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Review: the St Regis Bangkok hotel – understated luxury in Thailand’s capital

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This is our review of the St Regis hotel in Bangkok.

This is the first of three hotel reviews on my recent trip to Thailand.

After an impressive stay at the St Regis Mardavall Mallorca (review here) last year, I was keen to try out a St Regis city hotel. My holiday to Thailand proved the perfect opportunity as the St Regis Bangkok is considered one of the best in the network.

St Regis Bangkok exterior

Despite somewhat strenuous entry requirements, now is a great time to travel to Thailand as there are still very few tourists. You’ll have the many temples, beaches and other attractions virtually to yourself – a far cry from the over-tourism of previous years.

Thailand is likely to ease restrictions further over the coming months and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the PCR test requirements dropped relatively soon. It actually dropped the mandatory Day 5 PCR and hotel quarantine during my stay which meant I only had to do a self-administered lateral flow test instead, freeing up another day.

St Regis is a unique brand in the Marriott portfolio and has a storied history as well as a number of features and services that set it apart from other luxury brands including butler services and champagne sabering. Our guide to St Regis hotels is here.

The hotel website is here.


The St Regis Bangkok is well located in the city in an area dominated by luxury hotels. It is just round the corner from Lumphini Park and directly opposite The Royal Bangkok Sports Club which features a race course, golf course and other sporting facilities.

St Regis bangkok location

This means that it is one of the few hotels in Bangkok to look out over a wide open green space – a rarity in what is otherwise a wonderfully chaotic city.

The hotel has its own access bridge to the BTS Skytrain Silom/Green line which makes getting around on public transport a doddle, although to be honest taxi fares are so cheap it’s rarely worth the effort.

I recommend downloading Grab, the Asian equivalent of Uber. It makes getting around the city a doddle and also provides a good benchmark when haggling fares with tuk tuk drivers.

Inside St Regis Bangkok

Like most city hotels you’d be hard pressed to identify the hotel building on the street, and in that sense the St Regis Bangkok is not a landmark property. It’s just another 44-floor, 228 room glass-clad high rise. But it’s what’s inside that counts ….

St Regis Bangkok entrance

In we go ….

St Regis Bangkok lobby

There’s a small lounge on the ground floor:

St Regis Bangkok lobby lounge 2

…. but the majority of the hotel facilities start on the 12th, including the check in facilities. (The intermediate floors feature a parking garage, mostly).

There are four desks with armchairs for you to sit in tucked away in this corner of the double-height lobby:

St Regis Bangkok lobby reception

…. although at present only one to two are staffed given the low occupancy rates at the hotel.

Check in was quick and easy and my Marriott Bonvoy status was recognised.

Rooms at St Regis Bangkok

We were given a King room with Golf Course view which is at the upper end of the room categories before you get into the suites (of which the hotel has many!)

The room is very spacious, with a wardrobe-lined hallway when you enter:

St Regis Bangkok hallway

Storage includes a luggage rack in between two full sized wardrobes which I always appreciate. A safe, ironing board, second robe and usual bits and bobs were all in the wardrobes.

On the left you can see into the flexibly open-plan bathroom, which features a number of sliding doors giving you as much (or little) privacy as you need.

Walk a little further and you have the main part of the room, with king bed:

St Regis Bangkok room

Connectivity is great, with plugs on both sides of the bed as well as room controls.

In the window is a two-seat sofa, plus a very large writing desk that even comes with stationery:

St Regis Bangkok sofa desk

A lovely welcome amenity of fresh fruit and chocolates was awaiting us, and the butler also delivered two fresh coconuts which make a great jet-lag buster.

St Regis Bangkok welcome amenity


St Regis Bangkok coconut

Here you can see our welcome message and the view of the Royal Sports Club:

St Regis Bangkok view

Writing on glass and mirrors seems to be very much a trend these days, although I was still surprised to see it at the St Regis. I think it may be more popular in Asia where luxury staycations are more of a ‘thing’ because we also had it at Le Meridien Chiang Mai (review to come).

Opposite the bed is a 55 inch TV above a console table which features a stocked mini bar and fridge:

St Regis Bangkok mini bar

As well as the Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and usual bits and bobs:

St Regis Bangkok Nespresso

Looking the other way, you can see how the bathroom is semi open-plan:

St Regis Bangkok room 2

The toilet, fortunately, has its own door, and for anyone that hates open plan bathrooms, you can close the sliding doors fully for increased privacy. There are two sinks:

St Regis Bangkok bathroom 2

…. plus a large free standing bath tub:

St Regis Bangkok bathroom

And, of course, the shower with rainfall and standard shower heads.

