Bangkok Mar­riott Mar­quis Queen’s Park

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TRIED & TESTED - Tam­sin Cocks

BACKGROUND For­merly the Im­pe­rial Queen’s Park Hotel, the prop­erty has un­der­gone ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion, re­open­ing in De­cem­ber 2016 as Mar­riott’s first Mar­quis­branded prop­erty in Asia. The“Mar­quis”brand ex­ten­sion de­notes that there are more than 1,000 rooms – 1,360 rooms in this case, mak­ing it the largest hotel in Bangkok – and over 5,000 sqm of event space. WHERE IS IT? Lo­cated along Sukhumvit Road near the up-and-com­ing “EM Dis­trict”, which com­prises three new lux­ury malls, prime busi­ness ad­dresses and a crop of cool new en­ter­tain­ment hotspots. A taxi to Su­varn­ab­humi In­ter­na­tional Air­port takes at least 45 min­utes – ex­pect to pay THB500 (US$15) or en­joy the hotel’s wifi-en­abled limo ser­vice for THB 2,500 (US$75). The hotel is also within walk­ing dis­tance of Phrom Phong BTS Sky­train sta­tion. WHAT’S IT LIKE? At less than a year old, it still has that brand-new ap­peal. The enor­mous lobby is dom­i­nated by strik­ing glass-en­cased gold pil­lars that stretch up to a tow­er­ing white ceil­ing, with plenty of com­fort­able seat­ing and a stylish bar. The dé­cor of­fers an al­most Art Deco feel, but blended with Thai in­flu­ences – a theme that con­tin­ues through­out the hotel. Gue­strooms and fa­cil­i­ties are split be­tween two tow­ers. ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES There are three room and three suite types. My 72 sqm M Suite was very spa­cious, with a sep­a­rate bed­room and liv­ing area, yet cosily de­signed to of­fer a so­phis­ti­cated res­i­den­tial feel.

The bed­room fea­tured a supremely com­fort­able king­size feather bed, flanked by gor­geous hang­ing bed­side lamps. How­ever, I was dis­ap­pointed to find no bed­side mas­ter switch, mean­ing I had to scurry around my suite in­di­vid­u­ally turn­ing off the lights. I also be­came flus­tered when I picked up the cord­less phone by the bed­side but couldn’t an­swer it – in the end, I ran through to the corded phone in the liv­ing room to speak to the caller.

The liv­ing room fea­tured lots of com­fort­able seat­ing op­tions and a stylish cir­cu­lar glass desk. Po­si­tioned near two in­ter­na­tional sock­ets, a USB port and phone, it was well equipped, but a lit­tle on the small side.

Both the bed­room and liv­ing room fea­ture large TVs, which no­tably of­fer a ded­i­cated TED chan­nel, thanks to the hotel’s re­cent global part­ner­ship with TED.

The mar­ble bath­room is gen­er­ously large, with lovely Thai Thann aro­mather­apy ameni­ties.

Guests in this room cat­e­gory are also granted ac­cess to the large, airy M Club Lounge on the 27th floor of the South Tower. The at­trac­tive space has plenty of seat­ing, a stylish meet­ing room, flatscreen TV, and the usual F&B op­tions (break­fast, happy hour cock­tails, etc). A high­light is the out­door bal­cony (pic­tured be­low right) – a great place to en­joy sun­down­ers, host an event or sim­ply catch up on emails. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS The hotel of­fers a di­verse se­lec­tion of din­ing venues on the lobby level. Goji Kitchen + Bar is the all-day in­ter­na­tional din­ing venue, serv­ing ex­ten­sive buf­fets from 6am to 10pm. Siam Tea Room treats guests to Thai din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, along with a se­lec­tion of pas­tries and sweets dur­ing the day. The Soba Fac­tory re-cre­ates a clas­si­cal iza­kaya (in­for­mal Ja­panese gas­tropub) with a ca­sual vibe. Fi­nally, the Pagoda Chi­nese restau­rant serves up au­then­tic Can­tonese cui­sine from dim sum to bar­be­cued pork in a clas­si­cal ori­en­tal set­ting. MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The hotel po­si­tions it­self as the “premier choice for cre­ative meet­ings and events”. It cer­tainly has in­cred­i­ble va­ri­ety, with 35 event rooms, in­clud­ing a ball­room that can host up to 1,100, plus out­door pool­side op­tions. Mar­riott’s global “Meet­ings Imag­ined” plat­form is epit­o­mised here, with cre­ative op­tions that even in­clude a hy­dro­ponic cham­ber. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES These are lo­cated on the ninth floor, and in­clude the Quan Spa, of­fer­ing a range of Thai-in­spired treat­ments in 11 pri­vate rooms; a 24-hour fit­ness stu­dio; and two out­door pools with sun loungers and pool bar. A Kids’ Club is also lo­cated on this level.

VERDICT This hotel echoes the cool­ness of the sur­round­ing dis­trict while meet­ing the needs of se­ri­ous busi­ness trav­ellers with a range of ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties and at­ten­tive staff. De­spite the colos­sal key count, at no point did it feel overly crowded or the ser­vice rushed. An im­pres­sive ad­di­tion to Bangkok’s hotel in­ven­tory.

The lobby dé­cor is Art Deco blended with Thai in­flu­ences – a theme that con­tin­ues through­out the hotel

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