I stayed at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit during the last part of my month-long trip in Asia and Mauritius before flying back to Toronto (boo hoo). After reading TripAdvisor reviews about the hotel location and seeing the swimming pool, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok hotel was an easy choice for me for my five-night stay in Bangkok.
While I had plans to visit places like Ayutthaya and temples outside of Bangkok, I ended up spending most of my trip eating and exploring the city.
The hotel room at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
I stayed on the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) floor since I was a gold member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program. Like most SPG properties, the layout of the room is functional and practical. This Bangkok hotel felt rather spacious because of the hallway.
Ok so for some reason, the walkway from the bedroom to the bathroom gave me goosebumps at night. I blame it on my friend who told me scary ghost stories about Bangkok that left my imagination super active at night. It didn’t help that my tour guide from Chiang Rai told me a few more personal horror stories that he experienced in his life during the drive to Wat Rong Khun.
The service at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Red roses, courtesy of the hotel!The service at this hotel was exceptional throughout my stay. The reception had cake and roses to welcome Gary and I and walked us to our room. When I entered my room, I had letters written from the general manager of the hotel, which was a nice personal touch.
At one point, I wandered into a meeting room in a part of the hotel (I’m a total wanderer) that I probably shouldn’t have been, and I ran into the general manager. Instead of making me feel bad, he handled the situation with grace. His way of inquiring information from me to determine if I was a guest was so polite and so tactful.
Gold Member benefits
As a Starwood preferred guest gold member, I was entitled to other services, such as:
- Coffee or tea brought to me at any time I like from my butler (whaaaat… I have a butler?!)
- 3 complimentary items of regular washing/pressing per stay (so handy when you’re traveling)
- Packing and unpacking of luggage by my butler
The location of the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Bangkok city view from my hotel roomThe location of the hotel was super convenient and made it easy for me to explore the city. The hotel connects to a skywalk and is right next to the sky train, subway station, and Terminal 21 mall. Being so close to public transportation made it easy to visit sites and attractions like the temples and the Chatuchak market.
The amenities at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
The facilities at this hotel are quite impressive. Aside from the standard fitness center, concierge and restaurant, there’s also a library with tons of books to read and a beautiful swimming pool. It’s so well-maintained and pretty that I sometimes felt like I was at a resort.
Another neat feature about the pool is that you can hear music underwater… so you can listen to the music while swimming! I never even knew that was possible.
The Grande Spa at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Flowers and purple tea before our Thai massageSince the Grande Spa had a special promotion where most services were 50%, I booked a 90-minute traditional Thai massage for Gary and I on our last night. While it was supposed to be a romantic couples massage, I could not stop giggling throughout the experience? Why? Because it was so P-A-I-N-F-U-L. In a good way, but still, very painful. The giggling started when we both struggled to put on the outfits they asked us to wear for the massage. The pants felt like it was made for a 50” waistline and had one big giant string, which I suppose were meant to wrap around ourselves.
If you haven’t had a Thai massage before, you’re in for a big surprise. First, the massage therapists used their knuckles, fingers, and elbows to get to your pressure points. Then, they start stretching you all over the place, using their body weight to maneuver you in random positions. I was in so much pain the whole time, but I tried to toughen up. But then when I heard Gary snoring (he passed out from the pain), I could not stop laughing, and that started a string of giggling throughout the session from myself and the two massage therapists. My massage therapist later told me she dialed it down big time since I was wincing throughout the experience. Needless to say, while I recommend Thai massages at reputable places and felt so good after my massage, I’m too much of a wimp, and will never get a Thai massage again.
Would I recommend the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit?
Yes, without a doubt. Everything about this hotel was fantastic. The room was beautiful, the service was excellent, and the swimming pool made me feel like I was at a resort at times. And of course, the location of the hotel is super convenient, making our stay in Bangkok that much more enjoyable.
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