- Asia, Bangkok, Thailand
Located on a side street just of the main thoroughfare of Sukhumvit, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park may not be your first thought when it comes to accommodation in the Thai capital. But, perhaps it should be. This behemoth hotel has 1,388 keys sprawled over two towers. In addition, it comes with an array of well-concieved dining options, strong wellness facilities, and numerous event spaces.
Perhaps most importantly, this property puts a strong focus on sustainability. In a world where food shortage, climate change, and water supplies are of increasing concern, finding a hotel that takes all this into consideration is becoming a need for environmentally-friendly travellers. And, paired with an unbeatable location in the heart of the city, you’ll have a plethora of reasons to check in next time you’re in town.
The Food Sustainability
Sustainability is at the heart of everything the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park does. But, it’s all done in a way that’s unobtrusive to the guest experience. Of course, the property has great dining options like Goji Kitchen + Bar (the buffet restaurant), Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, and Akira Back. However, all of them use ingredients grown in the hotel’s rooftop garden and hydophonic garden, and orders for each restaurant are made centrally and in bulk to minimize waste. In addition, Goji Kitchen + Bar has small signs and QR codes to educate guests on food sustainability in a way that doesn’t spoil their enjoyment of the restaurant’s buffets.
But, of course, food waste does happen. To deal with it, the hotel partners with a local nonprofit – Scholars of Sustenance – to redistribute edible leftovers to communities in Bangkok that need it. Similarly, the hotel has a “My Second Love” program where MICE guests can opt for sustainable menus for meetings. These use good quality leftovers to create new dishes.
You couldn’t ask for a better location in Bangkok. One of Bangkok’s favorite green lungs, Benchasiri Park, is right next door. In addition, the glamorous Emporium shopping mall and all the boutiques, restaurants and cafés of Bangkok’s EmQuartier are within a five-minute’s walk of the hotel. On the other hand, if you want to explore other parts of the city, you can jump on the BTS skytrain which is just two minutes away.
There are 1,388 rooms at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, so you know it’s a big property. Nevertheless, each room feels like an oasis far from the maddening crowds of Bangkok. All guest rooms are spacious, comfortable, and well-appointed. In fact, you’ll find every creature comfort you could wish for, from plush furnishings, elegant draperies, and a wealth of AV technology. Plus, a soothing color scheme of whites, browns, blacks, and greys create a relaxed atmosphere.
For a treat, though, you’ll want to check into an M Suite. This signature suite is a one-bedroom bolthole that’s ideal for couples. The sophisticated lounge boasts comfortable couches, an expansive workdesk, a well-stocked minibar, and postcard windows over the city skyline. Through sliding doors, the sweeping bedroom is dominated by a king-sized bed dressed in white linens and flanked by hefty nightstands. The small couch in the corner is the perfect spot to toss clothes on – or perhaps curl up with a book. As well as all this, the suite also features a positively behemoth marble bathroom. Inside, you’ll find a standalone bath and separate rainshower, double vanities, an expansive wardrobe, and a dedicated space for luggage.
At the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, wellness is far from an afterthought. Of course, there’s a full-service outdoor pool with a kid’s area and bar. But for those looking to stay active on the road, there’s also a well-equipped gym. If you’re so inclined, the property even has a squash court and offers a regular roster of activities like yoga and pilates.
Of course, the jewel in the property’s wellness crown is the Quan Spa. This indulgent wellness retreat has 11 treatment rooms and offers an array of rejuvenating experiences. You’ll find everything from scrubs and wraps to facials and men-only treatments here. But, you’ll want to book some time for the thoroughly pampering Bespoke Herbal Harmony massage.
Bangkok is a city where rooftop bars reign supreme. So it makes sense that the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park doesn’t slouch in that area. ABar is a super-chic space that looks like it was pulled straight from 1920s Chicago. But the real surprise sits above. the ABar Rooftop is a stylish alfresco drinking destination with incredible panoramas over downtown Bangkok. Hunker down and begin making your way through one of the city’s largest gin collections. You’ll find more than 50 varietals here. Best of all, the bar specializes in sustainable cocktails. See if you can find the one that uses “vinegar” made from the hotel’s waste pineapple skin!
The Bottom Line
In a vibrant, tourist-friendly city like Bangkok, it can feel like there are new hotels opening every day. But although it’s been around for awhile, the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park offers a unique proposition for visitors to the city. From its stellar location in the city centre, the property offers a full complement of comfortable guest rooms, indulgent wellness experiences, and great dining experiences. But perhaps the best part is that it’s all done with sustainability in mind. You won’t have to feel too bad about your carbon footprint when you know you’re making great strides in food sustainability and community engagement by staying here.
Note: The author traveled as a guest of Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park.
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