For experientialists who like to live life large, this Bangkok property needs no introduction. The lebua at State Tower is a self-coined ‘world’s first vertical destination,’ masterminded by Deepak Ohri, a luxury hospitality visionary who has made his playground from the ground up here in the Thai capital. He seems to have an almost pathological penchant for creating unique experiences for the rich and famous.
Firstly, there’s two-Michelin-star restaurant Mezzaluna, which is soon to undergo a refurb (not that it needs it). Then, there’s the super-fine dining concept Chef’s Table, where three-star chef Vincent Thierry serves up exquisite, theatrical cuisine, followed by rare coffee at a hundred dollars a shot.
These are just a couple of the amazing eateries we experienced at the lebua at State Tower. All have stunning views – both indoors and out – and a youthful convivial atmosphere and great staff to match.
But our favourite food and beverage offering here is the all-new rose-coloured (or ‘pink’, as the team liked to say in our presence) champagne bar, with its fabulous collection of fizz.
lebua at State Tower has an all-suite Tower wing, that comprises sprawling accommodations with every luxury, as well as a legs-to-jelly open balcony with views over the river. Our Hangover Suite played into Bangkok novelty but could do with a refresh to match the rest of the hotel, as could the communal areas and lobby. Knowing Deepak, that’s in hand, but his efforts seem focused on new concepts: word has it that a lebua party barge is in the making to recreate the vibe of a beach club.
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|While you’re Out There|
|While the hotel will tempt you not to leave, the surrounding area presents somewhat of a slice of retro Thai life. It’s not Bangkok of old, neither is it Bangkok of today, but it is a part of the Thai capital that grew when the new business centre of Bangkok moved here from up-river. As a result, it’s a bustling labyrinth that we lost hours in. And just a short walk away, you’ll find Maggie Choo’s, home to some fabulous Sunday night fun.|
Photography courtesy of Tower Club at lebua at State Tower