Get the lowdown on one of Bangkok’s biggest, and most luxurious hotels.
Coming in at 1388 rooms, the Marriott Bangkok Marquis Queen’s Park is anything but boutique. While holidaying at a hotel of this size might not come with the charm of those cute, boutique-ey quirks, it certainly comes with plenty of perks – think club lounges, squash courts, bathrobes and more.
The Marriott Bangkok Marquis Queen’s Park hotel opened in 2016, after a major refurb and rebrand. Now home to 1388 rooms, eight restaurants, two pools, a squash court, a rooftop bar, a club lounge (complete with its own rooftop space) and a world-class spa, the hotel is a one-stop-shop for visitors to Bangkok.
Bridging the gap between a business hotel and leisure hotel, the Marriott Bangkok Marquis has everything you could need for a work trip, with plenty of added extras to make the holidayer’s stay something special. If you’re not making use of the boardrooms and ballrooms, you’re probably going to make the most of the sprawling tropical pool, state of the art fitness centre, and day spa.
While massage parlours are plenty and close between around Bangkok, treating yourself to a full-body experience at Quan Spa is something special. Five pollens from five local flowers inspire their whole treatment list, and the sleek, air-conditioned treatment rooms promise a truly luxurious experience. As a precursor to your full body massage, head to the fitness centre for a round of weights or a squash game to feel like you genuinely earnt the luxurious pampering session.
For more one-of-a-kind experiences, it’s worth booking yourself into a room with M Club access. The perks are worth every last penny. Not only do you get a separate check-in at the club lounge on the 27th floor, but they really lay it on thick up there too. ‘It’ being food and drinks. Each morning, there’s a daily buffet breakfast, and when 5.30 pm hits, ‘happy hour’ (which runs until 8.00 pm) kicks in. You can expect free cocktails, complimentary wine and beer, and a buffet that almost renders dinner pointless.
The Marriott Bangkok Marquis is tucked away at 199 Soi Sukhumvit 22, just off the bustling Sukhumvit Rd. As far as locations in Bangkok go, this is prime.
Sukhumvit Rd and it’s many offshoot streets are home to tons of local restaurants, cheap bars, Michelin starred restaurants, boutiques, and more beauty and massage parlours than you can count on all your digits.
There’s barely a need for taxis or tuk-tuks here. As we discovered, everything is within walking distance. Take a right turn as soon as you leave the lobby, and you have a choice of umpteen traditional massage parlours. 2 minutes further up the road and you are at the local nail parlour, having your nails tended to by four ladies at once.
If you want to venture a little further afield, the closest MRT station is just a 10-minute walk away.
All up, there are seven different room types available at the Marriott Bangkok Marquis – from the ‘deluxe room’, through to the palatial ‘sky suite’. The deluxe room is only a fraction of the size of the suites, but you certainly don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. The rooms are as luxe as the name sounds.
As well as a big, soft king-sized bed (or two doubles if you are staying in a twin), the rooms are decked out with a desk, sitting area, and generously sized, marble bathroom with a mini tub. But they aren’t just a carbon copy of the next large-scale hotel’s rooms. Local touches like the Thai silk pillows, carpet inspired by Thai prints, and a poem written by the queen on the wall, give each room personality.
All the little details are taken care of at the Marriott. From the inclusion of mouthwash and hair elastics in the bathroom amenities to the complimentary shoe shining service from the comfort of your room. There’s even a bowl of fresh fruit, and some local, soft caramel treats waiting for you when you arrive. As is customary in South East Asia, bottled water is provided daily. But, you’ll be happy to know that there’s no plastic involved, only good, old-fashioned glass bottles.
Food coma awaits
There’s no shortage of food options on the streets outside the hotel, and no shortage inside either. With no less than eight restaurants under the Marriott Bangkok Marquis roof, it’s easy to find somewhere to eat, but a bit of a challenge to settle on what.
The hotel prides themselves on their diverse food offerings. Guests can stick to local flavours at the authentic Thai restaurant-slash-bakery, Siam Tea Room, slurp up some freshly made soba at the ultra-sleek Soba Factory, or indulge in some traditional Cantonese cuisine at Pagoda Chinese Restaurant. But, it is the Michelin starred Akira Back, high up on the 37th floor, that is the jewel in the Marriott Bangkok Marquis’ culinary crown.
Korean born Back has a soft spot for Japanese cuisine, making for an exciting fusion dining experience. Think tuna pizza with white truffle oil (Akira Back’s signature), scallops topped with kimchi, bacon and kochujang, salmon tiradito (an Asian style ceviche with grilled mango, yuzu, and cilantro), and wagyu bulgogi tacos. On paper, the fusion tests everything you know of Korean and Japanese fare; but on the palette, it all makes sense.
Across the hall and to the right of Akira Back, dark spirit lovers can find their mecca. If some whisky and a cigars sound like your idea of a perfect night, ABar – the hotel’s dark, speakeasy-style bar that specialises in all dark liquors – is just for you. Take the stairs one level up, and you will hit Marriott Bangkok Marquis’ rooftop bar, ABar Rooftop. Specialising in all things gin, it’s the perfect spot to watch the sun go down.
Marriott Bangkok Marquis Queen’s Park – Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Klong Ton, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Featured image: Monique Ceccato
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The writer stayed at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park as a guest of Marriott. All thoughts and opinions are our own.