Right in the centre of the Bangkok bustle, this confident, urban property couldn’t be more at the heart of it all. From the far edge of its 10th-floor statement pool, seemingly cantilevered over the streets (a clever illusion, mind you), we imbibed what central Bangkok has to offer – traffic-jammed streets and all. But fear not, you won’t be held prisoner to traffic here – although being stuck at this luxury five-star hotel, part of Accor’s MGallery Collection, is hardly a bad thing – we noticed that the Skytrain station is just outside the property, connecting us effortlessly to the rest of the city.
For those who want to get away from it all, there are sights such as the Jim Thompson House just a short walk away, as are some charming local restaurants. Omakase sushi fans (it’s all the rage in South East Asia) will love the hotel’s Yellow Tail Sushi Bar, which serves up art on a plate, at fine-dining prices.
It’s no accident that the interiors of the property pay homage to Jim Thompson, given the proximity of the ‘Thai Silk King’s residence. Expect teak panelling, polished wooden floors and silk soft furnishings throughout. Our sprawling Executive Suite on a high-floored corner was elegantly comfortable, although those who want more space can opt for one of the famous Duplex or Penthouse suites.
The VIE is not the most contemporary hotel in Bangkok, but its experience shows. The hotel’s well-oiled team went out of their way to make us feel welcome throughout our stay.
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While you’re Out There
Pack your sense of adventure and wonder cross the main road and into the side streets. There are some gastronomical treats to be food in terms of street-food, but also little, bijou hole in the wall dining rooms that serve up some truly creative takes on Thai favourites.