Dusit International’s flagship hotel, the Dusit Thani Bangkok, will be closing its doors on April 16, 2018, some 48 years after it first opened to the public back in 1970.
While the news will be a blow to fans of the property, a new iteration of the hotel is set to make a return in 2022. The revived Dusit Thani Bangkok will form part of a new mixed-use development – slated for completion by 2024 – that will be built in partnership with Central Pattana PLC on land adjacent to the current hotel.
According to the hotel group, the new property will include a number of features from the existing Dusit Thani Bangkok, such as its spire, ornaments, teakwood décor and many of the trees that occupy the grounds.
“Dusit Thani Bangkok is an icon made everlasting through all those who share its history, and we are sincerely grateful to everyone over the years who has made the hotel a resounding success,” said the hotel’s general manager, Sukanya Janchoo.
To mark the closure of the property, a number of events and promotions are set to take place. These include a complimentary three-course set lunch or dinner for all couples who have held a wedding reception at the hotel since it opened.
Meanwhile guests who book stays before December 31, 2017 will receive guaranteed best rates, a free upgrade to the next room category upon availability, complimentary early check-in after 6am and late check-out after 6pm, and one daily BTS Skytrain ticket per person.
“The special series of events and promotions we are introducing have been specially designed to thank our guests, staff and stakeholders for their loyal support, as well as commemorate the hotel’s rich heritage, which will be carried over into our exciting new chapter to come,” added Janchoo. “The Dusit Thani legend will continue.”
Dusit International is set to develop a number of new properties in the Thai capital over the coming years, including the first hotel to be built within the city’s popular Chatuchak Market as well as the new Dusit D2 Chaengwattana scheduled for 2020.
Overall, the group is aiming to rapidly expand over the next three to four years by more than doubling the size of its portfolio, most notably in China and the Philippines.