Modern travellers and lifestyle enthusiasts have a new playground, as the legendary hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria, opens the doors of its first Southeast Asian property, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, in the heart of the Thai capital.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is located by the bustling Ratchaprasong intersection, within walking distance of the renowned shopping precinct. A few minutes’ stroll to the Erawan Shrine, the Gaysorn Village mall and both lines of the Skytrain, the hotel is ideally positioned for guests to immerse themselves in the city’s colourful culture. Other highlights within a 10 to 25 minute drive include the Charoen Krung Creative District, the Grand Palace and the flower market.
Award-winning architect André Fu and his design studio AFSO designed the main hotel. Globally recognized for their work, which ranges from modern hospitality projects and art spaces to high-profile fashion collaborations, AFSO has curated a holistic Waldorf Astoria Bangkok hotel experience that unites the building’s contemporary architecture with Thai artisanal tradition. Conceptualized to embrace the gracious Thai spirit in an elegant setting, the 171 residential-style, spacious and luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites feature spa-inspired bathrooms and marble bathtubs.
The hotel’s crown jewel spans the top three floors from levels 55 to 57, comprising three distinctive dining outlets by world-renowned design and concept firm AvroKO. Exuding glamour and luxury, the opulent interiors of Bull & Bear, The Loft and Champagne Bar nod to the Waldorf Astoria legacy, all accompanied by sweeping views of the city.
In line with Waldorf Astoria’s tradition of culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is primed to be a dining destination in itself. The property features three unique restaurants, a lounge and two bars, including Front Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant, helmed by acclaimed Chef Fae Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, who brings her experience of working at Michelinstarred restaurants in Europe to present a blend of “new Nordic” and Thai flavours in a relaxed setting.
The Brasserie, located in the upper lobby, is a lively destination that offers stunning views of the city. Using locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant serves traditional French brasserie fare from breakfast through dinner.
Peacock Alley, which sits on the same level as The Brasserie, is an ideal lounge for picturesque afternoon teas and light meals. Modelled after the New York original, Peacock Alley presents a menu of delectable home-made pastries and refreshments throughout the day.
Bull & Bear on level 55 specializes in grilled meats and seafood, and features a custom-made grill designed for smoking, slow roasting, baking and grilling. Eye-catching art deco-inspired interiors, upbeat vibes and dazzling views make Bull & Bear the perfect place to socialize, celebrate and indulge.
The Loft on level 56 is a glamorous, New Yorkinspired bar, steeped in the romance of art nouveau. Taking inspiration from the original 1935 Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, artisanal spirits and forgotten cocktails are crafted to the modern palate using a great collection of house-made ingredients, accompanied by gourmet bar bites.
Last but not least is Champagne Bar at the hotel’s peak on level 57, which offers an intimate and inspirational environment, designed with meticulous attention to detail. Fine champagnes, hand-crafted cocktails and one of the best views of Bangkok combine to create the ultimate setting for a spectacular evening out. Accessible to discerning guests, the exclusive bar is primed to be one of the most desirable spots in the city.
Arguably the most striking feature of the property is the 730-square-metre Magnolia Ballroom on level 10, which offers a stunning and sophisticated setting for weddings and social events. A sweeping staircase provides an unforgettable arrival experience and photographic backdrop. With an impressive 8-metrehigh ceiling, the ballroom accommodates up to 700 guests standing or 330 guests seated, and is set to be one of Bangkok’s most sought-after event venues.
The landmark hotel is owned by MQDC (Magnolia Quality Development Co Ltd) and managed by Hilton.