Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand

The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok’s asymmetric architecture is said to resemble a magnolia flower coming into bloom. Inside its folds, there are soaring ceilings, swathes of gleaming white marble and spacious rooms, the best of which overlook the greenery of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.


In Siam, one of Bangkok’s busiest neighborhoods, stacked with mall after interconnected mall, street markets, massage studios, nail salons, restaurants, cafés, dessert bars, and rooftop clubs. With Erawan Shrine and Lumpini Park also nearby, you will not run out of things to see and do. The main drawback is the horrendous traffic in this part of town – expect the cab ride from the airport to take 90 minutes – but both the Siam and Chitloem Skytrain stations are close by, making getting around relatively easy. thereafter.

Style & character:

I’ve long been an admirer of the talented young designer Andre Fu, who designed the luxuriant, wonderfully calming interiors at The Upper House in Hong Kong and The Fullerton Bay in Singapore, so I was expecting big things here. However, this property is far less eye-catching, in a safe palette of white, cream and sea greens, with bronze accents so subtle, they’re easily missed. The high quality of the materials and furnishings are obvious, but there’s an international chain hotel, could-be-anywhere feel.

Service & facilities:

From the video welcome message on an iPad in the limousine (THB 1,200/£28 one-way) to the cheerful doormen and knowledgeable waiters at every meal, the sure-footed, smartly dressed staff are a delight. The highlight of the hotel’s facilities is the teardrop-shaped rooftop swimming pool, set on a podium on the 17th floor with heart-thumping 360-degree city views – it’s open until 10 pm if you want a memorable after-dark dip. Another high point is the spa, offering a tempting range of traditional and modern massages, scrubs and facials performed by tip-top therapists. There’s also a small but well-equipped 24-hour gym.

  •  Parking
  •  Restaurant
  •  Bar
  •  Laundry
  •  Room service
  •  Pool
  •  Spa
  •  Wi-Fi
  •  Fitness center


Each of the 171 rooms, located between the sixth and 15th floors, is shaped slightly differently due to the unusual architecture. Upstairs, the hotel’s unremarkable color scheme continues magnolia walls, cream marble, bleached woods, greige fabrics, and no distinguishing features. The strange layout didn’t work in my entry-level King Deluxe room either, which had a sofa and coffee table squeezed in at the bottom of the bed, making space feel cluttered, while an odd corridor led to an unnecessarily large bathroom.

Food & drink:

Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, you should come to dine at Front Room, helmed by Thai chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, who has returned to the city with the intention of earning a Michelin star after 12 years in Denmark honing her skills at the likes of Kokkedal Slot and Noma. I would put my money on her swiping at least one star, possibly two, with some of the most exciting dishes I’ve seen in this food mad city – crab meat salad with curried hollandaise in a crisp celeriac cup; juicy deboned chicken wings spiced, stuffed and served with buttered raspberry puree; and basil ice cream with white chocolate mousse and mango. My only quibble: the unflatteringly bright lighting.

Breakfast, taken in the sunny all-day dining restaurant The Brasserie, is divine – piles of tropical fruits, pastries, cold cuts, dim sum, sushi and chili-topped noodles on the buffet, plus a decadent à la carte selection. Try the silky truffle cream poached eggs. A separate lift on the other side of the lobby leads to the 56th floor, where the Bull and Bear steak restaurant and two elegant city-view bars are located.

Value for money:

Double rooms from THB 13,000 (£304), year-round. Breakfast costs THB 1,010 (£23) per person. Wi-Fi is free if you sign up to the Hilton Honors [sic] awards program; otherwise, it costs THB 300 (£7) or THB 600 (£14) per day depending on speeds.

Yes. There are a number of rooms adapted for guests with mobility concerns.

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