A few years ago Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World launched a partnership where World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem points and stays at 370 participating SLH properties around the world. Generally, most SLH properties offer boutique-designed rooms and suites that are quite different from those standard chain hotel rooms you have stayed in.
While I was visiting Bangkok, this one hotel called Akyra TAS Sukhumvit caught my eye and I decided to review this interesting condominium-style hotel. There are currently 14 SLH properties in Thailand and three(now two) were located in Bangkok while the rest are dispersed from north to southern parts of Thailand.
This was my first and the last stay before the hotel permanently ceased operation on March 2021.
About Akyra TAS Sukhumvit:
Akyra TAS Sukhumvit is located at Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok. The location of the hotel is along the alley with a few other hotels including Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 where I’ve stayed frequently and it is in proximity to malls and Skytrain station.
This 9-story hotel first opened in mid-2018 after a small condominium was renovated by Akaryn Hotel Group and houses 50 rooms including suites ranging in size from 260 ~ 600sqft or 27sqm ~ 55 sqm. The hotel features modern and elegant interiors with a touch of luxury.
One unique feature of this hotel is that it is the first in Bangkok to be a single-use plastic-free hotel, using biodegradable plastic and specially designed amenities made from rice and bamboo material. This eco-friendly hotel will refrain from plastic bottle use instead will offer stainless steel bottles on arrival for guests to refill and consume.
Unfortunately, Akyra TAS Sukhumvit did not last long. I believe due to low demand from the pandemic, it was permanently closed and renamed Tastoria Collection Sukhumvit by a new owner recently.
Checking-In at Akyra TAS Sukhumvit:
The standard check-in time at Akyra TAS Sukhumvit is 2 PM but I arrived at around 1 PM. As Akyra Thonglor is bookable from World of Hyatt platforms, I was able to receive partial benefits such as late check-out but due to limited rooms, complimentary upgrades were not offered.
Due to the small layout of the ground floor, the check-in area felt narrow and compact but my check-in took around 5 minutes and I was assigned to room 404.
Akyra TAS Sukhumvit Superior Room:
As I got out of the elevator, outside the room had lemon-infused water that guests can refill on the water bottle displayed in each room. You can fill it up and take it with you outside while exploring the city but keep in mind that if you want to keep it yourself, you have to purchase it.
As I get to the room, I felt the hotel was more like Marriott’s Element with only 8 rooms per floor having similar distinct features to residential apartments. I love the sand-toned and bright-themed room with enough sunlight shining through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Inside the room, a kitchenette and a small fridge were facing each other along the hallway. Then comes the King sized bed and a long workstation with a wall-mounted TV. The majority of the rooms also feature a small balcony where you can look over the alley. There’s not much of a view as the hotel is enclosed by other buildings around.
Akyra TAS Sukhumvit Siam Soul Café:
There is only one on-site restaurant at Akyra TAS Sukhumvit called Siam Soul Café. Breakfast is served here from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM in semi-buffet à la carte styled dining in American or Asian cuisine. When I got to the restaurant for breakfast I was handed out a menu where I had to choose two items in addition to the buffet.
The buffet taste great and I loved the pancake and waffles that I chose for the à la carte. There are plenty of seats in the restaurant but due to the size of the dining area, it gets packed after 8:30 in the morning.
For dinner, I ordered room service with a mixture of burgers, fries and Thai cuisine. The presentation and taste were excellent, with a price you can find similar to restaurants around.
Akyra TAS Sukhumvit Gym and Pool:
Akyra TAS Sukhumvit has a rooftop pool and a gym just beside the bar. The gym area was really small and had only 1 treadmill and cycle with some dumbells. I rarely saw guests working out at the gym as the area was cramped if multiple people used it.
Akyra TAS Sukhumvit Rise Rooftop Bar and Dining:
With the swimming pool on the side, there is a rooftop bar that opened from 4 PM to 1 AM the next morning. Different wines and spirits and light dining options and finger foods were available to order at the bar.
There are plenty of boutique hotels in Bangkok but only a limited number of hotels have partnered up with global brands. I found Akyra TAS Sukhumvit an interesting concept and had a great stay with an amazing breakfast. This was also my first stay at Hyatt’s Small Luxury Hotels properties adding a new stamp to my Hyatt Brand Explorer.
As mentioned above, the Akyra group sold the hotel during the pandemic and now it is renamed the Tastoria Collection Sukhumvit hotel. While I couldn’t find information about the property’s new owner, I checked the hotel on booking websites and found that the rooms and services are unchanged and kept in a similar way as the previous.
Hereafter, you can visit another Akyra brand that is located in the Thonglor area which is much bigger and more luxurious.