The Dusit Thani is a grand hotel of the old school which sets itself to provide for hospitality, elegance and friendliness - for 40 years by now. The service is extraordinary and so is the location (right next to the subway, the sky train and the Lumpini park). Altogether there are 13 room types at choice, and the cheapest category (about 100 euro) could have definitely turned out a little bit larger. The great view on the park however compensates for that. The guest can choose from eight (!) restaurants, each and every of them offering excellent food. A special recommendation is the Cantonese option, the Mayflower. Here the royal family, heads of state and other VIPs dine regularly - possibly also because of the six opulent private rooms. After dinner, most guests feel drawn to the D'Sens bar on the rooftop, to party with a glass of champagne or a cocktail and do some business.
The setting: Lumpini, Bangkok's business and entertaining district. The protagonist: the second So-Hotel of the Sofitel Group, after Mauritius. At the end of February the 30-storey design hotel opened adjacent to Lumpini Park in the Thai capital. Regarding the interior design Sofitel Group was influenced by an elegant Frenchman: Christian Lacroix. The interior of the 238 rooms and suites are sensuous and inspired by the five elements: water, earth, metal, fire and wood. There's also an Apple Mac-Mini in every room and additionally in every suite - an iPad. At the restaurant Red Oven the cooks deliver their show - behind a red open oven! Market kitchen flair with modern touch. And then there's the Chocolab. A chocolate boutique with self-made chocs and a picturesque view. The latter is also provided from the rooftop terrace of the Park Society Restaurant. By the way: two more So hotels will follow in Mumbai and Singapore.
Hardly surprising that the Sukhothai won countless awards for its interior architecture. The trio Ed Tuttle, Kerry Hill and the Thai designer Pichitra Boonyarathaphan managed to find the perfect balance between tradition and modernism: symmetric colonnades, mirror basins, open air ambulatories, buddha statues and everything made of finest and natural materials like bronze, teak wood and marble complemented by precious fabrics and mirrors. Wherever you look at, you'll see serenity and beauty - and that also applies to the suites (starting from 160 euro) that are equipped with flat screens, Bose sound systems, rain showers, touchscreens and perfect lighting. A dinner in the award-winning Thai restaurant Celadon makes a perfect day in the metropolis complete.