Location. Location. Location. Would you like to stay in the middle of Bangkok’s action where most of the fun things to do in Bangkok are right at your doorstep but dread the noise and congestion? There are always some unexpected oases to be found right in the middle of some of the busiest cities and The Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok is one of them.
At the heart of trendy Sukhumvit business district, The Rembrandt Hotel sits quietly on leafy Soi 18 where a seamstress sets up her sewing machine daily on the street under the shade of a huge old tree; small cafes nestle under greenery; family run massage places offer relaxation.
This is old Bangkok at its best, a short walk from Sukhumvit Road, BTS Skytrain and the MRT underground metro station.
A deceivingly unpretentious entrance leads to a grand reception area and 407 rooms and suites hugging an L-shaped swimming pool on the 4th floor, tempting and cooling.
The rooms are spacious, well designed and offer all the expected amenities. The service is prompt, courteous and delivered with a warm Thai smile.
Will staying smack-bang in the middle of a high-rise jungle feel dark and hem me in?
Not at all. The L-shaped building allows light, space and views.
The edifice photo below is a view you will not see from the street but it is the linchpin that assures light intake and the feeling of spaciousness.
Is there a dedicated Executive Floor?
Yes. Rooms with access to the Executive Lounge are well worth considering, as they are quite spectacular and the lounge is a hub of activity with tasty treats and pre-dinner gatherings.
It is here that everybody who’s anybody in Bangkok’s art’s world will be.
The Rembrandt sponsors Bangkok Opera (Opera Siam) and other arty pursuits and accommodates visiting artists: voice teachers from Spain, producers from France, chefs from around the world come in and out of the Lounge.
There, you are likely to strike a conversation with some luminaries and perhaps meet charming GM Eric Hallin who orchestrates the action with understated panache.
Is The Rembrandt contributing to the surrounding community?
The Rembrandt is fully involved with local community projects such as Child Safe Tourism; the Mechai Pattana School helping farming communities in the Buriram province and charity projects in Nepal (Bright Futures Foundation).
I travel to Bangkok often for business and like to impress clients.
The four restaurants at The Rembrandt are top class (two of them award winners):
Rang Mahal (2013 Thailand Tatler Award Recipient) is the best Indian Restaurant in Bangkok.
It has sumptuous food and décor with traditional Indian music to accompany your dining experience. Ideal for a romantic dinner or to impress business associates.
Surrounded by divans, cushions, crispy linen and sparkling crystal, this is a must do in Bangkok.
The food is Northern Indian. Standouts are a rich Kashmiri Rogan Josh, a melt-in-the-mouth goat curry and a rich Makhanwalla chicken. The Sunday brunch has a great variety of choices and a lively atmosphere.
Señor Pico (2013 Thailand Tatler Award Recipient) is an authentic Mexican Restaurant and tequila bar with superb food and live entertainment nightly.
The Rembrandt Hotel has had a long association with Latin American bands and provides the best in that field. The Margaritas are a must try.
Da Vinci is an Italian Restaurant in an elegant, inviting, quiet setting. Ideal for couples that prefer to talk over dinner; anyone who wishes to clinch a business deal and certainly for those with gourmet leanings. Great wine list too.
Red Pepper has contemporary Thai cuisine with a twist.
Here are some suggestions while in Thailand:
- Shopping in Bangkok
- Where to buy Thai Silk
- Things to do in Isaan
Day trips from Bangkok
- Visit the Maeklong Railway Market for a memorable experience.
- Bangkok to Ayutthaya day trip