The Sukhothai Gets A Makeover
Legendary hotel The Sukhothai Bangkok has ushered in a new chapter in its illustrious 27-year history with its newly renovated Club Wing. The wing is the first phase of an expansive and multi-phase restoration of the iconic hotel that in the past has won much praise and accolades for its understated architectural charm, timeless Thai elegance and gracious service.
The luxurious Club Wing includes 33 brand-new rooms and suites, a Club Lounge on the 6th floor, a new high-tech Fitness Centre in the basement, a renovated swimming pool with well-appointed cabanas and the multi-award-winning La Scala Italian restaurant, which also underwent an extensive makeover. With the transformation of the Terrace Wing into the luxurious Club Wing the stage is set for the restoration of the rest of the hotel and the Main Wing room interiors over the next few years.
“The Sukhothai embraces everything that is Thai and one thing everyone loves about it is the design. So when we decided to renovate the hotel there was no better person than Ed Tuttle, who originally designed the hotel to do it,” said General Manager Thomas Schmitt-Glaeser, who oversees this important project apart from his day-to-day tasks of running the hotel.
In his initial vision for the hotel, American architect and interior designer Ed Tuttle imbued it with the essence of the 13th century Sukhothai era, creating a contemporary hotel that paid homage to the grace, elegance and charm of that glorious age, yet celebrated Bangkok’s status as a world city. He made generous use of teak, granite, mirrors, glass, ceramics, metal and the finest Jim Thompson’s silks to evoke the palatial salons of the ancient capital. He also included architectural elements such as reflections pools, stupas, symmetrical colonnades and other Sukhothai-style sculptures.
Tuttle used the same materials in his re-imagining of the hotel as he oversees the facelift. “The basic brief was to upgrade, but also come up with an evolved style rooted in the original design concept,” he explained.
The new Club Wing adds another elegant dimension to the traditional Thai refinement and immaculate contemporary style of one of the city’s most iconic hotels.
The 33 suites in the new Club Wing are a sumptuous blend of granite, wood, metal, mirror and silk, combined with elegant design and intricate detailing. Generously spacious they range in size from 45 to 138-square-metres, with some featuring large verandahs. Full-length windows frame city views and the expanded swimming pool below. Rich silk-panelled walls, warm teakwood floors and furniture, mirrors and marble-clad bathrooms preserve the aesthetic thread of tradition with modern sophistication that has defined the hotel for years.
All the rooms and suites combine subtle Thai nuances with modern technology and supreme comfort. In-room conveniences include high-tech Japanese toilets, Harman Kardon sound systems, a 55” LED television, digital bedside control panel, Bottega Veneta amenities, a Nespresso coffee machine, 400-thread-count linen, Slumberland mattresses and a pillow menu. Club Wing guests also enjoy in-room check in when they arrive.
The Club Lounge located on the sixth floor of the new Club Wing offers the ultimate in exclusivity with impressive views of the swimming pool. One of the largest in the city it allows guests to enjoy an a la carte breakfast, afternoon tea, or sip signature cocktails at the private bar. Additionally, it also offers a private meeting room for up to six persons.
The 25-metre long infinity-edged outdoor pool fronting the building, is surrounded by 12 cabanas, and is lined with blue and green mosaic tiles that echo the serenity of Thai Palatial architecture when the light reflects off them.
With its double height ceilings and state-of-the-art equipment from Life Fitness, the brand-new spacious fitness centre located in the basement is the perfect place to tone muscles, increase stamina and just keep healthy. High-tech video walls allow guests to enjoy relaxing views of the tropical gardens outside among many other scenic settings. The fitness centre also includes a separate enclosed room for spinning, and a pro shop.