Marriott Sukhumvit Executive Apartments – upscale long-stay hotel, but overpriced!

The Marriott Sukhumvit Executive Apartments are co-located with the hotel of the same name. You get a slightly bland one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, living and dining room, as well as access to the executive lounge, pool and gym shared with the hotel for roughly the same price as the hotel room. It’s the nicest, upscale hotel in the trendy Thong Lor neighborhood, but prices are higher than the competition in Bangkok – read my full review if it is right for you!

Location: The Marriott Sukhumvit Soi 57 Executive Apartments are located near the Skytrain BTS station Thong Lor, along Sukhumvit Road. It’s six stops from the Central Station at Siam Square, about 10 minutes by train, putting you at the end of a several miles of malls. The Suvarnabhumi (BKK) airport is about 30-45 minutes by taxi and 1h 20 minutes by train. The Don Mueang (DMK) airport is about 40-60 minutes by taxi or 1h20 minutes by train and bus. Sukhumvit Road is probably the most congested road in all of Bangkok and a taxi to Siam Square can take 1h in rush hour, so it’s best to take the train!
Thong Lor is a hip & trendy part of Bangkok that’s developing quickly with new bars and restaurants. While this area is not ideal for first time visitors, due to the distance to the attractions along the Chao Phraya River and the most popular mall, it’s a good spot for return visitors who want to explore some new areas of ever-growing Bangkok!

Service & Rewards: The Excutive Apartments are co-located with the Marriott Sukhumvit Soi 57 and share the services team. Our welcome was warm and friendly and the front desk had us checked in quickly. We switched from the Hotel to the Apartments and they made an easy switch, involving a late check-out. As a Marriott Rewards Gold member, there was no room upgrade, but we continued to have access to the Executive Lounge, which is shared with the hotel. There apparently was a separate lounge for the apartments, but it was closed during our stay – and we were happy about that.
Housekeeping did a thorough job cleaning the room each day, replacing towels as requested and refilling amenities appropriately.
The lounge staff was equally friendly, but appeared stretched thin during breakfast and happy hour time. They responded to requests in a timely manner, but were not as proactive and attentive as at other executive lounges in Bangkok.
The bell staff seemed disorganized and disinterested, often chatting among themselves rather than holding the door open or offering a greeting. I did manage to borrow an umbrella (of a handful they seemed to have) during a downpour after signing for it!

Room: Our one-bedroom apartment includes a full kitchen, a living room, a bedroom with a work desk and a bathroom. You enter the apartment past the open kitchen into the living room. There is a large L-shaped couch in the corner with a small couch table, but it can’t be transformed into a bed. It’s facing the TV and window with a small dining table with two chairs in the corner.

The kitchen is separated from the living room by a counter, but there are no bar stools. The kitchen is fully equipped with a cooktop, stove, microwave, large fridge and freezer and even a small dishwasher.

You also have a large washer & dryer, which is great for longer stays! You also receive a full set of dishes, glasses and silverware and a small kit of amenities, including dish washing detergent and laundry detergent.

The bedroom is separated by a door and is equipped with a very comfortable king bed, a padded seat in the corner and a desk with chair, as well as a second TV. The whole apartment is held in beige and brown tones with the deep purple sofa the only touch of color and little decoration or artwork. It all is a little bland compared to the hotel rooms.

The bathroom is large with a full-size deep soaking tub on one side, a single sink in a wide countertop and toilet in the center and the walk-in shower with partial glass wall on the other side. It’s all held in white marble and was in good condition. It also lacked the pizzaz of the hotel room, being nice and inoffensive. Nice, thick towels and standard Marriott toiletries were provided.

Restaurant & Amenities: The Marriott Sukhumvit has a nice rooftop pool with an infinity edge and glass walls, giving you a great view over the city. There are lots of loungers with soft pads to relax and we had no problem finding empty seats, despite being busy. Towels are available at the pool, even though not obvious, and you are able to order drinks or snacks.

There is also a gym with a good selection of cardio and weight equipment for a basic workout. If you want to be pampered instead, you can head to the hotel’s Anne Semonin spa – we didn’t try it as it is rather pricey for Bangkok.
One of the highlights of the hotel is the Octave rooftop lounge (I reviewed separately) – it’s open to non-hotel guests and worth a visit, regardless of where you stay!

The Executive Lounge was the main reason for booking the Marriott Sukhumvit on this trip and it was ok. The lounge is fairly small and mainly equipped with bistro-style seating along the window and the buffet on the side.

There wasn’t as much lounge style seating as for example at the pullman King Power or the Hilton Sukhumvit and not much separation. It was very busy during breakfast and happy hour, making it feel crowded and much less luxurious as the other lounges.The breakfast was very good, with a large selection of fruit, pastries, yogurt and several hot dishes as well as made-to-order egg dishes from the cook. You can also get fresh juices and good espresso drinks.
During happy hour, the Marriott Sukhumvit lounge serves wine, beer and soft drinks, as well as a good selection of snacks and hot food, all of good quality and tasty. The buffet is substantial enough to serve as a light dinner, if you are so inclined.

Bottomline: The Marriott Sukhumvit Executive Apartments provides a nice alternative to the hotel on the same premises – you get a larger space with a separate living room, a kitchen and even a washer dryer, making it perfect for longer stays. You lose some of the style of the hotel, making it a little bland. The nice pool & gym, good lounge and friendly service are shared with the hotel. Similar to other Asian chain hotels, the Marriott Sukhumvit Executive Apartments are nicer than what you’ll find in the US at this brand, but the competition in Bangkok is tough and at a price of $140/night its pricier than other comparable hotels. You can check current prices and alternatives here! Unless you have at least Platinum Status (as of August 2018) with Marriott and value the free lounge access, there are better properties for your money!

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