Positioned in the heart of the city’s busy CBD and situated above the Central Embassy’s luxury mall is the new Park Hyatt Bangkok, the latest addition to the hotel chain’s long list of locations. We recently checked it out first-hand, and it made for a truly impressive and indulgent stay.
Named after the ex-British Embassy grounds it was built on, and designed by London-based architects AL_A; the Central Embassy building stands out amongst the Bangkok city skyline. The modern skyscraper features a futuristic design, with repetitive curvilinear layers that come to a sweeping point at its peak. Balconies and gardens jut out at sharp angles but are softened by curved edges. Interior designers, Yabu Pushelberg, took a different approach with Park Hyatt’s interior, opting for a more refined and minimalist approach. Soaring high ceilings and large windows allow natural light to disperse throughout, which is complemented by a soft colour palette of oak and white. The furniture is a blend of Scandinavian and Thai design styles, while acquired and commissioned artworks can be found throughout the hotel that reflect the owner’s passion for art.
Our King Bed Room followed the same interior design trend, offering generous amounts of space and natural light. The 55” TV, one of the largest we’ve seen in a hotel room, initially grabbed our attention but was swiftly forgotten when we saw the view from the windows. Perched on the thirtieth floor, we could see the far reaches of Bangkok and found ourselves spending a good deal of time simply staring out and observing the city at various times of the day. When we did finally go to sleep, the electric blinds on the windows were a nice touch to block the outside lights.
The bathroom was large enough to be a room itself in a lot of other hotels and could easily fit two people getting ready at the same time without getting on top of each other. Dual marble sinks are accented by large black mirrors and three sconce lights. The toilet is totally separated from the rest of the bathroom; an unusual design touch, but one we appreciated. We found the usual amenities of an up-market hotel but the extra touch of luxury came in the form of Le Labo skincare products – some of our favourites.
Beneath the hotel is a sophisticated shopping centre filled with high-end fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores, as well as a number of cafes and restaurants. Our favourite place to spend time (and money) was co-living space Open House. The concept store is spread across the whole of the sixth level, and is split into seven sections ranging from shopping and dining, to art and design stores that are all handpicked to fit in with the designers vision.
Breakfast at The Park Hyatt Bangkok is a combination of buffet and al la carte menu options and offers a wide variety of Thai and Western dishes to suit anyone’s palette. While the Park Hyatt Bangkok offers many excellent dining options, it’s the variety of classy and unique bars that really caught our attention.
The rooftop bar is the perfect way to enjoy cocktails while taking in the breathtaking views of the city skyline. The Penthouse Bar features a boutique selection of spirits and a resident DJ spinning tunes into the early hours of the morning, while The Bar and Speakeasy are more relaxed spaces that are perfect for a nightcap. A twenty-four-hour fitness centre decked out with state-of-the-art equipment is an ideal place to work off the previous day’s feasting, but it was the stunning infinity pool that overlooks the city where we spent our mornings recovering.
Excellent staff are expected as part of a luxury hotel package and the staff at the Park Hyatt Bangkok were exceptional. Always friendly and happy to help, there were a few occasions where they’d contact Uber or taxi drivers on our behalf to ensure they had all the right details for our trip; very reassuring when you’re in a foreign country with a language barrier. Navigating Bangkok’s cluttered CBD can be a nightmare, but thanks to the Phloen Chit BTS Skyrail station attached to The Embassy Building we didn’t have too much trouble getting to and from the hotel.
The Park Hyatt Bangkok is a fantastic accommodation option for anyone venturing to the Thai capital. Despite being located right in the middle of the CBD, it’s easy to get to and offers such a wide variety of dining, drinking and shopping options within the building itself that you may not even make it out. We’ll be sure to make a stop there whenever we’re in town.