The Sukhothai Hotel

, Bangkok, Thailand
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The Sukhothai Hotel

, Bangkok
5 star

Rooms: 220

13 South Sathorn Road - Bangkok - 10120 - Thailand Hotel Website | | (0) 2 344 8888
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Another wonderful stay in paradise

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from another wonderful trip to The Sukhothai (3rd in 7 months). I am most fortunate that I travel to Bangkok every 2-3 months on business and my stays at the Sukhothai are fabulous. It was most wonderful recognising the staff at the BKK airport and welcoming me back and also when I arrived at the hotel to the wonderful smiling staff welcoming me back. I can't say enough great things of this hotel since it has become my home in Bangkok for 5-6 days every 2-3 months. The staff remembers you and are always there to assist in any way they can. Where else in the world can you receive such wonderful service? They seem to remember the smallest details that make one feel so very special. The Sukhothai remains one of my all time favorites in the world.

Most Elegant Hotel, An Oasis in the City!

from lolabug
The rooms in this hotel are some of the most elegant I have ever stayed in! From the separate his and hers closets and the hardwood floors in the giant bathroom, you have all the luxuries at your finger tips.

It also helps that the Celadon restaurant is right in the hotel - some of the best Thai food with the most extensive menu.

The lush landscaping makes you forget you are in the middle of the city.

The location is great. You can walk to the subway and the great night market. Although you will have to travel a bit if you are looking for the typical hole in the wall massage joints, restaurants and bars so easily found in other areas. But taxis are cheap and easy to get thanks to the helpful bell boys. And you are right next to some of the biggest names in new hip hotels if you want some variety.

The pool is nothing spectacular but the service was nice. And the lounge has a nice bar with some great music.

Will definitely return as soon as possible!

elegant and comfortable

from A TripAdvisor Member
the hotel doesn't look remarkable from outside. but our room was perhaps the most elegant hotel room we've ever had. it was spacious, beautifully decorated with thai art and antiques. the spacious bathroom doubles as a walk-in closet with two separate dressing and clothing storage areas, two sinks on opposite sides of the room, deep soak tub, separate reasonably roomy shower. our room was right on the lilly pond, which isn't the most romantic view we've had, but isn't the worst. the breakfast buffet is very good. the main restaurant, celadon, is elegant and the food quality is excellent.

Hotel does not deserve your business

from A TripAdvisor Member
Avoid this hotel. Anti-smoking laws in Thailand clearly state that smoking in ANY part of air-conditioned hotel lobbies is prohibited. The Sukhothai, however, has designated half of its aircon lobby as a smoking section. And get this, the smoking section is also the area that has the pastries etc that are on offer - anyone care for a nicotine soaked pie?? Needles to say, the staff are subjected to an unhealthy and noxious working environment and non-smoker guests in the lobby are as well. The smoke permeates the entire enclosed lobby.

Chilling Out at the Sukhothai

from Holsro
This was the first time that I'd stayed at the Sukhothai and I would definitely recommend it. The staff were very helpful and were a great example of Thai hospitality. Although they also provided a good example of Asian bluntness (delivered with a smile) when they suggested we needed to dress 'more sexy' before we went to a certain bar!

We ate in the Thai restaurant, Celadon, where the food was delicious. However, my friend is vegetarian and the choice of vegetarian food was limited. The buffet breakfast was fantastic with a big choice of very tasty food.

After hours trekking around Chatuchak market, in Bangkok's August heat the pool and jacuzzi provided a very welcome, and calming, break.

