Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri. Independent Living in Bangkok.

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Thailand. –  Returning to Bangkok for TBEXAsia, I was completely open about where I would stay. Having visited the vibrant city just a few months earlier, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of a new area, get a slightly more in depth perspective and do lots of urban walking.

Which means that when Green Pearls confirmed my three night stay at the Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri, I happily went without doing too much research. Firstly I had complete faith in them and like to go in fresh. Secondly it was in the sought after Ratchaprasong district, which is often referred to as the Heart of Bangkok. An area known for high-end hotels, big brand shopping and very good food. How could you go wrong?

What I hadn’t realised until I walked through the door and up the long red carpet to the reception desk, was that Grande Point Central would offer five star luxury, authentic hospitality and a uncomplicated modesty in it’s warm welcome and service.

By modesty I don’t mean to undermine anything, quite the opposite. It’s as though they’ve stripped back all the things that don’t really matter to a hotel guest and focussed on those that do, putting every effort into quietly perfecting them. There’s no fuss, just genuine service and excellent facilities.

Once checked in I was taken to my 32nd floor one-bedroom suite with it’s large lounge, fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, large fridge and stove. My bedroom and bathroom matched the space they take pride in offering, and once the shutters were pushed back I had uninterrupted views of this city I’ve grown to love.

There are studio, two and three bedroom suite options too, each incredibly spacious (I keep using the word space) with all the modern touches, and kitchens.

Actually each room feels a little like a private pied-à-terre that you can retreat to and for the duration of your stay and call your own as you soak up the metropolitan lifestyle. It’s no wonder that many of their guests book for up to three weeks at a time.

Among the facilities are the 24-hour room service, reception and concierge, incredible free Wi-Fi (how I love Asia for this), a downstairs restaurant, gorgeous rooftop swimming pool, spa and gym as well as a comfortable reading room. There’s even a playroom and babysitters on request for the children.

As for location, the Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri is in easy walking distance to underground and train stations. From the hotel they offer a well-priced private transfer, for just on R350.

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As it the prerequisite as a member of the Green Pearl Unique Collection, the Grand Point Central Hotel is eco friendly and adheres to sustainable practices, something immediately noticeable by the sign in the bathroom. Also the different kinds of local plants and trees found around the hotel, which give a wonderful urban garden feel to the place.

Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri holds a Green Leaf “smoke free hotel certificate” and actually, they don’t serve alcohol or even have a licence. However you are most welcome to buy and bring your own and there are grocery stores everywhere.

Other ways that they work for the environment is through their garbage management, energy saving practices and ongoing education of environmental awareness. Read more about their Green Initiatives.

I am reminded again and again how small things make a big difference towards improving the world and this is certainly one of them. It’s always particularly inspiring when urban hotels follow this practice.

I cannot emphasise enough how in your choice of accommodation when planning your holiday, selecting a hotel that subscribes to ethical practice is easy to do and adds a heap of feel good to the experience. It doesn’t cost more and it certainly won’t compromise on the experience, quite the opposite.

The Grande Point Central is a wonderful option for the more independent traveller who requires more space and the option of a kitchen, as well as good location and impeccable service, in Bangkok.

Thank you for having me stay and for taking such good care of me. Another thing which I’ve come to realise is a Green Pearls property’s characteristic.

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I took the above pic as I was leaving the Hotel for a full day out, looking up and truly taking in the magnitude of all those floors …

Some of my discoveries from Grande Central Point.

Stepping out in Bangkok offers a sensory onslaught that I have grown to love and hunger after. From the Hotel on this stay, these are some of the things I did.

Walk, always walk. I actually opted to take the 4,1km walk from the Hotel to TBEXAsia’s Queen Sirikit National Convention conference centre on the first morning. About an hour through the early morning traffic and buzz of commuters. Weaving between suited businessmen, elegantly dressed women, street food vendors, headphone wearing young and the occasional attention seeking street dog. Dodging motorbikes and cars as I crossed busy roads under bridges, before finding the tranquil Benjakiti Park and eventually arriving, a little sweaty and smelling of chicken rice, yet elated by the sights and sounds, to the conference.

– I discovered by complete chance that I was just around the corner from the Erawan Shrine, which is the site of the attack in September which saw 20 people lost. It was good to spend some time here, paying respect not only to Lord Brahma, but to those innocent victims. It was crowded and cared for, and there was a wonderful sense of serenity and escape when you stepped into the marked off area. It remains a testament to the role of religion in modern Thai society.

Central World, which is said to be the largest lifestyle mixed-use shopping complex in Southeast Asia, with its diverse selection of big name anchor stores, restaurants and entertainment. Here a wonderful place here for lunch or coffee is the Rocket Coffee Shop.

– Two places I never got to, but friends did, are the Neverland Siberians Coffee Shop, described as heaven for dog lovers. And Cabbage and Condoms, a restaurant with a difference using a quirky name and theme to highlight the serious issue of sexual health while serving up delicious Thai food in a lovely setting. All around are Condom characters like Captain Condom, a bride with her ruffled skirt made out of snow white condoms and even a jolly red condom Father Christmas. It’s a fun spot.

– On the last night in Bangkok a few of us met for dinner at Soul Food Mahanakorn, which serves up popular regional dishes on Thong Lor, where it blends in among the other shop-house properties. There’s a bar for just drinks if you prefer, but you’ll want to eat. It is intimate and the food is delicious.

– As for getting around, this time I took the Skytrain and BTS and found it very easy to navigate. Also taxis are affordable although language can be a challenge and even when I had the name of the hotel written down, some couldn’t help me as it was in English. It’s a good idea to get an address card from the Hotel with the hotel name in Thai and English.

– The number of licences for Tuk-Tuk drivers has been reduced and the annual fee increased, which means that they are a bit more expensive, but still well worth it and great fun for the shorter distances. In addition there is always good old Uber. I took them all.

– Have a Singa Beer or two. They are the cheapest thing on offer if you’d like a drink are light and good, but importantly, local.

Best part is that with all the walking, exploring and discoveries, at the end of the day you return to the comfort of your cool well-placed room, a warm welcome and the sense of home that Grande Central Point offers.

Below, some additional images off their online gallery.

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The pool area, rooftop living.

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The indoor Jacuzzi and Spa.

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This is the same as the one-bedroom suite that I stayed in, simply love the views and the space.

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More here on The Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri, Bangkok and follow them on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. Address: 153/2, Soi Mahatlek – Luang 1, Ratchadamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok. Terminal 21.

For more about Green Pearls Unique Places visit the Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest A look at the other Green Pearls properties that I have stayed at here.

See my posts on my previous visit to Green Thailand.

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Green Pearls who accommodated me at four of their properties. I covered my own international and internal flights. I  loved every moment.

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