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6 New Hotels for Bangkok

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  Site Where: Bangkok, Thailand
May 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

And where better to start than Bangkok? Our archives are full of stories from the Thai capital, well worth visiting in its own right and for its fantastic choice of hotels – which are often great value. The next five years will see some big names throw their hat in the ring in the city’s very competitive hotel game. Here are six new hotels you should watch out for:

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Waldorf Astoria Wants In On Bangkok Too

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  Site Where: Radjadamri Boulevard, Bangkok, Thailand
May 14, 2015 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

We will get you a recap of everything that’s happening in Bangkok soon – there is that much going on – but before we do, we’ll make a quick stop and pay attention to what Waldorf Astoria is cooking up in the Thai capital. Why? It will be part of a 60-story tower right on Radjadamri Road, literally next door to where Four Seasons moved out and among a range of other hotels (you can spot them in the rendering after the jump), and there will be the above sky pool on floor 17 overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the city, at the switching point between hotel and residences.

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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Will Renovate Two Wings, Build Residences

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  Site Where: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
April 22, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

We’ve barely digested the details of Four Seasons’ riverside development in Bangkok, and now we’re back with the latest a short long-tail boat ride up the Chao Phraya at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

The latest involves two words: renovations and residences. Comprised of several wings, the hotel has been around since 1876, and there is plenty of opportunity to explore some of its history as you wander through the public spaces, the gardens, or stay in one of the historic suites if you’re lucky. From next month, the Authors’ and Garden Wings of the hotel will close for an expected seven months to “restore the historic heart of the property to its original splendor”.

That includes all rooms and suites (above a photo of the Joseph Conrad Suite), as well as restaurant Le Normandie and the Author’s Lounge. We don’t have renderings or details yet of the end result, but will share them when we do. In the meantime, if you want to make Mandarin Oriental your permanent home, you will be able to a few years from now.

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Four Seasons and Capella Will Live Together in Bangkok

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  Site Where: Chao Phraya Estate, Bangkok, Thailand
April 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

We were surprised when Four Seasons bowed out of its Bangkok hotel on Radjadamri Road, but a placeholder website for a riverside residence development told us that the group wasn’t done with the Thai capital. It wasn’t, with the announcement of a new 312-room hotel mere weeks later.

The surprises aren’t over though, as a more extensive website for Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (there’s a mouthful) tells us these two things: the residence tower may be a high-rise (73 stories in fact), but the hotel will be an interesting, multi-level but low-slung building, and the overall development incorporates the 100-suite Capella Bangkok.

The above rendering shows you how that is all going to work: the slender tall tower on the right will have 355 Four Seasons residences, which are all corner units. To the right of that is the Four Seasons hotel, to the left the Capella. The buildings on the far left of the rendering will tell you more about the development’s location: right at the edge is one of the wings of the Shangri-La hotel, while the lit-up cupola is the famous Hangover II bar at Lebua at State Tower.

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Hotel Indigo Bangkok Is Open, With Rates From $110 a Night

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  Site Where: 81 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand
January 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Where one door closes in the hotel world, another opens: Four Seasons may be leaving Thailand’s capital in a few months for a good three years or so, but a hop and a skip away from its current Radjadamri hotel, Hotel Indigo Bangkok opened its brand-new doors last Friday.

Above a rendering of the lobby of the 192-room hotel on Wireless Road, with soaring ceilings, funky furniture, and some serious chandelier action: one on the right, three above the bar at the far end, and one a floor up in what looks like a library-esque space.

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Four Seasons Bangkok Will Become Anantara Siam Bangkok On March 1

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  Site Where: 155 Radjadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
December 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

We had heard whispers of this bit of hotel news before, but frankly couldn’t believe it would really happen, and yet here it is: Four Seasons Bangkok will be no more.

From March 1, the 354-room hotel on Radjadamri Road will become the flagship for Anantara Hotels & Resorts, officially known as Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel & Spa.

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Hotel Indigo Brings Its Pretty Guestrooms to Bangkok

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  Site Where: 81 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
November 26, 2014 at 8:24 AM | by | ()

If we think about it for a second, we’re surprised Hotel Indigo hasn’t opened in Bangkok sooner than it will do, just over two months from now: its funky vibe, eclectic design, and often very pretty guestrooms seem like a natural fit for the Thai capital.

