We chose The Sukhothai because it seemed like the most elegant hotel in Bangkok and my wife loved the unpretentious luxury and style it emanated. We are glad we were absolutely right and, even though we are not looking to be waited on hand and foot, we easily accustomed ourselves to the discreet and friendly attentions of the staff. Nothing can beat the combination of a high level of professionalism and the reserved but smiling Thai staff.
The moment you enter The Sukhothai from the busy South Sathorn Road, you leave behind the frenetic ants hill that is Bangkok and enter a world of tranquility and peace, as if it were one of the many buddhist temples you should visit. Only the high rises that surround the large grounds remind you of the unrelenting flow of life in the Asian metropolis you now find yourself in. The large staff are keen on making your stay as comfortable as possible, the level and quality of service is one of the strong points of this hotel, professional and welcoming like only the Thai can. We immediately felt at home and relaxed in this oasis, where guests are cherished and the experience is central.
The rooms are modern and luxurious, neatly finished in wood, with a large glass walled bathroom and a walk-in closet with plenty of room. The beds are comfortable and there is a small desk with a few electric outlets. Wi-fi is free and available throughout the hotel. The bathroom has two sinks, a bath and a large shower. Our room was set in the smaller building next to the pool. From our room we could overlook the pool and noisy Bangkok seemed only a far away city. Like our room, the whole complex is quiet, stylish and spotless.
The Sukhothai has not one but two of the fine restaurants. The Celadon offers authentic Thai food and La Scala has great Italian dishes.
The breakfast buffet is served every morning at the Colonnade, a wide selection of European favourites are served along with Japanese and Chinese delicacies. Chefs await to prepare your preferred style of omelet or pancake. Service, as always, is impeccable.
The Celadon is set in a beautiful building separated from the main hotel. The dining room is simple and comfortable with large glass windows that offer a view of the lotus-pond. Celadon serves an extensive a la carte menu of authentic Thai cuisine. There is also a garden terrace.
We came in for a light lunch, but ended up tasting some of the chef’s most lauded dishes. Read the full review here.
We had the privilege to do an interview with Jimmy, the chef at Celadon. You can read it here.
La Scala is located next to the pool and has an Italian menu with a great selection of wines. We tried the pizza, it was marvellous, one of the best pizza’s we ever had, in Bangkok! A bloated crust topped with delicious fresh ingredients, really a great pizza. The wine list is impressive, we selected a medium bodied chardonnay, perfect for a sweltering night in Bangkok. If you are looking for Italian food in Bangkok, La Scala might be the right choice.
Recreation and Spa
There is a large pool, very big for a hotel in Bangkok and allows to swim laps. There is a tennis court and a Health Club for your exercise needs.
The Spa Botanica is located next to the pool in a small building. My wife had a Jet Lag Tonic Massage, a real treat after the long plane journey. The staff was friendly and professional. The treatment in Thailand is probably a bit more intense than you are used to, so don’t hesitate to ask for a mild massage.