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My journey around the world had its final stop in Thailand, a country that had long been on my list but had eluded me for years.
Bangkok, its buzzy capital, was the final destination on the trip before I headed home. After spending a relaxing week by the beach in Phuket, I was ready for a few nights of the frenetic urban energy I’d heard so much about before heading home.
Bangkok’s a massive city, so naturally, there is no shortage of options when it comes to hotels. I narrowed my search to the Marriott portfolio as I was close to requalifying for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status and needed just a few more nights to do so.
I was traveling with 2 friends, so I looked for a room that could accommodate the 3 of us — preferably a suite with a separate bedroom so we could have some sort of privacy.
There were several options to choose from throughout the city, but the one that caught my eye, due to a number of factors, was the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. It was offering attractive rates on points, even for a suite that met my exact criteria.
It looked like the location was solid, too, near restaurants and bars and not far from some of the sights we were hoping to see while we were in town.
Read on to find out what my stay was like at this huge property and what you can expect if you find yourself staying there on a future trip to Thailand.
The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is in one of the city’s most popular districts, Sukhumvit. The hotel is surrounded by numerous restaurants and bars, and there are several gigantic shopping malls within close proximity. In fact, a brand-new one, EmSphere, had opened on the same block as the hotel about a week before we arrived.
The hotel is about a 12-minute walk from the nearest BTS Skytrain (the city’s rapid-transit system) station at Phrom Phong, which provides easy connectivity throughout the city. That was a huge plus, as the traffic in Bangkok was no joke!
You can take the Airport Rail Link, a commuter train service, from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) directly to Phaya Thai Station in the city’s center. Still, we opted for a Grab (a popular rideshare service in Southeast Asia) as we were 3 people traveling with considerable luggage.
We … “Grabbed” … an SUV that cost just under ฿650 (~$19). The ride took us a little over an hour, thanks to the hectic traffic once we got close to the center of the city. The airport is 29 kilometers (~18 miles) from the hotel, so without traffic, you can expect to spend about 40 minutes in the car.
I found what I considered to be a pretty good points rate for my stay at this property, especially considering the room type I booked.
I used a total of 181,400 Marriott Bonvoy points to book 3 nights in a 1 Bedroom Suite with M Club Access. At an average of about 60,000 points per night for a suite with access to the executive lounge, I considered that to be a solid deal, especially because we had access to some pretty impressive spreads in the M Club throughout our stay (more on that later).
Had I paid cash for the room, it would have been about $365 per night — not a terrible rate for a suite, but I wanted to maximize the amount of cash in my pocket since I was traveling for such a long time.
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I could tell from looking at photos online that the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park was a big property, but it really hit me as soon as we pulled up to the hotel.
The porte cochere was massive, and we were met by no fewer than 3 bellhops ready to take our bags. They whisked our luggage away and directed us to the check-in desks.
While we were walking to the desks, I noticed just how huge — and busy — the lobby was. It was ornate, with soaring, shimmering columns, incredibly tall ceilings, and regal-looking furniture spread throughout.
There were loads of people milling about the space, including what looked to be several tour groups. Shockingly, however, it didn’t feel hectic at all — the lobby was big enough to absorb all the people and the corresponding noise with no problem.
After viewing signs for more than 1 group meeting, I realized this was likely a property designed for hosting conference/conventiongoers. Not a bad thing, necessarily, but I was preparing myself to see a lot of people around every corner.
Despite the crowds in the lobby, there were comparatively few people at the front desks — we were helped right away. The agent was pleasant and chatty, asking us about our travels and clearly excited that we were in Bangkok for a few nights.
He explained my elite benefits — most importantly, where complimentary breakfast would be held. He then noted that I had booked a room with M Club access, so he handed me a printed sheet of paper that laid out the 3 daily food and beverage servings and explained that we could choose to have complimentary breakfast either in the M Club lounge or at Goji Bar + Kitchen off the lobby.
