After decades of just a single property in Bangkok, Hyatt has added three in the last two years, the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit the most recent addition. We frequent the Big Mango and have stayed at more than a dozen properties from a variety of brands – but the Hyatt Regency may be the best value in the city.
Positioned in the heart of Sukhumvit (Soi 13), the Hyatt Regency is in the middle of action-packed Bangkok. The nearest BTS station is Nana though Chit Lom is not much farther. It’s ideal for business travelers and tourists alike. For those familiar with Bangkok, there are several entertainment zones, one of which is called “Nana” and is not far. For the avoidance of doubt, the hotel was in a highly reputable area and we had no qualms taking our daughter on the streets around the hotel. The entertainment zone is not far but at the same time, entirely avoidable.
Address: 1 Soi Sukhumvit 13, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Phone: +66 02 098 1234
Due to my Globalist status within the World of Hyatt loyalty program, I was complimentary upgraded to a one-bedroom King suite (1206).
With seating for 7-8, views of the pool, BTS, and Nana neighborhood, the spacious living room was more than enough for our family of three. The separation from the bedroom allowed me to work while jetlagged and my wife and daughter to sleep in. The desk is a little less formal than I prefer, just a round table in the corner with a phone on it. I think the property could have given the room even more space by putting a proper desk in place of the round table in the corner of the room and making it a little easier for working.
The bedroom offered sweeping views of Sukhumvit, the BTS and tons of space. Windows wrap the entire suite and fill the room with light, though, admittedly, the room doesn’t photograph as well as it looks with the window shades up (too much light) nor with them down (looks darker than it is). The staff saw that lucy would be traveling with us on our reservation and put out a Thai outfit for her on the bed along with a handwritten card. She loved this.
The closet in the bedroom is large, though not walk-in. It had plenty of space for our many bags during our two-week long trip.
The bathroom was beautiful with the shades open, though, due to the nature of a bathroom when you’re inside it, you’ll prefer the shades down. A stand-alone soaking tub is a focal piece of the master bathroom suite with a large shower opposite as well as a closed-door water closet. The design of this bathroom has been brought up on a few forums for those in the know. It’s beautiful to have the windows wide open with the sunlight coming in, but it’s the only room where you really need some privacy. We thought it was beautiful but agreed with some of the concern others have raised.
Dual vanities make the hotel accommodating to couples and families traveling together. None of the toilets (in the master bathroom nor in the guest) had Japanese bidet seat attachments, a bit of a disappointment. I have one at home and know that they cost as little as $60 (though mine was about $250). If you don’t want to put them in the standard rooms, ok, but in the suites Bangkok competition demands them.
The Regency lounge is not quite ready to welcome guests yet (mid-March target date). Until then, the hotel has made a makeshift lounge to one side of the Marketplace lounge. In the evenings, the lounge is somewhat separated from the rest of the dining room, though menu item appetizers are offered for hot dishes. The food was excellent.
For breakfast, the restaurant is again utilized, though the lounge will have an extensive offering for both morning and evening service with custom egg and noodle stations.
We also had a chance to try both the room service and the Marketplace restaurant. In the restaurant, the food is unapologetically Thai, with the menu comprised from a former chef at Nara (Apinara), an award-winning and excellent boutique Thai restaurant chain. Instead of offering western options and focusing internationally as most hotels do, management wanted the restaurant to be something locals would love and international guests could enjoy that was truly Thai cuisine.
Lucy has been comparing hotel cheeseburgers. We haven’t let her do this solely on her own… because it’s a nice hobby to join her in. Of all of the hotels, (Park Hyatt, Waldorf, Grand Hyatt, Sofitel, Hyatt Regency) the Hyatt Regency Bangkok cheeseburger was the hands down winner.
The food was sensational. Curries, Salt and Pepper fish, River Prawns – everything we had off the menu was incredible.
The pool and fitness center are on the sixth floor. The pool floor is open cut for the pool deck with an infinity pool facing Sukhumvit, though the street is out of sight below. Seating is available for about 30-40 guests from poolside to slightly below deck. Some small kids toys were available for new swimmers and full service with wait staff.
When speaking with General Manager Sammy Carolus, I thanked him for the suite upgrade and he offered to show me a standard room as well. I took him up on the offer, because we were so impressed with our suite, that I wanted to see what we would get if our upgrade had not cleared.
In a smart use of space, much the way that Le Meridien Bangkok does as well, the bathroom occupies about a third of the overall space and makes the room feel more luxurious. A large shower and separate tub as well as private water closet flow through to the bedroom.
Sneak Peek of Unopened Top Floor Bar
During our discussions, I had asked about the lounge and when it would be opened. He stated a target date of mid-March but then offered to show it to me. While the lounge wasn’t quite ready for pictures, I can disclose that it will feature wraparound views, indoor/outdoor seating and ample space for guests.
But just above the lounge is the not-yet-open top floor bar, Spectrum. Occupying several floors from 28-30, the bar will have an open-air floor with stunning views of Bangkok. Another floor up with offer even further unrestricted views of the city.
This property is an excellent value for money when paying cash for your stay. Nightly rates when we shopped the property fluctuated between $110-150/nt, the majority landing at about $120 for a standard room. As a points redemption, you’d be better keeping them in your account, the hotel charges 12,000 points per night as a Category 3 property. I strive for a value of 1.8-2¢/point with Hyatt and this property would only yield about 1¢/point. Don’t misunderstand me, this hotel (in any other city in the world) is worth 12,000 of your points all day – it’s just that the cash rates are so cheap that you’d be a fool to not just pay for it.
The hotel is decades ahead of the Grand Hyatt Erawan, is priced appropriately (cash rates) when compared to the Park Hyatt Bangkok and Hyatt Place. It’s a great value when considering the Sofitel next door, or other nearby properties charging the same amount for properties that aren’t as pristine as they once were. Do yourself a favor and book a stay at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, you won’t be let down.
Have you stayed here? What’s your favorite hotel in Bangkok? Any thoughts on the bathroom suite?