The last time I visited Bangkok, I stayed in the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and loved the hotel’s location right in the middle of the city. The famous Erawan shrine is just located outside the hotel while Central World and Siam Paragon are just minutes away. Admittedly the malls around the hotel cater to international brands and luxury shopping but it makes it convenient to find food and access the skytrain as well. Guests are dropped off by taxi on the imposing porch with a beautiful colonnaded lobby. When I checked in, the hotel just finished renovating the club lounge though it was not yet done a few days earlier. However due to the ongoing renovation, they could only provide me a room on the 11th floor which is newly renovated and check-in was conducted in the main floor reception area.
Room No: 1112 Category: Grand Deluxe King Room
One of the staff member wanted to escort me to my room but having stayed here before, I declined her offer and made my own way to the room. The entry foyer now is furnished with dark wood, reminding me of the Andaz Wall Street.
The bathroom sits near the entrance like all standard hotel rooms and it does seem to be smaller due to the configuration now compared to the old rooms. There was still a separate shower stall and a bathtub though the bathroom features an L-shaped layout. There was a new wardrobe just outside the bathroom and a wall display unit that houses the minibar and a table magazine marking the entrance of the room.
One interesting new feature in the room was the addition of sliding wooden panels from the bathtub allowing guests to look out into the room. This might not be the most family-friendly feature ever but many hotels are placing such design cues in their rooms nowadays. Bathroom amenities are similar to other Grand Hyatts featuring June Jacobs products.
There was new headboards on the bed and the room now has brighter lighting that I actually liked. At the corner near the window, this area has been re-designed to incorporate a long couch with pillows instead of the normal work chair. It makes for a cosy working corner.
Along the wall there is a long TV cabinet and a long leather-covered bench sits underneath it. The bench makes it useful as a luggage stand and the long TV bench also provides more space to place your belongings. The renovated rooms are definitely an improvement to this property.
The highlight for me during this stay was definitely the new Grand Club lounge and the new furnishings made for a good first impression. There is a reception desk at the front of the club lounge and guests enter by the side where there is a magazine stand. The seating in the Grand Club comprises of the dining area split into 2 sections with the best seats by the window.
At both ends of the lounge lies the TV lounge with a long communal table. For breakfast the spread in the food was excellent and on top of made-to-order eggs, guests could also request for bacons. There was the usual continental pastry, salad, cold cuts and the likes. What I enjoyed most though was the spicy Thai fried rice, and topped with a sunny side-up that makes for an amazing breakfast combo!
With Bangkok being a tropical destination, the hotel has a nice pool deck where the i.sawan spa is also located at. I had a nice morning swim alone before my check out and there was also a hot tub beside the pool. The pool did not seem busy in the morning probably due to the cool weather but it definitely became busier in the afternoon.
Room rates at the Grand Hyatt Erawan was definitely steeper (~US$200) than some comparable SPG hotels. In fact the room rates were closer to the St Regis which is located just a building down from the Grand Hyatt. If prices were the same with the St Regis, then I might pick St Regis instead. It was just because of the renovations that made me enjoy this stay.