Park Hyatt Bangkok soars above upmarket Phloen Chit like a giant cobra uncoiling. In sharp contrast to the colour and chaos of the city, the hotel has opted for pale pared-back interiors, hushed service and enough leisure facilities to ensure that even the most frazzled of guests will unwind.
The Park Hyatt roosts between the ninth and 35th floors above the Central Embassy Mall in Phleon Chit, a neighbourhood known for its pricey real estate, upmarket shopping and foreign consulates. The hotel connects directly to the BTS sky train station below, and Suvarnabhumi International Airport is around 45 minutes away by car.
Address: 88 Central Embassy, Wireless Road, Lumpini Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand.
Style & character
International design firm Yabu Pushelburg are behind the hotel’s clean, understated look. An intimate reception area, voguish bar and secret outdoor terrace shoot off from the jigsaw-like lobby, with guest elevators discreetly tucked away out of sight. Ornamentation has been kept to a few statement artworks – look out for the abstract black dragon suspended from the ceiling. The manly Penthouse Bar and Grill (designed by New York firm AvroKo) is equally successful, and there’s also an intimate and exclusive-feeling rooftop bar serving cigars and rare spirits alongside unforgettable city views.
Service & facilities
Service was smooth, welcoming, relaxed and refined. Staff are keen on personalising the guest experience and can arrange everything from shopping tours to cooking classes and sojourns down the Chao Phraya River in a private long-tail boat. Facilities include a ninth floor 40-metre infinity pool with views of the city and British Embassy gardens, a pumped-up 24-hour fitness centre (ideal for when jet lag strikes) and the wonderful Panpuri Spa, which has eight treatment rooms, an all-natural product range and therapists at the top of their game – be sure to arrive early to spend some time in the whirlpool and silver-tiled steam room before your treatment.
Because of the building’s unusual shape almost all of the 222 rooms and suites have different layouts, although all are decked out in a soft neutral palette of creams and taupe, with pale woods and sharp black accents. Other pleasing touches include
large light-filled bathrooms and deliveries of freshly-baked madeleines at turn-down. My only quibble: enormous televisions plonked right in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows blocking those fantastic city views.
Food & drink
Breakfast, while expensive, is a feast. A buffet of lush tropical fruit, goodness-packed smoothies, cheeses and cold cuts, freshly-baked breads and pastries (including gluten-free) is combined with à la carte options such as Thai pork congee, eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes with cream and berries. Other dining options include the Embassy Rooms, which serves Western and Thai dishes throughout the day and flagship eatery The Penthouse Bar and Grill, where you’ll find doorstop-sized steaks flame-grilled to perfection, a cocktail bar with resident DJ and a ridiculously cool rooftop terrace.
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