Looking for a weekend escape? The Standard Bangkok Mahanakhon has opened as the brand’s new funky flagship in Asia.
Can you feel it? The end of Covid is almost here, and while things are almost back to normal in some of Asia’s major destinations, Hong Kong’s recent reduction of its quarantine restrictions means it’s almost time for an escape. We think that escape might be to Bangkok, home to a stunning new 155-room and suites property in the heart of downtown Old Town.
To reflect the unmistakable energy of the Thai capital, The Standard’s “anything but standard” ethos is translated into exciting amenities, luxurious guest rooms, and one-of-a-kind culinary programming at an impressive six food and beverage spaces.
To conceptualize the new downtown property, Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon and The Standard’s award-winning in-house design team delved into the synergy between Bangkok’s melting pot of cultures and free-form artistic exploration. The resulting social spaces are fresh and intertwined with reinterpretations of cultural cues, such as Marco Brambilla’s video monument to Hollywood dreams and excesses, found in the lobby.
The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon’s beautifully understated rooms are balanced by bold, glamorous touches such as the softly-lit bar area and retro-style furniture. At 144 sqm, The Bigger Penthouse with its sumptuous upholstery, a full kitchen setup with Gaggenau appliances, an ensuite bathroom with a giant soaking tub, and indoor plants, will have you feeling like a king in no time.
Tucked away in a lush and serene poolscape overlooking the city, The Pool offers poolside service with light dishes, craft cocktails and healthy, plant-based bites. You’ll also be able to work off your indulgences at the 24-hour ﬁtness centre, The Standard Gym, which comes with city views, ample natural light, and state-of-the-art equipment from CLMBR and PELOTON. There’s even a variety of signature group classes, including high-intensity endurance training, group outdoor classes and ‘Hollywood’ aerobics.
With six distinctive dining, drinking and nightlife venues, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon is already a coveted foodie destination. The Standard Grill, a spirited American brasserie informed by the brand’s celebrated original at The Standard, High Line in New York’s Meatpacking District, seamlessly transitions from power breakfast to social hotspot at night. On the menu are all-day classics such as The Standard BKK Wagyu Burger with foie gras, as well as beef tartare and whole carved ribs served table-side from custom-made wood and marble trolleys.
An elegant cart featuring crafted cocktails makes its rounds during your meal, complementing a list infused with a dose of 1920s prohibition-era New York and 2020s Thailand, while the wine list befits the sophisticated backdrop.
High up on the 76th floor, guests can experience one of the city’s most anticipated restaurant unveilings of the year – a collaboration with multi-award-winning chef Francisco “Paco” Ruano. His Mexican-inspired restaurant Ojo draws on Bangkok’s progressive outlook and the venue’s whimsical design, referencing Mexico’s ancient civilizations to deliver flavours never experienced in Thailand or the region – think aguachile seasonal prawns and bone marrow tortillas, complemented by inventive cocktails and a thoughtful wine list.
Bringing together Chef Paco’s culinary prowess, panoramic views, creative beverage program and genre-bending décor, Ojo will sit proudly beside The Standard’s legendary Boom Boom Room in New York City and London’s star attraction Decimo as one of the world’s best rooftop venues.
For 360-degree views from the 78th-floor perch there is Sky Beach, Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar mixing a blissed-out ambience with downtempo beats, and a hard-hitting cocktail selection from one of Thailand’s most celebrated mixologists. Guests can also dine on award-winning Chinese cuisine at Mott 32 Bangkok’s open-air terrace, where the famous apple wood roasted Peking duck is not to be missed, as are expertly curated cocktails and authentic Cantonese, Beijing and Szechuan flavours created with the most meticulously sourced ingredients.
At Tease, a strikingly graphic, black and white bijoux tea room, the intimate room overflows with whimsy and wonder. Guests can discover alcohol-infused brews, tasty savoury and sweet treats such as Quail & Whiskey Party Pie, Jerusalem Artichoke Panna Cotta and Chocolate Praline, Mixed Berry Milkshakes found nowhere else in Bangkok, in a setting inspired by Vienna’s grand cafes.
For comfort food with a side of The Standard’s cultural programming, guests can head to The Parlor. The menu offers authentic Thai cuisine, including dishes like Blue Swimmer Crab with crunchy rice and Coconut cupcakes with lobster red curry, and breakfast is available all day. Cocktails like the Honey Trap and Be Wild, created by Khun “Milk” Thanaworachayakit, the hotel’s beverage manager, complement the atmosphere and delicious food.
In addition to an eclectic playlist spotlighting local and global talent, the hotel’s relaxed social hub hosts talks and workshops, including astrology sessions, live performances, and themed bingo nights inspired by the fabled bingo sessions at The Standard, High Line.
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