Opened just this year, the modern Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel now welcomes guests with a whopping 1,360 rooms and suites at-hand, a sizeable M Club lounge for business travellers, free WiFi, and one of the best-designed hotel gyms we've encounters across our travels.
Join Australian Business Traveller as we put one of Thailand's newest five-star hotels through its paces.
Location & Impressions
After arriving at Bangkok's main Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) – served by Qantas, Emirates, Thai Airways and Jetstar from Australia – you'll reach the hotel in about 45 minutes by car, being situated on Sukhumvit Road in downtown Bangkok.
Shopping, entertainment and business districts are all nearby, as is the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain station if you prefer to catch public transport. As the name suggests, Queen's Park is also just behind the hotel.
Check-in is swift and we appreciate that several banks of reception desks are operated to minimise queues, with separate counters for arrivals and departures and an extra space for processing large groups.
The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel offers standard rooms right through to Presidential Suites.
We'd booked an 'M Suite' – what many travellers would recognise as a junior suite – comprised of a bedroom and separate living area plus a large bathroom, which could be accessed without detouring via the bedroom: always preferred when hosting business meetings in the main room.
The bedroom itself can be isolated from the living space and bathroom for added privacy using solid sliding doors, and comes well-equipped with a second television and lounge chair, individual air conditioning controls...
This is also where you'll find the closet, digital safe and luggage areas, with business travellers having plenty of room for both checked and cabin bags – or two separate cabin bags in our case when travelling light:
Also standard: complimentary bottled water throughout the stay, a Bluetooth-capable bedside clock radio (just hold down the Bluetooth button to pair with your phone), an iron and ironing board, slippers, robes, a mini fridge and a coffee pod machine
WiFi comes complimentary with both upload and download speeds clocking in at around 19Mbps during our visit, which allows you to work from your room or roam throughout the hotel.
... while travellers staying in M Club, M Suite, Grand Marquis Suite and Sky Suite rooms receive access to the hotel's spacious M Club lounge, as do Marriott Rewards Gold Elite, Platinum Elite and Platinum Premier Elite members booked in any room type.
Computers and printing facilities are also available within the M Club, which allowed us to print an early boarding pass for our midnight flight home to make the most of our lounge time at Bangkok Airport.
The lounge staff were helpful and great judges of mood: often coming by with fresh coffee and chilled water throughout the day when we looked more relaxed at our keyboard, but avoiding doing so when we were furiously typing.
A meeting room within the M Club lounge can also be used by guests at no added cost, while many other meeting spaces are available throughout the hotel, including 'The Apartment' - a laidback zone with a more home-like feel in place of the traditional 'meeting room' vibe:
The hotel lobby also proves an inviting meeting place, often boasting live piano music and again with attentive staff.
We sat down for a short moment while waiting for our (privately booked) driver to arrive, and it didn't take long for a staff member to come by and ask if we needed anything, such as a bottle of water or a cocktail.
Back in the M Club lounge, breakfast is served daily from 6am-10:30am (11am on weekends and public holidays), with all the usual suspects available plus an in-lounge egg chef and a variety of region-appropriate hot dishes...
... and then a variety of desserts from 7:30pm-9:30pm, plus an open bar including wine, beer and spirits from 5:30pm-9:30pm covering the entire evening service period. Drinks can be self-poured or delivered to your seat:
If you're working here throughout the day and want something more substantial than the all-day nibbles provided, you can also ask for a room service menu (normal charges apply) for delivery in the lounge.
Additionally, The Pagoda specialises in Chinese food, while for traditional Thai food, look to Siam Tea Room just off from the hotel lobby, with the lobby a mini-restaurant of its own with a menu of light dishes available.
All up, the hotel's range of dining options never left us hungry or wishing for something else, given the amount of choice and variety available.
... through to a line-up of modern cardio equipment that each has an HD screen attached with access to all the television channels normally available in the guest rooms, and with Bluetooth pairing for your headphones:
Going one better, the cross trainers here are also 'hybrid' – so as you work out and rotate your hands and feet, the turbine effect generates electricity which is used to reduce the machine's power consumption. At the end of the workout, the energy you helped save appears alongside your regular stats:
All things considered, it's hard to fault a hotel that gets almost everything right – from basics like bedside AC and USB power through to a great M Club lounge that offers the right amenities whether you're working or relaxing, and a well-designed, sizeable gym that's inviting to visit rather than fluorescently-lit and stashed in a corner somewhere, as is so often the case.
Our only gripe? The ATM in the hotel's lobby hits you with a 220THB fee per cash withdrawal (roughly A$8.50) atop any charges levied by your own bank, which is the highest international ATM fee we've seen in quite some time.
But even so, I think I've found a new 'favourite hotel' in Bangkok – and one that's not overly expensive to return to, with M Suites selling from just $300/night and standard rooms for half as much on the dates we searched, which is excellent value.
Chris Chamberlin travelled to Thailand a guest of Marriott International.