W Bangkok has now been open for less than a month. The grand opening is currently scheduled for March, 2013. The hotel only has part of the final room inventory available right now i.e. suites are scheduled to be available starting from February 1, 2013. You can read more about my booking dilemma of this hotel here.
I always advise my friends to stay away from newly opened hotels for at least 6 months. Typically, it takes a while for the employees to get up to the SPG program standards and also get to know the property. I was actually surprised how smoothly everything went during my brief stay. Quite frankly, I was expecting the absolute worst.
The W Bangkok is located in the Sathorn road in the Silom area. There is really nothing in the immediate area of the hotel, although it is within walking distance to the evening market on Pat Pong.
I took advantage of the late check in at the Le Meridien hotel and took a regular cab to the W around 4PM. My room was not ready and was offered a drink at the Woobar while waiting for the room to be ready. After nursing the Mojito for 30 minutes, the room was ready and inspected.
This was one of the more spacious rooms that the hotel had. As I pointed out above, the hotel doesn’t have any suites available at this time.
The bathroom was separated from the living room by a curtain on one side and frosted glass on the other side that you could partially see through. There isn’t a lot privacy if you are taking a bath or showering if there is somebody else in the room. Also, there is no door to the toilet. So, you can watch someone taking a poo while laying on the bed.
You could control the room lightning, do not disturb, air conditioning and some other functions via the Archos tablet that worked well as long as you had it plugged in. The curtains are manually, however.
The minibar was typical for Bangkok with those larger alcohol bottles instead of minis. The munchies box was typical for W hotels. I was surprised to find a water heater. Thought that W’s brand standard would have been not to include these inside the rooms.
The work desk and the chair were both functional.
Pool & Fitness Center
Having slept very late on New Years day, it was already dark before I managed to get out of the bed and check out the pool and fitness center. Both were on the same floor and you walk past the open fitness center to the pool area.
Didn’t like too much about the noise from the road that you could hear in the pool area as ell.
Food & Beverage Outlets
Besides nursing my Mojito at the Woobar, I didn’t utilize any other F&B outlet during my stay and cannot comment about quality of them.
This was fairly typical W. Not as flashy as W’s in Taipei or Hong Kong. More down to earth like W’s in Mexico City or Bali.
Need to return some other time to check out the suites and F&B outlets. Maybe sometime in the spring?