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Bangkok is a city that is modern, vibrant and always changing. It is a place to experience with all the senses: Visit beautiful temples, experience the crazy nightlife, get a taste of the street food and choose from a great range of world class restaurants and shopping malls.
It is no wonder that the iconic W Hotels brand, that is known for contemporary, innovative design hotels in vibrant metropolis and exotic destinations, opened the W Bangkok in 2012 in the heart of this bustling city.
The W Bangkok Experience
Prior to my stay I heard a lot about the W Hotel brand and everyone was especially raving about the cool design of the hotels and all the great events that happen there. My stay at the W Bangkok was going to be my first stay at one of the W Hotel properties and therefore my expectations were really high.
I took a taxi from the airport to the hotel which is perfectly situated in the commercial district Silom with direct access to the city’s elevated rail system.
When I entered the lobby I knew that I won’t get disappointed. I was dazzled by the unique, contemporary design inspired by Thai culture. During check-in I couldn’t stop looking at the beautiful artwork on the reception wall: a bejeweled mural that displays a phoenix and a tiger in an epic battle.
The check-in was anything but ordinary, beginning with being warmly welcomed by a young, friendly team who took care of my bags and explained everything about the facilities and upcoming events. They did not only make it possible for me to check in early in the morning despite check-in being usually at 3 pm, but also upgraded me to a room on a higher floor so I could enjoy a great view over Bangkok. I was guided to the elevators and even here you find stylish artwork: a light installation of 800 different Tuk Tuk lights. After being shown my room, the girl from the reception gave me her card and told me to call if there is anything she could help me with, whatever that might be. A helicopter ride over the city, a table at the fanciest restaurant- the signature Whatever/Whenever service concept ensures that the hotel staff tries to make even the most extraordinary wishes possible.
One of the many highlights is the WET Deck, which is the W hotel’s outdoor pool with comfy sun beds around it where you can soak up the sun and unwind from the city’s hustle and bustle. Both the pool and also the gym which is on the same floor, are open 24/7. So whether you fancy a night swim or a late work out session- everything is possible. If you have the time book a treatment at the large spa.
I can highly recommend the breakfast buffet in the morning that is served at The Kitchen Table until 10.30 am. There are lots of choices for every taste. You will find Western breakfast favorites like pancakes, waffles, bacon and eggs or Dim Sum, fried rice, noodle soup; all freshly prepared the way you like it. There is also an incredible selection of fresh fruit, juices, yogurts and baked goods. Simply a great start of the day!
At The Kitchen Table you can also enjoy all-day dining either inside or outside on the balcony with a lovely view of Sathorn road and the Heritage buildings or why not let your hair down in the evening at the WOOBAR, the W signature bar and try one of the unusual cocktails and dance to trendy beats delivered by local DJs.
There is a variety of different guest rooms and suites to choose from. All are very stylish and modern, designed with the international jetsetter in mind. For two nights I got to stay in the “Spectacular Room” that had a mesmerizing view over the City of Angels. The room was just as quirky as the rest of the hotel’s public areas. It is very spacious and bright and the design is inspired by Mhuy Thai boxing with thoughtful elements that can be found throughout the room. There are for example huge pink sequin covered boxing gloves on the bed and the coverlet has little dragons on it. The room is very open but a translucent, colored glass planks to create privacy between the bathroom and the room. The bathroom features a rain shower and a free standing bathtub.
Other highlights included a large flatscreen, a pillow menu, free high-speed internet, complimentary water and a tablet to control the temperature and lights and of course room service is available 24 hours. I also loved the creative welcome amenities: A make your own mojito kit.
This boutique property is undeniable one of the coolest I have stayed in. It is so unique that you could spend your entire stay discovering new art, bits and bobs and hidden quirks.
The exceptional service combined with the great design and modern facilities will ensure a memorable experience.
Traveler’s Little Treasures was a guest of the W Bangkok, however my opinion is as always my own.