also some complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to compliment the food, and it was a nice environment to meet other guests. The seating was comfortable and the staff were very helpful too.
I experienced the Lobby bar at night for the extensive cocktail menu. This had to be one of the top creative cocktails I have experienced for 2017. The barman, who had extensive experience at working at Bangkok airport, was very passionate about creating his own cocktails. On one cocktail he used Swiss chocolate as one of the core ingredients, it took him almost 15 minutes to prepare the dessert-like cocktail and it tasted divine.
Most of the cocktails here were exclusive and unique to Movenpick only and I would highly recommend to make an effort and try some, even if you are not staying here.
It’s what I now define as Swiss bliss experience.
I and my children stayed at two deluxe rooms which had interconnecting doors between them. Each room offered a spacious 32 square meter living space. The rooms were located on the 5th floor and had lovely views of the inner courtyard. These rooms were nice and quiet which in a hectic city like Bangkok is a bonus. The rooms were lovely and cosy and the beds were very comfortable, the white linen was clean and crisp and the bed was huge. The dedicated desk was a good working space for me to catch on some work. The flat-screen TV was huge and the minibar was stocked full with plenty of special treats.
The bathroom was large and offered a rain shower, which I am a big fan of. The bath was a nice option to pamper me. The towels were big and fluffy and there were plenty of bathroom amenities to de-stress me.
On the 8th floor is the rooftop pool, garden and outdoor bar. This area is great to enjoy some of the Bangkok skylines that are all around. The swimming pool is long and perfect for doing some laps, there is also a smaller pool at 50cm depth which is perfect for smaller children. There are plenty of outside lounge chairs around the pool to soak up the sun.
The cocktail experience was one of the best I have had here in Asia. The attention to detail and passion from the staff at the Movenpick Sukhumvit 15 Hotel is why it was a memorable stay for me. The hotel rooftop setting was lovely and had an open feel to a great city. The access to other urban attractions is why it is a perfect hotel that appealed to me as a base and to experience a different side of Bangkok.
I have reviewed over 140 hotels around the globe in the last 2 years and what I loved about this job is the people you meet. On this occasion, a staff member worked here due to being inspired by his father who worked for the Movenpick for over 40 years. In his own words, the way Movenpick treated his dad is why he now works for the company. As a child, he experienced Movenpick around the globe and wanted to continue the legacy of working in such a diverse company.
- Room reviewed: Deluxe room
- Website: www.movenpick.com/en/asia/thailand/bangkok/bangkok/overview/
- Address: Sukhumvit Soi 15, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toei Nuea, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
- Phone: +66 2 1193100