Many JW Marriott’s around the world tend to blend together in both style and substance. But this particular incarnation bucks that trend by embracing its Thai roots with impeccable service and Asian design. Inside, the hotel has many food and beverage outlets worth trying, an outstanding spa, and other unique amenities to make your stay enjoyable. The area outside the hotel is hit or miss--and sometimes a little seedy--but it’s central and easy to get around the city via Skytrain.
Newly renovated rooms are bathed in grays, have chic hardwood floors, and designs of Thai dancers on the walls. If you stay on the higher floors, your views will be epic. All rooms come with complimentary water, coffee and tea makers, and turndown service.
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Aroma Therapy Associates bath products are standard in all bathrooms, which also feature marble tubs, separate showers, and glossy sinks.
Book a nicer room and get access to the Executive Lounge. Here you'll find a great breakfast, snacks throughout the day, and free booze in the afternoons!
The good-sized lobby is ideal for small meetings or just lazing away the day. There’s a Lobby Lounge with a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a very British afternoon tea as well.
The elongated pool is perfect for lap-swimmers and at one end is an elevated Jacuzzi. The pool is surrounded by large palms and guests can get food and drinks throughout the day.
JW’s Health Club & Spa has a wide range of treatments from 10 individual rooms. You can get massages, facials, body wraps, scrubs, and more. The locker room, which also services the gym, has sauna and steam facilities, as well as hot and cold plunge pools to invigorate the senses.
The JW has a great juice bar right outside the spa where you can get an array of smoothies both with and without alcohol. The hotel is kind of trying to get you drunk.
There are Cybex machines and free weights for pumping up and great views of the pool from a large gym facility. There’s always a personal trainer on site to help and a great selection of classes that are free for guests. Every day you’ll find a mix of yoga, Zuma, Pilates, Thai boxing, and more.
It’s hard to keep track of the vast amount of dining options here. Some worth noting are the New York Steakhouse with perfectly cooked cuts of meat, the dual Japanese spots Nami and Tsu for teppanyaki and sushi respectively, and Man Ho Chinese, a stellar Cantonese spot with dim sum all week long.
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There’s a stellar selection of sake at Tsu, but the main drinking spot in the hotel is at Manhattan Bar, a New York-styled spot with a happy hour from 5:30-9pm and monthly theme parties that are mostly Manhattan based.
The JW is basically equidistant to two BTS Skytrain stations at Phloen Chit and Nana--both about a 5-7-minute walk away. From there you can ride to just about anywhere in the city. Fetching a cab around is a cinch, but Sukhumvit is heavily trafficked, so expect to sit around for a while. Good news, the area is walkable.
For gourmet pies and decadent pastas, check out Pizza Massilia (7-minute walk). If you want a really good French breakfast, you can’t go wrong with Café Tartine (5-minute walk).
Craft cocktail lovers will have lots to sip at Hyde & Seek Gastro Bar (5-minute walk). If you want to experience Thailand’s underbelly, head over to Nana Plaza (4-minute walk), where you’ll find a multilevel complex with endless GoGo Bars... and other stuff.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Not your typical Marriott, this property takes Thai influences and enhances every part of the hotel. Restaurants and bars are both stellar here--especially the steakhouse--and the pool and spa are very much worth a visit. Good for business types and families alike, there is ample meeting space and plenty to do in the surrounding area. Depending on which way you go, you can find high-end shopping and dining or seedy bars and massage parlors--but that’s really just a microcosm of the city.