There is a new entrant on the vibrant Bangkok hotel scene. The 362-key Kimpton Maa-Lai – it includes 131 serviced residences – is shaking things up in the Thai capital that has seen two other luxury properties open this year – the Four Seasons by Jean-Michel Gathy and Capella Bangkok by Hamiltons International and BAMO.
Located in Bangkok’s Langsuan area, the interiors of the property have been designed by leading hospitality design firm P49Deesign based in Bangkok. Combining the traditional nuances with a contemporary, the interiors present carefully thought-out references to local traditions and heritage. For example, its name is derived from Maa-Lai, the traditional Thai floral garland symbolic of welcome, good health, and respect to honour guests. With the sophistication of a modern Manhattan loft and the traditional reverence of Thai hospitality experiences, the property is, undoubtedly, catered to the discerning globe-trotters who know their linen count as well as the origin of their single-estate coffee varieties.
Facing the verdant and tranquil Lumphini Park, the designers have created spaces within the hotel that highlight guest experiences. This manifests in its detailed approach such as the industrial-style inspired raw concrete, oversized furnishings, and metallic touches that enhance the luxury vibe throughout the public areas to restaurants and bars, and the artistic guest rooms and private residences. With generously sized rooms and suites ranging from 48m2 to 320m2, the property offers the well-known Thai luxury with a modern twist.
Exquisite artworks by local artists adorn the hotel’s public spaces. One of them is a braided rope sculpture in the lobby that is inspired by the joy that rain brings to farmers and their crops, while the frosted glass sculpture in the reception area references morning dew drops.
In addition to a chic spa called Amaranth, the hotel also features a bar called CRAFT that offers a carefully-selected range of single-origin coffee and coffee blends, beer and cocktails; a casual dining concept called Stock.Room that serves Thai street eats; a cocktail bar called Ms Jigger that serves cocktails with stories behind each; and a rooftop barbecue eatery that serves farm-to-table grills accompanied with live DJ music and skyline views.
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