The pullman King Power Bangkok was the first pullman hotel worldwide, recently celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary and underwent a renovation. It now offers a grand lobby, great pool, spa and lounge and stylish rooms at reasonable prices. If you don’t mind the walk to BTS and airport train, you’ll get quickly to anywhere in Bangkok and you get a mall right next door. It’s one of the most stylish Accor hotels in the city and very good value for a trip to the City of Angels!
Location: The pullman King Power is located between the Phaya Thai Airport Rail Link station and the Victory Monument BTS station, a 5-10 minute walk from either. The walk to Victory Monument station is through air conditioned malls and a little more pleasant than from the airport train! That gives you access to the airport in 45 minutes by train or taxi, as well as to all the shopping and sights in Bangkok by SkyTrain, the fastest way to get around the city! The upscale King Power duty free mall is right next door with shopping and dining options. Many of the big malls along Sukhumvit Road can be reached by SkyTrain and are a few stops away.
Service & Rewards: Service at the pullman was friendly and attentive, just like you’d expect it to be at an upscale hotel in South East Asia. As an Accor LeClub Platinum members, you can check in at the Lounge. We received a single category upgrade, welcome drinks and a welcome amenity, as well as discount vouchers to the spa and King Power mall. Staff at the lounge was very attentive throughout our visit, during breakfast and happy hour. They assisted with printing boarding passes and responded to any special requests.
Housekeeping did a thorough job each day cleaning our room and restocked supplies as appropriate. They were responsive to requests for cleaning when we left and had a friendly smile for us whenever we passed. Staff at the pool and pool bar were just as friendly and helpful.
The restaurant seemed to be a little overwhelmed, with staff working hard to keep the buffet stocked and tables cleared.
Room: Our king room was partially renovated and pretty stylish. The large room has beautiful brown hardwood floors that look great with the grey wood furniture and wall coverings and blackout blinds. The king-size bed has high-end sheets and is very comfortable. The padded chair is more comfortable than it looks and a side table is provided. Oddly, the narrow desk doesn’t come with a task chair (true for all rooms, I asked). It’s a form-over-function decision, so better leave your work at home! And if you are not working anyway, you might as well enjoy the massive wall-mounted TV!
The bathroom is equally big and is nicely incorporated into the room. The large closet separates the hallway from the bathroom and opens to both sides, giving you access to your clothes both from the bedroom and bathroom, a neat layout. It holds a laptop size safe.
There is also a sliding window between the bathroom sink and the bedroom, giving you a choice between more light and openness or more privacy. Next to the sink is a deep soaking tub, followed by a glass-enclosed shower and an open toilet cubicle in the corner. The bathroom was not part of the renovation, but still looks modern and was in immaculate condition.
In addition to the stylish furniture and decorative artwork, the room has a few special features. There are two silky robes provided in the bathroom, you get a full set of Bigelow amenities, as well as a squeaky duck (my favorite collectors item) and some flowers in the bathroom.
Overall, I really enjoyed the pullman King Power room – it manages to be functional, stylish and luxurious, with the desk chair being the only noticeable omission. The free WiFi internet was reliable and useful at 2.0Mbps, enough for work and video streaming, but not very fast.
Restaurant & Amenities: Your first impression of the pullman King Power will be the impressive lobby area with various bars and restaurants. This property was the first pullman hotel worldwide, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and was renovated for the occasion. The high ceiling, stunning furniture and large-scale artwork makes it one of the most impressive lobbies I’ve seen at Accor Hotels. It’s well arranged with a large communal table for coffee in a group, seating for couples and large chairs for solitary reading – it’s one of the few hotel lobbies you’d actually want to hang out in!
The pullman has a large fitness center with a full set of new weight and cardio equipment for a complete workout. It appeared to be part of the renovation and looked great.
The LeSpa is also beautifully renovated, offering a nice welcome area and luxurious treatment rooms. We went for a massage and the staff was good. Prices are very high for Bangkok, you pay for the nice environment.
The pool is one of the more generous in Bangkok, at a time when most hotels squeeze the obligatory pool onto their rooftop. Here, you get a resort style pool with plenty of loungers, surrounded by greenery and a large bar close by.
Part of why I picked the pullman was the renovated lounge: it’s a gorgeous space, with clever seating. There is an enclosed conference room for meetings as well as work cubicles (see, you don’t need that desk chair in the room after all).
For the happy hour or lunch, there is bistro style seating convenient for eating. If you want to hang out, there is living room style furniture for groups as well as partially enclosed, more private seating for couples.
The lounge offers breakfast with a nice choice of fresh fruit, yogurts, pastries and hot dishes, including make-to-order egg dishes. The quality of all the breakfast items was very good, making for a great start into the day. They also serve a happy hour with snacks and complimentary soft drinks, wine and beer. It’s an equally good selection and quality as breakfast. Compared to the sad state of affairs of lounges at many US chain hotels, the pullman King Power is one of the few lounges that provides a peaceful and luxurious environment that’s worth paying for, both for leisure as well as for work trips!
The lobby has a small coffee shop as well as a bar. We went to the bar for drinks one night and it’s a nice place to hang out. The main restaurant serves breakfast buffet-style in the morning. It has a huge variety of food on offer. In addition to what you find in the lounge, there is more of everything, plus a large selection of Asian hot & cold dishes from Thailand, China and Japan. Similar to other hotel restaurants, it gets very busy, makes it a less pleasant place to spend your time. We preferred the peace & quiet of the lounge – if you want more variety, the restaurant is the way to go!
Bottomline: The renovated pullman King Power is not the most convenient location, but offers stylish rooms, a luxurious lounge, great pool, gym and spa at a reasonable price. The lounge is a great perk for Platinum members and worth paying for to upgrade your stay! Overall, I’d consider it a step up from the (also very good) Novotel Siam Square for just a little more money and a bargain compared to the Sofitel Sukhumvit or Sofitel So! I recommend it and would be happy to stay again!