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The Refreshed Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
February 11, 2014, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Bangkok, Erawan, hotels, Hyatt, reviews | Tags: , , , , ,

The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is my favorite hotel in Bangkok. The property boasts an excellent location in the heart of the Ratchaprasong shopping district, direct connection to the skywalk linking two BTS stations, and probably the best facilities among hotels in Bangkok including a Technogym-equipped fitness center on par or even better than high-end commercial gyms.

A stay at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok just became more compelling as the property emerges from a renovation of the guestrooms–which were looking rather dated–with New-York based designer Tony Chi helming the projects.

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The result is guestrooms that look fresh, contemporary, while retaining the comfort and ease of a residence.

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Coupled with a fine array of restaurants and the Erawan Bakery–where delectable creations go at half-price starting 6pm every evening–there is little reason not to make the Grand Hyatt Erawan a home away from home in the City of Angles.

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Refreshed Tony Chi-designed Rooms at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
November 21, 2012, 7:28 am
Filed under: Bangkok, hotels, Hyatt | Tags: , , , ,

The Grand Hyatt Erawan is my hotel of choice whenever I visit Bangkok, and I’ve previously noted that despite the spaciousness, the decor of the rooms is looking rather dated.

I was hence excited to be upgraded to a newly renovated guestroom by celebrated designer Tony Chi during my recent stay in October.  Having stayed there for a weekend, my verdict is that the refresh is incremental rather than quantum.

The layout is essentially the same as the old rooms–entrance foyer with bathroom to the side, bed, and finally study–expect that the furnishings are updated with designs that emphasize clean-lines, non-intrusiveness, and functionality.

So while the net effect is not jaw-dropping, perhaps the brief was for Tony Chi–whose projects include the Andaz Fifth Avenue, Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou, and Grand Hyatt Chengdu–to design a theme that is contemporary without being avant garde, comfortable without being boring, and modern without loosing the distinct Thai identity. ┬áThese, especially the surfeit of the in-room amenities such as fine teabags with an Asian-accented tea set, fruit basket that was replenished daily, June Jacobs toiletries, as well as various objet d’art exuded a plush yet residential vibe.



Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, Thailand
August 5, 2008, 3:15 pm
Filed under: hotels, reviews, Thailand | Tags: , , ,

The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, Thailand, situated at the heart of the prime shopping beltway within walking reach of Central World, Gaysorn, Siam Paragon, and beyond that the Siam Discovery Center and MBK, is a hotel that befits its prefix. It also houses one of Bangkok’s holiest shrines.

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The rooms are spacious, well-appointed, and immaculately-maintained, although the furnishings and over-use of wood hints at the era during which they were designed.

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Fitness and spa lovers will appreciate the expansive (and expensive) Club I.sawan, which boasts Italian-made Technogym machines with a view out to a bamboo-lined wall. The gym is hence called The Greenhouse.

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The lobby features an all-day dining restaurant and lounge flanked by an interior promenade lined with European-inspired street lamps. The mezzazine floor overlooks the lobby via spacious balconies. Colonial pillars reach for the sky. All these design features combine to create the impression of a genteel European boulevard within the spacious lobby.

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Rates can be pricey, but occassionally the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok does run some specials, which make the stay worthwhile.