A day before arriving in Thailand, I was looking for a hotel to catch a short sleep as I have to get up around 5 am to get ready and attend a friend’s wedding. Since I did not want to spend a whole load of hotel points just to stay for 4~5 hours, I did some research and found a Radisson property that cost reasonable on both points and cash.
About Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit:
Radisson Suites Bangkok is one of four Radisson properties in Thailand. You should be aware that all four properties are situated within one mile radius so to avoid confusion, searching the right hotel name on the taxi app is advised.
The 8 story hotel was first opened in 2010 and further renovated in 2013 and accommodates 149 standard rooms and suites. The hotel is located 7 minute walk from the BTS Skytrain Nana station but there are not many venues to hang around except some local restaurants as it is surrounded by residences and hotels. Similar to many other hotels in Bangkok, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to nearby train stations.
Booking Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit:
As a Radisson Rewards member, I had some points accumulated from my past stays. I decided to use Points+Cash redemption as I didn’t want to spend that much where I will only stay for a couple of hours.
The regular rate of the standard Superior room was around 2330 Thai Baht or US$65. While the Points+Cash cost 5000 points and an extra US$35. I rarely stay at Radisson properties except visiting Europe so I decided to use up my points to book before it expires.
Checking-In at Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit:
The time when I arrived at the hotel was around 2 in the morning. Gladly, there were a couple of check-in staff members and a bellman present in the lobby to help with the check-in process.
Prior to arrival, I made an online check-in through the app, and to my surprise, I was upgraded to Junior Suite as a Radisson Rewards Gold member. Although there were not many rate differences between the Superior room and Junior Suite, having an upgrade to a bigger room was a wonderful move by the hotel management.
Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit Junior Suite:
As I finished the check-in, I was assigned to room 802 which was located on the top floor. The hallway to the rooms was generally feeling bleak due to the dim lighting and dark colored carpet.
As I entered the suite, my first impression was positive but disappointing at the same time. Let’s talk about the positive aspect first. As a Junior Suite, depending on the location of the room, the size of the room was around 55~65sqm or 592~700sqft. The suite featured floor-to-ceiling windows, living room, bed and bath were all separated and specifically the bathroom was huge with a separate shower and bathtub. There even was a vanity table inside the bedroom beside the closet.
In the living room, a large sofa, a working desk, a small dining table and a medium-sized fridge were placed. Since guests staying here were mostly long-term stayers, there is a sink to clean up cutlery and glassware and a microwave to heat up foods.
Up until now, everything was satisfying. The few disappointments I would like to point out were the conditions of furniture in the room and the brightness of the lights. Even though the hotel was renovated in 2013, tables and closets showed extensive aging. Next, the drainage system in the shower was poor and it keeps backing up. Also, I noticed lime accumulation around both the rain and traditional shower head which needs to be cleaned up.
As mentioned above, the layout of the room is a little different depending on the location so your room might be either brighter or darker. If you are sensitive to these issues, I’d recommend to double-check with the check-in staff before assigning your room.
Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit Mauve Resturant:
Breakfast is served at Mauve restaurant located just beside the lobby. My rate did not include complimentary breakfast so, during my check-in, I was offered a promotional breakfast rate which I declined as I have to check out early morning. One thing I find it interesting was the restaurant only served breakfast and lunch but no dinner. It is probably due to low demand as there are a lot of nice restaurants nearby.
Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit Sip & Chill Rooftop Bar:
There is a bar called Sip & Chill Rooftop Bar by the pool on the eighth floor which provides a range of beverages to enjoy with light bites. I did not have a chance to take a look as the bar only operates till 8 pm.
Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit Gym and Pool:
The onsite gym is on the ground floor and a rooftop pool is located on the eighth floor. The gym was decent with enough fitness equipment. The pool was wide but as it is an open space area, people from surrounding buildings are able to see you.
Other Restaurants at Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit:
Other than Mauve restaurant, there are a couple of restaurants and a lounge bar located in the hotel which opens till midnight. Based on reviews, those who crave for Indian food, the Punjab restaurant offers a decent dining experience with quality Punjab cuisine.
This was my first visit to Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit and room-wise it was much better than Park Plaza Bangkok although there were some disappointing factors. I did not have full experience of the property but considering everything, the hotel is good for long-term travelers in terms of rate and amenities provided. On top of that, if you are a Radisson Reward elite, this hotel is economical to earn points and nights.
In the coming days, I will write a detailed review of Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 and Radisson Blu Bangkok so that on your next stay, you can choose between some of the Radisson properties in Bangkok.