Where to stay in Bangkok, Thailand: Reviewing Rosewood’s second luxury hotel in Thailand
It's not like Bangkok needed another five-star hotel. In the past year or so, the city has welcomed some of the poshest names in hospitality, including St. Regis, Waldorf Astoria, and Hyatt Regency. But this is Rosewood, and when the group introduces a new property, the world gasps in awe of its glamour, and glittery jet-set falls in.
Because unlike many global chains, Rosewood hotels set themselves apart by appealing to today's well-heeled tastemakers who have a penchant for slick juxtapositions upon which the brand thrives. Most — if not all of the brand's skyscrapers and — boasts interiors that are opulent but tastefully restrained, muted but glossy, contemporary and smart but not without a touch of old-school glitz. Rosewood Bangkok follows in the same vein. Taiwanese interior designer Celia Chu and her team envisioned something of a modern-day manor — an ode to Rosewood's origins — with layers upon layers of gorgeousness, by way of a plethora of chandeliers (remember to look up), rich materials, shiny surfaces, and tropical accents. But the cherry on the cake is the magnificent 10-storey indoor waterfall within the hotel that cascades down into the pool on the ninth floor.
If art is your thing, you'd want to spend some time lingering around the property. The hotel houses works of established and emerging Thai artists, including important pieces by Preecha Thaothong, named Thailand's National Artist of the Year 2009; and Pinaree Sanpitak, one of the country's most respected female artists of her generation. There is also a gallery space that holds rotating exhibitions featuring multi-media works of emerging Thai artists.
The 159 rooms are impeccable, of course. Each one offers dramatic views of the Bangkok skyline, which certainly don't hurt. The overall look and feel is that of an urban resort, delivered by rich woods, rattan-inspired patterns, and pops of turquoise blue and emerald green against a calming backdrop of white, cream, brown and gold tones. Intimacy is also carefully considered in the design of the private chambers: rooms are littered with books, art, and pretty home accessories to lend a lived-in vibe; and floorplates are structured with a maximum of only 12 rooms per floor.
With direct access to the Ploenchit BTS Skytrain station, Rosewood Bangkok is within easy stumbling distance of the city's major attractions, and close enough to the best bars and restaurants. But if you're here for bleisure (business and leisure) with not much time to go out on the town, the hotel's utterly stylish F&B spaces will make you feel like you did as you wine and dine amongst discerning Bangkokians. For authentic Northern and Southern Chinese food in a lavish Art Deco setting, hit up Nan Bei on the 19th floor. Lennon's on the 30th and highest floor will dazzle you with its massive vinyl collection (the largest in Asia), analog sounds, excellent classic cocktails, and killer views of the city. Looking for clean eats? Pop into G&O ("green and organic"), also Bangkok's first upscale organic cafe set within a luxury hotel, for some creative, healthful plates made with organic and locally grown and sourced natural ingredients. Now even if you're not checked in, the hotel is, without a doubt, the place to be.
For more information, visit Rosewood Bangkok.