Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit (known as Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok at the point of stay in March 2015), located near Sukhumvit & Asok stations, is a 5-star hotel in the prime central area of Bangkok city. The hotel features a sail-like glass façade and provides spacious rooms and suites. Getting to the hotel from Suvarnabhumi Airport was easy & convenient, here’s how:
- At the Airport Rail Link station (airport basement), buy a ticket to Makkasan station on the SA City Line (฿35, abt S$1.50).
- Exit Makkasan Station & walk to Phetchaburi station (6-7 min walk) – just follow the clear signage along the way.
- Buy a ticket from Phetchaburi station to get to Sukhumvit station (฿16, abt S$0.70), just 1 stop away. Exit Sukhumvit station exit 2. You will be able to see the hotel from afar given its unique sail-like glass façade, less than 5 min walk down the road.
Do note that there are different rail systems in Bangkok – BRT, Airport Link, BTS Sky Train, & MRT, and they use different ticketing systems so you will have to buy 2 separate tickets here, once at Airport Rail Link station, and once at Phetchaburi station. Fret not, the vending machine has clear instructions for you to follow, or you can always buy at the station counter. Below is a picture to show you how the tickets (in the form of a chip) look like against the route maps in the background:
This method to get to the hotel is cheap (only ฿51 / S$2.20), fuss-free & saves you a lot of time compared to taking a cab because Bangkok is notorious for its traffic jams, especially during peak hours. The airport rail link journey only took about 25 min, the MRT journey less than 5 min, so including all the walking, you can probably reach the hotel in 45 min! 😉 Below is a photo of the hotel exterior for you to recognise it once you get out of exit 2.
We decided to stay at this hotel for the first day as I thought with my M&C membership, it would give me a higher chance to secure a room before official check-in hours with our early arrival. However, according to the reception staff, the hotel was full house the previous day hence they could only give us a non-smoking deluxe twin room around noon. There was a business event that day at the hotel & we really saw lots of guests everywhere at the lobby. So we left our luggage at the concierge & headed to the nearby Terminal 21 shopping mall, instead of wasting time waiting for our room to be ready.
We spent about 2 hours at Terminal 21, & couldn’t return to the hotel because of the heavy downpour. Around an hour later, seeing that the rain was less intense, we wanted to return to the hotel to freshen up given that we had been up since 4am that day. But gosh, the heavy rainfall earlier had created a flash flood for our only route back, & at the worst point the water level was up to my knees! It didn’t help that we were both wearing 3/4 pants then & not in shorts yet… 😥
So an otherwise easy 10 min walk back to the hotel became a tiring & slow trail. -_-” We were so glad when we finally reached the hotel lobby & got the keys to our room.
Upon entering, we both felt the room didn’t look as spacious as we thought (38 sq.m), probably because of the space the big bathtub, toilet & shower area occupied. Although the bathtub is surrounded by see-through glass, there’s actually blinds to draw down for some privacy. Unfortunately ours was faulty & we had to call the maintenance staff to come & fix it. Glad the staff came promptly and fixed the issue quickly. Another minor problem we noticed in the room was the missing hotel information booklet. Although the ring file for the booklet was on the work desk, there was nothing inside the file, but we only found out at night so didn’t bother to feedback. No great views from the room since hotel is located in a business district, you can see for yourself in the photo below, taken while stuck in the hotel due to the flood:
Other than these, the room was comfortable and well-maintained. All hotel staff were friendly and were prompt to attend to our queries too. It was nice of them to provide a big sturdy umbrella in the room too! We brought it along when we were finally able to leave the hotel after more than 1 hour. However, I was joking with my friend, perhaps it was more practical for the hotel to provide waterproof boots to guests since it is located in a low-lying area & probably with bad drainage system, with higher possibility of getting such floods. 😛
As we only had 1 free night stay here & the price for the subsequent night was close to ฿5,000 (more than S$200), we decided to stay at Glow Pratunam the following night instead. No regrets for this choice because of the huge cost savings, proximity to more affordable shopping & dining, & I guess, we kinda avoided the possible flood the next day as well! 😉