When Dusit Thani Bangkok’s closing was announced earlier last year, many long-time guests of the hotel were saddened by the news. After all, it was both the tallest edifice and largest hotel in the city when it opened in 1970, and it’s become a local landmark that pioneered five-star hospitality inspired by Thai values. Thankfully, the property is not closing for good: It will open again, in the same location, as part of a THB 36.7 billion landmark mixed-use project in partnership with Central Pattana PLC.
Another bit of good news is that the hotel remains open and fully operational until 5 January 2019, as opposed to 16 April 2018, as was previously announced. Now’s the time for guests to experience the legacy of the Dusit Thani Bangkok — which has played host to countless political leaders and A-list celebrities, including Ronald Reagan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Enrique Iglesias and Whitney Houston, just to name a few — before it transforms into something different.
Situated in bustling Silom opposite to scenic Lumpini Park, Dusit Thani Bangkok is within easy proximity to major business, shopping, and entertainment hubs. Though it’s located next to the intersection of Rama IV, the hotel stands elegant and calm (as it has for the last 48 years) amidst its hectic surroundings. Both the Skytrain and MRT are within walking distance, making it a great starting point for any type of traveller.
Dusit Thani’s 517 rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with distinctively Thai touches and well-designed facilities, which come in nine different types. All rooms boast decor and furnishing featuring elegant Thai design with full use of traditional materials made of silk and teak wood. We stayed at the Princess Suite, which is generously sized at 140 square metres, and exudes royal luxury as well as ultimate privacy in its sophisticated layout of bedroom, dining and living room, providing convenient en-suite facilities to cater the needs of families and couples alike.
We particularly liked the white teakwood interiors of the en-suite bathroom, which features a separate tub and shower, with the former facing the TV in the bedroom for entertainment while soaking in a relaxing bath. The room comes with a private patio that offers a bird’s eye view of Lumpini Park, contributing to a sense of tranquility compared to the usual street views from other urban hotels. Guests staying at one of the suite rooms are also entitled to the full range of Dusit Club privileges, which include exclusive breakfast, all day refreshments, and evening cocktails and canapés at the Club Lounge.
While we appreciated the tasteful Thai accents that make up the accommodations, which undoubtedly add to the charm of Dusit Thani Bangkok, travellers who prefer a minimalist, sleek design hotel would find the hotel slightly flashy, given the presence of gold, silk and teakwood which create an ambience that resembles historical Thai cities. If getting a taste of old-school Thai luxury sounds like your thing, then Dusit Thani is perfect for you.
Dusit Thani Bangkok houses seven dining outlets: The Pavilion, an all-day dining restaurant offering an extensive international buffet; Benjarong, a Thai restaurant where the best of Thai cuisine is served with modern twists; The Mayflower, a fine Cantonese restaurant where delicious dim sum and Peking duck are cooked to perfection; Hamilton’s Steak House, a 1920s New York City-inspired outlet with a wide selection of fine wines from around the world; Thien Duong, where authentic flavours of Vietnamese cuisine are served surrounded by bamboo furnishings; Dusit Gourmet, where you can grab artisan breads, handmade pastries, chocolates and coffee; and the Lobby Lounge, where Afternoon Tea Classic Elegance, a newly launched afternoon tea set with traditional Thai selections, is served daily.
We’d recommend not missing the Sunday brunch at Benjarong, where you can indulge in a premium selection of seafood on ice and must-order items from the all-you-can-eat main course menu. We highly recommend the oven-baked Lobster Thermidor, with the lobster meat so fresh and the texture so creamy that it will keep you craving more. However, definitely save up some space for the other delicacies on offer too, including some of the best dishes from each of the hotel’s other dining outlets.
Health & Wellness
At the heart of the hotel is Devarana Spa, a luxury spa with 14 treatment rooms and suites, stocked with its own body treatment product lines featuring freshly made body scrubs from all natural ingredients, natural massage oil blends using the finest quality cold-pressed oils, and specially formulated pure essential oils. The expansive reception area is characterised by a long reflective pond, lined with several canopied couches, natural fabrics and a nude colour palette that lend themselves to a feeling of restfulness. Massages, body scrubs, body wraps and facials are available, and for the ultimate in pampering, we’d recommend the Seven Shrines Wish Ritual, which includes jasmine and ylang ylang body exfoliate with frankincense essence, followed by a detoxed and contoured massage, as well as a mind-calming massage that will leave your mind and body feeling relaxed and restored.
It’s the Thai touches, manifested in the service and ambience, that make Dusit Thani Bangkok a charming property ideal for business and leisure travellers alike, as well as families who can take advantage of one of the two-bedroom luxury suites. Given its prime location and diverse dining offerings, we’d recommend Dusit Thani Bangkok to anyone looking for a hassle-free, relaxing stay — especially those who’d prefer to enjoy delicious meals without having to leave the hotel.