The Park Hyatt is one of Bangkok's newest luxury hotels. It's an architectural masterpiece located in the centre of the city right above the Central Embassy luxury mall which connects to the BTS sky train station. Unlike the building exterior, the entrance to the hotel almost feels more secluded and private.
Upon entering you're required to take the elevator to the 10th floor where the lobby is located. The check-in process was fast, and a representative walked me to my suite to explain the features and benefits we would receive thanks to Amex FHR.
How I booked this hotel
After doing extensive research, I settled on booking the Park Hyatt Bangkok through the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program (only available to Platinum Charge and Centurion card holders). The price was identical to the standard comparison site but came with some attractive benefits: free dinner or lunch for 2 people (3 courses), guaranteed room upgrade, guaranteed 4 PM checkout and an in-room amenity.
Pro tip: make sure you compare the price against other bookings sites. My favourite place to compare hotel prices is this site.
While researching rooms and availability I had noticed that the corner room (one category under a suite) was no longer available. This allowed me to book 2 categories below a suite, knowing that thanks to the guaranteed upgrade benefit, I would be allocated a suite. Although the cash price for this hotel certainly wasn't cheap ($600 a night), the suites were going for around $1200. It's safe to say the Park Hyatt Bangkok is one of the most expensive hotels in the city.
Booking with points
One of my favourite hotel reward programs is World of Hyatt. Simply because they run some great promotions allowing you to buy points for a reasonable price and redeem those for rooms which would otherwise be unaffordable. Basic rooms at the Park Hyatt Bangkok go for 20,000 points which I think is a little expensive considering the average cash rate. However, it can be useful for when room prices are high.
Hotel Style & Design
The hotel's interior is the work of renowned design firm Yabu Pushelburg, the aesthetic is a clean and understated sense of luxury which starts in the secluded lobby and leads throughout the common areas which feature high ceilings with a few statement art pieces throughout.
Bar & Restaurants
The Park Hyatt Bangkok has a few bars and restaurants throughout the hotel, during our stay we dined at 'The Living Room' which is the informal lobby style cafe/restaurant area serving breakfast, high tea and light meals throughout the day.
Our complimentary 3-course meal was served at the 'Embassy Room' which is the where the breakfast buffet is hosted in the morning. From lunch onwards, the space transforms into a relaxing restaurant with views over the outdoor area and pool deck.
On the rooftop is the Penthouse Bar + Grill, an entertainment and dining area spanning 3 floors with multiple bars and a rooftop terrace. The venues located in this space are The Grill, Chef's Table, The Cocktail Bar, Whisky Room, The Mezzanine, and Rooftop Terrace.
Unfortunately, due to our late arrival, we never got the chance to visit this area of the hotel.
At the lobby level is another bar, appropriately called 'The Bar' which also has a nice outdoor terrace overlooking bustling Phloen Chit Road.
The Room: Park Suite King
I really like the Park Hyatt design aesthetic with its neutral colour palette of cream and lightly colour wood, offset by black accents.
It's a bit like the interior of a Chanel boutique.
The King Suite comes with a separate living and bedroom and also features a walk-in wardrobe. The bathroom is equally spacious with a standalone soaking tub and rain shower. A nice touch are the Le Labo bath products designed exclusively for Park Hyatt.
The bed was firm but extremely comfortable, the high-quality pillows were also appreciated but if they're not to your liking, a pillow menu is available.
Breakfast at the Park Hyatt Bangkok is serious business, guests can choose from the a-la-carte menu and also enjoy what's on offer at the buffet. The quality of the food and coffee was very high with a range of freshly pressed juices on offer as well.
Pool & Gym
One of the highlights of the Park Hyatt Bangkok is no doubt the beautiful infinity pool overlooking the park and city below. Sunchairs are available around the pool area, but there's also an elevated sundeck with staggered daybeds from which you can overlook the pool while sipping on a freshly cut coconut.
As expected with this level of hotel, the pool service is attentive. The gym is spacious and overlooks the pool, there's ample equipment available to get a good workout in which is needed to offset all the snacks Bangkok has to offer.
Park Hyatt Bangkok Conclusion
Overall we had a very enjoyable stay at the Park Hyatt Bangkok (which is to be expected), other than the high price tag it's a fantastic hotel. In saying that, Bangkok is a great place to try out luxury hotels without having to sell a kidney and there are so many choices. I'm sure we'll be back at the Park Hyatt at some stage, but the glut of choice would have me trying new places with each visit.