Tried & Tested

Hotel Check: InterContinental Bangkok

1 Jan 2006 by Tom Otley

WHAT’S IT LIKE? This former
Le Meridien property is now the InterContinental Bangkok, a high-rise
hotel with fabulous views and outstanding service.

In a busy commercial and shopping intersection, surrounded by malls and
good shopping. The Grand Hyatt Erawan is only a few minutes’ walk away.

HOW MANY ROOMS? 381 deluxe guest rooms, including 49 Club InterContinental rooms and 39 suites.

All the rooms have outstanding views. The 45sq m Deluxe Rooms have
king-size beds and twin beds, blackout curtains, cable and satellite TV
with pay-movies, alarm clock, voice mail, private direct telephone line
suitable for computer communication, desk, sofa, safe, tea and
coffee-making facilities, minibar, hairdryer and a large bathroom with
a separate shower cabin. Bathrooms are decorated in Italian marble,
with spacious bathtubs, separate, glass-enclosed shower units and
luxury bathroom amenities. At this five-star end, it’s the little
details that matter. The newly refurbished Club InterContinental Lounge
on the 32nd floor (non-Club InterContinental guests are welcome to use
this facility for an extra US$35 per person perday) has a complimentary
meeting room, which we used for a business meeting, as well as free
drinks and internet facilities. The staff made dinner reservations for
us outside the hotel, and after checking with housekeeping, my suit was
pressed and returned ready for the next day. Having worked through the
night I went to bed at 0500 and asked for a wake-up call at 0930. I was
left undisturbed to sleep until then, and woken on time. Arriving late
for breakfast at the Executive Lounge, the staff quickly fetched back
some food for me.

Summer Palace serves Cantonese food, or there’s Shin Daikoku for
Japanese, Espresso for all-day dining combining Eastern and Western
cuisine and either à la carte or buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

BAR: The Oasis Bar, a rooftop pool snack bar, serves cool cocktails and light snacks.

The 24-hour business centre has a boardroom, private office space and
full secretarial services including shorthand, typing, word processing,
translation, fax, cable, photocopying and printing of business cards.
Complimentary fax machines are available upon request and video players
and mobile telephones can be hired. Meetings of between 10 and 2,000
guests can be held in 14 rooms, with individual capacities of up to 750
for dinner or 1,500 for cocktails. Technical capabilities include ISDN
lines, satellite and video conference linkage.

The large fitness centre has a spa with 13 private rooms. Treatments
include the Hydro Aromatic Bath and the “Warm Your Spirit” hot stone
healing. Find the swimming pool and sun terrace on the rooftop (open
0600 to 2200 daily).

Rack rate for Deluxe Rooms is US$155, US$166 for Grand Deluxe Rooms and
US$205 for Club InterContinental Rooms. (Rates for other room
categories are available.) All are for single occupancy. Add US$20 for
twin share.

VERDICT: One of Bangkok’s top hotels, with faultless service.

CONTACT: InterContinental Bangkok, 973 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok 10330, tel 66 2 656 0444,

Tom Otley

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