Amenities are by Mor Emporium and I was particularly impressed by the shampoo and conditioner, which felt great and weren’t too aggressive on my hair.

St Regis Bangkok toiletries

In terms of style, the room has more of a traditional luxury aesthetic with dark woods and beige leathers. It was all in good shape and feels and wasn’t showing any signs of wear or tear.

Breakfast at St Regis Bangkok

The St Regis manages just one restaurant in the hotel called VIU (there are a couple more on site managed by third parties), plus the St Regis bar.

VIU is where breakfast is served. It is on the same floor as reception and, as you might expect, it has views across the golf course:

St Regis Bangkok viu

The restaurant is divided into three areas which are set up for different levels of formality. During breakfast of course they’re all the same.

St Regis Bangkok viu breakfast

The St Regis Bangkok has a relatively small buffet, certainly not as palatial as some (the St Regis Mardavall was completely over the top, I thought). It included a variety of fruit juices:

St Regis Bangkok breafkast buffet juice

…. plus pastries, salads and meats, cheeses and smoked salmon:

St Regis Bangkok breakfast buffet

Asian options were relatively slim, although the hot station did include chicken congee as well as bacon etc.

Supplementing the buffet was a complementary a la carte menu. This featured items such as eggs royale, a full English, pancakes, omelettes. Here’s my eggs royale:

St Regis Bangkok breakfast eggs royale

Slightly bizarrely, I got two eggs on the first day but just one on the second, although I could have re-ordered!

I was very pleased with the modest spread of the buffet and actually prefer it that way – I don’t really see the appeal in gigantic buffets, especially when there is an a la carte menu.

In the evenings, VIU serves a Thai and Western menu which is also available as room service. The Thai options were great and I particularly liked the pomelo salad.

St Regis Bangkok pool, spa and gym

The pool, spa and gym are on the 14th floor. The pool overlooks the golf course:

St Regis Bangkok pool

Whilst it’s an infinity pool, it doesn’t overhang the building so you can’t quite immerse yourself in the view. I liked the planting though, with a couple of lush green hedges, palms, orchids and more.

At one end of the pool is a jacuzzi, although it is the same temperature as the rest of the pool. Not necessarily a bad thing in Thailand’s heat!

St Regis Bangkok jacuzzi

The spa is operated by Clinique La Prairie, a Swiss brand.

St Regis Bangkok spa 2

Hotel guests can make use of the gender-separated public spaces for free, including the steam rooms, hot tub, plunge pool, relaxation lounge and experience showers:

St Regis Bangkok spa hot tub

It’s a lovely spa and I was surprised by how large the areas were – it was totally unexpected. I also had one of the best massages I have ever had with (I think!) Pu, who was exceptional.

The gym is opposite the spa and features the usual equipment as well as, oddly enough, a small boxing ring.

St Regis Bangkok gym

Service at St Regis Bangkok

Service in Thailand is always great, but at the St Regis Bangkok it is even better and the butlers almost beg you to give them something to do. At a St Regis butlers will unpack your bags, press/iron your clothes and bring you tea and coffee in the mornings amongst other things. We had ours bring us tea and coffee as well as iron some clothes which I always really appreciate as I hate ironing.

After my mum commented on the beautiful cut orchids at reception, we were delighted to find the staff had sent up the same flowers the following day. It’s little touches like this that really set apart the best luxury hotels. To be honest it is something I would expect at a Four Seasons but not necessarily a St Regis, so I was particularly impressed.


The St Regis is a solid option if you are staying in Bangkok. Whilst it doesn’t have any iconic facilities like a rooftop bar it is a very strong, detail-oriented hotel. It’s not shouty like, say, a W, but it delivers a more restrained and consistent luxury.

The service is great and whilst you aren’t necessarily greeted by name, little touches like the orchids delivered to our room suggest the staff are on a mission to ‘surprise and delight’ guests, which is something more reminiscent of a Four Seasons.

As a well connected base in Bangkok that also acts as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis I can definitely recommend the St Regis.

PS. if you want a roof top bar in Bangkok I can recommend the Vertigo Bar at the Banyan Tree, although I’ve been told the rest of the hotel is not particularly great.

Compared to what you would pay in other capital cities, St Regis Bangkok is a relative bargain. Rooms start at £175 for a weekday night in March. On points, you can expect to pay between 30,000 and 40,000 Bonvoy points per night until full dynamic pricing kicks in next year. You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.

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Comments (53)

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  • PL says:

    Nice review Rhys that is a good price considering a butler service is included. We got a good deal at the Peninsula in February and I was blown away by the overall service and breakfast offering. There are some really good deals to be had at the moment in Thailand! Looking forward to seeing your other two hotel reviews

    • Rhys says:

      Yes, now’s definitely a good time to be going to Thailand!

