JW Marriott Bangkok vs. Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel vs. Courtyard using points?

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  1. I am stuck between the two maybe 3 Marriotts in Bangkok. I am coming with the wife for our honeymoon. We are 27-30 years old and active. We plan on checking out the touristy things, shopping, eating (local), maybe check out the night life scene one night. We will be staying arriving midnight on Sunday (xmas) and leaving on Saturday early morning.

    I plan on staying 5 nights using points. Renaissance is 80k points while JW is 100k points. Courtyard is 60K.

    Has anyone stayed at both the JW and Renaissance in Bangkok? If so, which one would you recommend? What are the pros/cons of each? What are the main differences for a platinum premier elite Marriott rewards member?

    The Courtyard is also an option but not sure if I should consider it.

    I am open to whichever based on the feedback. Please advise.

    Thanks in advance for your input!
     
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  2. cennas
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    cennas Gold Member

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    First of all, a warm welcome to MP huffy112!

    I haven't stayed at either hotel but have stayed in the area, both the JW and the Ren's locations are quite similar as thy're only a few blocks away from each other. Both are also within walking distance to a BTS station. Personally I think the Ren's location is better as it is walking distance to Ratchaprasong/Siam area with their many shopping and dining options, both cheap and high end. The JW is closer to nightlife though. Also the Ren is new, while the JW is considerably older.

    Have you had the chance to check out the master thread of each hotel in this forum? If not, I think you'll find them very helpful to aid in your decision making. They're full of useful info and great photos.
     
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    Hi Huffy,

    My wife and I (and my parents) stayed at the Renaissance earlier this year and absolutely loved it. We did not try the JW or Courtyard but did see JW from the outside (via a tuk-tuk which is a hoot to ride!!) and would go back to the Renaissance in a heartbeat because of:

    - location -- there is a BTS (tram thingy) station right outside the Ren. Also plenty of shopping within walking distance.
    - The hotel is relatively new (~3yrs old I think) and the rooms are large and upscale
    - If you have Gold/Platinum status, they will escort you to the Concierge lounge to finish the check-in process when you first check in at the lobby desk. (my folks thought they were VIP...lol, JW probably does something similar.)
    - The infinity pool towards the top of the building is pretty neat.

    Only complain is their spa, while VERY nice to look at, the services were a bit spotty and unpredictable.

    Hope that helps.

    Ed
     
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    I've stayed at all three. As to rooms, the Renaissance is my choice and easier to get to Sky Train from,.The JW has really excellent restaurants. The Courtyard is okay but not near anything.
     
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    I stayed at the Renaissance last year and just completed a stay at the Courtyard for NYE 2012. I wouldn't say that the Courtyard is "not near anything," as it's near the Ratchadamri BTS station, which is one stop from Siam BTS and one stop from Sala Daeng BTS, both places I frequented during my stay. I'd say it's very near the Renaissance. Both are an easy walk to the Siam shopping area.

    I do believe the quality of the room was better at the Renaissance, and the Renaissance has a lounge. As a Marriott Gold, the Courtyard gave me breakfast in the restaurant, however. No problem with free Internet at either property.
     
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    Sure enough, the CY is at the same area as the Renaissance, Grand Hyatt Erawan, St. Regis, the Four Seasons, the Hansar, etc. which is about a 100-yards from the Ratchdamri BTS station.
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