At Home In Ratchaprasong
Located at the heart of Bangkok’s shopping and dining district and a short stroll from the city’s largest green space, Lumpini Park, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel ticks all the boxes for anyone seeking a downtown hotel. Furthermore, with special promotions now being offered, there’s no better time to spend a few days living in the lap of luxury.
Renowned for its delectable cuisine, outstanding spa and vibrantly artistic decor, Renaissance Bangkok offers guests a choice of 11 different room and suite accommodations. From the plush Executive Suite to the standard Deluxe room, each is filled with world class amenities, stunning decor and exceptional furniture; the beds are super comfortable too.
The lower floors of the hotel are primarily reserved for food, functions and fun areas. R Bar, for example, is a wonderful place to hang out enjoying your favourite cocktail, an ice-cold beer or a straight up Americano coffee. Guests can also reserve the grand Chef’s Table and have a gastronomic feast cooked and served to them by the hotel’s leading chef. The lobby is an artist’s dream with hidden motifs, flowery symbols and a grand glass stairway that has been the backdrop to countless Instagram photos. Right next to the stairway and hidden behind a solid door is the car lift, which rumour has it can be reserved for private dinners!
Also located on the lower levels are fine dining restaurants La Tavola, Fei Ya and Flavors, which shares the mezzanine floor with the amazingly high-tech ballroom. La Tavola is one of the city’s top Italian restaurants, while Fei Ya without a doubt cooks up the best Cantonese food, including its amazing Peking Duck, outside Hong Kong. Flavors, on the other hand, serves a fabulous international breakfast and at weekends is home to probably the best Sunday Brunch in town.
The upper floors are where guests can indulge in a little R & R, with Quan Spa providing a unique array of treatments, the welcoming lap pool and sun loungers (in fact the pool is indoors so no chance of sunburn), while the exclusive Club Lounge is an oasis of calm. Here guests will also find the state-of-the-art R Fit gym with instructors on hand for any guest who needs extra encouragement. Complimentary fitness classes are also available throughout the day.
For our city staycation, we chose the Renaissance Suite, 62-sqm of well-appointed seating, practical workspace, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and bathtub, a lovely walk-in closet and a king-size bed taking centre stage. Teak wooden flooring is contrasted with bright colours that match streaks of gold with shamrock green. Two gorgeous bedside lamps ensure easy late night reading, while an oversized window with city views completes the picture.
Guests that check-in to one of the many suite types available at Renaissance Bangkok are showered with special benefits such as access to the Club Lounge, which serves snacks and soft drinks throughout the day, with a High Tea served from 2.30pm – 5pm, after which an open bar serves wine, champagne, beers and spirits until 8pm. There’s also additional complimentary services such as business lounge usage, laundry and local calls.
Having checked in on a Friday afternoon and spent a few hours unwinding, we took a leisurely walk along an unusually quiet Phloen Chit Road to pay our respect at one of Bangkok’s main cultural sites, Erawan Shrine, a monument to the Hindu God Brahma. Even here, the usual throng of crowds were a little thin on the ground no doubt down to the continued closure of Thailand’s borders.
Making our way back to the hotel via the shopping Meccas of CentralWorld, Gaysorn Plaza and Central Chidlom, we popped into the Club Lounge to relax over a glass of vino. Dropping our shopping, we took a seat by the huge window and gazed out at a multitude of towers lit up in a kaleidoscope of colours. Having made dinner reservations, we politely declined the opportunity to indulge in amazing spread of canapés.
After a lazy breakfast on Saturday morning, we decided to make the most of our city stay with a visit Lumpini Park. Referred to as the ‘lung’ of Bangkok, King Rama VI bequeathed Lumpini Park to the citizens of Bangkok in the 1920s and a statue of the much-loved monarch stands in front of the main gates. The 142-acre park is home to a boating lake, jogging and cycling tracks, the Palm Garden bandstand (used mainly in the winter months) and a classic Chinese clock tower built by renowned Italian architect Mario Tamagno.
With easy access to Bangkok’s Skytrain system, guests at Renaissance Bangkok can enjoy shopping, cultural or sightseeing tours across the entire city. The Skytrain interconnects with the city’s subway system as well as riverboat services along the Chao Phraya River. However, if you prefer to stay closer to the hotel, guests have half a dozen shopping malls within a one-kilometre radius.
For more information, call +66 (0) 2125-5000.
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