I happened to have a short layover in Bangkok, Thailand before I was heading to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I was looking out for the best place to stay in the heart of the city and that’s how I came across Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok. Here’s a review.
- Revenue Rate: ~Rs.9,000 / Night (Executive Room with lounge access)
- Paid by: CC Points
I was initially planning to pay using Marriott Reward Points, but then I found a sweet deal with lounge access on credit card points redemption, so I went with that.
I checked-in late in the evening and the process was quite smooth. By the way, they even took a copy of my “departure card” along with passport. I was wondering why!
And they also have complimentary Tuk-Tuk service from/to BTS from 6 AM – 10 PM, just incase if you need.
I didn’t get anything in room by default, so i requested some fruits and this is what arrived.
The room was quite compact and you could imagine a typical business hotel room & amenities. You can get some good views from the window and its actually better at night with lights around.
The bathroom is bit small though. Here’s a quick look,
The reason for this article is actually to talk about the awesome lounge that this property has.
As I checked-in late evening, I went to the lounge to see if they have some treats. Happy hours was over by then but they did have fresh fruits and other snacks, which were good enough for dinner.
The lounge happened to be a great place filled with amazing people, too. On the first day, I came across a guy who happened to lead one of India’s popular snack brands in Thailand.
He’s a Marriott Plat and he quoted “this is the best hotel in the city”. No wonder, the receptionist welcomed his family like her own. He seems to be visiting the hotel quite often, every year.
The other day, I met a networking engineer who works for Bookmyshow. We spent quite a good couple of hours talking and i gained wealth of knowledge on server/network.
And of course, the lounge food was also as amazing as the people it hosted. Lounge occupancy goes as high as 90% at times as their Happy Hours is not only longer but they also serve afternoon delights.
Ideally, you can swing by and have a bit of something in the lounge all through the day.
Food at Restaurant
While I can choose to have breakfast either in the lounge or in the Restaurant, I went for the restaurant with a hope to experiment more delightful dishes.
You can get basically everything here from spicy Indian to savory Chinese to salty sweet American cuisine.
They also have a live kitchen for Indians just in case you feel like having Masala Omlet or that favourite Dosa.
If you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay in the heart of Bangkok, Courtyard by Marriott is certainly one of the best compact business hotel to be in.
It has everything: from Prime place, amazing people to good food at the lounge/restaurant.
- Cardexpert Rating: 4/5 [yasr_overall_rating]
Have you been to Courtyard Bangkok or planning to visit? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
Which cc points did u use and what was the offer
HDFC Diners Points. Well, 9k per night with breakfast & lounge access is definitely a deal! Its 12k+ normally.
What is the eligibility for Diners Black card? I’m holding for Diners Premium for close to 2 years now.
Pls refer to review article & comments.
How do you get lounge access, or something extra in hotels as diners club rewards points booking website shows mostly room only and with breakfast rates?
It depends on hotels. Some enable that option, some don’t.
Book a room at executive floor or above (like a suite), and lounge access is available if the hotel has one. For a room booked below that fare level, some hotels sell lounge access a la carte. My advice is not to pre-buy lounge access even if it’s available, go to the hotel and ask for upgrade. If you get upgraded to lounge/exec level or above, you get lounge access for free. Otherwise, you can buy at check-in. Hotels that sell them at time of booking always sell them at check-in too.
You will get it anyway if you’re marriott plat or above. A good chance you’d get it on gold if you’re in Asia.
So far I’m seeing ~70% success ratio on upgrades in India with Gold Elite. Moreover the rate was actually cheaper than Cleartrip public site rate, despite the fact that HDFC uses the same Cleartrip booking engine!
Did you get Marriott Gold Elite status with any CC? What’s the easiest way to get it?
Amex Plat Charge card could help you get Marriott Gold. I got it by staying though.
Axis Bank denied my credit card app due to “Fraud Score Reject”. What’s that ? I never heard of this term.
I have account with them. Cibil is 790 with no payment defaults. I am self-employed with ITR 4.7 lakhs.
hope is this your second trip to Vietnam, seems you are in love with Vietnam
Totally. Its a mini India in my perspective. I foresee it as a major tourist destination for Indians in near future.
Do you guys like to read countrywise Travel content by any chance?
Of course! Bring those reviews, tips and booking information on.
Plz provide countrywise Travel content , it will be really helpful