[Bangkok] My experience at new boutique hotel The Waldorf Astoria
Updated: Sep 20, 2019
The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, the first in Southeast Asia, opened late last year in August 2018. It's located in the very heart of Bangkok in the famed Ratchaprasong district, an area abundant in hotels, shopping malls and entertainment. We stayed here for four nights, and just loved the pristine design by acclaimed Hong Kong designer Andre Fu (who also did the design for the newly opened St. Regis Hong Kong!). Noticeably, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok isn't as big as St. Regis Bangkok, and has a more quiet, charming boutique feel to it.
THE ROOM (images below)
We stayed in the Deluxe King Room with views overlooking the city (pictured below), with a beautiful couch, working area, a large comfy bed, en-suite bathroom with his and her sinks, large marble bathtub, full length mirror, a closet that takes up almost an entire wall, and Japanese-style toilet. Amenities include the basics, like toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, bath salts and lotion. A butler service is also available throughout the day (until 10pm) at 200 baht per time. There is a Nespresso machine, a kettle for teas, and a fully stocked booze shelf. I loved how new and spotless the room felt every time it was cleaned.
BREAKFAST (image above & below)
We enjoyed our breakfast every morning in The Brasserie, located in the Upper Lobby area of the hotel. The service is excellent from the moment you're escorted to your table to when you leave. We ended up getting the a la carte every time so as not to stuff ourselves from the buffet, and I highly recommend ordering the hotel's traditional Thai omelette with rice (Khai Jeow). Super crisp around the edges, great savoury flavouring and fluffy jasmine rice. The only thing that would have made it even more perfect was a side of clear pork bone soup!
THE POOL & GYM (image above & below)
There's a rooftop pool that is temperature-controlled all year round, with the slight drawback of it being under a sun-blocking (albeit gorgeous) canopy design which snakes over the entire pool + loungers. Although it was cloudy the whole time we were there, I imagine I would have been a little disappointed if I was hoping to sunbathe and get a tan - which is why the pool is a huge consideration for my holidays. The view is amazing, though. The gym is open 24 hours a day, and offers the best and newest workout machines. They even provide earphones for people who forget theirs!
THE BAR (image above)
The best hotel bar is no doubt The Loft, which you need to take the residential elevator for instead of the one for hotel guests. The Loft & Champagne Bar is located on the 56th floor, with panoramic night views of the sparkling city. The glitzy bar takes guests back to the moment where the iconic and original Waldorf Bar started out as a watering hole for the New York elites of the late 19th, early 20th century. The perfect place to start (and cap!) a romantic night out on the town.
The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is located in a prime area of the city, walking distance from famed restaurants such as Gaggan and close to other luxury hotels such as the St. Regis and Grand Hyatt. We had a hired rental, so would actually drive around instead of calling a Grab or taking the sky train, both viable transportation options from the Waldorf Astoria.
Keep in mind that traffic is like hell on earth in this part of the city, so plan to leave at least 40 minutes earlier to make dinner reservations on time if you're taking a car (especially during the evening rush hour).
Nearby malls include Centralworld, Gaysorn, Amarin and so many more. The best hawker center we went to was no doubt the one on the top floor of Centralworld, which had amazing Hainan chicken rice and fried pork with sticky rice. Never a dull moment in Bangkok.
For any questions, feel free to leave a comment or DM me directly at @furellie on Instagram.
The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 846 8888
Address: 151 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
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