Whilst I love a bit of luxury (I’m a flashpacker after all)… I detest snobbery. I like boutique vibes and laid back chic as opposed to silver service and elevating your pinky whilst drinking a brew. Bangkok is one of those places you either slum it or live it up; and believe me I’ve done both. Luxury chain hotels are usually at the bottom of my bucket list, but when I was offered the chance to stay at the frequently raved about ‘W Hotel’, I was keen to see first hand if they lived up to the hype.
W Hotel Overview
Each W around the world has interiors to match their location and the W Hotel Bangkok stayed true to form. The entire place was kitted out with Thai Boxing accessories, Tuk Tuk light installations and small modern nods to the vibrance of Thai culture.
The reception is HUGE and there’s free apples and fruit juice on arrival which is a nice touch after you’ve been enveloped by humidity on the outside. The check in process is smooth sailing and as expected the concierge is on hand to assist you to your room.
One thing to note – the hotel mini bar is pretty pricey. If you cross the courtyard at the entrance of the W, you will enter a small mall where you’ll find a 7/11 for your trusty toastie fix as well as a few different smaller takeout restaurants that are a whole lot cheaper than your hotel room. I came across a delicious salad bar (with avo’s and beetroots, how delightfully hipster) where I was able to fill up for less than a few quid!
We were put in the ‘Wonderful Room’; a sizeable space that boasted a great view of the city, a free standing bath, huge desk unit and the comfiest bed EVER… as well as all the extras to make sure you have a comfortable stay.
I appreciate a good shower and bath wherever I go and to have the luxury of a rain shower and focal bath in the centre of the bathroom was a real treat.
Whilst the design of the whole hotel is modern, I wouldn’t say the interior was anything ground-breaking although it was nicely thought out.
The hotel facilities were what excited me the most. A huge pool with luxury sunbeds and a bar with taste tingling food soon became the perfect place to laze around in the simmering sun.
The FIT complex housed a huge gym that didn’t seem to get any interest from anyone but me… so I felt like I had the whole thing to myself! There was even free water, cold towels and green apples when you’re working out! They had all the equipment you would ever need in a large, beautifully AC’d space.
Breakfast…. Let’s talk about breakfast! I normally don’t deal well with buffet-style mornings because I find everything is cold, mangled and pre-loved. W Bangkok’s breakfast is NOT your stereotypical buffet breakfast. So many stations cooking you fresh eggs, fresh noodles… even SUSHI for breakfast; I was absolutely in my element. I filled my boots so much that I didn’t have to eat until dinner.
Things To Do Around W Hotel Bangkok
Bangkok has so much to offer and W Bangkok is in an exceptional location to get to all of the cultural sites, shopping centres and markets. For a full guide on what to do in Bangkok, read my city guide here.
Not a huge amount is in walking distance though, so you may have to pay the premiums of taxis, motorbike taxis and tuk tuks.
I’ve been to Bangkok SO many times in the last few years. I didn’t rate it the first time I set foot there but each visit it has grown on me more and more… now it’s one of my fave big cities in the world! 🌎 Spending a few days there at @wbangkok was quite simply AMAZING… thanks for having us ❤ #Bangkok #thailand #thailandluxe #thailandinsider #wbangkok