*Grande Centre Point Hotel Ploenchit hosted me recently while spending a few nights in Bangkok. I arrived very late and the front desk greeters were ready for me. With a smile and a traditional Thai greeting – prayer position hands and a slight bow, I felt like royalty stepping into my temporary kingdom.
The decor was simple, fresh and relaxing in the hotel lobby, like a spa.
I was given my room key and headed up to the 18th of 31 floors. While it was a bit warm in the elevators and in the halls, when I walked into the room, the AC was blasting and the lights were on, like a little personal welcome party.
The room was cute, bigger than most modest New York apartments. A living room space with a two person dining area and a couch and kitchenette. No stove, but a microwave and ceramics.
At the table I found a kind note from the staff along with fruit and the best tasting tea I’ve ever had. Later I realized tea is just better in Thailand.
Some of the first things I paid attention to were the balcony – all rooms have one standard, the soaking tub – again standard, and a complicated-looking toilet – also standard. So this toilet is an all inclusive with a bidet with water temperature options and a seat warmer, which by the way is magical.
My Favorite Features of GCP-Ploenchit
Great customer service: I’m a stickler for good service. And GCP – Ploenchit nailed it. From the warm greeting at the entryway to the room service and housekeeping, everyone greets guests in a traditional Thai bow, smiles big and attends to all of your needs. Everyone was kind, generous and quite gracious. On customer service alone, this is a repeat spot.
Environmentally conscious: while the U.S. seems to only be catching up on this idea, the rest of the world is ahead on conservation. Each room is equipped with an all electricity off switch. Guests are given a key card that enables all electricity to work. But once you take it out of the slot, the lights go out, AC turns off and TV goes dark. So every time a guest leaves the room, she is not wasting precious energy. Also, the hallways and elevators aren’t air conditioned. While this doesn’t seem very pleasant, it’s quite practical. These places in typical hotels are energy drains where loads of money are thrown away. Think about it, hallways and elevators are areas where hotel guests spend a very small fraction of their time. Further, my theory is this probably helps keep costs low.
Low cost for midrange luxury: an average night here in a one bedroom can cost about $80 or less, which includes breakfast and a great location. Plus everyone gets a view, a balcony and a soaking tub, my favorite thing in the room. Guests have access to a glorious pool that overlooks the city, but is now partially blocked by construction of a new high rise building next door.
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