From what we can tell, the hotel was originally planned to arrive several years ago, so perhaps the thinking over at Indigo was similar to ours, but February 1, 2015 January 8 it will be in the end. At least that’s the date from which you can currently make a reservation at the 192-room hotel on Wireless Road, across Lumpini Park from Sofitel So. Our first impression, based on the rendering above and some photos below, is certainly favourable, with hardwood floors, window seats, stylish furniture, and an overall look that has a hint of Indigo Shanghai to it.

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7 Hotel Restaurants, 7 Menus To Try In Bangkok Before The Month Is Out

Where: Bangkok, Thailand
November 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Seven hotel restaurants, seven set menus at an affordable price. Sounds like a decent challenge? Then make your way to Bangkok, where seven downtown hotels are taking part in the Taste It All festival.

Taste It All is an annual festival, that used to take place on just one day, but this year – with “Imperial Delight” as the theme – it has been extended through 30 November.

The seven restaurants taking part are:

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10 Lessons For Luxury Hotels From The $24 Rooms At The Atlanta Bangkok

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  Site Where: 78 Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110
November 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

One of the more aloof members of Atlanta staff

Yesterday we introduced you to the Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok and its militant anti-sex tourist policy. The Atlanta is a budget hotel – rooms start from 800THB ($24) and go up to 1950THB ($59). But despite its low prices, it’s run with a rod of iron – it opened in the 1950s and checking in today is like stepping back in time a few decades. And its attention to detail is certainly better than plenty of five star places we’ve stayed in. Why? These 10 reasons why, for starters:

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Enjoy Your Zero Tolerance Welcome Drink At The Atlanta in Bangkok

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  Site Where: 78 Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10110
November 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

Another day, another hotel welcome drink. A pineapple milkshake, since you ask – so far, so blah.

But wait, what’s that on the coaster? Ah yes:

ZERO TOLERANCE & SLEAZE FREE ZONE

NO SEX TOURISTS, JUNKIES, LOUTS & OTHER DEGENERATES

Welcome to the Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Atlanta has warned you of its guest policy. “SEX TOURISTS NOT WELCOME,” shouts the homepage. “Visitors who object to any of The Atlanta's policies or who intend to spend their time in Thailand whoring, behaving badly, indulging in alcohol abuse and illicit drugs should stay elsewhere,” says the long caveat page. The message is repeated on the email confirming your reservation. And if you hadn’t got it by then, this is what greets you beside the front door:

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The Best Room to Book at The Shangri-La Bangkok

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  Site Where: 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, Bangkok, Thailand
July 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

Riverside room in the Krungthep Wing

Like Los Angeles, Bangkok is a city that seems to go on forever, sprawling out over a total area of over 600 square miles. This means that there’s no shortage of hotels and no shortage of neighborhoods. But if you’re looking for the finest lodging in the city, it doesn’t get much better than the Shangri-La.

Although its location puts you well outside the city center and quite far from many of the attractions (such as the Grand Palace), cheap taxis, nearby river taxi and public transit stops allow guests to maintain their mobility while indulging in the five-star comfort of the Shangri-La. We don’t need to say much more in that sense – the Shangri-La’s reputation for luxury definitely precedes it – but given that the property in Bangkok has two separate wings with two separate entrances, you might be wondering which is the best room to book.

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When a Novotel Costs More than The Peninsula, Something's Up

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  Site Where: Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
July 1, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | ()

It’s no secret Thailand’s tourism industry is suffering from the events of the past few months, with one of our last visits showing hotels noticeably quieter than we’re used to. One hotel seems to be doing fine though, thank you very much: the Novotel Bangkok Airport.

While we’ve appreciated its 24-hour flexi policy (meaning no matter the time you check in, you have your room for 24 hours), and have overlooked somewhat high rates for Bangkok in the past for both this and its convenience being next to Suvarnabhumi’s terminal, the hotel’s rates now really seem from a completely different city.

We recently paid around 7,000THB ($225) for a night in the hotel, booking well in advance, and saw rates creeping towards $250 and up later on – more than a room in town at hotels like the The Peninsula, the St. Regis, or Sofitel So.

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