Some travellers like flashy and new and others like tried and tested consistency. If you’re headed to Bangkok and prefer the latter, the Grand Hyatt Erawan is the Grand Dame for you.
Who doesn’t love a quick trip to Bangkok? The sights, the sounds, the street food and the warm nights filled with such promise, it’s one of Asia’s most popular destinations for a reason and now that quarantine restrictions are almost a thing of the past, and with Thailand now welcoming tourists with no restrictions at all, it’s about time you planned your next foray to Thailand’s own City of Angels.
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When you do go, we have one recommendation – the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Not only is this hotel one of the city’s most iconic, but its location lends itself to long weekend escapes as well as it does quick business trips. With a contemporary persona created by acclaimed New York-based architect Tony Chi, the hotel is located smack bang in the middle of one of the city’s key commercial and diplomatic precincts and offers easy access to brilliant dining, shopping malls, tourism sights and the city’s Skytrain network.
When you arrive you’ll recognise the hotel as a grand Dame in the fashion rarely built today. The cavernous lobby is abuzz with activity as the hotel draws locals and visitors alike, the latter choosing from 380 sumptuous guest rooms or if they feel like splurging, 44 suites. If you’re in town to explore the street food scene, the city’s many speakeasy bars, or to find yourself at its many temples, you might want to opt for a King Bedroom with access to the hotel’s luxurious Grand Club, the locale for daily breakfasts, evening cocktails and personalised check-ins.
If you’re simply looking for a change of scenery and a little time between the sheets, you may want to dig a little deeper in those pockets and spoil yourself with a Garden Villa King, one of a clutch of single-level stand-alone villas that form a little resort within the hotel. Located adjacent to the iconic pool deck, each villa boasts a master bedroom that opens onto its own private courtyard garden, a heavenly bathroom with a steam shower and bathtub, and a spacious living room. There are Balmain products in the bathroom, as well as a pair of 55-inch smart televisions, a coffee machine, a Bluetooth-enabled JBL sound system, ample storage, twin vanities, and an indulgent pillow menu.
Between trips to the sprawling Chatuchak Weekend Market and tours of the city’s leading rooftop bars, you might want to find respite in the hotel’s expansive outdoor swimming pool or to work off all that pad Thai at the modern fitness centre.
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You’ll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining as the hotel is home to a spectacular range of eight dining outlets that range from Italian osteria Salvia (below), with its Piedmontese and Sardinian-inspired menu and comprehensive wine list; and Spasso, a Parsian-styled bistro, to The Dining Room, located in the lobby and famed for its live cooking stations, is the place for lingering breakfasts and all-day dining; and You&Mee, a casual noodle house with Art Deco-inspired interiors and a range of delicious Asian-crafted sodas.
Other popular spots include the Erawan Bakery, where AOP Isigny butter croissants and Chef Frederic’s classic pastries are always popular; the Erawan Tea Room, which pairs an extensive tea selection with Western and Thai desserts and views of the Erawan Shrine; the poolside Breezeway, an informal eatery offering accessible cuisine and drinks through the day; and Bar @ 494, an award-winning wine bar that’s also popular among cocktail lovers for its list of exotic concoctions from around the world.
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