Excellent value at great hotel
Lebua is a lovely hotel at an astonishing price. The lobby is nothing special but the rooms (all suites) are spacious, airy, immaculately clean and with great city/river views. Someone else mentioned thin walls - we didn't hear anything during our stay so no complaints there. The bathroom was good too with Bulgari products to use. No cutlery in the kitchen area though...
Breakfast was the best we had in Thailand. The food in the different restuarants was also really good but pricey compared other restaurants or 'street' food. The rooftop bar is an amazing experience although they do have a dress code (so no flip-flops allowed).
The hotel is located walking distance to the river and is a taxi/tuk tuk ride from nightlife and shopping.
We had a fantastic couple of nights at this hotel - we thoroughly recommend it and would definitely stay there again.
I stayed at the Lebua in Late October 2006. I booked a package deal on line on their website for around $100 per night for three nights which gave drinking and dining vouchers. (Also included free in room wired internet, free non alcoholic minibar, limo service to and from airport, fine dining meal and wine and skytrain vouchers). The room was a suite on the 58th floor. The room was in very good order with the bedroom looking over the balcony and city, and the living space towards the inside of the building making it somewhat dark -- even though there was adequate lighting. The room was clean and well appointed. The marble bathroom was spacious and well fitted, and was provided with rather nice Bulgari toiletries. The room had a small kitchenette in the hallway, although there were no pots and pans to do any cooking. The deal I had provided free softdrinks, including Perrier, Coca Cola, Orange juice, Evian etc. The only alcoholic drink in the fridge was beer which was extra. Included breakfasts were in the restaurant by the pool which was very pleasant, it offering inside and outside dining, even though the outside dining could be a bit breezy.
My plan also offered limousine service to and from the hotel. The young bespectacled man at the airport tried to tell me that there was no car for me on arrival, even though I had confirmed it from Sydney before I left, and tried to get me to pay 500 baht for another car. When I said I would wait for the proper car, it miraculously appeared. The car was an old Mercedes, though the car on the return was a much newer model, with the chauffeur offering me chilled water and a moist towel en route.
The new airport is about a 40 minute drive away. (Incidentally, the new airport is very cool, so have your camera out).
The hotel is in a very large building with some office space, and the foyer seems not quite properly populated yet, with a rather dark atrium of unused office/hotel space. This was the only 'Asian oddity,' during my stay. Just sail into the conceirge and don't look up!
There are staff everywhere, who greet you in a traditional style which borders on the subservient, and gets a little bit too much when it happens when you pass every staff member. But it is well meant.
The hotel rooms have big balconies but they are locked because of 'security' reasons. I suspect that if you dropped anything off them they would kill anyone passing by, which is I suppose reasonable enough reason to lock them. I don't think balconies would be permitted so high anywhere else. I did manage to open the balcony window, and will tell you how if you email me! email@example.com (0 is a zero)
Breakfasts were sumptuous with an additional pancake and waffle bar, in addition to the usual omelette chef. Lots of interesting pastries, some western and some eastern. Many of the chefs here are western, so there no 'oddities.' The Bircher Muesli was excellent as well as the plum and sultana compote.
The biggest highlight, however, is the dome complex at the top of the hotel on the 65th floor. A bar, outdoor! restaurant, and indoor Italian restaurant. There is also an excellent outdoor cocktail bar attached to the restaurant. The food at the restaurant is first rate European fare, with service that borders on the perfunctory. I had a free dinner for two and a bottle of wine thrown in, which although was from a subset menu, was absolutely excellent. I looked at the al a carte menu and it was very interesting. They have a French Canadian chef who knows his stuff, and has no shame about ordering exotic western foods and champagnes! You can expect to pay here what you might do in a mid fare London Restaurant, unless you opt for the Beluga, but I guess it is cheaper there than it is here.
I would really recommend a visit to this part of the hotel, even if you are staying somewhere else, it is quite amazing, and a little euphoric with the height. Not a good place to go if you are agoraphobic, however.
The swimming pool is very large, and the water is quite cool. It seems to be away from the bustle and smog which is nice, but is not always the most inviting. When I was there many of the German residents, of which there were many, had taken all the sunny deckchairs! So get there early. There is also a good gym which seems mainly empty.
The location of the hotel is good. It is near the skytrain, which is very useful. The hotel offer gave me free tickets for the duration of my stay. It is on the city side of the river which is good because cabs are slow due to the traffic, and in some ways best avoided. The local area isn't too salubrious however, although there are a few other posh hotels dotted around nearby, but don't expect boulevardes of posh shops next to the hotel! But its easy to move around from here, and I certainly felt quite safe in the area.
In any case, look out for the deals on the hotel's website itself, can be better than those on the room only websites, and enjoy your stay.
excellent accomodation great place to stay
Thie is a great hotel. It is modern and new. Staff are sooo friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet is amazing so much variety. Location is also awesome. I would definately stay here again...it is a top hotel for a great price. It was our anniversary so they suprised us with a cake...so nice....stay there if u go to bangkok.
the entrance of the state tower and the dome
RCK Tower or State tower
State Tower by night
Anybody stayed at lebua at State Tower
We're tentatively booked her for a few days both in the middle and at the end of our 3 week SE Asia trip.
Has anyone stayed here? The hotel site makes it look fantastic, but I always like to hear from real people. We got a good rate thru Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
1) How's the pool? We're travelling with our almost 8 year old.
2) Is it a far walk to the BTS station? Best to take a taxi or tuk-tuk there?
3) How's breakfast? It's included in the room rate, but if it is horrid, we'll just find something else.
RE: Anybody stayed at lebua at State Tower
I know Le Bua has recently undergone quite extensive renovations to move it up into a more luxury catagory. It's about 5-10 min walk to the skytain. Taxi maybe 40 Baht.
The hotel is in a reasonable location at the bottom of Silom Road (one of the main tourist areas).
I'm sorry I can't comment on the food or swimming pool, but I would guess both are 4 star level.
Although I have never stayed there, I like the place and know a few of the staff. I would rate it as a good choice, especially if you have been offred a good rate.