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Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
April 17, 2007, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Bangkok, holiday, hotels, Le Meridien, photos, reviews, Thailand, vacation

The Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel is encased in a modern, sapphire-blue tinted glass facade, and exudes an understated elegance. Inside, the theme of clean lines and gracefulness is continued, with white marble flooring, and a soothing center oversized lotus display piece flanked by two grand semi-circular staircases leading to the second-floor function rooms.

Beyond the lobby, which looked like they have been remodeled fairly recently, the corridors at the accommodation floors hinted at the age of the hotel. The rooms were simple and functional, with all the amenities one would expect of a business class hotel, but otherwise had no outstanding features.

Recreational facilities were adequate, and special mention must be made of the swimming pool, which is surrounded by a well-manicured, verdant garden. The deep blue pool tiles and pool side sala as well as lush greenery combined to help the pool take on a resort feel–a rarity in Bangkok city hotels. The gym was functional, with two treadmills, two elliptical machines, and a couple of other cardio steppers. There are also about seven weight resistance machines.

An interesting sight beyond the typical hum drum of a hotel was a rather unusual wedding that took place on Saturday evening. The couple must be connected to the military or police apparatus because there were several uniformed guards-of-honor lined up along the grand staircases to the ballroom, and in attendance were also several guests dressed in military/police regalia. The traffic police was also marshalling traffic outside.

Location wise, the hotel is well situated, within a mere 5-minute walk to the Ploenchit BTS. Mall worshippers will be glad to know that Ploenchit is just one stop away from Chidlom, were shopping meccas such as CentralWorld and Siam Paragon, billed as the largest malls in Southeast Asia, reign. Overall, a great hotel with excellent, discreet service worthy of the Le Meridien lineage.

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