Next, we were handed our keys and given instructions to access our room in the hotel’s North Tower.
Despite being an urban property in the city center, the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is massive, so it offers plenty of amenities to guests — here’s a look at what you can expect.
The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park had 1 pool available for guests on the ninth floor and was open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
I didn’t have a chance to visit the pool, but I checked it out for a few minutes while walking through the property.
It was expansive, with a large deck and seemingly plentiful loungers for guests.
I loved that the pool deck boasted incredible city views, too. There’s something amazing about going for a swim in the middle of towering skyscrapers all around!
The hotel’s Quan Spa is located on the ninth floor and open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with the last hour-long treatments beginning at 8 p.m. Predictably, I didn’t have time to visit the spa myself, but it offers a full range of services.
The fitness center is located on the ninth floor of the South Tower and is open 24 hours a day.
It was busy when I visited, but it was well-equipped with everything you could want in a gym. There was a room with cardio and weight machines.
There was also space for free weights, yoga, exercise balls, and more.
There was even a squash court available!
The hotel offers complimentary self and valet parking, not inclusive of tips.
The hotel’s Wi-Fi was complimentary, easy to access, and maintained a strong connection throughout all areas of the property.
Unfortunately, the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park doesn’t allow pets of any kind.
I booked this hotel specifically because it offered a suite with enough sleeping room for 3 people at a great rate, so let’s take a look at what my 1 Bedroom Suite at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park was like!
I had a suite in the hotel’s North Tower on the 34th floor. The suite opened up into a small entryway, with the entrance to the bathroom immediately on the right. Just inside the door on the left was the room’s minibar area, with a Nespresso machine, coffee pods, and 4 bottles of Chang still water available.
Beneath that were several drawers. One had a few glasses, coffee creamer, sugar, and a corkscrew for opening bottles.
The next drawer had 2 wine glasses and 2 coffee mugs.
The third drawer had a kettle and 2 smaller mugs and saucers — presumably for espresso.
Next to the drawers was a mini fridge that had a couple of beers, sparkling waters, a few soft drinks, and, interestingly, some salty snacks and sweet treats, all for purchase.
Next up was the suite’s spacious sitting area. I particularly liked the large sliding door that partitioned the sitting and sleeping areas, making it feel like a true 1-bedroom suite.
The sitting room had a comfortable sofa with a chaise lounger, an armchair, and a small coffee table. I initially thought the sofa would be a sleeper sofa, but it wasn’t, so the staff brought a very comfortable rollaway bed and set it up in the sitting area while my friends took the “bedroom.”
The sitting room had a minimalist media center with a large flat-screen TV. Next to that was a table and a chair that was a great spot to get a little work done.
The bedroom was just as spacious, with an impeccable king-sized bed in the center, flanked by 2 intricate-looking pendant lights and nightstands.
To the left of the bed was a small table and a comfortable chair.
The nightstand held an alarm clock with a built-in Bluetooth speaker, the room’s telephone, and plenty of outlets for convenient device charging.
There was another flat-screen TV across from the foot of the bed and a long bench that proved to be very useful for storage.
I loved the room’s minimalist look- it felt sleek, modern, and clean. It was more than adequate for 3 people, and I liked that the room could be separated in a way that made it feel like 2 distinct sleeping areas, which is exactly what I was looking for in my accommodations.
The bathroom ran practically the entire distance of the room, which meant it was very large, though its shape was long and somewhat narrow.
It could be accessed from the sitting room and the bedroom, which was another huge plus.
There was a single vanity, which was a bit surprising, but there was plenty of counter space to handle all our stuff.
The water closet was inside the entrance from the room’s foyer, which didn’t offer much privacy behind its glass door.
Across from the toilet was the room’s closet, which had several hangers, an iron, an ironing board, an umbrella, a few pairs of slippers, a safe, and more.
Next to the closet was a luggage shelf, which came in handy since floor space was a little hard to come by with 3 people and all of our stuff in the room.
There was a large, freestanding soaking tub, which added an element of luxury to the space.
