I had been to the Pullman Bangkok twice before – once to V9 wine bar when the property was still the Sofitel Silom, and once to the current Pullman’s Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant, which coincidentally occupies the same spot as the former.
This time round were in town for the much-anticipated KU DÉ TA Bangkok launch party. Already predreading either: a) hailing a cab in downtown Bangkok when the partygoers spill out in full force at the same time, or; b) me trying to conquer the flight of stairs to the skytrain in heels, we decided to book a hotel within walking distance to Sathorn Square Building (where KU DÉ TA is located). It was a busy weekend for the hotel, so we booked into an Executive Room, located on the higher floors with club benefits. We contacted the reception upon arrival and within a minute a smiling member of staff appeared and proceeded to usher us to the Executive Lounge on the 27th floor for the club floor check-in.
The hotel bills itself as a “lifestyle hotel”. I’m not 100 percent sure what this actually means – is it the unconventional placement of MacBooks in the lobby for guest usage? Perhaps the flat screen televisions in the elevators screening what I can only describe as “avant-garde movements”? Or a lobby whose ambiance melds from a bakery in the daytime to a bar when the sun goes down?
Still pondering said lifestyle conundrum, we arrived at the executive lounge, where our passports were duly taken and we were invited to take a seat while the paperwork was processed.
While waiting, we were handed a leaflet outlining the club benefits we were privy to, including free inroom internet access, complimentary afternoon tea at the lounge from 3 to 5 p.m., and gratis evening cocktails and canapés from 5 to 7 p.m. There was also a “one suite pressing per stay” offer, which would actually have come in very handy, until sadly we were informed the privilege couldn’t be expedited in time for the event the same evening.
Club guests also enjoy a choices for breakfast, either at the second floor Mistral restaurant (buffet style) or in the Executive Lounge (smaller selection in exchange for a quieter way to start the day), and at 25 Degrees restaurant on street level (limited choice of set breakkies). We decided on the lounge, but instead ended up sleeping beyond breakfast hours the day after and consequently had to order room service.
Our 34 sqm room was spacious, and the bathroom had a bathtub with separate toilet and shower cubicle. My favorite amenities? An in-room espresso machine for groggy mornings, a work table with two chairs (too often hotel rooms only provide one-seater desks), and a one-stop “Pullman Touch” button on the phone that I used for everything from contacting the housekeeping to borrow an iron+board, to late-riser room service.
Our room on the 30th floor was sunset-facing, and this was the private showing.
From our room, we looked out over Bangkok’s majestic Chao Phraya River and its waterside hotels. I made a mental note that this very room would be actually be an ideal spot to watch the New Year’s eve fireworks that take place on the waterway.
As the sun dipped, we stopped by to check out the evening cocktail hour – the lounge was full, but we managed to snag a window-side table. The choices included white, red, or sparkling wine, cold cuts, cheeses, and a small assortment of other canapés.
The next day, we were granted a late check-out by 4 p.m. (again on a complimentary basis with Club Floor benefits). We left our bags at the hotel and left for a city stroll, only to return for a last supper at the hotel. “Burgers?” my partner said, his eyes lighting up instantaneously. We thus headed to 25 Degrees restaurant on the street level of the hotel, a burger bar franchised from Los Angeles.
The restaurant keeps it easy with a modest menu – there are four burgers, simply titled “number one, number two …” with the option to customize your own from scratch if you want to get creative. The waitress suggested burger number one (gorgonzola and bacon sold it for my partner), and I ordered ribs, with a box of curly fries to share.
Both the mains were THB 330++ (~US$10.60 excl. service charge and tax), which is really not bad for a hotel outlet. A shot of espresso (THB 90++) to go with the ultra rich cheesecake (THB140++) topped with Oreo whipped cream? Oh, go on then.
We had a few more minutes before we needed to leave for the airport – plus we really needed to walk off the indulgence – so we checked out the modest pool area on the fifth floor. We also walked past a modern but standard gym and boutique that previously we never knew existed.
It was only later that I found out the hotel has 469 rooms. That would’ve put me off if I had known earlier (just because I’m not a big hotel type of person), but at no point did I feel claustrophobic, even surrounded by other guests in the lobby, which was much appreciated.
We left happy, satisfied, but still unsure what this “lifestyle” business means. If it means the hotel does a decent job of emulating the electric and eclectic vibe of Bangkok, then yes, I’d agree it works. Situated within strolling distance (even in heels) of the BTS skytrain, steps away from curb-side shopping, plus decently priced F&B venues on the premises, Pullman G might just see us again in the near future.
Know before you go:
+ The executive floors floors come with abevy of club benefits plus sweeping city views.
+ The hotel is located five or so minutes’ walk from the BTS Skytrain station
+ The hotel’s restaurants – Scarlett & 25 Degrees – are both delicious and excellent value for money.
– Sunseekers should note that the modes tsized swimming pool is open air, but covered
– The lobby can feel quite cramped when bigtour groups arrive and are shuttled in
– Going against the Exec floor grain, nothing in the club room mini-bar was complimentary (not counting the two espresso servings)