Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is the new queen of hotels in Thailand

Since opening in late 2018, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is on track to be a classic. The Magnolias Ratchadamri mixed-use project, took seven years to develop and has uninterrupted views across the Royal Bangkok Sports Club with neighbours that include the Anantara Siam. The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok also marks an iconic brand’s first foray into both Bangkok and Southeast Asia.

A brains trust of adventurous and acclaimed designers were handed the task of ensuring the hotel’s interior matched its stunning surrounds and pedigree. Hong Kong architect Andre Fu and his design studio, AFSO (The Upper House Beijing, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore) designed the main hotel. Thai art and craft traditions and references to the original New York Waldorf Astoria’s art deco stylings abound, along with lines that reference the organic exterior curves of that highly visible building. It’s a mix present in the 171 glamorous rooms and the Fu-designed foyer, Brasserie restaurant and Peacock Alley bar, where there’s a replica of the New York hotel’s clock.

New York concept firm AvroKO, under the hand of lead principal, William Harris, took the spaces from floors 55 to 57, creating F&B offerings that are sympathetic to Fu’s work, dripping with more art deco glam than a Busby Berkeley movie, in the form of the Bull & Bear grill, The Loft and The Champagne Bar, an exclusive speakeasy accessed through a hidden door.

And don’t look now, but is that Esther Williams emerging from the incredibly glam infinity-edged swimming pool?

January rates from around $440 (10,000 Thai baht) a night. See waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

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