Bangkok’s Sukhothai, a long-beloved city hotel featuring charming old Thai touches, has recently had a refresh, along with the addition of a club wing — just in time for the upcoming high season for tourism in Thailand.
Already an iconic hotel in the ritzy Sathorn area, the new wing has 33 brand-new rooms and suites. These come with their own lounge, fitness center, and swimming pool with private cabanas.
At the same time, the hotel renovated La Scala, their award-winning, family favorite Italian restaurant in hopes of making it more attractive to non-hotel guests and the city’s young and hip crowd.
The renovations, which will extend to include the hotel’s original rooms next year, was done by the same designer who created the hotel nearly 30 years ago, American architect Ed Tuttle.
Keeping true to his original inspiration for the hotel, he references the 13th century Sukhothai era but manages to bring it into the modern age with touches of modern Bangkok, one of the world’s foremost tourist destinations, as well.
He brings it all together with lots of of teak, granite, mirrors, glass, ceramics, metal and — of course — endless reams of Jim Thompson silks to evoke the salons of the old capital alongside modern Siam. Architectural elements like reflection pools, stupas, symmetrical colonnades, and other Sukhothai touches can also offer endless spots for pretty photos.
The new rooms range in size from 45 to 138 square meters with verandas and city view windows. Also notable are the nice luxurious little touches: Japanese hi-tech toilets, Harman Kardon sound systems, Bottega Veneta toiletries, pillow menus, and Nespresso coffee machines. Guests can make themselves a coffee while they use the in-room check-in option.
The club wing’s own 25-meter infinity pool is ringed by 12 cabanas, and lined with blue-green tiles meant to evoke the sea when the light reflects off them. Not bad for relaxation in the middle of the city.
13/3 S Sathorn Rd.
Rooms from THB5,500
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