In a city of iconic hotels, The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok remains a firm favourite with business travellers to the Thai capital. We take a closer look at why this Grand Dame remains so endearing.
Opened in 1991, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is one of the city’s most esteemed houses of slumber. Built on the site of the government-owned Erawan Hotel, the property is best known for its towering square columns, which are influenced by traditional temple architecture. The hotel has enjoyed several renovations over the years, many at the hands of New York’s Tony Chi. The hotel’s location, in one of Bangkok’s key commercial and diplomatic precincts, is also brilliant; steps from the iconic Erawan Shrine, the hotel is adjacent to major shopping malls and even has its own connection to the Skytrain network.
Initial impressions of the hotel are impressive. Guests enter a muted forecourt into a cavernous lobby filled with trees, gardens and water features. I was quickly guided by a cheerful front desk staff member up to the fifth-floor pool deck where I was escorted around the hotel’s extensive swimming pool to a series of standalone villas, unique additions to the hotel’s 380 guest rooms and 44 suites.
My Garden Villa King is not your average hotel room. Instead, it’s more like a villa that you’d find at a resort – in fact, they’ve also doubled as private spa suites in the past. Guests follow manicured garden paths to a clutch of single-level villas, each of which features separate, spacious living rooms, dedicated spa suites, master bedrooms that open onto a private courtyard garden with a table and chairs, and a few handy amenities, including a rain shower with steam function and a stand-alone bathtub. There are Balmain products in the bathroom, as well as a pair of 55-inch smart televisions, a coffee machine, a Bluetooth-enabled JBL sound system, ample storage, twin vanities, a Hyatt Grand bed with pillow menu, and access to the hotel’s executive lounge, which offers business travellers complimentary meeting room access and evening cocktails.
The Garden Villa is a sublimely peaceful space that’s perfect for business travellers who like to nip out to the pool between Zoom calls. The living room has a comfortable, residential feel to it and the dining table doubles as a workspace. In the evenings, the garden at the rear of the villa is an elegant space perfect for intimate catch-ups or in-villa breakfasts while the bathroom will appeal to those travellers who like a little pampering.
In addition to the expansive swimming pool and whirlpool adjacent to the Garden Villa is the hotel’s i.sawan Spa, which offers a menu of contemporary treatments ranging from Thai pressure-point massages to Swedish aromatherapy, conducted in intimate spa villas by a highly trained team of therapists. Adjacent to the spa is a comprehensive fitness centre with views to the swimming pool, while the hotel also boasts 3,330sqm of innovative meeting spaces, with 14 venue options and break-out areas with interactive games to keep teams motivated and engaged.
Like many Grand Dame hotels, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok takes dining very seriously, making it as much a culinary destination for locals and travellers as it is a hotel. With its eight distinctive bars and restaurants, the hotel has a little something for everyone, from Italian osteria Salvia, with its Piedmontese and Sardinian-inspired menu and comprehensive wine list; to Spasso, a Parsian-styled bistro. The Dining Room, located in the lobby and famed for its live cooking stations, is the place for lingering breakfasts and all-day dining; while You&Mee is a casual noodle house with Art Deco-inspired interiors and a range of delicious Asian-crafted sodas.
Other popular spots include the Erawan Bakery, where AOP Isigny butter croissants and Chef Frederic’s classic pastries are always popular; the Erawan Tea Room, which pairs an extensive tea selection with Western and Thai desserts and views of the Erawan Shrine; the poolside Breezeway, an informal eatery offering accessible cuisine and drinks through the day; and Bar @ 494, an award-winning wine bar that’s also popular among cocktail lovers for its list of exotic concoctions from around the world.
With a great location and the pedigree of a true Grand Dame hotel, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is an ideal choice for business travellers bound for the Thai capital.
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