Starwood Hotels and Resorts has opened three new Le Meridien hotels in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, doubling the brand’s portfolio in Thailand.
The group already operated three Le Meridien hotels in Thailand: Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort, Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort and Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel.
Miguel Ko, president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific, said:“Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are both well known for their beautiful landscape and rich cultural offerings while Bangkok is the cosmopolitan capital of Thailand and is an exciting, sophisticated and energetic destination for leisure, business and meetings. These locations are a great fit with the Le Méridien brand.”
The 24-story Le Méridien Bangkok is located in the centre of the commercial district of Bangrak. It features 282 guestrooms with floor to ceiling windows, as well as four meeting rooms with a private foyer, offering more than 300 sqm of function space.
The hotel has two options for food: all day dining restaurant Latest Recipe and a contemporary Asian fusion restaurant Bamboo Chic. Leisure facilities include a spa with seven circular treatment rooms, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool.
Le Méridien Chiang Mai is in the heart of the northern capital of Chiang Mai, the fifth largest city in Thailand. Most of the hotel’s 384 guestrooms overlook Doi Suthep mountain, and all have broadband Internet and high-definition LCD televisions. The new-build property has two restaurants, a health club, a spa and an outdoor swimming pool with panoramic views of the city. The hotel also has more than 1,900 sqm of flexible function space.
The 159-room Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort is ten minutes from Chiang Rai International Airport, five minutes from the town centre and a one-hour drive from the Golden Triangle, where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge.
There are currently 26 Le Méridien hotels in the Asia Pacific region, with another six new properties due to open by 2011, including three hotels in China, two hotels in India and one hotel in Taiwan, as well as two more properties for Thailand. Le Méridien Pattaya Resort and Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Golf Resort & Spa, which will be three miles from Bangkok’s new international airport, are due to open in December 2011.
Report by Sara Turner