A Stylish Stay At The W Bangkok | MF Travels
In a landscape littered with modern skyscrapers and plethora of five-star Goliaths, it’s difficult to capture the attention of travelers in a city like Bangkok. Enter the W and the lobby-lashing of black marble, crystal-encrusted walls and a spiraling glass-staircase will surely catch your eye. As you look at the innovative strips of flashing tuk-tuk lights used in the decor, everything here screams go glam or go home!
For someone who has been to Bangkok before, I knew how important the Sky Train was in this city, where traffic is even worse than back home in Mumbai. I was delighted to find out that the Chong Nonsi BTS station was only a 2-minute walk from the hotel.
As sun went down on Thailand’s capital, I was greeted by a massive fuchsia “W” glowing on the hotel’s façade. Escorted by the ridiculously good-looking staff, I immediately felt like I was transported to a movie set.
On arrival, I was briefed that the property houses 403 rooms with eight different types ranging from the Wonderful Room to the Extreme Wow Suite. As for me, I stayed in a Wonderful category room which was predominantly black and white, with large subway-tiled bathrooms with luxurious Bliss bathroom amenities.
The room was equipped with huge TVs with free movies and in-room tablets to adjust the temperature, lighting and DND sign from the comfort of your bed. I was told that the staff can arrange a pet-bed and a pillow menu too on request.
My favorite touch was the over-sized pair of boxing gloves that are placed in every room as a tribute to the country’s Muay Thai sport. PS: It makes a perfect prop for selfies!
My first stop after check-in was the eye-shaped pool which has underwater speakers built in, so you can keep the party going as you swim. I was told that this glam roof-top pool was famed for its riotous Songkran pool party. No wonder, I noticed that the Wet Pool brings sunbathers and night-owls to its deck 24 hours a day.
Though I didn’t try the drinks, I did visit the Woo Bar to understand its vibe. And boy, it’s not your average lobby bar. With live DJ performances, a bold purple on white colour scheme and playful cocktails created by in-house mixologists that I saw others around me enjoying, it looked like a blast!
I was excited to be eating at The House on Sathorn which is a regular on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Feeling ravenous, I walked into a gorgeous 19th century mansion featuring Thai-inspired handcrafted tapestries as a backdrop. The open kitchen at The House on Sathorn is set against a long wooden counter allowing me to interact with chefs as they cooked. Here I was regaled by the inventive cooking which moved from produce-driven (four Kyoto tomatoes in parsley granita) to down-to-earth (flavor-packed Turkish eggplant dumplings) to show-stoppingly satisfying (red pigeon in a rich splash of summer berries). Taste-wise, everything was top-notch.
Facility-wise, the hotel has meeting rooms, the stunning FIT gym, the luxurious AWAY Spa and wedding venues. After flying in from Dubai, I had to try the spa. With silver-mesh curtains curving walls and glow-in-the-dark treatment rooms, I felt like I had been transported to the set of Star Wars. By the end of my spa journey (read: an exotic facial and invigorating massage), I was convinced that the therapists were Jedi masters.
Stylish, sleek and a sexy, the W Bangkok has got it all. If you’re here, dining in the colonial setting at The House on Sathorn has to be on the top of your list. Enjoy your escape from the chaos of the city while you sip on delicious cocktails by the bar or lounge under the Thai sun at the pool.
Tip: The nightlife of Silom and mega-malls of Siam are just one to three stops away from the hotel
Prices: Starting from INR 14,400 per night
Phone: +66 2 344 4000