Bangkok’s hip hangout
In a city sparkling with gold, flashing with neon and tangled with greenery, it’s challenging to capture the attention of travelers and locals, but W Bangkok has been doing so since it opened in 2012.
When the sun goes down on Thailand’s capital, a massive fuchsia “W” glows on the hotel facade, catching eyes and pulling in visitors. Inside the hotel, the energy continues to burn bright with its vibrant décor both in the guest rooms and in the buzzing bars and restaurants.
W Bangkok houses 403 rooms varying between eight different types ranging from the Wonderful Room to the Extreme Wow Suite (the names of the rooms are as fun-minded as the rest of the hotel).
A mesmerizing light instillation by the elevator that takes you up to you room is made of a collage of colorful flashing tuk tuk lights, just one of the many nods to local culture that is infused into the hotel design.
As you’d expect, the rooms at the Bangkok hotel are far from bland. Bedspreads feature traditional naga (mythical Thai serpents) donning muay Thai gloves. Stationery sets are crafted with dark reptile skin prints. Bold pops of color against a black-and-white theme, shimmering sequins, and exotic textures give the spaces a fun, modern edge.
Every room is stocked with W signature bathrobes and a pillow menu upon request.
The hotel’s food and beverage scene has always been a strong suit, but W Bangkok upped its game recently with the debut of The House on Sathorn. Located just across the hotel’s black cobblestone driveway, The House boasts 126 years of history and a collection of dining and nightlife concepts under one roof.
The yellow colonial mansion went through a three-year renovation before opening its doors to both hotel guests and the public — and the effort shows. Stepping through The House doors, you are transported to a bygone era of jazz piano, ornate crown molding, and plush leather lounge chairs. The elegant Victorian feel of the mansion is accented with eclectic touches like mid-century-modern light fixtures and mosaic mirrors.
Chef Fatih Tutak helms the open kitchen of The House’s star restaurant, The Dining Room. Inspired by his travels through Asia and his Turkish heritage, Tutak created a menu that takes you abroad with dishes like Once Upon a Time in Istanbul, a story told with lamb belly, eggplant and hummus.
The Courtyard at the heart of the house is where to book a table when the weather warms. For those who imbibe, order something stiff at The House’s bar or at Woobar on the hotel’s ground floor where a popular Ladies Night draws a crowd every Friday.
A modern, dramatic bistro with a warm vibe, The Kitchen Table is located within the main hotel building and serves a mix of Eastern and Western foods. The Kitchen Pantry is as it sounds — grab a range of goods to go, including pastries and olive oils.
The Spa and Pool
Take to the sixth floor for all things health and wellness. From the red-lit elevator, follow stone-lined paths to the hotel’s spa, pool or gym — all of which are just as aesthetically captivating as the rest of W Bangkok.
Divided into four distinct spa zones, Away Spa was designed to relax you in a futuristic yet calming environment. The oasis offers six treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, and Jacuzzis, as well as a coed hammam.
The spa’s signature treatment, Away Massage Metamorphosis, aims to rejuvenate through the use of a nurturing cocoon and signature essential oils. Facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures complement the menu of unique massages.
Wet Pool brings both sunbathers and night owls to its sleek deck 24 hours a day. The 2,200-square-foot pool is as entertaining as the bars in the hip hotel thanks to an underwater sound system and LED lighting. Bangkok city views can be soaked in from the comfort of cabanas, lounge chairs and couches circling the pool.
Bangkok’s Central Business District has been slowly simmering for a few years, and has officially hit a rolling boil. On Sathorn roads 10 and 12, indie bars and restaurants are continually popping up, bringing craft coffee, cocktails and culinary delights to the neighborhood.
The shimmering nearby MahaNakhon Tower is Bangkok’s tallest building houses elite dining destinations like L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Vogue Lounge, and many of the city’s other delights are easily accessible from the Chong Nonsi BTS Station just next door.