There’s an increasing fashion for more ‘youthful’ hotels, for edgy design aesthetics or different approaches that play with the way hotels use space. But even allowing for that – and the fact that innovation can of course be exciting when done well – there’s also no substitute for class and the Grand Hyatt Erawan has that in spades.
The front doors open into a cavernous foyer – cool, airy and pleasantly still all at once, an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit. There’s the relaxed, open-plan flagship restaurant to the left and the delicious Tables – more on that later – one floor up.
The rooms themselves are comfortable and tastefully put together according to all the principles that have made the Hyatt brand so globally successful. The contrast of white walls and dark wood furniture creates a clean, streamlined effect without feeling over-designed. The bathrooms are slightly less spacious but the black slate tiling in the shower and the window between the bath tub and the living area are nice touches.
If you’re checked in to the Grand Club, make sure you head up for a cocktail and a snack at some point. There’s an exceptionally well-stocked bar – pouring your own drinks feels even more satisfying when there’s so much to choose from – and some top-notch nibbles, whether you fancy a cheese platter or a sandwich or a few slices of smoked salmon.
Don’t spoil your appetite, though, because a visit to the Grand Hyatt Erawan wouldn’t be complete without dinner at Tables. It’s modern European but with some flourishes borrowed from elsewhere and somehow manages to a satisfying heartiness with seriously refined technique, all washed down with some excellent drops of wines.
Grand Hyatt Erawan
494 Ratchadamri Rd | 02-254-1234 | bangkok.grand.hyatt.com