From the outset, W Bangkok blends into its concrete surrounds of shiny skyscrapers. Inside, however, is another story. The futuristic entrance opens up to a glamorous and trippy lobby, furnished with black marble, bejeweled walls, swanky furniture and neon lighting. Electronic music permeates the space.
W Hotels are made for rock star living, and its Thai outpost is no exception. True to the W brand, W Bangkok embraces the capital’s traditions and quirks: the glittering tattoo-inspired mural behind the front desk, created by artist Maysa Yanovan, depicts a phoenix and a tiger engaged in battle; the screens at WOOBAR’s VIP rooms pay tribute to Thai boxing rings; design firm AvroKO decorated the wall of ground floor lift lobby with Tuk Tuk lights; and there’s the croc-patterned wall by Thai artist Sutee Kunavichayanont is based on “Krai Thong”, a Thai folk tale.
The hotel has 403 guestrooms and suites, two restaurants (The Kitchen Table for casual dining and The House on Sathorn for a posh meal), a bar (WOOBAR), a spa (AWAY Spa), a gym and an eye-shaped outdoor pool on the sixth floor. It’s undeniably well-geared for business considering the location – there’s a proper work desk with wired and wireless internet access in all rooms, and even a fully-equipped 24-hour WIRED Business Centre – but we find it hard to imagine getting any work done (which may be a good thing). Rooms are also open in layout, with not much privacy from your roommate save for translucent coloured glass panels that separate the bathroom and the bedroom. Oh, toilet is completely see-through, too. Throw in tubs-for-two, oversized beds, and sensual bath products from Bliss, these seductive spaces are made for more than just snoozing.
Sleep is optional at W Bangkok, a luxuriously hip hotel located along Sathorn Road in Bangkok’s main business district.