Amari Watergate Hotel Review

Pratunam - Bangkok

Well known for its good service, competitive prices and quality accommodation; the five-star Amari Watergate is situated in bustling Pratunam.

The hotel has an elevated entrance – offering an ample buffer zone between the chaos of the street and the hotel's plush four-storey atrium lobby.


What's it Like?

Variety is at the core of this classic property, whether it’s food, recreation or accommodation choices; there is something to suit your budget and respective preferences. The opulent lobby is matched by efficient and gracious staff service.

 The size of the hotel affords its guests the opportunity to experience contrasting environments. From the American-themed basement bar to the contemporary Thai restaurant, the overriding atmosphere has an east- meets-west charm – the perfect fusion of old and new world Thailand.

Where is it?

Pratunam is perhaps best known for its proximity to discount shopping, wholesale markets and Bangkok’s world-class lifestyle malls – Central World and Zen. Despite being in one of the oldest parts of the city, traditional-style attractions such as temples and shrines are thin on the ground. Rather, highlights include Thailand’s tallest building – the Bayoke Sky Hotel, Pratunam Market and Suan Pakkard Palace.

Although Pratunam is not directly on the BTS line, there are droves of tuk-tuks and taxis circulating the area. To reach it by BTS, the closest Skytrain stations are Chidlom and Ratchathewi. From here entertainment, commercial and tourist attractions can be accessed within minutes.

What are the rooms like?

Featuring 568 guestrooms which include 186 Deluxe Rooms, 285 Grand Deluxe rooms, 73 Executive Rooms, 18 Corner Suites, seven Executive Suites and the Presidential Suite, each enjoys spectacular vistas of central Bangkok. Standard facilities in each room include a 40" LCD TV, WiFi, personal safe, DVD player, bathrobe and slippers and ample toiletries.

Each of the 186 Deluxe Rooms measures in at 40sqm and is adorned in the brand's signature blue and grey tones. The Grand Deluxe rooms are the same size but feature upgraded room amenities. 

 

The 73 Executive Rooms have been designed with the discerning traveller in mind, with express check ins and outs and exclusive facilities to ensure a smooth and stress-free trip. The popular Executive Lounge has a constant flow of complimentary drinks and snacks.

The 18 Corner Suites are 74sqm, providing ample space to lounge in. Executive Suites are slightly bigger at 78sqm, these come with an extensively sized spa-style bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and extra technology including an extra TV and sound system. The hotel's jewel in the crown is the Premier Suite. This is 112sqm of luxury, offering a bedroom, bathroom, boardroom and living room.

Restaurants & Bars

One thing you can count on the Amari Watergate for is providing their guests with extensive food and beverage options. Taking flavours from around the globe, the culinary outlets offer a vast range of tastes and textures, with everything from classic Thai fare to scrumptious Italian cuisine. A mixture of interiors and settlings mean that dining within the hotel can be a different and unique experience every time.

Grappino
With a menu that consists of traditional Italian dishes laced with a contemporary twist, Grappino is an understatedly elegant restaurant. Photographs on the walls reminisce back to old-school glamour. The medaglioni di cernia al Cartoccio (baked snowfish Cartoccio style, served with grilled zucchini and fennel, complimented by sautéed clams and a spicy basil pesto sauce) comes highly recommended.
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 14:30, lunch and 11:30 to 14:30, dinner.

Thai on 4
This award-winning Thai restaurant, has a warm ambience paired with some sweet and spicy treats, a particularly good tom yum goong graces the menu.
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 14:00, lunch and 18:00 to 22:30, dinner

Heichinrou
A grandiose affair with its marble floors and soaring pillars, the Heichinrou restaurant serves Cantonese fair in a traditionally inspired setting, seating up to 210 people. The famous dim sum lunch brings in a faithful crowd of returning customers, who are eager to fill up on the unlimited food option.
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 14:30

Promenade
This open-kitchen restaurant is the hotel's main dining area, where breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed seven days a week. Modern, clean, spacious and comfortable, guests can customise their own meals from the a la carte menu. The buffet selection touches on flavours and textures from around the world, making it a popular choice.
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours a day.

Henry J Bean’s Bar and Grill
Situated in the hotel's basement, this American-inspired Tex Mex joint is popular choice for early evening drinks. The extensive cocktail list is well accompanied by a live band playing classic rock tunes.
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 01:00 and 17:00 to 2:00 on Friday and Saturday.

Headlines Lobby Lounge
Between 18:00 to 21:45 guests can enjoy live traditional Thai music in the opulent lobby setting.
Opening Hours: 06:00 to 24:00

The Bakery
Few smells rival that of freshly baked pastry and bread and the Amari's Bakery is no exception. Featuring exquisite cakes, hearty bread and Swiss chocolates served here or to take away.
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 22:00

The Pool Bar
Happy Hour from 17:30 to 19:00 when beers, zesty cocktails and glasses of wine can be enjoyed at a discount price around the relaxed pool setting. Light snacks can be ordered here and eaten by the pool side or in the quaint dining area.
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 

Facilties

The Amari’s facilities will not disappoint even the most discerning of fitness enthusiasts. The extensive Health and Fitness Centre – Clark Hatch, is located next to the swimming pool, convenient for a dip in the pool after a workout. The centre features several programs, especially tuned for travellers on a brief stay. Guests can also take advantage of the squash courts and sauna/steam.

The pool area is a reasonable size, with equal amount of sun and shade provided by the surrounding greenery. Its elevated position affords guests the opportunity to enjoy a Bangkok sunset over a cocktail. Other facilities include the sensuous Sivara Spa, and a nail and hair salon.

Business Facilities

Due to the grand scale of the hotel, it's a popular choice of venue for both business and celebratory functions. The private air-conditioned Watergate Ballroom can seat up to 1,200 guests, while the numerous other rooms and suites cater to anything between 10 to 200 guests.  The extensive list of meeting facilities are tailored to meet the demands of small, average sized and huge gatherings.

The Verdict

The Amari Watergate possesses a distinct charm sometimes lost in other hotels. Its classic approach to décor and service highlight the hotel brand's experience in the hospitality industry. The accommodation is comfortable and equipped with the necessary amenities needed to ensure a relaxed and occupied stay. A great choice of food outlets mean savoring dishes from around the globe is easily achieved without venturing far from your room and the recreational facilities are world-class. This is all topped off by a central location in one of Bangkok’s most vibrant areas.


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