Following an extravagant grand opening event last night, the long wait is finally over as the city’s most hotly anticipated luxury hotel has officially opened its doors to the public. The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok marks the debut of Waldorf Astoria’s first property in Southeast Asia, rising to the top of Bangkok’s luxury hotel scene as the coolest (and the chicest) kid on Ratchadamri’s block this year.
Part of the 60-floor Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard, the Waldorf Astoria sits in the heart of Bangkok, right by the buzzing and bustling Ratchaprasong intersection. Award-winning architect André Fu and his team at AFSO are behind the design of the hotel, blending a gracious Thai spirit and local cultural accents with the contemporary architecture and signature Waldorf Astoria ethos of relaxed luxury.
Rooms & Accommodation
Guests to the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok are welcomed by an all-white Lower Lobby, before being escorted to an oasis-like space on the Upper Lobby for check-in. A famed Waldorf Astoria tradition, the Peacock Alley sits here as a daily promenade and lounge, for guests to sit back, relax, and enjoy a fine selection of teas or pastries overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club across the street. Heavy bronze, bright colours, and a warm mood constitute the famed Peacock Alley, and amidst intimate yet open spaces in the lobby area, provide a tranquil first impression on arrival.
Celebrating Thai artisanal tradition, the hotel is comprised of 171 residential-style guest rooms and suites, located between levels 6 to 15. Attention to detail lies in every element of the sensuous room design, where even the bronze-casted curved numbering on room doors bear an inspiration from Thai classical dance. All rooms and suites are equipped with spa-inspired bathrooms and marble bathtubs, and are themed around a visual journey imbued in the Waldorf Astoria aesthetic, and with refined Thai cultural touches. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, views overlook the prestigious Ratchadamri neighbourhood.
Food & Beverage
Set to become a prime dining destination, the Waldorf Astoria boasts three restaurants and two bars within its vicinities.
A Nordic-Thai restaurant sits on the Lower Lobby, and is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Fae Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, who debuts a combination of new and traditional, Western and Far East dishes. Locally-sourced Thai ingredients meet Nordic cooking styles in the company of creative cocktails within a casual environment here. Featuring a creative lighting installation inspired by the Thai Loy Krathong festival, the restaurant is the hotel’s signature fine dining outlet.
Located on the Upper Lobby, The Brasserie serves traditional brasserie fare from breakfast to dinner, taking influence from authentic French cuisine and classic preparation techniques. The venue is shaped like a horseshoe, much fitting with the flow and fluid architecture of the building. With a number of live-cooking stations, it’s a lively spot for lunch against a backdrop of the outdoor cityscape.
The hotel’s crown jewel spans the top three floors from levels 55 to 57, comprising three distinctive, artistically curated dining outlets by world-renowned design and concept firm AvroKO. The first of these is Bull & Bear on level 55, serving grilled meats and seafood. Upbeat and full of Art Deco flair, the definite eye-catcher of the venue is the New York Wall Street bull and bear sculpture, inspired by the American original, yet crafted in dark wood and with intricate Thai-style carvings, for a truly well-executed East Meets West centrepiece.
One floor up from Bull & Bear lies The Loft, a glamorous and exotic New York-style bar, seeking inspiration from the original 1935 Waldorf Astoria Bar Book. Using a grand selection of house-made ingredients, the cocktail bar serves both artisanal spirits and forgotten cocktails, in the company of gourmet bar bites. The Champagne Bar sits at the top of the hotel’s peak on level 57, offering an intimate and highly exclusive spot to enjoy a glass of bubbly. Featuring an impressive champagne list, guests can clink glasses over one of the most incredible rooftop city views of Bangkok here.
Facilities & Event Space
For a quiet inner-city escape, the Waldorf Astoria Spa provides a soothing and serene retreat in the heart of the city. Here, Thai wellness philosophies are combined with innovative and contemporary spa techniques, using indigenous ingredients and locally-inspired spa products. Adjacent to the spa, a temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool overlooks the greenery of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club golf course, for a beautiful morning swim or afternoon dip by the pool bar.
Quite possibly the most striking feature of the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, the statement sweeping staircase leading to the Magnolia Ballroom is likely to become one of Bangkok’s most Instagrammable backdrops. The grand Gatsby-esque entryway grants guests a fabulously dramatic arrival to the 730-square-metre ballroom. Boasting an 8-metre-high ceiling, and capacity for up to 700 guests, the grand hall is set to become a celebrated social venue for countless special occasions.
Gorgeously contemporary and yet timelessly elegant, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok begins the iconic hotel brand’s first journey into Southeast Asia. Bringing its timeless legacy to Bangkok’s beautiful beating heart, the hotel is proving worthy buzz after its 7-year conception, many-month anticipation, and finally, at long last, truly warmly welcomed grand opening.