Waldorf Astoria Bangkok In the Lap of Luxury
For many, Bangkok has become the city to keep an eye on. Besides the myriad of remarkable brand names that have set up shop here, the vibrant dining scene is also changing fast with a growing collection of Michelin-starred restaurants and celebrity chefs flying in every week to stage lavish fine dinners.
In hospitality, the city has just witnessed the opening of yet another world-renowned hotel. This time it’s Waldorf Astoria making its debut in Southeast Asia. As one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands, it’d be a crime not to wax lyrical about the majestic grandeur of the hotel’s architecture.
Spanning levels 6 to 16 and 55 to 57 of the 60-story Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard, Waldorf Astoria is a bold juxtaposition of luxury and artisanal Thai style that is the work of André Fu and his team from AFSO who designed the main areas.
The vibe – relaxed yet lavish – can be felt throughout the property, from a street level arrival area and the oasis found at the upper-level lobby to the sensuous guestrooms and multiple dining and event venues.
The lobby welcomes guests with its cozy decorations and soft-tone colors, with the dominant colors being white and matte gold, with the baby blue colored chairs adding a decorative, soft touch. The perforated wall and up-to-ceiling clear glass mirrors enhance the ambience and create a gauzy, refreshing feeling.
There are 171 residential-style guestrooms and suites. Luxurious and spacious, the rooms have a homey feel, each coming with a spa-inspired bathroom, a marble bathtub, and a hardwood floor. The bed in the Deluxe rooms is set right next to the clear glass mirror so that its occupants can absorb the beauty of Bangkok day and night.
Besides the astonishing guestrooms, the hotel boasts three restaurants, a lounge and two bars. The Front Room, serving Nordic-Thai cuisine, has a seating capacity of 80 and merges modernity with Thai influences in design.
The interior’s color is reminiscent of Thai spices: mineral grey infused with tropical lime green and mustard accents. Its centerpiece is the lighting installation in the middle of the dining area inspired by the lights during Loy Krathong festival.
Located on level 55, Art Deco-inspired Bull & Bear offers superb grilled meats and seafood cooked on a custom-made grill. The Brasserie serves traditional French brasserie fare with locally sourced ingredients.
One of the signature venues of Waldorf Astoria is Peacock Alley. “Peacock Alley” was the colonnade hallway connecting the then two separate hotels – The Waldorf and The Astoria – in New York City in the 18th century, where notable New Yorkers socializes. This tradition continues to this day as Peacock Alley is slated to become the place “to see and be seen.”
The ambience of this sophisticated yet cozy lounge is exquisite, with heavy bronze and wood decorations, a large marble wall and a counter situated in the middle of the room. The floor-to-ceiling transparent glass mirror lightens the mood and provides patrons with magnificent views of the cityscape.
The Loft – a New York art nouveau-inspired bar located on level 56 – serves artisanal spirits and cocktails from The 1935 Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, a bartender’s recipe bible written right after the US prohibition era. On level 57 is the Champagne Bar, with the best fine wines and champagnes – and the best view of Bangkok.
Now that Waldorf Astoria brings to Bangkok its palatial style, legendary narrative and a unique hospitality experience, it surely redefines what we mean by “luxury” in this city, and promises an unforgettable hotel experience to all modern-day visitors looking for a staycation of a lifetime.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
151 Ratchadamri Rd., Lumpini, Patumwan
Tel. 02 846 8888