I visited the new Park Hyatt Bangkok on a busy weekday where it was booked with a high occupancy of 80 %. The hotel is part of the new Central Embassy Complex which hosts many high-end brand-name stores, restaurants and more. Due to its architecture, the Park Hyatt Bangkok is anangled, irregularly shaped building and its corridors and hallways are curved and windy.
The rooms, however are large sized with most of them having a breathtaking view over the park. The bathrooms are ultra-modern, bright and have extra-large showers. (Photos show standard rooms) The design of the hotel is state-of-the-art and represents a big city hotel with timeless decor.
If you are looking for a Thai touch you will be disappointed here. But if you are looking for a downtown hotel located in the central Bangkok Sukhumvit area you will be happy with its location. Most places in Bangkok can be easily reached from here by BTS Skytrain or Underground MRT services.
I find this a very chic hotel with stunning views and a perfect downtown location.
On a recent stay in Yangon, I took the opportunity to look at the newly opened Pan Pacific Hotel which had its grand opening in December 2017. The hotel is part of the new Junction City shopping complex which is a totally new experience in Yangon. The mall is a large, western-style shopping mall with brand names which have never been available in Myanmar before. There is also a western-style supermarket with many brand-name items from Thailand and around the world.
The Pan Pacific hotel is a tall building and offers a number of different room categories and several food and beverage outlets. The hotel has an executive floor with lounge. There is a gym and a swimming pool available. Room rates are still competitively priced and will probably not increase significantly as a Kempinski Hotel will open its doors soon. A Peninsula Hotel is also due to open on the same street in the future. The hotel occupancy was only 25 % on the day I visited. Pictures show different room types and the executive lounge which was deserted that night and there was also no food on display due to lack of guests.
I found the rooms pleasantly decorated, all of them with nice bathrooms. The rooms are bigger in size than the average hotel room in Yangon and some rooms/suites offer wonderful river or city views.
SPOTCHECK: HOTELS WHICH I HAVE VISITED BUT DID NOT STAY OVERNIGHT. TAKING A WALK AROUND AND HAVING A LOOK AT DIFFERENT ROOM TYPES, RESTAURANTS AND LEISURE FACILITIES GIVING ME A FIRST IMPRESSION.
SHERATON PRAN BURI HOTEL, THAILAND
The Sheraton Pranburi is advertised as a new hotel.
In fact its the former Evason Hideaway in Pranburi.
The hotel does not look in a good shape. There is a single restaurant only which rather looks shabby.
Nothing was renovated and there is no main pool available.
Pool villas and duplex villas are all in the shade, except for the 2 main double pool villas which are shown on the picture.
There are many more much nicer pool villa hotels in Thailand than this, so i would not want to go and stay there.