Review: Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is a Bangkok institution that offers incredible amenities and a very comfortable room. I very much enjoyed my stay and consider this hotel as one that has aged very well.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Reviews
I booked my room for less than $75 a night. Prices have now gone up a bit, but it’s still a reasonable option in Bangkok.
I find this hotel to be in a great location at 494 Rajdmari Road off Rama Road within walking distance of Central World and Central Embassy a giant shopping mall and well located for many parts of the city. If you are using the BTS it is the Chit Lom stop and there is an upper entrance to the hotel from the station.
This hotel puts the “grand” in the Grand Hyatt, with a soaring colonial facade and a sprawling atrium filled with natural light, trees, and running water.
I booked a standard king room and did not expect an upgrade to a suite as none were available on the hotel website. However, when checking in, I was thanked for my Globalist status and offered an upgrade to a suite… at the smoking level.
In my experience, smoking rooms are usually so well cleaned that you can’t smell the smoke, so I accepted the upgrade. Even so, the check-in agent encouraged me to come back down if the smell was unpleasant.
Coming down from the elevator, the entire 20th floor definitely smelled of cigarette smoke, but the room was clean and I didn’t smell any lingering smoke.
Bedroom (Grand King Suite)
My corner suite had a living room with a sofa, a desk, a bar and a guest bathroom.
The room certainly didn’t look modern, but it was very stylish and well kept.
The mini bar had alcoholic and soft drinks for purchase as well as a QR code to scan a larger menu. Coffee, tea and water were also provided for free, including a Nespresso machine with capsules.
The desk included a pair of universal power ports, and the air conditioning was controlled by a wall module.
A Bose Bluetooth audio player was available as well as a TV in each bedroom.
The bedroom included windows overlooking a park below (as well as the Waldorf=Astoria hotel next door) and a sliding door to the bathroom.
Inside the bathroom was a closet to the left, a double sink and a separate toilet with a Toto washlet toilet, tub and shower.
Shower facilities, as in most Grand Hyatt properties, were provided by Blamain Paris.
Lounge guests and Globalist members had access to the Grand Club for “hors d’oeuvres and drinks” each evening. I put that in quotes because it really was a dinner…a full dinner.
Think of several salads, freshly baked bread, soup, Thai dishes, cut meat with sauce, fruits and sweets for dessert and unlimited alcohol (beer, wine and cocktails).
I’m not going to lie… I went upstairs waiting for a snack and left after having dinner (although I had Taco Bell a little later a few blocks away). It’s hard to turn down free food, but it’s even harder to turn down delicious food.
The lounge staff were also extremely nice, caring and took care of every guest. It was great to see such a level of service.
Breakfast was served downstairs so I didn’t go back to the living room.
Breakfast in the dining room
My biggest surprise and delight of this hotel was the breakfast. It blew me away. Of course, I expected a buffet with a large selection of food products from all over the world. But I did not expect such quality of food.
The coffee was superb and the barista knew how to make great latte art in my cappuccino.
The croissants were warm and flaky.
Fresh squeezed juice went beyond orange juice to just about any juice you wanted. Smoothies were also available.
The fruits were ripe and sweet.
The Thai food was delicious – I asked one of the chefs to make me a plate of what she considered the best and she presented me with this:
…and it was good.
The western breakfast was also good, with high marks for the omelet.
And there was more that I was too full to eat…pancakes, waffles, French toast and fresh salads too.
Breakfast is truly a treat here and if breakfast is important, know that you will enjoy a great breakfast here every morning.
I did some pretty intense workouts here, partly to knock out all the breakfast calories. The fitness center is located on the fifth level and features all-new TechnoGym equipment, including several ellipticals, bikes, and treadmills separated by plexiglass barriers.
On my way out, I admired the beautiful swimming pool, which was empty in the early morning, but soon filled with laughing children. Yes, it’s more family friendly than other hotels in Bangkok, but it was never a pain.
There is a clever path leading from the swimming pool to the fitness center:
A spa is available (although much more expensive than most massage parlors in Bangkok), as well as locker rooms that contain a sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. Due to sanitary protocols when I was there, only one person could be in the sauna and steam room at a time and reservations were required.
I will note that another couple of guys decided to sit in the sauna while I was there and the locker room attendant said nothing.
Other food + drink
The hotel has a lower lobby with a number of Food and drink choices, including:
- salvia (Italian)
- You&Mee (noodle house)
- Erawan Bakery
- Erawan Teahouse
- Bar @494
I really enjoyed the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok: it really exceeded all expectations. For that price, I would have spent a month here with my whole family – maybe one day. In the meantime, I can’t wait to go back.