Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok

Hotel Review of the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Thailand

The Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok was the last stop on our recent trip to Thailand and we were really looking forward to our first ever stay at this fairly new hotel which has only been open for three years. Unfortunately we found that they were still experiencing quite a few teething issues that have not yet been addressed and this turned out to be our least favourite hotel of the trip.

Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and as Hilton HHonors Diamond members were taken up to the executive lounge for check-in. Check-in however was quite a long drawn out process which involved three different staff members and a great deal of time. While they were apologetic and kept serving us refreshments, it took way too long and once they had finished we were not even allocated inter-connecting rooms as requested. While the two rooms were on the same level, they were at opposite ends of the hall which makes it hard when you are travelling with a young family (kids aged 9 & 10).

The rooms were quite comfortable and modern and we were delivered little birdcages containing chocolates when we arrived which was a nice touch. There is a good sized work desk with plenty of universal power outlets. The bathroom was a good size which comes complete with bath tub and a nice big separate shower. There is a turn down service but we found it quite varied each night. Usually only one of our two rooms received a turn down each night which we found a bit odd. You can view our you tube Hilton Sukhumvit room walk through video here.

We had access to the executive lounge which is situated on level 4 here at the Hilton Sukhumvit. This is quite a comfortable spacious lounge with plenty of seating (also some outside seating available). Breakfast is available from 6.00am to 10.30am (weekdays) and 11.00am (weekends). Afternoon Tea is served between 2.00pm and 4.00pm and the Evening Canapés and Drinks are available from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. There were two hot dishes and some cold canapés each night which varied daily. We found there was a good selection of breads but unfortunately no cheese or meats to put with them. They have a big salad bar which hardly seemed to be touched most nights so in our opinion we would cut back the salad bar a little and add some cold cuts and a selection of cheeses. They did however have a nice selection of desserts there. The drinks are self serve with juices, soft drinks, white wines, spirits and Chang beer available. Staff however were quite slow to re-stock the fridge and quite a few times we had to ask them to bring out more drinks.

We did not try out breakfast in the lounge as we had the option of the buffet breakfast at Scalini Restaurant which we opted for instead. This is not a huge buffet and we found the options a bit limited.

The other main restaurant/cafe at the Hilton Sukhumvit is Mondo which is located at lobby level and provides a more casual dining option. This area is based around the theme of this hotel which is the love story of Jay & Daisy who are two lovers that met while travelling the world. Here you will see lots of suitcases used as part of the decor as well as passport menus. While it is a nice little area and has a lot of potential, there was just no atmosphere here and we hardly ever saw anyone dining or even having a drink at the bar.

You will find statues of Jay & Daisy (as well as their dog) all about the Hilton Sukhumvit, with the main ones in the lobby and the pool area. It is a nice theme for the hotel to work with but just needs to be utilised a bit better by management.

The rooftop pool here on level 26 is a nice little chill out area, especially on a hot Bangkok afternoon. There is plenty of shaded areas as well as Lapse pool bar which also serves meals. There was no kids menu however so it was rather expensive to eat here for us as the kids had to eat adult meals. You can view our Hilton Sukhumvit Pool Area Video here.

There is also a 24 hour Fitness Center on level 26 which is not huge but has a nice view overlooking the pool and Sukhumvit skyline.

We found the concierge staff here really friendly and very helpful is assisting us on where and how to get around the City of Bangkok.

The Hilton Sukhumvit is situated in the heart of Sukhumvit’s business, shopping and entertainment district. Right across the road is the Emporium Mall and just a few minutes walk up the street is the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain station where you can catch the train to Siam where the big shopping centres are (MBK, Central World and Siam Paragon). If you are in Bangkok on a weekend then would recommend going to Chatuchack Weekend Market which is also on the same train line – get off at Mo Chit which is the end of the line and just follow the crowds.

For Hilton HHonors members deciding which Hilton property to stay at while in Bangkok, we have also previously stayed at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok (review here) and the Conrad Bangkok (review here) and have to say that we would definitely return to those two again but probably not this hotel. We also did not receive any Hilton HHonors points when we checked out and had to wait two weeks before we could get the Hilton HHonors desk to follow up and award us our points, which was quite frustrating.

