This futuristic modern hotel with 360º views of the city – the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok – was designed by architect of the moment André Fu. It’s a tranquil contemporary oasis that’s glamorous and glitzy, topped off with uniquely charming Thai hospitality.
Walking up the marble double staircase from the hotel’s 56th floor in our hunt for the Champagne Bar, we were faced with a huge mural and not much else. But, knowing just what to touch, a secret door revealed an artful gentlemen’s-club-like space that’s a speakeasy dedicated to the bubbly stuff.
Downstairs, our comfy suite capitalised further on the view, with both bedroom and bathroom appointed to make the most of it. It brought out the exhibitionist in us, particularly when bathing (just watch for the window cleaners – yes, it happened!). So while they finished the job, we opted to sunlounge at the space-age outdoor pool deck, a most divine way to spend the afternoon.
Throughout the hotel, clean, sumptuous light marble is accented with bronze embellishments and its double-height ceilings and infinity windows give it an expansive sense of space. Grand as it is, there are playful touches too, as in its Peacock Alley lobby lounge, a Bangkokian interpretation of the Waldorf favourite.
Dining at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok was a delight. Breakfast each day was served in the hotel’s expansive circular Front Room, which offers three decadent marble bars, serving Thai, Western and healthy morning treats. Spoilt for choice, we naturally had them all.
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While you’re Out There
You might want to consider skipping lunch whilst staying here – not because it isn’t great, but because we recommend saving space for dinner at the hotel’s Bull & Bear restaurant, whose Wagyu steak is to die for.