If you are looking for one of the largest hotel suites in Bangkok at a reasonable price, you don’t have to look further than the Grand Mercure Asoke – we stayed at a suite big enough to get lost in at a price that you usually pay for a regular room. If space is at the top of your list, you should check it out!
Location: The Grand Mercure Asoke is in one of the best locations to get around Bangkok (read my getting around tips), within less than 10 minutes walk from the MRT Sukhumvit and BTS Asoke stations, as well as the airport link, giving you access to all the train lines you might want to take in the city! You’ll also be close to Terminal 21, a fun and very Thai mall! If a 10 minute walk sounds like too much in the heat, the Grand Mercure does have complimentary Tuk Tuk to Terminal 21. You have to check on the timing though, it wasn’t available the two times we wanted to use it!
Service: The check in took longer than necessary and was unpleasant, because the staff insisted on me signing another credit card receipt, despite having prepaid, which I refused to avoid any possible double charges. It appeared to be one of several odd policies that were not customer oriented. Surprisingly, my Accor LeClub Platinum status was recognized with a room upgrade, which is a pretty rare occurrence at Accor Asia properties. A welcome amenity waited in the room, even though it was the smallest fruit plate I’ve ever seen! Housekeeping was friendly and thorough. The staff at the breakfast lounge was friendly and quick to refill the buffet and address any requests we had.
Room: The rooms are the single biggest selling point for the hotel. The Grand Mercure Asoke is managing a number of apartments in a larger residential building, so every room is a suite, ranging from large to huge! We had a one bedroom suite that was larger than any suite I’ve ever stayed at in Bangkok, even larger than at the Pathumwan Princess or Radisson Suites. I entered into a full living room, with a side table in the entrance and a sitting area and entertainment center to the right, offering a large TV and sound system. Beyond the living room was a small balcony with seating for two and a few over the city. The dining room with seating for four and lots of storage is to the left. Past the dining room room is a full kitchen with large fridge, microwave, stove, sink and plenty of storage and a full set of dishes, silverware and pots.
From the dining room, you enter the bedroom with a king size bed, a work desk, second TV and large closet. The master bathroom has a deep bath tub and separate shower and windows to the outside for light and ventilation. You’ll find a large, laptop size safe in the closet, as well as iron board, iron, bathrobes and slippers and a laundry hamper.
There is also a second, full bathroom with shower between dining room and kitchen, for guests or two people to get ready in parallel. While this sounds perfect for a family, oddly there was no sofabed in the living room or other, additional bed!
The decor was pretty basic and not quite up to the stylish Accor standards. It’s held in dark wood colors with a few touches of color. The furniture seems ill-fitting and the rooms feel empty and lack ambience.
Restaurant/Amenities: The hotel offers a very basic breakfast in a small room with four tables. You’ll find coffee and juice, a small selection of fruit, joghurt, bread and pastries; fried eggs, sausages & ham and one hot Thai breakfast dish (the photo shows the whole buffet). It was the exact same food every morning for our four night stay. It was sufficient for our stay, but not nearly as good as other Mercure or even ibis hotels, so you might get bored on a longer stay and I’d probably not pre-pay breakfast again.
The hotel pool and gym is on the rooftop with nice views over the city. There are comfortable loungers and towels and you can get drinks or ice cream on an “honor system”. You can get a basic cardio and light weight workout at the small gym. The small, well maintained sauna was turned off, understandably as it probably is not all that popular in the hot Bangkok weather.
Conclusion: If you are looking for as much space for your money as possible, the Grand Mercure Asoke is your ticket! It’s a good location and has huge suites to spread out in. In theory, it would be a great place for families, but the lack of bedding eliminates that option. If you like to spread out or want to host a party, you certainly can. The hotel is hampered by their odd management policies that are not customer oriented. Better decor and more family friendly furniture would also go a long way in making the Grand Mercure a more appealing choice. Until then, I’d prefer the smaller, but more stylish suites at the Radisson Suites, or the regular rooms at the nearby Park Plaza Soi 18 or Sukhumvit. All three hotels offer friendlier service, better breakfast and amenities.