“Sometimes dramatic. Sometimes intimate. But always charismatic,” says Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston, the renowned designer behind Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok’s new home at Chao Phraya River. The newly minted hotel marks the return of the luxury hotel brand to the Thai capital, five years after Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok closed.
Like Gathy’s description, the riverfront property is all that and more—tall ceilings and glass walls create a sense of grandeur while retaining lightness, and cascading water features echo Thailand’s River of Kings where it calls home. Tiered buildings are stylishly linked on the ground level through lush courtyards and dining establishments, creating a communal space that encourages travelers to mingle. Art pieces from Gathy’s personal collection deck the walls of the public spaces, along with the works of contemporary Thai artists in partnership with MOCA Bangkok.
The 299 rooms here are equally stunning, with suites that include garden terraces, as well as a luxurious, two-storey Presidential Suite for guests who want to live it up. Other amenities include an urban spa, a complimentary kids club, a private boat deck, as well as two infinity pools overlooking the river.
Dining is a highlight at the property, with restaurants that showcase the best of local and international cuisine, inspired by the intersection between past, present, and future. Plan a memorable night out at BKK Social Club, a charming tropical-themed space flanked by outdoor terraces, including one specifically for enjoying fine cigars. Influenced by both Bueno Aires and Thailand, the bar serves cocktails crafted with fresh Thai produce, along with bar snacks that unite local and Latin flavours. Head bartender Philip Bischoff, who was formerly from Singapore’s award-winning Manhattan Bar, helms the cocktail programme.
Meanwhile, guests can enjoy new dining concepts such as Yu Ting Yuan, a classy Cantonese restaurant with a show kitchen led by Michelin-starred chef Qui Xiaogui; Riva del Fiume, which offers both indoors and al fresco dining on three terraces; as well as Brasserie Palmier, a French restaurant with a lively setting. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed at The Lounge, while classic French bread and sweet treats can be had at Café Madeleine, a neighbourhood-style pastry shop.
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