For more information on the Hilton Sukhumvit Hotel go to www.hilton.com

Millennium Hilton Bangkok Review

Review of the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

We recently stayed at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok for the second time (first time was April 2014) with our two boys aged 9 and 10. With both trips to Bangkok we have started our stay at the Millennium Hilton by using the hotel airport pick-up service which has been hassle-free both times. While it is more expensive than getting a cab, we like the convenience when travelling with kids.

We had booked two standard rooms but due to our Hilton HHonors Diamond status we were upgraded to two interconnecting executive rooms on level 29 which had fantastic views of the Chao Phraya river. The rooms were clean and spacious (although no desk in the room which we thought was odd). The bathroom was nice and a good size with both bath and a separate shower. We received two little soft elephant toys which the kids loved.

The pool area on level 4 at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok is called “the Beach” and it is definitely one of the features of this hotel. There are sun lounges that are situated in the water overlooking the river as well as some undercover in the shade. There is a good-sized beach area that also has some private little areas with sun lounges. There are hammocks available and even little private spas with lounges hidden around the corner from the pool. Our kids used the pool but it was definitely more aimed at adults rather than children. There were always plenty of sun lounges available in all the different locations while we were there. Food and drinks are available around the pool so it was nice to kick back and enjoy a few cocktails while the kids enjoyed some pool time in the hot Bangkok weather (happy hour is from 4.00pm-5.00pm). There is also a massage area at The Beach if you feel like a bit of pampering – they even have a Spa Bar menu where you  can combine a massage with a cocktail!

Next to the pool area is a good-sized Fitness Centre, complete with a circuit training and boxing studio.

For those that enjoy some pampering in a nice relaxing environment then look no further than the Eforea Spa located next to the Lobby. This was a very nice day spa, loved that they provided a lovely welcome drink with nice cold refreshing towel beforehand and after the treatment was some ginger tea and sorbet.

The Millennium Hilton Executive Lounge on level 31 is definitely one of the better lounges we have ever been to. The views are amazing and there is plenty of room (seating outside available as well). The pre-evening cocktails are available from 5.30-7.30pm and all the staff really look after you. They have a nice selection of canapés and pretty much any drink that you like (cocktails included). The drinks are not self pour, you just go up to the drink station and order whatever you like with the staff. It is also worth going for afternoon tea in the executive lounge as they serve a high tea stand of sweet goodies. They have I-Pads that can be borrowed for use in the lounge but there isn’t a computer with printer, you need to go down to the business centre on level 30 for that.

Just up the stairs from the Executive Lounge is 360 Rooftop Bar and we would definitely recommend going up to have a look. It is worth going up for at least one drink (prices are pretty steep though) at night to just enjoy the amazing views of Bangkok. The bar opens at 5.00pm and closes at 1.00am.

The buffet breakfast at Flow Restaurant was fabulous. There is an extensive range of food options available here with a variety of cuisines. You have the choice of eating indoors or outdoors with the river views. This is definitely one of the best hotel breakfasts that we have experienced.

If you prefer a light breakfast rather than a buffet, there is a little cafe called The Lantern where you can grab snacks and refreshments.

Have read that others don’t like the location of the Millennium Hilton as it’s away from the main area of Bangkok but we really love the location. They have a free shuttle boat that will take you to BTS Saphan Taksin Station on the opposite side of the river. From there you can hop on the BTS skytrain or grab a local boat from the pier to explore the river. We also grabbed a tuk-tuk from there that took us around the main shopping areas. At night there is another free shuttle that will take you to Asiatique The Riverfront which our kids loved as they got to go on the big wheel and see the city of Bangkok at night.

If staying at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok our one tip would be to get a room with executive floor access, totally worth it for the amazing views!

For more information go to www.hilton.com

You can also view our youtube video of the Hilton Millennium king room and the pool area.

While in Bangkok we have also stayed at the Conrad Bangkok – you can read our review here.

Dreamworld Bangkok, Thailand Review

Review of Dreamworld Theme Park in Bangkok, Thailand

When you say Dreamworld in Australia, you automatically think of the Gold Coast in Queensland. We had never even heard of the Dreamworld in Bangkok (not affiliated with the Gold Coast one) before we travelled around Thailand in April 2014.

We do love a good theme park so we thought we would check it out. It is about a 40 minute drive out of the city of Bangkok (depending on traffic) and we all had an absolute blast on our day out there. While it is no Disneyland, it was perfect for kids around our boys ages (7 & 8 at the time). Most of the attraction are aimed at the under 10 crowd.

