Pic: Bedroom Caroline Astor Suite 1924 at St. Regis Bangkok (May 2012)
For most of my trips, I book hotels in advance. This has a number of advantages: better rates, better point strategies, no stress to find suitable accommodation, etc… My latest trip to Thailand (May 17-27) was an exception, with only the first three nights booked in advance at Hilton Millennium Bangkok and Sofitel So Bangkok. On my third day in the Thai capital, I decided to add an extra night and pulled-up Hotelscombined.com on my mobile. To my surprise, ebookers.com was selling St. Regis Bangkok Caroline Astor Suites at a cheaper rate than regular Deluxe rooms. As the cheapest rate for this suite is normally at least €200 more, I didn’t hesitate and booked it for £137.56 (€176,50 on Amex) including breakfast.
Upon arrival at St. Regis Bangkok, assistant manager Ms. Papatsorn performed our check-in. “Mr. Lapers, we can’t seem to locate your reservation in our systems…” Here comes trouble, I thought to myself. I pulled out my laptop and showed the ebookers.com confirmation email to Ms. Papatsorn. “Mr Lapers, THB6500 for a Caroline Astor Suite? We normally charge THB25000 for that suite! Would you mind we verify your reservation with ebookers.com? We can offer you a drink at the Drawing Room. Is that alright?” At that point, I started to doubt whether they were going to honor my rate. But after 20 minutes or so, the comforting words “Your Suite is ready Sir” were spoken.
Pic: View on pool from Caroline Astor Suite 2025 bedroom (May 2012)
Caroline Astor Suite 2025 was impressive, with a spacious living room and bathroom facing the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the bedroom facing the St. Regis swimming pool. Being so pleased with the suite, I immediately checked if the same rate was still available for the weekend after. It was, and so I booked the Caroline Astor Suite again via ebookers.com for a second stay on May 25-26. Not realizing yet, Lady Gaga would also be a guest at St. Regis Bangkok that night! Two days before my second stay, I emailed the hotel to assign me a Caroline Astor suite with bedroom facing the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. A request which was honored (my second stay was at suite 1924) and which I can highly recommend as those suites have an even more spectacular layout and view from the bedroom.
Pic: Welcome Amenity – St. Regis Bangkok (May 2012)
Pic: Breakfast at St. Regis Bangkok (May 2012)
Pic: Wagyu Beef Burger at St. Regis Bangkok (May 2012)
Video: Caroline Astor Suite 1924 – St. Regis Bangkok (May 2012)
Video: Caroline Astor Suite 2025 – St. Regis Bangkok (May 2012)