BANGKOK - Park Hyatt Bangkokopened its doors recently, marking the first Park Hyatt hotel in Thailand. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Thai capital's central business district.
Park Hyatt Bangkok features contemporary architecture matched by luxurious residential interiors, expertly curated art, world-class food and wine, and refined service, all coupled with a promise to offer uniquely Thai experiences that reflect the country's rich culture, gracious hospitality, and colorful lifestyles.
"We are excited to open Park Hyatt Bangkok in this incredible city that is full of culture, history and a rich sense of place," said Michael Golden, general manager of Park Hyatt Bangkok. "Our goal is to make all of our guests feel welcome and very much at home with highly personalized service in a luxurious and sophisticated environment."
Once the scene of elegant garden parties hosted by the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, the prime corner plot in the heart of Bangkok is now home to the newest Park Hyatt hotel. The interior design brief – to create a sophisticated private residence and sanctuary reflecting Thailand's rich culture – was eloquently executed by New York-based Yabu Pushelberg, who also served as the designers of the brand's flagship Park Hyatt New York hotel. This is the award-winning design duo's first hotel in Bangkok, and they have created a calm and stylish environment unfolding through a series of unique and intimate spaces. New York-based AvroKO designed the three uppermost floors of the hotel's Penthouse Grill & Bar.
"We found the perfect interior for Park Hyatt Bangkok is when all the parts – the lighting, materials, space, texture – work as a whole and you get this sense of calmness, of sensuality," said designer and co-founder Glenn Pushelberg.
Park Hyatt Bangkok's architecture is designed by AL_A, the London-based studio founded by Amanda Levete and Bangkok-based Pi Design (consultant architect of record). The hotel and an adjacent luxury shopping mall are bound together by a continual looped form merging plinth and tower. The twisted coil forms a three-dimensional figure of eight, a lucky number in Chinese culture. Drawing on motifs and patterns found in traditional Thai architecture, the eye-catching facade is clad in extruded aluminium tiles, creating a shimmering moire-like pattern. The design comes together with spectacular views of the bustling, energetic city from numerous outdoor terraces.
Similar to other Park Hyatt hotels, art is intrinsic to the experience. Two of Park Hyatt Bangkok's most dramatic installations were created by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada. 'Pagoda Mirage' incorporates hundreds of small, conical copper swirls, suspended en masse to evoke the reflection of a pagoda on water. Equally striking is the 'Naga' (Level 9), a series of batons suspended from the ceiling that resembles a mythical water dragon traveling between the pool and internal waterfall.
As the first Park Hyatt hotel in Thailand, the hotel created industry buzz well before its opening, earning the 'Most Anticipated Hotel Opening' title in this year's Travel Top 50 annual survey conducted by influential design and culture magazine Monocle.