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Fodor's Expert Review The W Bangkok

106 N. Sathorn Rd., Bangkok, 10500, Thailand See on Map

Fun, hip, sleek, and chic, the W is one of the sexiest additions to the Bangkok skyline. The hotel caters to a young and creative crowd with constant entertainment and delectable dining. All in all, like most W properties, the hotel’s aim is for you to have fun, maybe flirt a little, and find your own party inside and out when you stay.

room

The hotel is heavy on Muay Thai themes, and this can be seen in the bedrooms through art on the walls and the golden gloves splayed out on the beds. Rooms have stunning views the higher you get, and all come with tablets that control room functions and room service, free bottled water, and turndown service.

If you want to bring Fido with you to Bangkok, you won’t find many hotels that allow dogs. The W has a P.A.W. or Pets Are Welcome program but it comes with a fairly sizable fee.

bathroom

The bathrooms are adorned with gray-tiled floors and black subway-tiled walls. There’s a huge, brightly-lit vanity mirror as well as separate showers and tubs. Bliss products are standard at all W hotels.

lobby

Boxing themes permeate the lobby, as does the color purple. You’d think Prince (RIP) designed the hotel as deep violet hits you from every corner. The lobby is a bustling part of the hotel, due in part to the bar and ample communal seating.

pool

As with other W properties, the oval pool is dubbed Wet. It's surrounded by shaded loungers and a fascinating art installation that’s sort of in the shape of a whale. Unlike other W’s, there isn’t a big pool party scene here and it’s only open to guests.

Every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the hotel hosts a fabulous sunset-inspired Yoga by the Pool session.

spa

The sexy Away Spa has six treatment rooms for all indulgent needs plus a Style Lab for hair, makeup, and nails. The locker rooms have steam and sauna facilities, and there’s a co-ed hammam for some pre- or post-massage commingling.

gym

Open 24/7, FIT Gym is decked out with TechnoGym equipment, free weights, a heavy bag, and more. Instructors are always on site to help out and the gym offers complimentary water, refreshments, and even headphones.

dining

There are a lot of different dining options in the hotel like The Kitchen Table--a modern bistro with international fare or The Pantry – a quick grab and go spot. The true highlight, however, is in The House on Sathorn. Walk outside the hotel and you’ll discover a refurbished colonial mansion built in 1889 that’s now home to three different restaurants, including The Dining Room that’s always on the top 50 of Asia list and serves modern Turkish cuisine.

The House on Sathorn has a lovely courtyard with a great afternoon tea service. Don’t miss out on exploring this historic gem.

drinking

Woo Bar in the lobby of the main hotel is open all day and has DJs every night. There’s a happy hour from Monday to Friday at 5-7pm. Inside the House of Sathorn is The Bar, a refined drinking den with signature sips and colonial classics.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The Chong Nonsi Skytrain station is next to the hotel and makes life very easy for zipping around the city. You can walk to a bunch of stuff around here, including Lumphini Park, Taksin Pier, and any number of great bars, restaurants, and shopping. Catching a cab is easy on Sathorn, but be prepared to sit in traffic.

Restaurants

There are so many options nearby, but right next door is the Mahanakhon Cube (2-minute walk), where inside is a bevy of Michelin level restaurants like L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon for French, Morimoto for Japanese, or Dean & Deluca for chic café dining. Another one-of-a-kind spot is Nahm (15-minute walk), a Thai restaurant in the COMO Metropolitan that’s rated as one of the 50-best in Asia every year.

Bars

For legendary views and killer cocktails, head to the Banyan Tree hotel and zip up to the roof for Vertigo & Moon Bar (15-minute walk), an aptly named rooftop spot with a chic crowd. If you’re in the mood to dance, right next door to the hotel is CÉ LA VI Bangkok (2-minute walk), a high-end nightclub that’s open late.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Young, sexy, and cool, the W does everything it can to make sure its guests are well fed, liquored up, and primed for flirting. The spa is a delight and the pool relaxing. Wholly unique, The House on Sathorn is a historic landmark that now hosts restaurants, bars, and afternoon tea. Ideally located, it’s easy to get around the city via Skytrain or simply walk to incredible bars, restaurants, and shopping. Perfect for a millennial crowd, The W is a can’t miss hotspot for Bangkok fun.

QUICK FACTS

Trendy
403 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service 24/7
$$$$
Gym, Pool
Free with Starwood Preferred Guests membership
Free Parking,Valet Parking,Parking Lot
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 02-344–4000

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