21 January “Location, location, location”
Conrad Hilton may have made the phrase famous, but the Eastin Grand Sathorn Bangkok has certainly put it to full use.
Opened in May of 2012, the hotel is ideally situated in the Sathorn business district, a stone’s throw away from the CanCham Thailand office and just minutes away from the Chao Phraya River. The hotel benefits from its own Skybridge linked directly to the Surasak BTS Station. It is also conveniently located next to the expressway leading to Suvarnabhumi Airport, only a 45-minute drive away.
The 390 rooms, each designed for absolute comfort and functionality, are equipped with all the luxury amenities necessary for today’s business and leisure travelers. All rooms offer fantastic views of Bangkok.
The Eastin Grand Sathorn stages at least five meetings a day. The hotel offers over 1,800 square meters of event and conference accommodation spread over three entire floors, with eight meeting rooms and one ballroom (accommodating 600 guests cocktail-style) that can be divided into three small function rooms, with all areas having the benefit of natural light. Three of the meeting rooms are located on the 33rd floor offering a spectacular view of the city skyline. All are fully equipped with cutting-edge audiovisual and other equipment for perfect events. The hotel’s experienced team can plan and organize your event with the right choice of menu to suit your individual requirements.
The hotel has four distinctive restaurants and lounges that are suited to serve hotel guests as well as outside patrons. There’s a fitness centre (24 hours) on the 14th floor with a panoramic view of the city, featuring state-of-the-art gym equipment with fully integrated TV screens and music hubs on all cardio machines. The swimming pool is located on the 14th floor provides stunning views of Bangkok, where you can enjoy light snacks and drinks and relax in the sun.
Mr. Supachai Punja-apisith is the Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing for the Eastin Grand Hotels Bangkok. He oversees all sales, marketing, and catering at Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok as well as performing the same role (pre and post opening) at Eastin Grand Phayathai.
Khun Supachai has a wide portfolio of experience in sales and marketing positions from various leading hotels, including Absolute Hotel Services (AHS) as Director of Sales Thailand, Anantara Hua Hin and Anantara Si Kao Resort, Central Grand Beach Resort & Villas in Hua Hin, Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas as well as Marriott Resorts and Spas. Prior to this position, he was Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing for Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort & Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. He plays a major role in spearheading the sales and marketing for Eastin Grand Hotels Bangkok, maximizing revenues and increasing the profile of the brand. He sat down to speak with Voyageur recently
Khun Supachai raves about the hotel’s F & B outlets particularly Blunos, which has become a foodie’s fantasy as Chef Martin Blunos and his talented team conjure up plate after plate of international home-style fare featuring all the classics with more than a few surprises too, all savored over a large portion of a laid-back ambiance with a side order of smooth sounds. Located poolside on the 14th floor of the hotel, it is the first restaurant outside his native England that he has opened.
With his trademark walrus mustache and lilting West Country accent, Martin’s amiable, friendly demeanor belies a skill which has led him to achieve two coveted Michelin Stars each for his two restaurants and a host of TV appearances including his own show and appearances on “Iron Chef UK” “MasterChef Australia”.
Forget fine dining and avant-garde adventures – Blunos is all about value for money hearty fare and classic comfort food devoid of any pretentiousness, yet made with the most delectable and desirable of ingredients prepared with Martin’s Michelin Star touch. As the man himself says “My Michelin Stars were a great personal achievement but in the end, it’s not the accolades you hang on your wall which count, it’s the empty plates and satisfied smiles which truly mean the most. At Blunos, I make real food for real people.”
Then there’s the Glass House is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant located on the 5th floor, featuring a show kitchen in a modern international setting. The restaurant offers Asian and Western-inspired buffet specialties as well as an a la carte menu under the careful supervision of Executive Chef Chatree Wongsriphaisan. A comprehensive beverage, cocktail and vintage wine list by the glass or bottle is also available to complement your meal. The restaurant offers a sumptuous Grand Weekend Buffet for Bt1,800 (Friday & Saturday from 6-10 pm and Sunday noon – 3pm).
There’s also Swizzles, a bar lounge, located on the ground floor adjacent to the reception area, offering a variety of drinks and snacks as well as “to go” beverages for guests on the run. Guests can enjoy light fare with specialty coffees in the mornings, traditional high tea in the afternoons and a selection of beers and cocktails to finish the evenings – the perfect place to rest, relax and unwind at any time of day.
What stands out most to Supachai is the hotel’s level of service. “We provide daily training to team members to highlight and focus our service level,” he says. “The service mind is engrained in the DNA of every staff member. We look at every single complaint or comment to learn what we could do to make a guest’s stay more comfortable the next time. And we are even working on a pre-stay survey, so we can be better prepared for a guest’s arrival.”
About fifty percent of the staff have been with the hotel since its opening – and that says a lot about their loyalty and commitment to excellence. The hotel has also announced a number of green initiatives to play its part as a good corporate citizen and CanCham Thailand is lucky to have them as one of our members (www.eastingrandsathorn.com)