Okura Prestige Bangkok is a Japanese, contemporary, 5 star luxury hotel with 240 rooms and 34 floors. The rooms are all above the 26th floor, offering all their guests a panoramic view of the bustling city.
Why we booked Okura? I love infinity pools! After reading the reviews on trip advisor and the hotel description I was convinced and booked it immediately. Though I felt it was pricey (2 nights was £300) especially on our budget, I could not miss this experience of staying in a beautiful, modern hotel.
Upon arrival at Okura Prestige Bangkok…
My first impression of the hotel’s exterior when we arrived was it looked quite plain but sophisticated. I was not entirely ecstatic about the hotel’s outward appearance. However, the warm welcome extended to us by the hotel’s concierge as they opened the taxi’s door for us made me forget about the hotel’s appearance. The staff were so friendly and enthusiastic and seemed like they were genuinely interested in us. They conversed with us, asking what country we were from, and proceeded to load our luggage on the trolley to take up to our room.
Inside of Okura Prestige Bangkok…
We were escorted by a friendly host into the lift which took us up to the hotel’s reception. I was in total awe of the beautifully structured interior. Okura definitely embraces Asian, Japanese culture and design and had an elegant and stylish feel to it. The hotel reception was very spacious and quite minimal in decoration.
Our room was not ready as we had arrived early so we decided to explore the hotel. Check in time is at 2pm which in my opinion is late. It is a no brainer where I was heading to first- the infinity pool! We took the lift up to the 25th floor where the infinity pool was located. I found it to be quite tranquil and not congested with guests. The pool is 25 metres long so there is more than enough room to swim without bumping heads with other guests.
I had a very peaceful and enjoyable swim as the pool overlooks the city, offices, traffic and greenery. What truly made my stay was watching the sunset and sunrise by the pool side. Absolutely remarkable.
Beside the pool area is a bar to patronise food, desert and drinks.
Around the hotel, you will discover the usual amenities such a spa, sauna, gym, changing rooms etc. The gym is small but equipped with essential gym equipment and
weight machines. On the plus side, I used the gym at 3am as it is open 24 hours a day. I could tell they maintained the hotel really well since there were no signs of decay or wear and tear insight.
Okura has 3 restaurants to dine at: the award winning Japanese restaurant, Yamazato, Up and Above and Elements. Regrettably, I didn’t have the chance to savour the Japanese and international cuisine so I can’t comment on the quality of the food. I was always on the go and wanted to try more reasonable, authentic thai food outside the hotel.
I found the receptionists to be quite pleasant, professional and very informative. I enquired about how to get to the floating market and places to visit in Bangkok. One of the receptionists provided us with a detailed guide/ map informing us on what trains to get, the best time to visit the market, how to get to the river cruise and so forth which was helpful. The next morning another receptionist booked a cab at 6am to take my friend and I to the Damnoen floating market. All the staff are attentive and really made a difference to our stay. I was impressed by how timely staff were in handling our requests. I kept locking myself out of the safe. They came to my room within minutes to unlock it for me.
Inside the room…
For my stay, I checked into the Deluxe room suite, with a view of the city. I observed Bangkok’s city life through my hotel room expansive windows. Thanks to the hotel’s triple glazed tinted panoramic windows, I did not hear a peep/ sound from outside. The total silence in our room was like music to my ears. The curtains roll back and forth using a control and kept the sunlight out from piercing through especially in the morning when we wanted the room to be pitch black.
The deluxe room was quite spacious, well lit and clean- just the way I prefer my room to be. If I’m honest it felt a bit like an apartment room but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The room felt homely and warm.
My bathroom was elegant and decorated with marble tiles and a well lit makeup/shaving mirror. It was separate from the bedroom and had a sliding door which when left open, it created an airy open space. I enjoyed my relaxing shower as I prefer showers to bath tubs. The rain shower is definitely one of the best features in the room.
I quite liked our room’s reasonable sized walk- in wardrobe to store my clothing. The room was elegantly furnished with a long flat sofa,a mini bar, a 42inch flat screen cable television (which had my name on it) with complimentary in-house movies and even a work desk for business travellers. I’m not going to go into so much detail about the room as the hotel’s website conveys all you need to know about the accommodation.
My bed was so comfortable and relaxing to sleep on. The bedding linen is made of fine Egyptian cotton according to the hotel. I honestly don’t have clue about bedding materials but I do know my sheets were soft and smooth. There were digital bedside control panels by our bed so we didn’t have to stretch far or get out of bed to turn of lights, television etc.
Okura Prestige Bangkok is situated in the heart of Thailand’s capital. It is just a two minute walk away (0.1 km) from the city’s sky train BTS Phloen Chit station. The area is recommended for shopping, business and restaurants. As part of the Park Ventures Ecoplex, Okura Prestige is an ideal location with a mini mall in between it and an office building. The mini mall consists of a 7-11 convenience store, a Boots shop, bank and a Dean and Deluca Cafe. The hotel is about 30- 45 minutes away from the airport.
The hotel is in a prime location if you desire to do a spot of shopping. It is a very short walking distance to Central Embassy shopping complex – it is easily accessible using a walkway right by the hotel. Okura hotel is a further 10minutes drive to Central World shopping plaza and a 15minutes drive to Siam Paragon shopping mall. There are also restaurants and spas nearby to immerse yourself in.
Overall experience is Okura Prestige Bangkok exceeded my expectations. Best hotel I have visited thus far. The hotel definitely reaffirmed their principal of ‘simplicity and elegance’ by their stylish hotel decor and room designs. It is very convenient and stylish. The hotel’s staff were faultless. Hands down my favourite aspects of my stay was the glamorous pool settings and the delightful concierge. I would 100% go back to Okura Prestige Bangkok.