Monday, August 1, 2011

Bangkok Hotel Hopping Weekend: Vie Hotel Bangkok


We arrived in Bangkok around 6pm and surprisingly the rush hour traffic from the airport to the hotel wasn't as bad as we expected. It took around ~30 minutes only. The cab driver wasn't really sure where the hotel was when we told him the name of the hotel and thankfully, we had a pre-printed map of the hotel. On a side note, the cab ride over was rather interesting with the driver telling us that he was Chinese and he could converse fluently in Mandarin. He ended up telling us about his life story of how he learned Mandarin, his ex-wife, his views in life, etc.

The check-in process went by smoothly. We were upgraded to a suite room and offered welcome drinks thanks to my Aclub Gold Status. This was my first time also that we were personally escorted to the room and showed the features of the suite.
Main entrance

Check-in Counter
Lobby Area
Lydia with the welcome drinks

WOW!!! That was our reaction when we entered the upgraded suite room. The suite consisted of a spacious living area, a bed room and a huge bath room complete with the largest bath we've seen before and a separate shower and toilet.
Living Area
Bvlgari Kit

Largest Bathtub Ever!

View from the bed

View of the bathroom
By now, we were starving! We headed to MBK for dinner at the "famous" food court for some cheap Thai food. Vie Hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from MBK but the hotel does offer a free tuk-tuk service to MBK or to Siam Paragon. With that said, this hotel is great for those planning on a shopping trip to Bangkok with the major malls like MBK, Siam Paragon, Central just right by. The Rachathewi BTS station is also right next door to the hotel giving easy access to most of Bangkok.

After dinner, we headed back to hotel for some drinks at the bar.

Lobby bar
We went for a run in the hotel gym went we woke up the next day. The gym was a well sized and equipped gym. It wasn't packed when we used it around 8 in the morning. The gym is also open for paid used for non-hotel guest. 

We decided to have breakfast at the hotel just to see how good the food is at the hotel even though our room rate did not come with breakfast. There are definitely cheaper options around in Bangkok but we were not disappointed with our choice - it ended being the best breakfast we had on this trip! There was a wide selection of Asian and Western choices with fresh pastries, fruit, cereal, etc. What was cool was fresh honey straight from the honeycomb!

Fresh honey!
Too bad it was raining so we couldn't spend time lounging by the pool. The pool is situated on the fifth floor in a adjacent building inside the hotel compound. The pool itself is pretty small and tries to be an infinity pool.

The hotel also has a spa but we didn't use it as it was overpriced per Bangkok standards. There are plenty of cheap massages in the Siam Square area. 

Other notes, Vie seems to be the "cool" hotel for the Accor brand similar to what the W brand is to Starwood. It tries to be hip, young and trendy. The background music in the lobby, elevators and bar is constantly playing house music. The hotel doesn't also have an executive lounge for those who care but from my perspective, the large suite room and reasonably priced drinks at the bar made up for the lack of a lounge.

Vie ended up being the favorite hotel out of the 3 during our stay in Bangkok. The rooms were totally WOW, the location was close by all the malls, restaurants and massage places and the food in the hotel good. Vie is definitely on the list of hotels to stay in when we're in Bangkok.



  1. Hi, which room type did you book such that they upgraded you to the Suite because of your A-Club Gold status?

  2. Hi, Thanks for reading!

    I believe there are only 2 types of rooms in Vie. We booked the "normal/non-suite room".

  3. Thanks! Look forward to more of your postings. :)

  4. Hi, are there shops/food stalls next to the hotel? Is the street the hotel is on busy?

  5. MBK and the rest of Siam Square is an easy 10-15 minutes walk or shuttle away. There are some restaurants near by and the BTS is right out front.

  6. Hi! Just wondering if there are any massage places around Vie? Or do I have to go all the way to Siam Sq for that?

    I'm deciding between Pullman Bangkok King Power and Vie, and I still can't really make up my mind even after reading your reviews regarding these two hotels. King Power seems good as Soi Rangnam has lots of little local eateries and at least one massage place, while Vie has walking distance to Siam Sq (but seems to have nothing much happening around the hotel itself after looking at Google Street View - and the stairs to Ratchathewi BTS looks daunting...).

    1. I much prefer Vie for the location. There are some restaurants close by to Vie and it is really close by to Siam Sq.

    2. Thanks, Calvin! Will go with your recommendation and book with Vie. Hopefully I'll be able to score an upgrade with my Accor Platinum status. :)