Eastin Hotel Makkasan Review

Pratunam - Bangkok

Eastin Hotel Makkasan Review

It's still near shopping-mad Petchaburi Road and an expressway that gives easy access to the airport. It's still just minutes drive from the city's Skytrain (BTS Phayathai). And, this 23-storey high-rise is still encircled by a deliciously manic mix of street life and no-frills cuisine.

Yet, much has changed at the Eastin Hotel Makkasan. Seven months of top-to-bottom refurbishment have brought to pass an altogether chicer, cooler and classier hotel. Sleek looks and subtle Eastern accents now combine with a service-focused mindset, making for a contemporary city hotel of considerable vim and vigor. Everything from the neo-Grecian columns of the driveway to the soft wood paneling and gleaming Italian marble of the lobby looks voguish and fresh.

Not that it's all sheen, no substance. A complimentary minibus service now ferries guests to top spots like Siam Square four times a day. And the formally dressed staff come as polished as the floors. "Let me take your bags," implores a doorman, guiding you to the smiles of the reception desk. Check-in is brisk, giving you only just enough time to glance at a skyline that, with a snaking concrete expressway at its centre, is pure Bangkok. Afterwards a complimentary fruit punch lingers, courteously, under your nose, and a staff member beckons you into the lobby bar. Here - amidst rich earth tone upholstery, dark wood tables and abstract Oriental sculptures - guests surrender the senses to a Zen-inspired realm featuring divine cuisine, a holistic spa, a serene swimming pool and more. Everything at the Eastin now reeks of refinement and class...

Rooms: Private Zones of Chic and Sleek

Top of the pile are the 130 rooms in three different styles: Superior, Deluxe or Executive Deluxe (280 will be up and running by May 2008). Although modestly sized (they range from 32 square metres to 35) each is decorated luxuriantly, in sleek ultra-modern style. Their faintly masculine gold, cream and black colour schemes come courtesy of soft cream walls, gold fabric furniture and metallic paint paneling, dark teak fixtures and furnishings, and striped three-tone carpets.

Each also has a delicious white cotton duvet and plump pillows, not to mention a super-comfy bed. Long wooden surfaces with lamp and swivel chair offer plenty of space for laptops and paperwork. And large windows allow daylight to flood in dawn till dusk, when soft art-deco lamps and recessed lighting take over. Bathrooms are exceptional. Gold gilt mirrors, shiny tiling, snazzy washbasins, trendy blue bathrobes and bespoke 'Eastin' toiletries rendering them chic and indulgent.

There isn't much to distinguish rooms, merely small deviations in size, views, layout and accoutrements. However, all come with a host of standard features: soundproof windows with burgundy silk curtains, a bedside control panel (air-con, alarm and light switches), a computerized TV and movie system (ask at reception for movie prices), safety deposit boxes and high-speed Internet (150 baht for 15 minutes, 250 baht for 30 mins, 400 baht for an hour).

Only Superior Rooms though (the cheapest) get a LCD projector system that beams films or TV shows against a wall at the foot of the bed. This is, clearly, recompense for their unconventional layout (the bed sits in the middle of the room) and uninspiring views (most look onto an opposing building). Deluxe Rooms are the same size but have slightly more congenial studio layouts, a huge mirror above the bed, 21-inch flatscreen TVs and views onto spaghetti-junction, the nearby expressway. These are available in double or twin bed combos, the latter having a two-person sofa.

Considering the marginal price difference, we recommend you opt for the largest available room, a 35-square metre Executive Deluxe. Aside from just that little bit extra space, these have bigger mosaic bathrooms with separate walk-in shower/bathtub and a window partition.


Restaurants: Distinctive and Delicious

There are several on-site eateries, including flagship The Glass House Restaurant. Marrying minimal East-West aesthetics with starched tablecloths and quirky views, it's an upscale gem. While tucking into Caesar salads, guests look out, from curving floor-to-ceiling windows, across the busy expressway. At night this setting twinkles with the best of them, only that glimmer in your lover's eyes isn't coming from the heavens but headlights! During the day the 'a la carte' menu dabbles in Thai, French, Italian and Chinese; and at night an additional buffet option (500 baht) comes into play.

With innumerable places to eat within walking distance, many offering cheap authentic street food, many guests choose to eat out. Aside from the usual Thai, the Sri Lankan, Indian and Lebanese restaurants on the nearby Soi come particularly recommended. Whatever you do though, don't leave without trying your complimentary breakfast of divine pastries, fresh meats, cereals, tangy juices and fruit, and more savoury Thai fodder.

More Thai cuisine gets a look in at the elegant Garlic and Pepper Restaurant - which straddles the pool - though this is currently only open for lunch.  And tea, coffee and sumptuous cake can be found in the Lobby Bar until the evening, when cocktails and a softly twinkling grand piano take over. Looming on the horizon, literally, is the rooftop Sky Lounge on the 23rd floor. Currently being built (completion date:  February 2008) this will serve live music and cocktails in an atmospheric al fresco setting.

Recreation: Work out, Indulge or Unwind

There are several spots to sweat it up, unwind, indulge or relax. Work out in the state-of-the-art gym while admiring the city vista, or unwind with a sauna in the changing rooms. Take a invigorating dip in the lap pool (at 25 metres it's large enough for proper exercise), or take to a stylish wooden sun lounger for downtime relaxation (bring your walkman to drown out the whiz and whoosh of expressway traffic). 

Soon you will also be able to indulge in the up-and-coming spa, which while not yet open, promises holistic therapies like Thai massage and decadent body scrubs. Those looking for somewhere to conduct that business function, or wedding banquet, are also catered for. Brand new, the 8th floor conference venue offers a large, glitzy and hi-tech space that can cater for up to 400 people, and be divided into three separate rooms if needed.

Whether you're an established executive, debonair couple, an upwardly mobile traveller - or just after a hotel wrought in a beautifully serene modern style - you'll find much to enchant at the new Eastin Hotel Makkasan.

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