I would certainly stay there again

My choice in Bangkok

from caipirinha
I've stayed in the Sukhothai many times in the last 3 years and it remains my hotel of choice in Bangkok for work or play. I put it down to its low-rise resort ambience in the centre of the hustle & bustle of the city, the cool & quiet elegance of the public areas, restaurants and rooms, the great food - especially the breakfast buffet and the sunday brunch - the fantastic pool & poolside service (towels, chilled bottled water, water sprays, and fruit juice shooters appear miraculously), and the superb housekeeping. Nothing about the hotel is over the top, and thankfully it eschews the minimalist uber-cool design of newer establishments like the Conrad and Metropolitan (I've stayed in both) that borders on boringly frigid. The Sukhothai remains stylishly modern, yet unmistakably Thai. The concierge and doormen are knowledgeable and helpful. The standard rooms are comfortable though some are in need of upgrading if Sukhothai intends to remain ahead of competition. The executive suite with its open floorplan and a bathroom the size of a standard room in any hotel is worth every cent. I rate the hotel 4.5 stars - taking 0.5 star off for the service which, though entirely efficient, often lacks the warmth and smile that we've come to expect in Thailand.

excellent service in a beautiful setting

from admglick
This was my second time staying at the Sukhothai and I once again liked it very much. It definitely has good points and downsides, but overall it was a great choice. The design of the hotel is beautiful and a very nice change from some of the big towers of the other hotels. There are gardens and water ponds throughout. I agree with the last review that the rooms could be a bit bigger, but that is not to say that they were problematic at all. An update of the TV does seem to be in order. Also, switching to card keys like most other hotels would be a good idea. My key was a bit big and not the easiest to use.

The restaurants and pool are beautiful and worth a visit. There is also live music in the lobby which is a very nice touch after a day in the busy city. I was initially worried about the location, having stayed at hotels that were more centrally located, but the door staff will get you a cab within minutes, and it is never more than $2 to go anywhere by airconditioned taxi.

Breakfast was delicious and as I said above, the setting was beautiful, overlooking the water ponds with sculptures throughout.

I would stil rate penninsular a bit above this hotel overall, but if you are looking for a smaller, more asthetically thai environment, I would certainly recommend the sukhothai.

Disappointing

from Hong_Kong_Star
We stayed 4 nights at the Sukhothai and we've been quite disappointed.

First of all, renovation works are massive and I find it really unacceptable to have bamboo scaffoldings in front of our window and sounds of people banging, banging, banging.... at 10am on a Sunday !
We called the reception and it stopped immediately.

The room (deluxe suite) was spacious and confortable. But not charming. It's functionnal but don't expect to have your breath take away.
The carpet was not so clean. Same condition in the corridors. It looks really tired.

The hotel service is good, but not great as mentionned in the other reviews. We were disappointed. Many of the employees have problems understanding english and it was really difficult to get understood for very basic things such as a restaurant booking.

The Scala restaurant (italian) is fantastic. The food is really delicious but the service not what it should be (we had to waive for them to get their attention to order drinks and had to wait for 15 mn to sign the bill...).

The Colonade restaurant is very good but again the service is not that great because they look stressed and they don't pay attention to you during the meal. If you don't need anything, then it's fine but if you want to get something, it's a bit difficult.

The Celadon (thai) is okay. The atmosphere is a bit cold and it's not charming.

We had the Sunday brunch, it's really great in term of choice and quality. But not outstanding.

I used the limousine service to go to visit a temple. On the way back, the driver made me wait 15 mn in the sun (with my baby) because he was late at the pick up time. Not the service you expect from a hotel with such a reputation !

The pool is very nice, except for the service. We arrived at 5pm and we were told that there was no more dry towels available. And there was glasses and plates all over the seats, not so clean. The guy working there was really not helpful nor kind. He looked very bored and fed up with his work... I don't think it's acceptable for such a hotel.

The Spa is GREAT, great treatments and the atmosphere is really fantastic. It's quite a small place so you feel very confortable. The treatments were amazing and the staff excellent.

As a conclusion, we have very mixed impressions for the Sukhothai.
We feel that it's not what it should be, for the price you pay.
It's supposed to be top of the range, but I don't think it's there.

