The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is a Bangkok institution that offers incredible amenities and a very comfortable guest room. I greatly enjoyed my stay and consider this resort one that has aged very well.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Review
I booked my room for less than $75/night. Prices have now gone up a bit, but this remains a reasonable option in Bangkok.
I find this hotel in a great location on 494 Rajdmari Road, off of Rama Road, within walking distance of Central World and Central Embassy, a giant shopping center, and well-situated to get to many parts of the city. If you are using 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 Grand Hyatt, with a soaring colonial façade and a vast atrium filled with natural light, trees, and running water.
I booked a standard king bed room and did not expect a suite upgrade, as none showed available on the hotel’s website. However, during check-in I was thanked for my Globalist status and offered an upgrade to a suite…on a smoking level.
In my experience, smoking rooms are generally cleaned so well you cannot 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.
Stepping off the elevator, the entire 20th floor certainly reeked of cigarette smoke, but the room was clean and I did not smell any lingering smoke.
Guest Room (Grand Suite King)
My corner suite included a living room with couch, desk, bar, and a guest bathroom.
The room certainly did not look modern, but was very classy and well-preserved.
The mini-bar contained alcoholic beverages and soft drinks for purchase plus a QR code to scan for a broader menu. Complimentary coffee, tea, and water were also provided, including a Nespresso machine with capsules.
The desk included a pair of universal power ports and air conditioning was controlled through a module on the wall.
A Bose Bluetooth audio player was available as well as a TV in each room.
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 dual sink, and separate water closet with Toto washlet toilet, bathtub, and shower.
Shower amenities, like at most Grand Hyatt properties, were provisioned by Blamain Paris.
Lounge guests and Globalist members had access to the Grand Club for “hors d’oeuvres and drinks” each night. I put that in quotes because it really was dinner…a full dinner.
Think multiple salads, freshly-baked bread, soup, Thai dishes, carved meat with sauce, fruit and sweets for dessert, and free-flowing alcohol (beer wine, and cocktails).
I’m not going to lie…I came upstairs expecting a snack and walked away having eaten dinner (though I did have Taco Bell a bit later, just a couple blocks away). It’s tough to turn down free food, but it’s even tougher to turn down delicious food.
The lounge staff were also exceedingly kind, attentive, and made a fuss over every guest. It was great to see such a high level of service.
Breakfast was served downstairs, so I did not return to the lounge.
Breakfast In The Dining Room
My biggest surprise and biggest delight about this hotel was the breakfast. It blew me away. Of course I expected a buffet with a large selection of food items from around the world. But I did not expect such a high quality of food.
The coffee was superb and the barista knew how to make excellent latte art in my cappuccino.
Croissants were warm and flaky.
Fresh-squeezed juice went beyond orange juice to just about any juice you wanted. Smoothies were also available.
Fruit was ripe and sweet.
Thai food was delicious – I asked one of the chef’s to make me a plate of what she considered 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 I was just 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’ll enjoy a great breakfast here each morning.
I did a couple pretty intense workouts here, in part to work off all the calories from breakfast. The fitness center is located on the fifth level and includes brand new TechnoGym equipment, including several elipicals, bikes, and treadmills separated by plexiglass barriers.
Stepping outside, I admired the beautiful pool, which was empty in the early morning hours, but soon was filled with laughing children. Yes, this is more family-friendly than other Bangkok hotels, but it never got to be a pain.
There’s a nifty path leading from the pool to the fitness center:
A spa is available (though much more expensive than most massage parlors in Bangkok), as well as locker rooms that contain a sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi. Due to health protocols when I was there, only one person could be in the sauna and steam at a time and reservations were required.
I will note that another couple guys decided to sit down in the sauna while I was in there and the locker room attendant did not say anything.
Other Food + Drink
The hotel offers a lower lobby with a number of food and drink choices, including:
- Salvia (Italian)
- You&Mee (noodle house)
- Erawan Bakery
- Erawan Tea Room
- Bar @494
I greatly enjoyed the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok: it truly beat all expectations. For that price, I would have spent a month here with my entire family – maybe one day. In the meantime, I look forward to returning.