Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Hotel and Inn Review: Grand Diamond Plaza Suites Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)

Date of Stay: April 20-23, 2011
RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: *******
Rooms: *******
Condition and Cleanliness: *******
Staff Performance: ********
Room Comfort: *******
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: *****
Value for Money: ******

The Grand Diamond Plaza Suites Hotel, in Pratunam, has 172 suites aside from 4 penthouse suites, ranging from 45  to 220 sq. m. in size, and a small and unprepossessing lobby flanked by a Starbucks outlet and baratillo stores.  Its apartment-like 2-bedroom executive suite has cable TV, phone and bathroom (the master bedroom has a bathtub).
One of Our Suites' 2 Bedrooms
Each suite also has its own stocked kitchen with refrigerator, microwave oven and a water heater plus a separate dining (with a round table for 5) and living area (with another cable TV set).
Dining Area and Kitchen
From its balcony, there are great views of the city’s skyline (beautifully lit at night), the setting sun, the traffic-clogged Petchburi Road and boats traversing a nearby khlong (part of the city’s elaborate network of canals).
View of Bangkok Skyline From Balcony
The 8th floor Ploy Restaurant, overlooking the small swimming pool, serves an international breakfast buffet of Western and Asian cuisine: sushi, misoshiru, congee, noodles, dimsum, etc..  There is even a halal section for Muslim guests. There is also a MacDonalds and KFC fastfood outlet near the hotel.
Ploy Restaurant
The hotel is probably the best place to stay if you are a shopaholic, being conveniently sandwiched between the  Platinum Mall and Panthip Plaza. Across the street is the Pratunam Market.  Other shopping malls area include the Siam Paragon, MBK, Central World Plaza, and Siam Square. The hotel is a 15-20-min. walk to the  Ratchathewi BTS sky train line.  The hotel’s other facilities include another restaurant (Tae Chew Shark Fin Restaurant), a bar, business center, meeting rooms, swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and a fully-equipped gym.  It also offers the famous Thai House Massage.

Grand Diamond Plaza Suites Hotel: 888 Petchburi Road, Petchburi, Rajthevi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.  Tel : (662) 656-6888-98. Fax : (662) 656-6899. Website: www.granddiamondbkk.com.

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