What We Love
- Fantastic location next to BTS station and skywalk access to major malls
- Club lounge has all-day free drinks and evening canapés
- Oasis Pool Bar on the 37th floor is a fun spot to soak in a panoramic view of the skyline
What To Know
- The business-oriented hotel isn't the best fit for families
- Drinks and food at hotel bar and restaurants are pricey
- WiFi costs 642THB (about $21 USD) for 24 hours
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Don’t let the cold, gray granite exterior of InterContinental Bangkok deceive you; beyond it’s hard exterior lies a comfortable, luxurious setting. Beyond the enormous crystal chandelier that hangs from the lobby ceiling, everything else in the hotel is swathed in subtle gray tones, exuding a private-club feel. Not forgetting its Southeast Asian roots, the hotel has peppered its public spaces and rooms with classic Thai artwork that blends immaculately with the elegant ambiance.
Bed and Bath
The hotels’ 420 rooms are splashed in light grey accents and earth tones, featuring carpeted flooring and cushy upholstered paneling. Aesthetics aside, you’ll appreciate the practicality of the room’s amenities, be it the curved lounger perfect for sipping a sundowner with a view, or the glass-topped desk and rolling leather chair when it comes to business. Ask for a room on a high floor, as the oversize windows open up to a bird’s eye view of Bangkok’s skyline. Bathrooms — spa-like sanctuaries with marble tiled flooring, glass-enclosed rain showers, and shiny bath tubs — are equally impressive.
InterContinental Bangkok provides guests with five in-house dining options – from high tea at the vintage-inspired Balcony Lounge to Bangkok’s best steak at Fireplace Grill to famous dim sum at Summer Palace. The Humidor, draped in brown leather, teak walls and black-and-white portraits, is a hot spot to enjoy some of the world’s best cigars. And designed with Southeast Asian flair, Spa InterContinental focuses on recharging guests with traditional Thai treatments in a serene setting.
In the Area
With its central location, the hotel stands at the crossroads of the city’s major shopping centers, temples and food streets. Start a visit with an early-morning walk to Wat Pratumwanaram to give the monks food offerings or head to the famous Erawan Shrine, known for bringing good luck and fortune. For a refreshing experience, stroll over to Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s largest public park and get away from the raucous traffic and crowds. To kick back and indulge in Bangkok’s cosmopolitan vibes, the Skywall connects you directly to many of the city’s biggest department stores, such as Siam Square, Central World and Siam Paragon.
How to Get There
Travel to Bangkok during my wife's birthday, we were touched that the hotel surprised us with a small birthday cake. The hotel provide a good range of breakfast selection, it was a good start of the day. You would expect the hotel provide all the service and facilities, but there are some tiny touches that this hotel provides are very thoughtful. This hotel would definitely makes your trip a more memory experience.
Stayed with my family for 2 nights this year. They breakfast buffet is amazing. Best breakfast buffet I have eaten at a hotel. The customer service is best we have received at a hotel in Thailand. Everyone is attentive and ready to help and the help doesn't lead to fees. Strongly recommend this hotel when passing through Bangkok.
My recent stay at Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok was enriched with positive experience. Things were worked well with dedicated hotel staff members especially the front desk manager, Khun Nanji from Arab. He managed by requests in a professional manner and he is able to empathize my situation travelling with my mother who is 78 years old.
The whole experience was a pleasant one and I would like to recommend to anyone who is considering to visit Bangkok either for business or leisure.
My wife and I are here for 8 nights, leisure and family event. As an Ambassador member, I expected a room upgrade which I did not get. But we were given free breakfast during our stay and some other discounts, which were greatly appreciated. Front Desk is 50 -50. Great check in, one other interaction where the fellow at the desk didn't know what a Starbucks is. But his colleague quickly stepped in and was extremely helpful. No real complaints, the room is good, the floor is quiet, we'll be back next trip to BKK.
In July 2018, I checked out the InterContinental Bangkok, situated minutes away from the Chit Lom Skytrain station as well as the popular CentralWorld shopping complex and other surrounding shopping malls. The hotel's convenient location, beautiful city views from the high-rise rooms as well as the ever-reliable Club InterContinental experience makes InterContinental Bangkok a good choice for your Bangkok luxury hotel stay.