Opening time is 10.00am and we got there just after that and there was enough for us to do there to keep us occupied for the entire day (5.00pm closing).

Dreamworld has a Fairytale Land, Seven wonders of the World land and a Love Garden which all provide great photo opportunities.

Some of the more adventurous rides are

  • Viking Ship
  • Black mountain
  • Super Splash
  • Grand Canyon Rapids ride
  • Bumper cars
  • Raptor
  • Tornado
  • Sky Coaster
  • Hurricane
  • Haunted Mansion

Plus a lot of more sedate rides suitable for the younger kids.

They also have a Hollywood Action show which shows off different special effect features (a different version of the Waterworld shows if you have been to Universal Studios before). Kids loved it, even though it was in Thai and they had no idea what was being said!

You can visit an animal farm and an snow house (additional fee) plus there is a cable car and a kids water adventure zone.

There is also a Colours of the World street parade at 3.45pm each day (which unfortunately we missed!).

There are a lot of different price packages you can get for Dreamworld so best to check out the website www.dreamworld,co.th or check with your hotel.

While in Bangkok we stayed at the Conrad Bangkok (review here) and the Millennium Hilton (review here).

Conrad Bangkok Hotel Review

Conrad Bangkok Hotel, Thailand

The Conrad Bangkok is a hotel essentially more suited to business travellers, but staying here in April 2014 as a family we were treated like royalty.

Right from the moment we walked in, we said our names and were then quickly escorted up to our rooms by two staff members. They then proceeded to complete check-in up there in the room. We had only booked standard rooms but as HHonors Diamond members were upgraded to a wonderful suite on the top floor with an interconnecting executive room for the boys.  This suite was amazing! It had a great living area space with working desk, huge spacious bedroom and closet. The bathroom came complete with tv above the bath and awesome views over Bangkok to make taking a bath even more relaxing than ever. Waiting for us in both rooms were Conrad chocolates, macaroons and fruit platters as well as the Conrad Elephant soft toys.

We stayed here for 4 nights while there were protests happening in the city, so the hotel was not at its full capacity. We needed a bit of R&R after travelling around Thailand so we made the most of all the amenities here.

The kids loved the pool area, it is in full sun in the morning but nicely shaded in the afternoon when it became very hot. It has a nice bar and eating area with wonderful staff around always making sure everything is ok. We also played tennis daily (there are 2 courts that have been newly resurfaced)

There is a good sized gym as well if you like a bit of fitness on your travels. The Conrad has a great day spa, tried it out for a massage and facial which was so nice and relaxing – would recommend having a treatment there.

We also had access to the executive lounge, where once again the service was impeccable. The staff were constantly making sure that drinks were replenished during the evening cocktails and canapés (6.00-8.00pm). There was a good selection of both hot and cold canapés which varied daily. We didn’t use the lounge for breakfast as we had access to the buffet breakfast which we opted for instead. The buffet breakfast had a good selection of Asian and Western foods.

It was great to see the GM walking around the hotel throughout the day,  to make sure things are running smoothly. We saw him checking up on the executive lounge, the pool area and also at breakfast. Sign of a well-run hotel. The staff are amazing, everyone knew who we were and were greeted as Mr & Mrs Wilson in every part of the hotel.

Location is in the business district, close to the embassies. It is not far from Lumphini Park where you can go for a walk and look for water dragons. The hotel is connected to a shopping mall where you can get snacks and drinks if you don’t want to pay hotel prices. It is about a 10 minute walk to the closest BTS station but the hotel does provide a shuttle bus if walking is not your thing.

One aspect that we love about Conrad hotels is the Conrad Concierge App (free to download) which we used daily for all our little needs like booking in a time to get our room serviced and which brand of amenities we would like in our room. Conrad hotels have a choice of Aromatherapy, Shanghai Tang, Tara Smith or The Refinery amenities (our favourites are the Shanghai Tang & Aromatherapy).

We found that it was the wonderful staff and service here that made this hotel truly superb and we wouldn’t hesitate to return to the Conrad Bangkok.

For more information you can go to www.conradhotels.com

While in Bangkok we also stayed at the Millennium Hilton – you can read our review here