Service superb but a little disappointed with the rooms

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was quite excited about staying in the Sukhothai having heard such great reviews about it. However it unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations.
On arrival we were greeted with friendly smiles and helpful staff in true Thai fashion. The decor of the reception took my breath away it was sleek, stylish and formally stunning in its nuetral tones, the live musician playing classical music just added to the serenity.However as we were shown to our room things took a bit of a downward tone. As we came out of the lift we walked down the stylish, carpeted, airconditioned corridoor to be met with electric glass doors at the end. On passing through the doors we were hit by the sudden sweltering heat and lack of air conditioning and the plush carpet turned into basic tiled flooring. we continued to walk along the open coridoor befitting to that of a three star beach hotel, with views over copious ramshackle buildings and building works. It felt like we were going into the servants quarters not walking round a hotel tipped to be the best in Bangkok.
We had booked a standard room as we normally do when in Bangkok, but it was smaller than what we have come to expect of a Bangkok hotel and rather dark and dingy.However the furnishings were of good quality and the decor average Thai. The view was of the gardens although we would have pefered a view of Bangkoks skyline to remember where we were although i believe the point of the gardens was to make you forget.
Unfortunately, again the bathroom was dark and not overly large but with a luxuriously deep double ended bath, perfect for after a hard days walking round bankok. The bathroom products were oddly British (by appointment to the queen) but of excellent quality and were conatantly replenished day and night.
The maid service was particulally meticulous, like nothing i have experienced before. In fact the staff services in general far exceeded expectations being friendly, polite and efficient at all times. The concierge were exceedingly knowledgeable reciting instantly a restaurant on a street that we could remember the name of the restaurant we couldnt. Taxi's were organised effortlessly by the door staff and the fact they always made a note of the regestration number, gave great peace of mind.
Breakfast also deserves a mention for excellent choice, fresh produce and superb service once again.
Location is a bit bizarre with not a lot else around but good for the Lumphini night market which is only a five minute walk away.
Overall, if i am honest it is a beautiful hotel but i would not expect to stay in a room of such a low standard and location for the money. I have stayed in many hotels in Bangkok and think my money would be better spent in the Peninsular or the Conrad.

Lovely hotel - check on renovations before you go

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a short stay at the Sukhothai in early June and endorse the many wonderful comments about the design and tranquility of the entire property. The hotel is still undergoing renovations so check before you book. We found a note under our door indicating the electricity would be shut off from 1 to 4 pm and only generators would be used, meaning the air conditioning would be shut off. No laundry was accepted that day and the in-room safes required resetting following the return to full power in the late afternoon. We didn't find the spa offerings as interesting as those at the Banyan Tree so went over there for the afternoon and enjoyed a wonderful lunch and massage. Power was restored on a timely basis.

It is set in between a couple of high rise buildings (about 1/2 block away from the Banyan Tree Hotel) and is indeed an oasis. The airport pick-up was seamless in every way. Service was excellent and unobtrusive. Breakfast at the Collonade was remarkable. Less fresh fruit choices than the Peninsula but included a complete honeycomb available for fresh honey on toast or in tea. Celadon was open; we ordered the set menu and enjoyed trying the various Thai dishes. The only thing I'd do differently is pass on the executive suite room. The extraordinarily oversized bathroom means a small sitting area and desk. The furniture is stylish in the sitting area but the arrangement makes viewing television uncomfortable.

Top Local Tips for Bangkok

If you have only a day or two, stay by the river. The hotels by the river, particularly the Hilton seem very nice.

Two places I was only there for 3 nights. Ate at the hotel restaurant Celadon the first night and it's really quite good. The next night, ate at Eat Me, and Asian Fusion restaurant. Fusion usually gives me visions of bad 70's jazz-rock bands and equally bad 90's Euro-Asian fodder. This place serves simple but well prepared food from fresh ingredients. Good service, nice location and you can book and outside table. One of my better dining experiences in the past year which includes Jean Georges in Shanghai, Tetsuya and Aria in Sydney, Petrus in HK and any number of restaurants between Shenzhen and Qiqihar in China. The last night we ate at Ban Chiang which was Thai food, well prepared and a quiet location off the main roads. Again, outdoor seating is available but book in advance. When we were there (Feb) the night time temperatures were around 30-31C.

Getting around by boat It's so easy to get around Bangkok. I suggest hopping on a boat on the river. For about 30 baht we were able to get all the way from the Grand Palace back down to our hotel. It was fun too!

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  • Address: 13 South Sathorn Road - Bangkok - 10120 - Thailand
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