      • gordon says:

        March to October is the rainy Season, But it’s normally in the afternoon evening and can be a respite from the humidity. We travel between November & February but yes it’s the busy time but we prefer the weather during them months.

        • Rhys says:

          Yes, had a run of rain storms in Krabi whilst we were there. Very warm rain though! Only bummer is that it made underwater visibility very poor for scuba.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Writing on windows – first job for the butler would be to get that cleaned off!

    In fact, this is the only thing I would contact the hotel about before arriving if I knew about it.

    I presume no last-minute upgrades if your window has been graffitied?

  • Andrew says:

    I agree – the welcome writing on the windows is totally naff – what’s wrong with a handwritten note?

    • DevonDiamond says:

      For the Instagram lot I suppose?

    • Mike says:

      Welcome Mr and Mrs Jones ? – is there something we have missed

      • Rhys says:

        Only that my mum is only the latest in a long line of companions to be addressed as such. At least she’s actually a Mrs Jones – on other trips my friends have also been called Mrs Jones!

  • Phillip says:

    I enjoyed staying here and agree it’s a solid option. Where they could improve is on the dining options, especially at the main restaurant. I found the a La carte quite limited, and service at dinner felt very conveyer-belt!

    • Rhys says:

      It is quite limited, but you do have the non-hotel managed restaurants in the building too, of course.

      • BP says:

        And you are on a road full of 5* hotels with nice restaurants. Hansar next door, Anantara, Grand Hyatt, Waldorf Astoria…

        Then there’s CentralWorld just up the road with a huge number of restaurants. The supermarket there even sells IrnBru – a delightful find for a hot sweaty Scotsman.

        • Rhys says:

          Yes, that too. Nobody is going to starve in Bangkok for want of good restaurants!

    • Sideshowbob says:

      Agree, and breakfast was a bit hit and miss with the service. Although there is a wine and food evening in the wine bar on selected nights which is well worth doing.

  • gordon says:

    You have whet my appetite Rob….
    That looks like the Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa Especially the room. This hotel is a 15 min free hotel transfer from Suvarnabhumi airport. And is set on a golf course, Also you would not think you were in Bangkok.There are fabulous views over the golf course especially at night when you can sit on the balcony and watch people play on the flood lit course.With the odd large lizard being ushered away by staff.
    It is a great hotel for a stopover or as we have stayed there many times a quick stopover on our tour of Thailand. A wonderful country.
    This is not a promotion. I just got carried away as had to cancel at the start of the pandemic and I am itching to get back again. The hotel did close so hoping it re opens again.

    • numpty says:

      Thinking back to BKK you reminded me that at the Don Mueng airport there is a golf course between the 2 runways. Its worth checking on google maps to confirm its true!….Kantarat Golf Course.

    • BP says:

      Lumphini park a short walk away is a great place to see the large monitor lizards.

    • Rhys says:

      You would not think you were in Bangkok because realistically, if you are staying at the airport, you aren’t really 😉

      • gordon says:

        The hotel is not at the airport the 15 min transfer time gives that away?

        • Rhys says:

          Close, though!

          I think it was something like 45 minutes to the St Regis.

          • gordon says:

            Yes it’s about 40 mins from airport to Bangkok.Done it plenty of times. But once you have seen Bangkok a few times it’s nice to visit other areas hence staying at the Le Meridian as it saves the journey time back to the airport.Thailand has so many nice areas to visit. Yes want to visit Krabi and Phuket on our next adventure.What did you think of Krabi Rhys….I’ve heard good things about it….

          • Rhys says:

            Really loved Krabi. Spectacular scenery and access to the islands makes it well worth it in my opinion!

  • gordon says:

    Just checked and yes it’s true….Never knew that.

  • sayling says:

    “ass you might expect” for breakfast? Back bacon, maybe, but I wouldn’t expect ass in the morning, even in Bangkok…

    Also, a complimentary la carte.

    Great read, though, Rhys, thanks. Often wondered – what is the protocol for tipping butlers?

  • Paul says:

    Nice review and a great hotel.

    However, Thailand still requires one night quarantine and a PCR on arrival. A positive test (including asymptomatic) will see you whisked off in an ambulance with ten days in hospital and force fed lots of pills at your cost.

    • Rhys says:

      It does. Still worth going, in my opinion. You’ll never see Thailand this quiet again.

      • lumma says:

        The ONS estimate that one in 30 in England have COVID, the last time I saw the stats. 29/1 chance of spending your holiday in a Thai hospital?

        • Rhys says:

          Immunity doesn’t work like that! You don’t catch covid for every 30 interactions you have!

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