My initial booking was for two nights at the 45sqm King Bed Club InterContinental Room (about 10,100THB/night), with one of the nights free courtesy of the complimentary weekend night certificate I received upon signing up for the InterContinental Ambassador programme. However, by some miraculous act of heavenly blessing, beyond my guaranteed room upgrade, I was further upgraded to the sprawling 100sqm King Bed Ambassador Suite (about 38,000THB/night), which is the second highest room category just below the Presidential Suite. I guess they must appreciate my unassailed loyalty to the IHG brand.
Situated on one of the highest floors of the property, the King Bed Ambassador Suite is blessed with a marvellous view of the city by virtue of its floor-to-ceiling windows for most of its space (save for the bedroom area, which is a bit of a shame). The work desk is located within the living room area, which is connected to the bedroom via a pantry corridor where the refrigerator and Nespresso coffeemaker are located.
One of the highlights of the Ambassador Suite is the massive bathroom, which comes with rain-shower facilities and is also impressively equipped with a jacuzzi-jet bathtub for your foamy soaking pleasure. The long corridor that is the bathroom is a glorious beneficiary of the room's natural lighting, being terrifically open and exposed if you are particularly generous with broadcasting your bathroom activities, although (un?)fortunately the bathtub area is curiously shielded from pervy birds' prying gazes due to strategically-placed window shutters. Amenities are from Agraria, and are fairly vapid in their citric agenda.
The InterContinental Ambassador gift for this property is a robed mascot bear, and I appreciate that the property continues to maintain individuality and quality in the choice of souvenir.
InterContinental Bangkok's Oasis Pool is situated on the highest floor of the property, 37 stories above the city, and the pool plays it all (desert) resort island enclave in its trees-y, earthern pot stylings. Elsewhere, the hotel's enormous Infinity Fitness gym is quite possibly the most impressive hotel gym I have ever seen, with rooms for group exercise classes, full-on locker rooms, grooming stations, jacuzzi and sauna facilities as well as on-site personal trainers at your disposal. Crikey.
Spa InterContinental offers an extensive range of treatments, including massages, skin therapies, baths as well as signature treatments. The spa uses HARNN products, which I have very fond memories of from my experience at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.
Breakfast is served at Espresso, the hotel's all-day buffet dining concept situated on the 2nd floor. Guests are given numbered slips which they have to use when they order dishes a la minute from the various stations, and the dishes are served to their tables. The international breakfast spread was decidedly standard and unremarkable, save for a notable selection of Middle Eastern options such as tahini, pita bread and various manakish dishes available to cater to the hotel's specific clientele.
The sheer volume of hungry (and, based on my observation, often disgruntled and grumpy) diners during breakfast hours, as well as the relatively dim lighting of the premises, is unlikely to encourage dining guests to stay for long. Guests are better off enjoying a much less frantic morning at Club InterContinental.
The basement Fireplace Grill and Bar offers grilled meats and seafood, while Summer Palace serves Cantonese cuisine and dim sum, with an All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum menu every day for the bamboo basket-obsessed. Theo Mio is a casual, Italian sharing-plates concept helmed by award-winning chef Theo Randall. On the lounge side of things, Balcony Lounge is where long tressed and flower dressed ladies can head to for afternoon tea and coffee service, while moustached and beret-wearing men with walking canes can enjoy a macho cigar and a fine glass of whiskey neat at Humidor Cigar Bar.
Located on the 37th floor next to the Oasis Pool, the Club InterContinental offers buffet breakfast, all-day snacks and juices, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails and canapés. The Club InterContinental thoughtfully seats families with children as well as bigger groups in the spacious main dining area, away from the blazered businessmen and holidaying couples who can thus enjoy their manly business conversations and sexy whispers respectively at the sofa seats along the windows facing the city.
The food selection is commendable. For breakfast at Club InterContinental, aside from a small buffet spread, dishes from the menu are served a la minute, with the menu comprising Thai options such as Pad Thai as well as traditional morning favourites such as pancakes and waffles. Afternoon tea is a tier affair, with a selection of sweets and savouries for your languorous mid-day indulgence. For evening cocktails and canapes, besides more cocktails, beers and wines than your liver protector permits, guests can help themselves to the buffet spread of cold cuts, cheeses and other canapes as well as the individual platters of hot canapes. In addition, a standalone hot food station serves the club's hearty hot dish of the day - think beef wellington and steak. You are likely not to require dinner.
Whilst InterContinental Bangkok may not be the bright and shiny new kid on the block - that would be Waldorf Astoria Bangkok and Park Hyatt Bangkok - the hotel's brand of classic, sincere hospitality makes it a reliable option for your Bangkok luxury experience.
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