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Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld 4.5

Bangkok, Thailand

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Pros

  • Central Ploenchit-Chitlom location near Siam Skytrain station
  • Excellent Bangkok city views from all guest rooms
  • Attached to CentralWorld, one of the world’s largest shopping malls
  • Seven on-site restaurants and bars, including rooftop Red Sky
  • Large outdoor swimming pool with poolside bar and drink service
  • SPA Cenvaree on-site with full array of Thai massage and spa services
  • 24-hour fitness center with yoga and pilates classes
  • On-site Bangkok Convention Center can accommodate up to 7000 guests
  • Two outdoor tennis courts
  • 24-hour room service and laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and on-site business center

Cons

  • Food and drinks in on-site restaurants can be extremely expensive
  • Breakfast only free for World Club and breakfast-inclusive bookings

Bottom Line

The luxury Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center at CentralWorld Hotel has 505 large rooms with stunning Bangkok views and is attached to one of the largest malls on earth, CentralWorld. From Red Sky, a rooftop bar and restaurant, to the hotel’s resort-worthy pool and on-site SPA Cenvaree, many aspects of this property make a memorable impression. Rooms are contemporary and comfortable, even if they aren’t impeccably chic compared to other four-and-a-half pearl properties in Bangkok, and the hotel’s Ploenchit-Chidlom location is extremely convenient to major sights and landmarks. Guests looking for a luxury hotel closer to the Chao Phraya River should try Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, which offers similar amenities though without Centara Grand’s central location.

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Scene

Striking skyscraper with grand spaces and chic design elements

In one of Bangkok’s most visually distinctive skyscrapers, this hotel makes a big first impression. The white marble lobby has soaring floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light. A hardwood-and-glass staircase swoops around the interior, encircling delicate strands of crystals that descend from the light fixtures above, while water spills down two slate waterfalls. Sleek neutral-tone sofas and banquettes line the space, though it’s not the most intimate place to linger, and there are plenty of other places in the hotel to relax and enjoy a coffee or drink, including the Lobby Lounge, filled with striped chairs around a grand piano. There are several dining and drinking options on-site, the standouts being rooftop Red Sky, a sleek and sexy hardwood space with jaw-dropping views of Bangkok, an outdoor terrace, and a huge, decorative wine vault. Ginger and Fifty Five both draw crowds from around Bangkok, as well, for business lunches and dinners in their equally stylish settings with dark leather, sleek wood, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Hotel guests include business travelers and tourists, including families and couples.

Location

Central location near skytrain and attached to one of world's largest malls

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The hotel is located within the Central World complex, which includes one of the world’s largest malls. There are hundreds of designer shops within CentralWorld, but for more shopping options, high-end Siam Paragon is only four minutes away on foot, while the massive MBK Center is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The area is filled with upscale hotels and the restaurants and bars in the area reflect that, with dozens of international options in every direction. The Siam Skytrain station is an eight-minute walk from the hotel and trips to Lower Sukhumvit’s wild nightlife and trendy bars take about 15 minutes. The temples and sights around the Grand Palace are up to 30 minutes away by taxi, while Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports can both be reached in 30 to 50 minutes by cab depending on traffic.

Rooms

Large, comfortable guest rooms with excellent Bangkok views

With rooms starting on the 28th floor, one of the main features here are the views of Bangkok, which are exceptional regardless of room category. Guest rooms are large, starting with Superior World Rooms, and while the color schemes vary a bit from room to room, most rooms have similar decor. From the patterned-carpeted floors to the simple but contemporary chairs, dark wood furniture, and light wood veneer accents, the rooms are modern and inviting, if not exactly cutting edge. All rooms have air-conditioning, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, safes, desks with retro-futuristic chairs, minibars, electric kettles with coffee and tea, and comfortable double or king beds with duvets and bed runners. Decorative folded-screen headboards with mirrors add artsy flair and the illusion of depth to the rooms, while padded leather wall panels soften the atmosphere. Bathrooms are large, with mosaic-tiled walk-in showers and separate bathtubs, large marble vanities with contemporary sinks and fixtures, and a complete set of toiletries. Premium level rooms have love seats near the windows and the hotel offers a wide variety of room sizes, including suites that can accommodate several guests. Guests should also keep in mind that World Club level bookings enjoy a host of additional amenities and services (detailed below).

Features

Extensive but expensive dining options on-site, and excellent spa and outdoor pool

The hotel’s dining and drinking options are extensive, though guests should be warned that the views at venues like rooftop Red Sky come with a steep price tag. Red Sky has an array of western-style dishes that pull a crowd from far and wide, though the best options here are the cocktails and happy hour deals. Ginger offers a casual blend of Japanese and Chinese buffets or a la carte dishes with chefs preparing dishes at live-cooking stations. Fifty Five offers an international menu and astounding 360-degree views in a slightly more formal atmosphere than Ginger, while The World is open 24 hours and, as its name implies, serves a wide selection of meals, while Zing serves light pastries and coffees. A breakfast buffet with extensive hot and cold options is served daily, though the selection can vary depending on the venue, and it is only included with some bookings. World Club bookings have exclusive access to the 51st-floor Executive Club with free breakfast, tea service, all-day snacks, and free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the evening as well as in-room benefits, like limited laundry service and butlers. The hotel has a luxurious, marble-lined SPA Cenvaree, a juice bar, and a 24-hour fitness center with several cardio machines and weights as well as yoga and pilates classes. The hotel’s outdoor pool could be in a resort and is lined by a palm-fringed brick terrace and plenty of lounge chairs, a bar with poolside drink and food service, and a modern indoor hot tub. There are also two on-site tennis courts for guests looking to mix up their fitness routines. The hotel includes the Bangkok Convention Center, with space for up to 7,000 attendees, a 1,000-person ballroom, and up to 17 individual event suites with catering, audiovisual, and event planning services. Airport transfers and car services can be arranged by the concierge, who is also available for any off-site bookings. Babysitting and laundry services can be arranged, Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and there is a small business center on site.

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