South-east Asia will finally be welcoming its first Waldorf Astoria property, come third quarter of 2018. Hilton’s luxury brand will make its regional debut with the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok in the vibrant Thai capital, in the heart of the bustling Ratchaprasong intersection.
“Bangkok today is one of the most exciting cities in Asia, and fitting for the launch of the Waldorf Astoria in South-east Asia. And the location we have at the boulevard is one of the greatest locations in the city,” remarked Daniel Welk, vice president of operations, luxury and lifestyle, Hilton, Asia Pacific.
The highly anticipated 171-key luxury hotel is designed by award-winning architect Andre Fu who describes the spirit of the project as “[his] personal interpretation and celebration of the iconic Waldorf legacy but in a way that is relevant to Bangkok today”.
Subtle touches of Thai motifs are infused throughout the lavish accommodations, public and event spaces and thoughtful amenities.
In tribute to the owners of the property, Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited, the mixed-use building – comprising the hotel and private residences across 57 floors ¬– has been designed to give the effect of springing from the ground like a Magnolia flower, while cutting a dramatic profile in the city skyline.
In line with Waldorf Astoria’s culinary heritage – the brand is said to have given rise to the classic Waldorf salad and eggs benedict – Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is similarly primed to be a dining destination.
Acclaimed chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, or Chef Fae, will bring her experience of working at Michelin-starred restaurants in Denmark to head the restaurant Front Room, which will present an elegant and exotic blend of Nordic-Thai flavours.
“Waldorf Astoria is an iconic brand but it’s always been a pioneer of culture throughout the years,” remarked Welk. “For us it’s about focusing on being pioneers of futures; being relative; and providing that unforgettable guest experience for the modern luxury traveller today.”
Adding that pioneering touch are the three destination dining concepts, which sit on the top three floors – level 55 to 57 – of the property and are designed by New York-headquartered design and concept firm, AvroKO.
The 80-seater Bull & Bear specialises in grilled meats and seafood. At The Loft, you can’t miss the statement spiral staircase which leads to a delightful artist studio-like space housing artisanal spirits and cocktails. Last but not least, The Champagne Bar is an exclusive and intimate 34-seater space that is features a standout Champagne collection and handcrafted cocktails.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok also offers dedicated events and function spaces including the 730-sqm Magnolia Ballroom and eight meeting rooms ranging from 20 to 490 sqm.
Source: Travel Weekly Asia