Experience the luxury of Marriott's largest hotel in Asia
When someone mentions "Marriott", it's only understandable to get your hopes up. After all, the brand is a luxury powerhouse — especially in light of its recent merger with Starwood adding an even longer list of favoured hotels (namely St. Regis, W Hotels, and The Ritz-Carlton) to its stable of world-class stays.
But even with that in mind, stepping into the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park for the first time still blew our socks off. The Marquis category, unlike the classic Marriott establishments, is one of large proportions. To qualify as a Marquis, the building must be positioned to become a city landmark; enormous enough to house over a thousand rooms and hit the quota of 100,000 plus square feet of total space.
First impressions: Luxury on steroids. The lobby features decadent chandeliers and royal hues of purple and gold balanced in perfect proportions. It was hard not to linger or, rather, go for a wander. Obviously, I wasted no time whipping out my phone to make it Instagram-official, before my cheerful hotel guide led me to my room. I then quickly realised, there were many more layers of the palatial hotel to uncover. This was in fact, just the beginning.
A few steps into my M Suite, and it was clear that it was less like a room and more like a house. Synchronising with the Marquis standard, the rooms in this property echo the same grandiose design ethos — sizable and gloriously furnished in opulent metallics, whilst streamlined with elegant natural hues across the bedroom and the bathroom. Plushy duvet, check. Spacious bathub, check. Televisions? Two is clearly better than one — one for sofa-snacking and the other to watch while tucked in bed, obviously. After combing the entire room through and through, I deduced that my suite was almost too lonely for one — even my bathroom was huge enough to host a raving party for 20.
Staying true to its namesake 'Marriott Marquis' — every part in this grand hotel is supersized. From the sleeping quarters to expansive conference rooms, even the round-the-clock gym and Thai-spa facilities deserve an exploration map on their own. Safe to say, I was blissed out after having my knots sorted out in a Thai massage at the revolutionary Quan Spa.
Feeling famished from all that indulgence? Dining options here are exquisitely delectable. To name a few: The Siam Tea Room boasts the best of Thai cusine while Pagoda Chinese Restaurant made quite the lasting impression with Cantonese delights. Both establishments have also made the list on Bangkok's best dining destinations, as ranked by travellers around the world. If you're a breakfast person like I am, you'll have the best time at their morning spread at Goji + Kitchen & Bar. Take your pick from a generous spread of pastries, dim-sum, Thai-noodles, and other sumptious choices from East to West. After all, what's a hotel without a stellar breakfast buffet, right?
In case you haven't heard, the brand is also serious about valuing their returning customers — as exemplified through their Marriott Rewards Loyalty program (which also includes SPG and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards). Their latest partnership with Universal Music Group allows loyalty program members to trade their points for an exclusive concert in the hotel itself. Enter pop-rock band, Imagine Dragons, who brought the house down to a very special crowd (yours truly, included) at their stunning concert venue — converted from the Bangkok Marriott Marquis' outdoor pool. The beauty of the entire experience was that everything could be hosted in the hotel itself. It was comforting to know, that after the hour-long performance, I could easily head back upstairs to my luxurious suite, and call it a night without having to deal with taxi queues or traffic jams.
What was truly exceptional about Marriott's first Marquis hotel in Asia — located right in the heart of Bangkok — was its interpretation of Thailand's hospitable cultural heritage that was prevalent in every area of the property. From intricate Thai inscriptions on the walls to friendly service staff greeting "Sawadeeka", let's just say if you ever wanted the authentic Thai experience as living royalty, then the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park would make a close shot.
Heading to Bangkok soon? Make your reservations here.