One of the properties that made it onto our list of ten new hotels for Bangkok earlier this year was the Waldorf Astoria, under construction on the city’s hotel-filled Ratchadamri Road.
With only a few weeks left in 2017, reservations for the brand’s first hotel in Southeast Asia are now live from August 1 next year, along with a more detailed website.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok will have 171 rooms and suites inside the 60-story Magnolias Ratchadamri mixed-use complex (the majority of which will be made up of 316 residences), built into a narrow slot next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan and overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.
Prolific designer André Fu is responsible for the interiors, with accommodations starting at 50 sq m. All feature marble bathrooms with separate shower and bathtub, while the two-bedroom Royal Suite spreads out over 300 sq m with kitchen and dining room.
Public spaces span multiple floors, with the brand’s signature Peacock Alley (harking back to the now-closed, and in the future much smaller, Waldorf Astoria New York) on floor 15, with one further up featuring an outdoor infinity pool.
Restaurants include a French brasserie, the ‘Front Room’, serving a combination of Thai and ‘New Nordic’ cuisine, and steakhouse Bull & Bear on floor 55. There will be two bars: ‘The Loft’, an Art Nouveau-inspired space with cigar lounge on floor 56, and reservation-only ‘The Champagne Bar’ on floor 57.
In addition to the outdoor pool, there is a fitness centre and spa and two floors of meeting space with dual ballrooms.
Other Waldorf Astoria openings next year include a resort in Bali and hotels in Dubai and Doha. Further into the future are Jakarta, San Francisco, Maldives (among others), as well as the recently announced hotel inside London’s Admiralty Arch.
Paul J. DeVries