Bangkok Posh: Three Hotels Worth the Splurge
Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city where posh hotels share the same space with a gritty yet accessible street culture. It’s intriguing that all live together to provide a robust visitor experience. This #ThailandInsider loved sticking her toe into each side of the doings and particularly enjoyed these three luxury hotels worth the splurge.
The Thai-inspired elements of the public space and my 33rd-floor guest room let me know that I was in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. However, the luxurious accommodations of the flagship Marriott Marquis property also made me, with my American sensibilities, feel quite at home. The 5-star hotel offers a rooftop bar in their M Club Lounge on the 27th floor, but their new rooftop restaurant, Akira Back and A Bar, on the very top of the hotel opened January 2018. I can’t wait to try them out.
The view from my room on the 33rd floor of the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park was fascinating and I felt as if I were right in the middle of the city’s hubbub – but I could watch from my own restful, quiet sanctuary.
I adored the sophisticated style and service at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok where I learned the story of Princess Valaya Alongkorn, who once lived on the grounds where this magnificent hotel now stands. The 2018 redesign of the space was inspired by the princess and her refined love of chess, reading and blending Western clothing with Thai styles.
I loved exploring the grand hotel and grounds, and finding bits of the princess’s royal legacy incorporated into the modern refinement. Do you see the nod to her obsession with the game of chess in the topiary at the rooftop pool area above?
The Vimarn Siam Suite is inspired by the summer residence of the Princess’s royal family. The spacious two-bedroom suite that sleeps six is worth the splurge.
The thrilling rooftop bars and restaurants atop the Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel are a must-do when you are in the capital city. After the elevator deposited me on the 60th floor, I bravely teetered up two flights of outdoor stairs to the rooftop bar. With wind teasing my hair, I sat on the edge of night and sipped an Aroi Mak, the hotel’s Thai-inspired signature cocktail that included basil, ginger liquor and coconut water.
Later, I stepped inside to the award-winning Saffron restaurant at the Banyan Tree Bangkok to enjoy the finest dining experience of my 16-day trip. The four-course meal provided an explosion of tastes that mixed traditional Thai cuisine with a contemporary presentation. Each taste was multi-layered like a fine wine, yet each flavor was exact and didn’t have the stewed characteristic of some Asian food.
Each of these posh Bangkok experiences are worth the splurge. Check out the details here:
The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
Common to the travel industry, writer Stacey Wittig was hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. While that has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure. #ThailandInsider
Today I can’t stop exploring the world (I blame it on my father’s Viking blood) and write about my adventures – many as a solo woman traveler. Life isn’t always rosy; I lost my firecracker reasoning skill to head injury in a horrific rollover accident that should have taken my life. Brain injury hasn’t stopped me from traveling, although it sometimes makes for amusing travel antidotes that I hope you will enjoy. That’s why they call me “UNSTOPPABLE!”
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