Situated within the centre of Bangkok, the Dust Thani exudes excellence. With it’s grand entrance hall and welcoming live music, there is really something grand about checking into this lovely hotel. Whether it be their welcoming staff, glistening water features or fresh flower pieces dotted around the hotel lobby, I don’t think a stay here would go unnoticed.
With a history that speaks for itself, being one of Bangkok’s oldest hotels is really something that makes the Dust Thani stand out from the crowd.
The hotel itself houses a collection of fine dining restaurants, a wonderfull spa, salon, gym and pool too. Though whilst situated in such a prime location, I really can’t encourage you enough to step outside and take in your surroundings. Within walking distance of the hotel, you will find yourself amongst bustling street markets, many mainstream shops – including a vast shopping mall, Lumpini part – a great space for all of the family, as well as access to local transport.
For our two night stay in the Dusit, we were staying in one of their Dust Rooms. A spacious Double room with a seating area and bathroom to house a small elephant. The finish of the room was second to none with crisp white sheets, fluffed pillows and a wall to ceiling window + balcony with views overlooking the city.
It wasn’t long before we were checking out all of the amenities. The gym first on the tick list. We were incredibly surprised by the range of equipment in their workout room – usually when on vacation you can expect the bare necessities, but not here. The Dust workout suit offers multiple cardio and weight machines, free weights and lots of equipment you’ve probably never seen before. The attentive staff are on hand during all opening times if you were to requite any assistance. Their swimming pool, situated next to the gym – whilst small – is a very pleasant area to spend your afternoons basking in sun and enjoying a poolside cocktail or snack from the on-site bar.
If you are after a more luxurious visit to the Dusit, be sure to check our their spa menu. With multiple treatment rooms overlooking the leisure area, you can delve into their extensive spa menu to find the perfect treatment for you. If that doesn’t take your fancy then I’m sure their hair and beauty salon should do the trick, too.
For the avid foodie fans (I know who you are), I’m sure you’re waiting with baited breathe to hear all about the breakfast buffet. Well let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
The offerings at the Dust certainly cater for everyone. Whether you’re looking for something light, something indulgent, something traditional or something sweet, the selection on offer here certainly fits the bill. On our first morning I was very excited to give their pork dumplings and steam buns a try. Not to mention their made-to-order noodle bar and fresh waffles. Their hot selection in the middle offering anything from stir fried morning glory, to aromatic roasted vegetables or scrambled eggs. Continental breakfast enthusiasts may not worry either as the cereal and pastry section was equally as exciting!
Moving on to supper. On our last night we enjoyed a fancy three course meal at the hotel’s Thai Restaurant Benjarong. The idea of the menu here is to take something traditional and recreate it by thinking outside of the box. For example, the well known Tom Yum soup – traditionally known to be served all as one – was presented to us in two different entities, one being the vegetables and prawns and the other being the broth. The interactive menu encouraged us to appreciate and understand the flavour combinations that had gone into the dish.
Main courses didn’t disappoint either, though for those with a fear of spice, their Thai Green curry is prepared with more of a kick here. The pad thai outdoing the lot with presentation and an abundance of flavour.
For our sweet course, we enthusiastically tucked in to a thai speciality – mango sticky rice. Something we had yet to try, but had heard all about. Here at Benjarong, their affluent take on the dish had us wanting seconds. The sweet rice base, beautifully fresh mango sprinkled with what can only be described as a sweet coconut cloud and fresh mango sorbet was most certainly a crowd pleaser. We certainly recommend this restaurant for a more indulgent and peaceful evening shared with friends.
After dinner, we made our ways up to the penthouse bar where we were blown away by the overlooking views of the city. Even the bathroom had a view of it’s own! On Thursday evenings at 22 Kitchen and Bar you ladies will be delighted to know that it is lady night. Expect to be treated like a princess and be welcomed with a free drink on arrival. (it would be rude not to!)
It’s a shame that we were unable to spend longer here at the Dusit, as one full day really didn’t give us the opportunity to explore the venue to it’s greatest potential, however the grandure and presence of the hotel most certainly speaks for itself. Whether you’re looking for an upperclass family vacation, a corporate business stay, or just somewhere to relax whilst amongst the bustle of the city, I think the Dusit should be high on your tick list!