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August 10, 2007
From journal Early Summer Short-Break
by Kauai Boy
January 23, 2006
With the relatively recent appearances of the luxury, riverside resorts (Shangri-La, Peninsula, and Oriental) and the modern, high-rise business hotels along Sukhumvit, no one seems to command as much respect in terms of excellence in service and international prestige as the Dusit Thani. At the entrance of Silom Road, at its intersection with Rama IV Road, the Dusit Thani is well situated in the middle of “everything”. From multi-national banks and corporate offices to the bustling nightlife of Pathpong, from bargain hunting at the Suan Lum Night Bazaar to the raunchy clubs along Thaniya Plaza – everything Bangkok is known for is either within walking distance, or easily accessible via either the BTS Skytrain (Saladaeng Station) or the MRT Subway (Silom Station), both being just a few steps from the hotel’s entrance.
Catering to businesspeople, international diplomats, and high-end leisure travelers, the Dusit Thani is admittedly very, VERY expensive for this area. I wouldn’t imagine ever staying here with my teacher’s salary. However, my Dad would stay here for all his visits to Thailand (on official UN business), and he holds it in such high regard. So, with that in mind, I figured I’d give it a little tour to see what all the hype was about.
Walking through the front entrance, guests are greeted by a brightly lit lobby, with luxurious, yet modern, décor. Considering its age, the architecture is quite impressive. Hospitality is extended from the moment the doorman lets you in and greets you with a bright smile, a wai, and a cheery “Sawatdee, krup!”
Strolling through the hallways and peaking in one of the “Superior Rooms” (maids here in Thailand are notorious for leaving doors open with rooms unattended), I see a room impressively furnished, yet surprisingly and unimpressively small – I believe a sign of the building’s age. Another observation of note – on top of the bed was an inordinate number of pillows! Seriously, does anyone really need that many pillows?!
The hotel does have the standard amenities of a luxury property – business center, limousine service, in-room massage, and concierge – as well as 24-hour butler services (extra charge of course!). The mid-sized fitness center is equipped with state-of-the art cardio-machines, weight machines, and free weights. However, the outdoor pool is quite small and seemed crowded.
There are eight fine dining establishments within the hotel, ranging from an American steakhouse downstairs, to “New French” cuisine at D’Sens on the top floor. Of course all of them are outrageously priced considering the typical cost of food here in Thailand. However, if it’s ambience you’re looking for, you get what you pay for.
As already mentioned, rates at this hotel are quite high. However, I was able to find discounted rates starting at 5,930 Baht/night (about US$143) for a superior room, taxes/fees AND breakfast INCLUDED.
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