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Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, where NYC glamour greets the Bangkok skyline

by Hannah Grogan on Jan 5, 2019 in Interiors , Top Story
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Perspective checks in and checks out the first Waldorf Astoria to open in Asia, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

New York City's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel has arrived in Thailand, the brand's first foray into the Southeast Asian market. The newly-opened Waldorf Astoria Bangkok in the Pratum Wan District, is located in the 60-storey Magnolias Ratchadamri,(a standout structure developed by Gensler architects) on levels six to 16 and 55 to 57.

The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is filled with the same art deco glamour that has become synonymous with the New York Waldorf Astoria after the original was rebuilt in the art deco style in 1931. An impressive collaboration of designers was responsible for bringing the hotel and its surrounds to life, including Hong Kong-based architect André Fu (a previous Perspective 40 Under 40 alumni, and A&D Trophy recipient) and his design studio AFSO, as well as New York-headquartered design and concept firm AvroKO.Mid_WABKK_Grand StaircaseResponsible for the design of the hotel's 171 guest rooms and suites, and public spaces, Fu aimed to remain respectful to the style of the brand. Through embracing a new interpretation of the Waldorf Astoria spirit, Fu injectdc a new, modern and Asian-inspired spirit into the hotel.

The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is filled with the same art deco glamour that has become synonymous with the New York Waldorf Astoria after the original was rebuilt in the art deco style in 1931

Infused with subtle hints of Thai motifs,a mineral-grey colour palette, infused with tropical lime green and mustard accents reminiscent of Thai spices, has been used throughout. Also designed by Fu, the Waldorf Astoria's traditional Peacock Alley, a signature lounge that serves fine afternoon tea, offers views overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. The interiors make use of heavy bronze, bright colours and warm wood.Mid_WABKK_Astoria Suite Living roomMid_WABKK_Deluxe BedroomMid_WABKK_The LoftThe top three floors of the property are dedicated to dining, with three distinctive dining outlets designed by AvroKO – Bull & Bear, The Loft and The Champagne Bar – each featuring a nod towards the Waldorf Astoria legacy.

The Bull & Bear grill is redolent of glamour (and steak), with its opulent interiors and dazzling views. AvroKO incorporated art deco seating and used bold brass furnishings and geometric shapes, to maintain the Waldorf look. The dominating feature stands at the bar, a re-creation of the infamous Bull & Bear statue from New York's Wall Street.

The crown jewel of the hotel is The Champagne Bar. Located on Level 57 at the top of the building, this intimate 34-seater bar shouts elegance from every corner. With a hidden door for access, the speakeasy-style space has been furnished with vintage glass chandeliers, organic wood sculptures and rocking chairs, and featuring some of the best rooftop views of the Bangkok skyline.Mid_WABKK_Swimming Pool NightMid_WABKK_Swimming Pool NightMid_WABKK_Champagne bar


 

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