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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 | Comments (0)

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 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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comment (1)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comment (1)

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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It Would Be Awesome If All City Hotels Would Do This

Where: Bangkok, Thailand
June 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (3)

Back in January, we got in a cab in front of our hotel and took it across town. A few minutes after arriving at our destination, we realized that our phone was no longer in our pocket and had fallen out in the cab. What ensued next was about an hour of panic and scrambling, calling the cab company and trying to get in contact with the driver. Because we didn't have the cab number, we were completely out of luck, never able to get in touch with the driver to see if the phone was still there in the back seat.

It was an experience that happens to the best of us when traveling, and it was obviously not something to blame on anyone else. But this week, a simple gesture by a hotel helped to make sure it didn't happen again. We bunked up at the Shangri-La in Bangkok, and every time we hopped in a cab, the bellman handed us a little card with all our cab's information on it. Luckily, we never had to use it, but we thought it was a really solid move, and one that would be a lifesaver if we forgot something in a cab. It would have certainly helped us back in January.

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What It’s Like to Visit Bangkok Right Now

Where: Bangkok, Thailand
June 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

A lot has happened since we last wrote about the situation in Bangkok. Back in January, we looked at how hotels were impacted by the anti-government protests; fast forward five months and one regime change later and the headlines about whether it is safe or not to visit Thailand continue.

We just had a brief stop in the city last week and here’s what we found:

- Hotels continue to operate as normal, though it was much quieter than we’re used to – official figures aren’t available, but visitor numbers and occupancy are down.

- Life seems to continue as normal as well; if you hadn’t known about the events of the past few months, you probably wouldn’t notice anything at all in most places.

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Inside the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Grand Club Lounge

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  Site Where: 494 Radjadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand
April 24, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented for our series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we're having a look inside the recently renovated Grand Club Lounge at the Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok, Thailand.

While the mixed-use complex that will eventually house the Park Hyatt Bangkok is still going up, the Tony Chi-led renovations at sister hotel Grand Hyatt Erawan are now complete, including the 17th floor Grand Club lounge facing Radjadamri Road.

A small number of rooms are located on the same floor, but if you have access to the Grand Club, it’s worth seeing whether you can get one – if not there – on floors 16 or 18. These are connected to the 17th by a staircase, which beats taking the elevator up and down. We loved some of the artwork on display, like the sculpture above at the entrance.

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Dean & Deluca Has Already Moved into the Bangkok Edition

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  Site Where: Chong Nonsi, Bangkok, Thailand
April 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

If that headline implies hope of an opening date for The Bangkok Edition itself being around the corner, we’re going to ruin it for you straight away: looking at the state of construction at the Mahanakhon Tower – see below for further photos – we’ll say it will be at the very least the 2016 that Edition Hotels itself currently lists on its website before that happens, if not a bit closer to a decade after we first looked at the crazy-cool development (Jenga!).

That hasn’t stopped Dean & Deluca from opening in early March though, and if the crowd we saw here this past weekend is anything to go by, the urban Bangkok set is all over the barista-crafted lattes and $11 ham & cheese sandwiches. If you’re looking for the affordable Bangkok, you certainly won’t find it here.

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Park Hyatt Bangkok Is Getting Its Twist

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  Site Where: Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, Thailand
April 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having had such major openings recently as Sofitel So and W, Bangkok continues apace with new hotels over the next few years, from a Rosewood and a Capella to no less than three Hyatts (Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt Place).

The Park Hyatt will arrive first, scheduled to open next year in a mixed-use building on Ploenchit Road. While completion is still a while away, you can just about start to make out the “twisted coil” architecture that will give the building its distinctive shape. The white skeleton you see peeking out above the exterior cladding on the left swoops up into the tower element that will eventually house 173 rooms and 49 suites. Check out the rendering below to get a better sense of the end result.

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How Bangkok Hotels Are Impacted By Ongoing Protests

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  Site Where: Bangkok, Thailand
January 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok

You will have likely seen the recent news coverage of ongoing unrest and anti-government protests in Bangkok, including the state of emergency declared last week. The Thai capital is one of the coolest cities in Asia, and a crazy good destination for awesome hotels at great prices, so it's always been on our list of places we recommend going to.

But what about now? How does the current situation impact Bangkok hotels and how are they dealing with it? We reached out to a few to see what’s what.

First of all, both Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Muang Airport (DMK) are open as normal, and the government has opened Tourist’s Friend Centers at both and key places in town to offer support to travelers.

The airport rail link, BTS Skytrain and MTR public transport are up and running; they will also be less impacted by traffic and potential road closures. All major tourist attractions (the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Temple of Dawn) are also open.

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