Comfort for the Long or Short Term
Bistro M on Sukhumvit 24, with its wide windows fronting the street, is crowded most of the time. In a neighbourhood that can seem like a cavalcade of guarded condos and a sterile holding tank for transient business types, this café, bakery, coffee shop, eatery, and wine bar functions more like an honest-to-goodness hangout. And when the Marriott Executive Apartments advertise themselves as not just a “place to stay” but a “place to live,” they truly stand behind it.
There’s no brusque concierge here, no bellboys hustling for tips, no lines for check-in by automaton clerks. Instead, there’s individualized service and a welcome by a representative much in the manner of a bank officer. And even though the Marriott’s rooms are all suites, one-bedroom and bigger—let by the month, week, or night—you won’t need to apply for a loan to stay here either. Amenities include two large TVs and a DVD player, a large fridge to store supplies and stock up on ingredients for use in the generous cooking facilities, a full couch, and a wider-than-King-sized bed.
An oblong pool, gym, and spa are also more generous than the usual cramped industry standards. But it’s the staff who really do appear genuine in their attentive caring. As for the aforementioned M, they’ve become known for such innovations as pad thai pizza and wine tastings. As a short-term or long-term tenant, the greatest area of interest is probably their breakfast buffets.
Breakfast, as the nutritionists tell us, is the main meal of the day—and it’s certainly the main perk most hotel goers will want to gauge and talk about when they get home. Here, the attention to detail is almost obsessive. Given its relative size and price level, the Bistro M breakfast has to be one of the best in town. The usual styles of egg can be ordered ahead in writing, specifying sunny-side or otherwise. Next to the typical selection of juices are hand-pressed melon and berry juices – with no sugar added. There’s a selection of Indian curries with roti, including a superb stew of green eggplants. Isaan sausage and actually decent bacon, instead of the more stringy and tasteless variety often served, are the norm as well. Forget the airy commercial bread from a package, here it’s all with character and depth, seeded or rye. Where else in Bangkok can you have a salad nicoise or a pasta of cream sauce, ham, and peas to start the day? Of course, there’s a pick of Chinese noodles and various pork and fish ball add-ons.
And the new pride of Bistro M is the buffet’s modest but concentrated Japanese section. Now there’s a miso soup option, accompanied by pickled cucumbers and daikon, and even that most Japanese of delicacies, fermented natto beans.
The Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park may look like yet another column of marble, steel, and mirrors, rows of identical hallways and security locks. But it’s a place where small touches make a big impression and hospitality means trying something a little different.
Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park
90 Sukhumvit 24 | 0 2302 5555 | marriott.com