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There are currently some very good rates for a range of Marriott branded properties in Bangkok as the owners are fighting an effort to fill up their properties again.

These local sales shave up an average of 50% off the basic rate and also include extra benefits such as breakfast and discounted F&B while staying at the property.

Hotels in Thailand are currently either closed entirely or have had occupancy rates of sometimes lower than 10% during the last few months. Most of the branded hotels that were actually open featured pretty much no discounts until a short while ago.

Whenever I priced them it came out to pretty much the same rate as pre-Covid times so no wonder the owners couldn’t entice anyone to stay as borders were closed and locals aren’t gonna pay full rate to stay at a hotel in their own city.

This has changed however since several properties have cut their rates dramatically and offered local “staycation” rates. In June the Athenee Hotel offered a rate to locals (Thai ID required) for below 2000 THB per day and the hotel started to fill up again, especially on the weekends.

Now the local owners of some Marriott properties (usually all the hotels are owned by pretty much the same 2-3 individuals) have opened a deep discount rate plan to the general public, bookable on the website:

It’s important to properly inspect the rate plan for these reservations to make sure there aren’t any conditions you can’t fulfill or that certain status related benefits aren’t excluded.

For example these are the rate conditions at the Athenee Luxury Collection:

Gift of Happiness Continues…Save 50pct, includes see Rate details

Additional Information

Commissionable Rate- Asset World Corporation (AWC) would like to continue to pay for guests to experience The Athenee Hotel by offering to cover 50pct.- Guests booked on the Gift of Happiness (GOH) will receive 50pct off Room Rate and ALL restaurants, bars (exclude Alcoholic Beverages) and spa during stay.- Room Only however breakfast is included in the 50pct subsidized by AWC- Guarantee early check-in 6am and 6pm late check out. Arrival and departure time must be advised in advance- No minimum or maximum stay requirement- Marriott Bonvoy benefits is applicable

This is extremely generous.

In the contrary the Marriott Marquis Queens Park is quite restrictive:

  • Non-Commissionable Rate: Travelling Together
  • Terms and conditions:
  • – Rate is 50pct of Regular rate, valid for Room only and does not include breakfast.
  • – Special rate for breakfast for this promotion is THB 350 Net per person per night.
  • – This promotion is not combinable with other promotions or offer (Megatix and other vouchers can not be used for payments).
  • Member benefits will not apply including but not limited to Marriott Bonvoy, Club Marriott
  • – A room can be occupied by maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child under 12 in existing bedding.
  • – Limit to 1 reservation per guest for a maximum of 5 room nights per stay.
  • – Applicable to new bookings only. Subject to availability and limited to a maximum given daily allotment.
  • – 50pct off regular priced food and beverage in Siam Tea Room,
  • 30pct off regular priced food and beverage in other outlets,
  • 20pct off at goji
  • – No discount for In-room dining.
  • – 50pct off regular priced Spa treatments.
  • – Offer does not apply to groups and can only be booked by individual guests.
  • – Blackout dates, early departure fees, deposit and cancellation restrictions may apply.

The main feature here is that Marriott Bonvoy benefits do not apply so that means no lounge access and no free breakfast.

In this case it might pay off to look at a different rate and in fact the Marriott Marquis has a rate of 1000 THB more which includes a 1000 THB hotel credit as well as 5000 Bonvoy Points on top.

What is especially interesting is that you can use the discounted Megatix Thailand prepaid vouchers to pay for the “Summer Dreaming” Rate plan:

  • Commissionable Rate
  • Summer Dreaming – Staycation Package:
  • Includes breakfast for up to 2 persons
  • 1. Guest receives hotel credit 1000 Baht per night
  • 1.1 credit can be used across hotel managed facilities
  • (including but not limited to accommodation upgrades, FB, Spa
  • etc.)
  • 1.2 non transferable, cannot be paid in cash and expires at
  • guest check out
  • 2. Receive Additional 5000 Marriott Bonvoy per stay
  • Term and Conditions
  • – Offer is subject to availability
  • – A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent in the same
  • hotel, regardless of check in/check out activities. Check out
  • and check in can not be on the same day.
  • – Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms
  • – The bonus Marriott BonVoy points will be applicable to
  • bookings made via Marriott.com only
  • – Folio credit will be applied to Guest folio at time of
  • checkout
  • – Folio credits are not transferable, not redeemable for cash,
  • void after checkout and cannot be applied toward future stays.
  • – This offer is not combined with other select promotions,
  • offers and discounts
  • – This offer is valid for vouchers purchased from Megatix

Megatix vouchers can be purchased with a bonus value between 25-50%:

Three options are available:
Buy for THB 1,000 > Redeem for THB 1,250
Buy for THB 3,000 > Redeem for THB 4,050
Buy for THB 10,000 > Redeem for THB 15,000

On sale from now until 31 July 2020, and credit valid until 30 December 2020. 

It’s important to look at the rate plan and make sure that the vouchers can be used for the respective reservations. Be aware the each voucher can only be used once so if you buy a large 15,000 THB voucher you have to be prepared to redeem the entire value in just one stay.

I also booked one night at the Le Meridien Bangkok which is one of my favorite hotels and at 2,027 THB per night an absolute bargain. I’m also considering a quick trip to Koh Samui next week where the Rizt Carlton is available for just 5000 THB++ per night.

Mind you that these rates are just useful for those that are currently in Thailand considering the border is still closed to foreign tourists entering.

Conclusion

Leaving hotels empty for an extended period of time is not great for the quality of the entire property. Without regular turnover, use of air condition and fresh linens in the room it will quickly adopt a musty smell which is difficult to get rid of. The climate in South East Asia is especially unforgiving in this regard. As such it just makes sense for the hotel owners to try and sell their rooms even at highly reduced rates in order to keep the rooms fresh and also their staff on payroll. The economic downturn in the hospitality industry has devastated many families after people were sent home without pay.

At these prices I’m going to do some staycations this month. I have made a reservation for each one of the four Marriott properties pictured above. When I visited a friend who stayed with his family at the Athenee last weekend the hotel was extremely busy and in fact sold out for the weekend.

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