Waldorf Astoria has made its debut in South East Asia, and it’s filled with all the high drama you’d expect from the brand: a sweeping spiral staircase, golden textiles in the guest rooms and an outdoor pool semi-covered by a giant fan. Andre Fu’s Hong Kong-based studio AFSO focused on art deco motifs in the hotel’s design, while incorporating subtle Thai references. It’s a luxurious respite in the buzzing capital.
The hotel is situated at the bustling Ratchaprasong intersection in the heart of Bangkok. It’s walking distance to shopping malls Siam Paragon and Gaysorn Village, as well as Erawan Shrine, a popular worship site. The nearby MRT station links to both of the city’s train lines, providing easy access to either of the two main airports and beyond.
Its 171 guest rooms span the sixth to 16th floors. Get work done on the sizeable desks lined with sockets, then unwind with a soak in the tub – one highlight is the ultra-soft bathrobes. Best of all, the brand’s outstanding, signature butler service is available to all guests 24 hours a day, offering assistance with those urgent shirt pressings and late-night food cravings.
Eight function rooms, including the 700-person Magnolia ballroom, offer flexible configurations for conferences, receptions and meetings. Of the hotel’s restaurants and bars, our pick for work chats is the top-floor Champagne Bar, with its impressive city views and cosy atmosphere. To stay active, head to the pool or the 24-hour fitness centre.
Cathay Pacific flies to Bangkok from Hong Kong 67 times a week