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Posted by Stacey @VeryGoodPoints | 14 Comments
Categories: Hotels, Starwood
Any thoughts on the Four Points in Bangkok? I’m staying there next week and have found surprisingly little commentary about it.
@Jonathan – the Four Points is quite new. The Director of Sales & Marketing for one of the Koh Samui properties has highly recommended it to me, but I’ve yet to try it. It’s usually the best price along with the A Loft. It’s a very busy neighborhood. That’s about all I can tell ya.
The 4Points is way better than Aloft and the WGS. It’s at least 3 yrs old & maybe 100m behind the Westin. I was disappointed in Westin Siray Bay and I got it for almost free when the 1st opened. Really, there is no reason to go to Phuket – Krabi – Khao Lak EXCEPT the beach IMHO.
Have you been to The Naka Island? Have you heard anything about it?
I was thinking of taking my family (wife + kids ages 6, 8, 16) to a resort near Phuket in June. Do you think this would be a good place and time for a trip like this? I’ve never been to Thailand (or even Asia) and didn’t know how it was that time of year with temperatures, rain, and bugs. Since you seem to be familiar with Thailand I was hoping you had some advise.
You are missing the Plaza Athenee, which, while a bit dated, has a great breakfast in the restaurant, and a nice spread in the evenings. The location is reasonably convenient to the BTS, as well as within walking distance of the shopping centers as well as Sukumvit.
@JD – I haven’t stayed at the Naka, but I visited it last week for a the afternoon to check it out. It’s very secluded and you have to take a boat to get to/from the island. It’s beautiful. You really have to like the outdoors because the bathrooms are outdoors, but private. I wasn’t a fan of that at the Le Meridien Koh Samui. It’s very expensive to stay and since it’s so isolated you’re limited in where you can go out to eat, etc…which can make it even more pricey. I’d probably stay there for 2 nights just to have the experience and then move onto the mainland for more things to do/see.
@Paul – June will be rainy in Thailand and it’s summer, so it will be very hot. However, I highly recommend Thailand for a family vacation. It’s low season, so you’ll find great deals. Phuket is a great place for a family and I’d suggest the Westin if you’re into Starwood hotels. The benefit of the Westin is that it’s on the hilly side of the island and there’s a lot less foliage and therefore somewhat less mosquitoes. Though they’re everywhere. One of the best ways to combat the mosquitoes is with the Off Clip On. It’s great when you’re not active (like at dinner, etc…) at keeping away the pests! There’s tons of things for kids to do especially if they like the water! Feel free to email if you have more specific questions Verygoodpoints@Gmail.com
@Jack – glad to hear you like the 4Points. I was at the Westin Siray the week it opened and again this month. I think things have improved considerably and they have it down pat now. Not everyone loves the beach…some, like me, really love the pool and I do think there are things to do in Phuket, less in Khao Lak…and I’ll see what there is to do in Krabi in a few weeks.
@Carl – I’m not missing it, I’ve just never been. I also missed the 4Points because I haven’t been either. Thanks for the info!
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Bravo for the research effort. The summaries with your comments were very helpful.
@Marcus – thanks, lots of hotel night completed to compile the research and had fun doing it too!
Great chart…could you add a column for shower quality?
@John or see through showers?
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