AN assault to the senses, Bangkok is sometimes difficult to ingest. The traffic, the racket, the density. But staying in a hotel that takes those stressful elements away can prove helpful.
This is where The Sukhothai Bangkok comes in. While it’s well in the CBD and within arm’s reach of many of the city’s most notable sites, it feels pleasantly… far. Its stately, manicured driveway, low-rise stature, as well as its sprawling six acres of garden land play a part in lending it an “oasis of calm” feel.
The moment you roll into the entrance, the hotel takes on an old-fashioned sense of opulence. Five elements play into most of the interior here – silk, teak wood, granite, mirrors, and lotus. You’ll find that they’re weaved into much of the detailing at the hotel, giving off an aura of grandeur.
Rich silk fabrics are used on walls and curtains in rooms, the teak wood work desks in rooms are large and sturdy, and lotus flowers are strewn across shallow ponds. Meanwhile, mirrors are everywhere in the suites – it becomes inevitable to run into your own frazzled reflection at every turn.
While reflecting a royal feel, the rooms don’t feel stuffy or suffer from “coldness”. Quite the contrary, in fact. Dark woods and framed carvings are juxtaposed against modern furnishings, rich palettes, and heavy drapery, and it all comes together rather nicely in the suites where the liberty of extra space works in their favor.
The Executive Suite – complete with an open-plan bedroom and living area – is for the high-ranking business traveler; you get all the work-related trimmings, but with the added luxury of space. Lots of it. Plus, the welcome chocolate truffles don’t hurt.
The best part about this range of suites is the bathroom, an expansive area that manages to fit in his-and-her sinks with accompanying mirrors, plenty of closet space, a shower area, a toilet, a bathtub, and a safe. It’s a brilliant, well-lit space that will have you spend hours primping.
Come morning, The Sukhothai Bangkok doesn’t skimp at the breakfast buffet. At Colonnade, the spread is impressive featuring a range of breads, soups, porridge, meats, a Japanese section, cereals, juices, cheeses, and TWG teas. Sit by the glass windows to take in views of the water garden and Chedi replicas as you eat.
The food options don’t end there. You may already be familiar with La Scala, a highly acclaimed Italian restaurant that has welcomed the likes of Massimo Bottura and Alex Atala. A short walk away is Celadon, a cluster of stunning terraces sometimes considered to be “the best restaurant in Bangkok”.
As you can probably tell by now, the hotel sells itself as a wedding venue; guests don’t have to travel out of the city for a “destination” feel, but still get lush garden views paired with stellar food. Designated teams will sort out all the details including handcrafted cakes, signature cocktails, and a complimentary bridal suite for the couple.
The next morning, couples can also book relaxing detox sessions or flower rituals at Spa Botanica, whose intoxicating scent of lemongrass and jasmine are reason enough to surrender. To avoid disappointment, pencil in an appointment with staff.
When it comes to old-fashioned luxury and service, The Sukhothai Bangkok has had it down pat for the most of two decades, and it goes to show why the oldies are more often the goodies.