Hotel review: Lebua State Tower, Bangkok
Bangkok is so peppered with hotels and hostels, it’s tricky to know which to choose! After slumming it for a few months in Asia, we opted for some luxury at the 5 star Lebua State Tower on Bangkok’s Silom Road. What a treat we were in for!
Gaining a reputation as the night spot of choice after its role in The Hangover II, The Lebua State Tower offers stunning rooms, luxurious facilities, exquisite dining and, of course, the infamous Skybar.
The hotel is located on Silom Road, just a short walk from the nearest BTS station. Taxis and Tuk tuks are in abundance so getting to and from couldn’t be easier. The area surrounding the Lebua, unfortunately doesn’t share the hotel’s unique charm. Instead, it’s a bit of a mish mash of street venders and heavy traffic, but the nearby Lumphini park does offer a more serene area to escape the hustle and bustle.
Accommodation at the Lebua is stunning. The standard “superior suites” are, as their name suggests, anything but standard. Spacious living areas and luxurious bathrooms offer added luxury that most city centre hotels don’t provide.
We stayed in a two bedroom Executive Suite, which bowled us over with its spectacular views of the city and river. The wrap around balcony was the perfect place to take in the city at night – or spend an hour trying to get the perfect photo with a less than perfect tripod.
The master bathroom, though, was my personal favourite – equipped with a rainfall shower, large bath and a sufficiently generous number of gorgeous products to pamper myself with and still have enough left over to take to our next destination.
Washing your undies in the sink was a thing of the past thanks to the washing machine (complete with complementary washing powder and softener) – heaven! The hotel WIFI was also included in the price (another rarity amongst the large inner city hotels) but was better in some areas than others. TV and a massive selection of channels were provided, most of which disappeared during the huge storm which hit while we were there! As always, films could be ordered but at a standard (i.e. exorbitant) cost.
Breakfast is genuinely a thing of beauty at Lebua: the vast buffet selection offered to guests at Cafe Moza caters to everyone. The traditional English Breakfast is taken to a whole new level – freshly cut and grilled bacon and gammon slices, eggs cooked to your liking, beans, pan fried mushrooms and grilled tomatoes name just a few of the delicious goodies at your fingertips.
After an already hearty sized breakfast, I still couldn’t resist the delicious fresh rolled sushi and dim sum sizzling away at the Japanese section.
After gorging ourselves each morning, lunch was very rarely needed and if we did get hungry, we popped up to the Lebua Lounge bar for afternoon tea and a glass (or three) of chilled wine. How very civilized!
There are apparently no less than seven restaurants to choose from, each specialising in a different cuisine style – fresh olives and salads at the world’s largest open air Mediterranean restaurant, Sirocco, or more local style specialities at Asian style Breeze.
We opted for their pick of the bunch though, Mezzaluna. With a view overlooking the Sky Bar and the city below, their seven course tailored tasting menu was without a doubt the best meal I have ever had. Succulent pork belly and seared Wagu beef, to name just a few of the courses, are expertly cooked in the restaurant’s open kitchen for you to see. The prices certainly reflect the quality (it’s eye-wateringly expensive), but with a generous glass of wine matched to each course and introduced to you by the house sommelier, it’s certainly worth splashing out for a special occasion.
The Skybar is what the State Tower has become known for amongst tourists and non-guests flock to the hotel to watch the sunset on the rooftop bar. As you can imagine, prices are expensive and we found the service to be a bit slow, but it definitely worth grabbing a cocktail just to see the views of the city at night.
The hotel’s impressive health centre, situated next to the Café Moza, offers a tranquil open air pool and a dip pool along with indoor steam room and sauna.
After daily breakfast feasts and evening glasses of wine, I felt a trip to the gym was probably in order. It was well equipped with new machines and members of staff who were only too happy to help show you how to use anything you weren’t familiar with – not to mention the gym smelled amazing, even after I had been pounding away on the treadmill for an hour!
All in all our stay at Lebua was fantastic and a real treat after hostel hopping for a while. The food was undoubtedly a highlight, as well as the amazing bathroom! We left smelling much better than when we arrived, that’s for sure!
Price Category: High