Finally, the shower was large and clad in white marble, which I really enjoyed. There was a rainfall showerhead and a handheld one, though I preferred the pressure of the handheld.
The amenities were in reusable bottles and from a brand called thisworks. They were just OK, but they got the job done.
Overall, I thought the suite was great. It wasn’t the most opulent I’ve ever stayed in, but it served its purpose perfectly, and I thought the price in points was entirely reasonable.
Eligible guests who hold at least Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status or book a room with access can utilize the M Club lounge on the 27th floor of the South Tower.
It was a huge space, with plenty of seating available for guests at tables and comfortable couches and chairs.
The M Club was open 24 hours a day with an eligible key card, which meant we could access the lounge whenever to take a call or grab a bottle of water or a soft drink. There were also 3 daily offerings where extensive food and beverages were available.
A breakfast buffet was served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., “finger sandwiches” from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., “evening cocktails” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and desserts until 9 p.m.
I visited several times throughout the stay — I had breakfast in the M Club 1 morning and went twice for the cocktail hour.
I was genuinely blown away by the spreads at the M Club. Breakfast was elaborate — with a central service area with numerous food setups.
There were cold items, including cheeses, meats, dips, vegetables, salads, and a made-to-order egg station with all the fixings.
Next was a station with Western breakfast favorites like roasted potatoes, sausage, bacon, and more.
Also, Asian options were available, like congee and fried glass noodles.
Of course, delectable pastries were ready for the taking.
There was a range of cereal and nuts.
There were even Indian options as well — the M Club covered all of the bases at breakfast time!
I made a plate that was stuffed with all sorts of food …
… and then I went back for more!
The evening cocktail hour may have been even more impressive.
The same service room from breakfast was set up with plenty of food, but this time geared toward dinner.
I took a full tour before diving into everything — first, I encountered a station with a few cured meats, cheeses, nuts, ceviche, and more.
Of course, there were some Asian options available, most notably a station to make your own noodle soup.
Just like at breakfast, there were a couple of Indian options.
Perhaps my favorite part was the extensive salad bar — I fixed myself a hearty salad that at least felt healthy!
OK, I may have lied about my favorite part of the setup — that had to be the bar where complimentary beverages, both with and without alcohol, were served for 3 hours!
Menus offered basic cocktails, but you could also request a simple mixed drink like a gin and tonic or a rum and Coke.
Wine and Champagne were also available!
Considering the quality of the offerings throughout the day, I felt like I got even more value out of my points by being able to access the M Club.
With over 1,300 rooms at this property, there are a lot of people to feed. As expected, there are numerous restaurants and bars to choose from. Here’s a look at what’s available:
Goji Kitchen + Bar is the hotel’s all-day international dining restaurant, and it’s where I had my included breakfast 1 morning during my stay.
I arrived at the restaurant around 9:30 a.m., which evidently was prime time for the breakfast rush, as it was very crowded.
However, it seemed like the restaurant was used to the hoards of people, as plenty of food was available, and tables were constantly cleaned and ready for the next guests.
There was a coffee bar immediately on the right after entering, where baristas were waiting to craft just about any type of coffee you could want.
A little bit further down from the coffee bar was a cold beverage station with a couple of iced coffees and an array of fresh juices, including guava, orange, watermelon, and even green juice with cucumber and celery. I couldn’t get enough of the watermelon juice!
Goji had a bagel bar that would appeal to Western palates — it also featured several varieties of cream cheese, smoked salmon, and pickled vegetables.
Elsewhere, there was a noodle soup station.
Just like in the M Club lounge, there were a few Indian options, as well.
One of my favorites was the dim sum station, which had several different types of delicious dumplings.
Interestingly, there was a chilled case with large bowls of yogurt from which you could spoon your desired flavor into another dish. I didn’t have any, but it looked fresh and flavorful.
First, I made a hearty plate with primarily Asian options.
