I was very excited about staying here given the hundreds of rave reviews but left feeling like the experience wasn't at all one a #1 rating on Tripadvisor should offer. Here's what disappointed me:
- The "green wall" next to the room door is nothing special. It's behind a glass wall that is lit at certain hours, so nature is safely kept away from you, and it's just 4 rows of small potted plants along a wall... I really couldn't see what the excitement was all about.
- Despite the hotel branding itself as a green boutique hotel, I didn't get that feel at all. Staff were somewhere between indifferent and very casual; it's actually a big ugly concrete block that faces other big ugly concrete blocks on all sides on a potholed street; reception is on the 2nd floor (not the ground floor) so when you arrive with your luggage, you need to walk into the restaurant to be pointed towards a lift (not quite an amazing welcome); the corridors are what you'd expect to find in a concrete block (ie more concrete).
- The pool is on the side of the building, on the 8th floor, with views of big ugly concrete buildings (presumably, guests of the 4 Seasons enjoy watching people swim). When we went one afternoon, there was an event by the pool with lots of people in fancy clothes, a photographer and a microphone and I did feel like I was at the zoo (but inside the cage) while everybody sipped wine and looked at me... I didn't stay very long.
- The food at the French restaurant downstairs is just ok but incredibly expensive and not really worth bothering with at all.
- Whenever we enquired about tourist recommendations, the advice was absolutely not tailored to the guests' (our) taste: they have a print-out of several standard tours, and that's all they will sell. For example, I'm grateful tripadvisor helped me avoid the floating market as that would have been a very expensive and frustrating day-trip. Restaurant recommendations were equally disheartening.
- We were there during Chinese New Year and enquired if there would be anything special going on anywhere, but got absolutely no help there ("maybe if you go to Chinatown you can check if there is anything")
Things I liked:
- The rooms are very big and very nice with some very interesting books you can read. The bedroom part itself is a bit walled in though, in order to make the living room bigger.
- Breakfast was terrific, varied, beautifully presented, tasty.
- Location is between the St Regis and the Four Seasons, but more importantly it's next to the Skytrain. If you're in a cab, don't bother saying "Hansar" or even showing the hotel card with a map on it: just say "Four Seasons."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hansar Bangkok, an unrivaled luxury experience just steps away from the heart of Bangkok and a short one-minute walk to the BTS Skytrain, yet nestled in the seclusion and comfort in Bangkok's most prestigious location, Rajdamri Road. Endless and enchanting views of Bangkok greenery, outstanding architectural elegance and timeless style, amenities to please the most discerning traveler, this is the Hansar way of life. Our suites are steeped in modern comfort and amenities, contemporary yet timeless in style and adorned in Jim Thompson silk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hansar Bangkok Hotel Bangkok