Bangkok is blessed with so many great hotels and places of accommodation that range from cheap hostels to international standard 5 star hotels to unique boutique residences and villas. Bangkok consistently rates in the top 10 city destinations for hotels and value for money. What might not be so well known is the fact that a few hotel chains have started to appear in Bangkok. In Sukhumvit of interest in this respect is the Kingston Hotels Group.
The group has acquired and rebranded four hotels in the Sukhumvit area. They are Grand President Hotel (Soi 11), Royal President Hotel (Soi 15), Kingston Suites (Soi 15) and President Park Hotel (Soi 24). Let’s have a closer look at each hotel and then we can gain a better idea about the brand of Kingston Hotels Group.
President Park Hotel
This is a modern hotel consisting of a cluster of high rise towers nestled together. Outside is a communal swimming pool. The 238 rooms and suites are all well decorated in a modern neutral tone. The larger rooms are open plan with kitchenette, lounge area and dining area. The rooms have flat screen TV, DVD player, air-con, hot water bathroom as well as free wifi.
The hotel also has an impressive gym with plenty of machines to use. There is also a restaurant with a la carte menu as well as the standard Thai/Continental/English breakfast buffet.
The staff get plenty of positive reviews as do the rooms. This is a good quality, modern hotel worthy of its 4 star rating. Room prices start at about 1,700 Thai Baht a night.
Royal President Hotel
This is a large hotel. There is one big high rise tower and adjoining buildings. The serviced apartment complex contains 186 rooms, suites and roof top penthouses. The swimming pool is in a courtyard hidden from the main road. The gym is housed next to the pool with glass windows to give those working out a chance to check on their loved ones in the pool.
The suites are large and luxurious. The family suites feature dining area and kitchenette. The bathrooms feature stone decor with bath and shower. The rooms have air-con, hot water, cable TV as well as free wifi internet.
The dining room has orange chairs. Effort has been made to liven up the dining experience with a colour themed decor. The menu offers a good selection of hotel classics as well as Thai food. They offer a large buffet breakfast to guests.
Reviews of Royal President Hotel are mostly positive but mention is made of the small pool and the condition of the building that could do with a bit of TLC. As always with breakfast buffets people complain about the lack of variety and that bacon and eggs in Bangkok is not the same as back home.
Royal President has 4 stars and room prices start at 2,000 Thai Baht a night
Grand President Hotel
Grand President Hotel is located on Soi 11. It has a frontage with long narrow windows and white stucco that makes the hotel look like a Catholic cloister. However behind towers the modern high rise hotel. There’s a cafe just off the lobby that serves food and drink all day. There’s a long pool on the third floor. It’s outdoor, away from the noise of the traffic outside and with a great view of the city.
There’s a well equipped gym. On a lower floor is a medium-sized restaurant. They offer good quality Western and Thai dishes. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet with a bit of everything.
The hotel describes its accommodation as ‘executive serviced apartments’. The rooms are well appointed and feature hotel standards such as cable TV, air-con, hot water bathroom and free wifi internet. There is antique styled furniture in the suites to give the hotel a traditional feeling of luxury. The cheaper rooms have a more modern feel to them. The Deluxe Suite also features a kitchenette and washing machine. There are 473 rooms.
Reviews of Grand President Hotel are not that encouraging. There are far too many ‘terrible’ ratings by TripAdvisor for you to put down any criticism to cultural confusion. Old rooms, rude staff and poor Indian food are among the common complaints.
Room prices start at 2,000 Thai Baht a night.
Kingston Suites is on Soi 15, just a short walk from Nana BTS. It is the smallest hotel in the group. It is also the most aesthetically pleasing as it is situated in a European style building. The traditional European architecture is nicely counterpointed by the modern stylish interior of the hotel.
This comfortable hotel has a good range of luxury rooms. There is also a restaurant, pool and gym. Thyme Restaurant specialises in fine Mediterranean dining. There is free wifi in the rooms and in public areas. Kingston Suites is good value for its 4 star rating.
The hotel gets generally favourable reviews. The rooms are spacious and the staff friendly. People complain about the small elevators and the need for quicker maintenance to the rooms.
Room prices start at 2,100 Thai Baht a night.
The Kingston Hotel Group Brand
The official website for the hotel group claims their leading concept is ‘comfortable living’. This seems accurately conveyed in spacious rooms and apartments across the chain. Moreover all hotels have a pool, restaurant and gym. These are all key in bringing comfort to the guest.
Brands are never keen on articulating their brand; rather they want to get consumer recognition and ensuing brand loyalty. The naming of the hotels evokes presidential and royal quality but presumably for the masses rather than for actual presidents and royalty. For example it is unlikely that royalty would want the same half-warm buffet standards for breakfast every day.
Kingston Hotel Group hotels all provide a 4 star hotel experience where all the essentials are covered for a comfortable stay in some degree of luxury. However, the extreme high end of lavishly ornate lobbies, Michelin starred restaurants, large spas and golf courses have been avoided. These are not hotels where you are likely to bump into a Hollywood star in the bar. Nor are they small and boutique.
Those happy to spend 2,000 Baht a night for comfort, privacy, security, room service and a reasonable 4 star hotel experience should remember the The Kingston Hotel Group Brand.