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Park Hyatt Bangkok

Personal notes by Paul Hicks

Scene

When staying at this long-awaited new luxury hotel, you enter an elegant, discreet world of style and sophistication high above the chaotic city streets below. The hostelry towers over a section of the upscale Central Embassy mall on grounds that once belonged to the British embassy. Sleek architecture and stylishly minimal interiors by celebrated design duo Yabu Pushelberg make this a tasteful, if sometimes a little stark, retreat, in a lofty perch.

Rooms

There are 222 spacious guest rooms and suites, which are among the largest in the city. All are tastefully contemporary with muted hues, subtle oriental touches and lavish, comfortable bathrooms.

 
Food and Drink

The restaurants and bars are much more accessibly priced than you might expect. The highlight is undoubtedly the Penthouse Bar and Grill on the top two floors, where you can enjoy great cocktails with stunning views of the metropolis, and feast on some of the best steaks in town. There’s also a rooftop bar and terrace to come soon. On the ninth floor The Embassy Room serves sumptuous breakfasts and The Living Room dishes out Thai and international comfort food in a smart-casual environment.

 
Standouts

We loved the hidden Whisky Bar, which, while open to anyone, is not widely publicised and you wouldn’t know how to find it unless you had been shown it. This elegant cosy bar has a fine selection of single malts, as well as other classic cocktails – and on certain nights a live pianist. It’s an intimate space ideal for a secret tryst, as the bright lights of the city sparkle below you.

 
Summing Up

An elegant and sophisticated new addition to the top end of Bangkok’s hotel scene, perfectly located for access to the city’s most exclusive shopping areas. It is still perhaps a touch sterile for some who prefer the bustling atmosphere of a lively lobby, but others will appreciate its Zen calmness and refined good taste.


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