One of Bangkok’s flagship hospitality properties is proving that hotels can be a driving force for good.
In a city bustling with culture, cuisine, entertainment and nightlife, finding the right accommodation is key to making the most out of a trip to Bangkok. In the vibrant capital of Thailand, the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is a landmark on the hospitality scene, with its unique blend of Thai culture and modern comfort at the crossroads of Bangkok’s great metropolis. What’s more, the hotel is dedicated to a vast range of eco initiatives, pioneering sustainability measures that have reverberated throughout the community. We checked in on a recent weekend for a closer look at the features and social impact of this exemplary property.
Located along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok’s downtown hub, the hotel sits within close proximity to some of the city’s most bustling shopping, dining and entertainment districts. Take a leisurely stroll across the verdant expanse of Queen’s Park to reach the BTS Skytrain Station Phrom Phong, an easy (and sustainable) way to get around the city, or shop the nearby mega-malls adjacent the park for fantastic finds to lug back to your hotel.
The iconic property in Bangkok boasts a whopping 1,388 guest rooms and suites, but luckily, doesn’t feel crowded or crammed due to the spacious design encompassing two distinct towers. Extensive convention and meeting facilities make this hotel a favourite amongst business travellers, while entertainment options and facilities draw in young couples and families alike.
Guest rooms offer a sumptuous contemporary design with state-of-the-art technology catering to travellers who prefer to stay plugged-in. In line with the Marriott brand, guest rooms are rooted in comfort and practicality with a clean and simple design, comprising luxurious Revive Bedding, spacious ensuites with rainfall showers, living room and bedroom seamlessly integrated in the suites, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping vistas of the tropical gardens.
Elsewhere in the hotel, a range of state-of-the-art facilities cater to young urbanites: starting from two expansive outdoor pools shaded in greenery and encircled by cosy sun lounges. Guests seeking a quick workout on holiday can head to the 24-hour fitness centre, while regular classes such as Pilates and yoga also cater to guests’ wellbeing. To indulge in a restorative spa sash, head to Quan Spa where a range of treatments come with panoramic views of the city skyline.
Food & Drink
In a city as food-crazed as Bangkok, it’s no easy task to create destination venues within a hotel — often not the first choice for first-time tourists keen to try the local cuisine. The Marriott Marquis bucks the trend with award-winning venues that set the standard for trendy dining in downtown. Those seeking modern Japanese with a Korean twist will want to head to Akira Back, offering an eclectic perspective on fusion food; while The Pagoda serves classic Cantonese cuisine underneath a pagoda-inspired ceiling.
Elsewhere in the hotel, guests can stop by the noodle experts at Soba Factory, grab freshly baked pastries at Siam Tea Room, and finish the evening with a nightcap at ABar, hands-down one of the best rooftop bars in town. Finally, all-day dining and breakfast is served at Goji Kitchen + Bar, where the hotel puts their sustainability initiatives at the forefront with an array of fresh foods using overlooked or often thrown-away ingredients exemplifying a complete nose-to-tail, root-to-stalk philosophy.
Speaking of sustainability, the hotel has pioneered eco-friendly practises in not just the neighbourhood but Bangkok at large, implementing Marriott International’s Serve360 flagship social impact and sustainability programme in a shining example for other hotels to follow suit. The 360-degrees approach to going green starts in the many kitchens throughout the hotel, from adhering to a farm-to-table approach in ingredients sourcing to the “Second Love” campaign to reduce food waste and the “Clear the Plate” initiative to minimise scraps at the staff canteen.
Guests will want to pay a visit to the vertical hydro gardens for a first-hand look at how the restaurant is growing its own produce to minimise food waste. Composting, educating and donating leftovers constitutes a major portion of the hotel’s operations; through the SOS food donation programme, the Marriott Marquis sets a leading example, contributing 37kg of food daily to the underprivileged communities in Bangkok. Naturally, guests are encouraged to help with the efforts: skipping straws, recycling towels and linens and tucking into wholesome, plant-based dining are easy steps for eco-travellers looking to minimise their footprint.
With its green approach combined with modern comforts for the 21st century traveller, the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park stands as a shining beacon of hospitality on the Bangkok scene. Warm Thai hospitality, fabulous facilities and the commitment to driving positive change in the city at this flagship property prove that luxury hotels don’t need to be a resource-draining excess of wealth (and waste). The next time you’re in the capital city with the mind to travel sustainably, you know where to head.
Room rates at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park start at approx. HK$800 per night.