W is definitely one of my favorites among international big chains of hotels.Why? Because they offer such a unique mix of cutting-edge design.Last November 2016 trip to Thailand was my second time to stay in a W Property (the first one was in Singapore).Contemporary with a little bit of funkiness = my kind of vibes.A W Hotel staple, be ready to be wowed by the latest cocktail creations by W mixologists and dance to the trendy beats delivered live by Bangkok’s finest spinners in their very own Woo Bar.Here I was, fresh from the airport, enjoying the hotel’s welcome drink.Another thing I love about this hotel is their high level of art appreciation.Bangkok Nights- AvroKO, the interior designer, takes inspiration from Bangkok’s special ability to strike a fine balance between the serene and supersonic in the light installation at the lift on ground floor of the W. Made up of 800 different kinds of lights typically found on Tuk Tuks, the installation takes a bit of Thailand’s legendary traffic congestion and infuses it with dazzling street lights to create a captivating LED light show. Just like Bangkok itself, the lights at W Lounge changes from day to night.
Now, let’s check out how my room looks like!I stayed in one of their 41 square meter- Spectacular Rooms during this trip. Presenting the unconventionally-shaped bathroom. But hey, it works!The bathroom area is separated from the rest of the room by this tinted glass panel + sliding curtain.Here’s the bedroom area where they made the ambiance more local by infusing the design with Thai elements.Spot the Muay Thai elements in the room!Love love wide windows! Makes me feel closer to the city.The room is so W- striking, bold, eccentric! Good morning! Sutee Kunavichayanont is a prolific Thai artist, sculptor, painter, writer, and critic who is respected both in Thailand and internationally. He is known for the playful irony and sarcasm he displays in his work, which engages the viewer and often pokes at preconceived notions.
At the restaurant vitrine in the W Hotel, Sutee does a spin off of his original High Fidelity (Sawasdee Thailand) collection which was debuted in 2008. Sutee was inspired by the existing crocodile pattern on the walls of The Kitchen Table which provoked thoughts of the most popular crocodile in Thai culture from the Thai Folk Tale, “Krai Thong.” In this tale, Chalawan is a demon crocodile who kidnaps two girls from the village. Krai Thong is the crocodile hunter who becomes a hero after killing Chalawan and rescuing the girls. The front side of the vitrine is a group of crocodile hunters similar to the original High Fidelity series. The backside at first looks to be the same, but on closer inspection, viewers will find that there are three crocodiles hidden amongst the hunters. Can you spot them?
Time for breakfast!The all-day dining restaurant is a favorite haunt among jet-setters with adventurous palate who adore quality food. Bangkok’s finest creations are served here including fresh seafood, succulent steaks and signature dish from international kitchen.Now, let’s check the hotel’s other facilities.Get fit and firm 24/7 on the sixth floor with 149 square meter space equipped with latest fitness gear and technology.WET DECK- the outdoor pool on the hotel’s sixth floor is eye-catching with the eyeball shape and twinkling underwater fiber optic lights resembling the star-sky. Guests can even get to lounge around on cabana by the pool and enjoy food and drinks served all day at the pool-side bar.Just beside W Bangkok is The House on Sathorn.A 128 year old mansion and Thai national heritage home in the heart of Bangkok, The House on Sathorn by W Bangkok was originally owned by the royalty. It was briefly turned into a hotel before serving as the Russian Embassy for many years. Finally, a long time of renovation, it is now transformed into a multi-themed venue evoking a 19th century charm. It’s super beautiful inside! You’ll immediately be transformed into another world upon setting foot in this establishment.One of the restaurants inside the House is The Dining Room, which recently grabbed a spot in 2017’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Led by Chef Fathih Tutak, the restaurant serves “Modern Turkish Influenced Cuisine” that will definitely leave a memorable gastronomic experience to diners.This is The Bar that serves exclusive crafted seasonal cocktails, sake, unique spirits, and tempting bites.My favorite area of The House- The Courtyard.Love chilling in this elegant open-air garden spot. Definitely a good escape from the hectic Bangkok busy life.I ordered their afternoon tea set while having my alone time here because… everything’s better with food, right?Savory treats– chicken-pineapple curry finger sandwiches, mushrooms-truffle mascarpone croissants, and ocean trout gravlax with onion pickles on rye bread. Sweets– refreshing sorbet of the day, traditional scones with homemade marmalade, jam, and Devonshire clotted cream, mini muffin, financier, chocolate dom, three tarts, macaroon cake, and cheese cake.Served daily from 2:30pm- 5:30pm, each afternoon tea set is priced at THB 1,250++ including a selection of TWG teas. By the way, one of the views from my spot was MahaNakhon, one of Thailand’s most interesting buildings due to its very interesting architecture.W BANGKOK, THAILAND