But, I found myself unable to escape the clutches of the bagel bar, so I returned for one of those — along with a few other Western treats I discovered along the way.
The food was very good across the board, but I much preferred breakfast in the M Club simply because of how crowded Goji was. In fact, it was hard even to know all of the food on offer because, at some points, the lines were too long to see what was being served.
If you choose to eat here, I’d recommend getting there as early as possible because it was slammed during prime breakfast hours.
Goji Kitchen + Bar is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch and dinner buffets are served Monday through Saturday, and a “signature brunch” is served on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Located on the fourth floor of the North Tower, Pagoda is the hotel’s Chinese restaurant. Its focus is modern Cantonese cuisine, specializing in dim sum and barbecue.
It’s open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner.
Akira Back, whose Asian fusion cuisine focuses on Japanese dishes, is located on the 37th floor of the South Tower. It is named after Chef Akira Back, whose DOSA restaurant was awarded a Michelin star.
It’s open daily for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Above Akira Back on the 38th floor of the South Tower, ABar Rooftop is an open-air space in the middle of Bangkok’s glittering skyline. The city is famous for its rooftop bars, and we knew we wanted to visit one during our weekend there. However, we were running out of time and decided to venture up to ABar before dinner on our last night in town to get a taste of Bangkok’s buzzy rooftop scene.
We were on the early side, so the vibe was mellow, but the views were sublime. ABar boasts one of the largest collections of gin in the city, but I went with a rum cocktail, the Muay Thai Smash (~$12). It was served in a “soda can” and had just the right mix of spice and sweetness, the perfect way to kick off our last night in Bangkok.
We also ordered chips and dip (~$7) to accompany our pre-dinner cocktails. I wouldn’t have believed we were in Mexico, but they did the trick.
Located in the hotel lobby, The Siam Tea Room focuses on Thai cuisine, offering pastries, coffee, tea, bread, and other foods from northern Thailand.
The Siam Tea Room is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
The Lobby Lounge offers soft drinks, light bites, and a full bar, in addition to a tea service each afternoon. We didn’t sit for a drink, but each night we came home from dinner, it appeared to be lively — and 2 nights during our stay, a pianist was playing for patrons!
The Lobby Lounge is open daily from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
There’s a pool bar on the ninth floor adjacent to the pool (naturally) serving refreshing cocktails, beer, wine, and other cold drinks in addition to a menu of light food items. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is associated with several restaurants not actually located at the hotel. These include Sirimahannop, The Crystal Grill House, and The Siam Tea Room at Asiatique the Riverfront. This open-air shopping and entertainment center is on the Chao Praya River, about 20 minutes from the hotel by car (without traffic).
Room service is available 24 hours a day at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, though I didn’t give it a try during this stay.
Once I realized just how large this hotel was, I wasn’t expecting personalized, bespoke service. But, every interaction I had with the staff members — particularly those working in the M Club — was fantastic.
They went out of their way to ensure we were well taken care of and were quick to take orders and clear finished plates and glasses.
The front desk staff members were also great — both at check-in and checkout, I had pleasant chats with the staff, which left a great taste in my mouth, which was especially impressive for such a large hotel.
The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park served my needs perfectly. It offered a suite that was well-priced in points, was well-located for exploring the Thai capital, had plenty of options for food and drink, and the M Club lounge was superb.
I’d certainly consider staying at this hotel again on my next trip to Bangkok. However, the city has so many amazing hotels that the hotel-lover in me would probably steer me elsewhere for curiosity’s sake.
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There’s no official Marriott Marquis brand under the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, but Marriott Marquis properties are generally distinguished by their location in prime locations in major cities, having at least 1,000 rooms, numerous restaurants, and plentiful meeting space.
Generally, the Sukhumvit area is the best place to stay in Bangkok, especially for first-time visitors.
The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park has a total of 1,388 rooms spread across 2 towers.
You can expect to pay at least $140 per night in cash, or 27,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, making this property an affordable option in a great location in the Thai capital.
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