Some hotels get pretty well everything right. That’s the case with the Grande Sheraton Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection hotel in Bangkok.
(The proper name for the hotel is actually the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, but so many people refer to it as the Grande Sheraton Sukhumvit, so if we mix it up here, you’ll understand why.)
Grande Sheraton Sukhumvit rooms
How does it get it right?
For one, the hotel’s 420 spacious rooms (which include 46 suites) have recently been renovated.
They’re tasteful and elegant – and the beds with lightweight white duvets make for a great sleep.
Deep turquoise tiles add a pop of color to the bathrooms. The natural THANN bathroom toiletries are by a local Thai company (Thailand’s equivalent of America’s Body Shop and L’Occitane in France).
High up on the 25th floor, we had smashing views of the city’s skyscrapers and luxury shopping malls.
Of course, there are all the mod cons – 40 inch flat screen TV, media hub for connecting your devices, high-speed WiFi, etc.
Best area to stay in Bangkok for shopping
And then there’s the Sheraton’s splendid location. The hotel is smack-dab in the major Sukhumvit shopping and business area.
Bangkok is known for its great shopping (you should get a suit or silk dress made while in the city).
And some of the best shopping in Bangkok is right here at your fingertips (well, almost). Fine shopping malls – like Terminal 21, The Emporium, Gaysorn Plaza and Siam Paragon – are conveniently close.
Best hotel in Bangkok near BTS
A walkway connects the hotel with Bangkok’s modern BTS skytrain line (the Asok BTS skytrain station).
We found it easy to take the skytrain from the hotel to see the city’s sights.
The spa is one of the most luxurious in Bangkok.
A gorgeous grand wooden staircase winds up to the spa’s reception, where we sipped refreshing ginger tea while waiting for our massage treatment.
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit restaurants
For dinner, we tried the elegant Rossini’s for home-made pasta and the hotel’s interesting (and charitable) Dine in the Dark Bangkok eatery, where blind servers guided us in a pitch black restaurant.
We also gave the cutlery a workout at the hotel’s Thai restaurant, Basil’s.
And, no surprise, the food was excellent! You won’t find any MSG here; herbs and spices are used to make the fresh curry pastes, marinades and sauces.
For an appetizer, we drooled over the deep-fried soft shell crab with sesame seeds, served with tamarind sauce. Other dishes we enjoyed included red curry with roasted duck and green apple; Thai red snapper with red turmeric and Thai herbs – southern Thai style; and stir fried chicken with cashew nuts and dried chili.
Bangkok hotel with best pool
But it’s probably the lovely pool that makes guests the happiest.
Zig-zag in shape, it’s surrounded by shady trees and blooming bougainvillea – pink blossoms float in the pool water.
Comfy teak sunbeds are scattered about and a sala (covered lounge with a Thai-style roof) has additional mats and cushions for lounging.
The only downside?
When the hotel is full, like when we stayed, the pool is a victim of its own success and there aren’t quite enough spots for guests to relax poolside.
Location and Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit map
The Sheraton is a member of the Luxury Collection of resorts.
And, pool space aside, if you’re looking for a luxury hotel in Bangkok near a BTS station (and shopping!), you can’t do much better than the Grande Sheraton Sukhumvit – certainly one of the best hotels in Bangkok near the BTS (and shopping, oh we already mentioned that…).
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Photos are courtesy of the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. We were too busy shopping, sightseeing and relaxing by the pool to take our own photos! And, as always, this review is entirely our own.