W Hotel Bangkok is not exactly your average five-star hotel, with its playful interior designs, passion for fashion and vibrant party scene bubbling away every evening. Keeping up with the latest trends seems to be in the DNA of this international hotel group, and this Bangkok branch is no different; all 403 rooms and suites feature generous helpings of colour, funky installations and some of the latest gadgets to round-off the experience.
W Bangkok also has a luxury spa, 24 hour fitness room and a stunning outside swimming pool, whilst their signature restaurant, The Kitchen Table, lays on an incredible buffet breakfast and an all-day dining menu. You can also drink in style downstairs at Woo Bar, a popular spot for Bangkok’s fashionistas, cocktail lovers as well as all the trendy hotel guests.
We’ve stayed at the W Hotel Bangkok and loved it. Here’re 10 reasons why...
Probably the Most Stylish Hotel in Thailand
Playful, sexy, sleek and stylish; just some the adjectives we could throw around to describe what’s waiting behind the entrance’s big sliding doors. W Bangkok is a true definition of a design hotel, with various funky colour themes and striking installations, such as a massive spiral staircase and a colourful wall full of tuk-tuk lights.
The Coolest Lobby Bar in Bangkok
Woo Bar successfully shakes off the stereotypical image of a traditional lobby bar with live DJ performances, a bold purple on white colour scheme and some rather playful cocktails created by their in-house mixologist. Friday is lady’s night with free flow sparkling wine, and it’s buy-one-get-one-free weeknights 17:00-21:00.
Ask for Anything You Want... and They’ll Make it Happen (as Long as it’s Legal)
W Bangkok’s trademark Whatever/Whenever service-concept allows you to ask for anything you want 24 hours a day – be it a personal shopper, a bottle of vintage wine at 3am or just some advice on which nearby nightclub to hit up. It’s like having a super cool, in-the-know butler available all day long.
Freeform Pool with Underwater Speakers
The sixth-floor, eye-shaped pool has underwater speakers built in, meaning you can chill out to W’s soundtrack of lounge and house music even when you’re doing laps. This is also where you’ll find their popular Sunday Sessions (12:00-16:00), which see some tempting drinks deals, good music and Bangkok’s prettiest people merge together in one place.
Pinch Their Expensive Bliss Toiletries
All your in-room shampoos, conditioners, soaps and shower gels are made by the uber-expensive Bliss. With toiletries of this quality, we can only imagine that some of those little bottles go missing here much more frequently than other hotels.
Signature Treatments at AWAY Spa
One of the finest luxury spas in town, AWAY at W Bangkok can transform even the most stressed out city worker into a chilled out hippy after an hour or so in the treatment room. The cocoon concept is created with some stylish pod shaped beds, a choice of mood lighting and soothing tropical sounds. There's also a sauna and VIP rooms.
Giant Golden Boxing Gloves in Every Room
Why? We’re not too sure, but all rooms at W Bangkok come with an over-sized pair of boxing gloves as standard. Perhaps a tribute to the country’s famous Muay Thai sport, these make a perfect prop for some spontaneous selfies and inevitable Facebook tagging - making all your friends jealous that you’re staying at W.
Room Controls: There’s an App for That
As well as staying up to date with the latest fashion and trends, the W Hotels brand is also on the mark when it comes to the latest technology too. All rooms have their own tablets, allowing you to control the air-conditioning, lighting and alarm with just with a few touches.
Steps Away From the BTS Skytrain
Anybody who has been to Bangkok before will know that being close to the city’s train link is a must, especially if you’re planning to travel at rush hour. Luckily, Chong Nonsi BTS station is 2 minutes’ walk away from W Hotel, and from there the nightlife of Silom and mega malls of Siam are just one and three stops away respectively.
...and They Even Bought the Russian Embassy
Sitting in the shadows of this 31-storey hotel is a quaint old colonial building which used to be home to the Russian Embassy, and W Bangkok has restored it to its former glory. They’re preserving the delightful yellow and white-painted exterior, and it is set to reopen as a fine-dining restaurant/lounge/bar sometime in 2015... We can’t wait!