Kempinski’s first property in Thailand – Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
Kempinski Hotels, Europe's oldest luxury hotel group, opened its first property in Thailand's capital city of Bangkok on September 27, 2010. This five-star hotel combines Kempinski's trademark of European flair with Thai hospitality traditions.
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is situated right in the heart of one of the city's major shopping, entertainment and culture destinations. A royal neighbour; between Siam Center and the canal, almost hidden away, is a small but rather important
palace, the Sra Pathum Palace. This was the home of Prince Mahidol, the father of the present king. It is now home to HRH Princess Srindhorn, who cut the ribbon during the hotel's Grand Opening festivities. As the Sra Pathum Palace is still used as a royal palace, the building and grounds are not open to the public. Siam Kempinski Hotel was designed and built in a way that would not disrupt the privacy of Sra Pathum Palace and its residents, making it impossible for guests or other visitors to look over the palace and the palace grounds.
Siam Kempinski Hotel in Bangkok has been built on a historically very important part of the city. The ground where the hotel stands today used to be part of the Lotus Pond Palace commissioned by Rama IV (known in the Western world from the story "The King and I") as a retreat outside the city. The palace gardens were famous for their beauty and serenity, being home to many rare plants and flowers as well as birds.
Throughout the hotel, the lotus flower plays an important role in reflecting the area's history. The logo of the hotel is a lotus bloom about to open; lotuses can be found in the designs of carpets, as water fountains in the lobby, in prints and photos in every single guest room and residence, as well as in the fresh flower decoration in all public areas. All the hotel's banqueting rooms are named after various lotus varieties. Furthermore, the colour purple is used throughout the property, as it is the colour of the crown princess.
Siam Kempinski Hotel is a “resort within the city,” and features 303 contemporary rooms and lavish suites, designed by Tandem Architects, with Hirsch Bedner Associates contributing to the interior design. With its aim to create a peaceful sanctuary, the property is built in a circle with lush landscaped tropical gardens and three salt-water pools in its centre, recreating the historic palace gardens.
Unique to Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is the Garden Suite, eleven Duplex Suites, and ten Cabana Rooms. All these rooms grant guests direct access to the garden, and are only a couple of steps from the private terraces and the swimming pools. The Terrace Suite on the rooftop on the Garden Wing features a vast private garden with Jacuzzi.
Every room offers modern comforts and in-room entertainment systems. Wifi and high-speed internet connections are available throughout the hotel. All guest rooms are decorated with pieces of Thai art, prints of lotus flowers and scenes of Thai life. The three main suites, the Royal Suite, the Presidential Suite, and the Terrace Suite, are decorated with the original artwork.
Part of the hotel's design is an extensive collection of Thai art, which blends harmoniously into the overall architecture and design of the property. Nineteen professors and students of the College of Fine Arts have been commissioned to create paintings and sculptures especially for the hotel. Additionally, approx. 1,100 paintings, photographs, ceramic pieces, sculptures, installations, and antiques have been carefully selected after over four years of search throughout Thailand, and integrated in the hotel's overall design.
Art connoisseurs will certainly appreciate with over 4,000 pieces of art, including over 200 breathtaking original paintings and magnificent sculptures by Thai artists, that add elegance to the refined atmosphere of this beautiful hotel. The essence of this unique art collection is to express the vitality, personality and cultures of Bangkok.
Banquets in Thailand are lavish and glamorous events, showcasing the local wealth of culture and expression. The Siam Kempinski Hotel features a 900 m2 pillar-less grand ballroom that is ideal for significant social and celebratory events such as birthdays, weddings and engagement parties. All ten banqueting and meeting rooms are named after various lotus flower varieties, and are equipped with modern conferencing technology.
Kempinski The Spa has been introduced to Siam Kempinski Hotel. It's the first Kempinski The Spa in Asia. Following the philosophy of the four seasons and using herbs and plants as the base for all treatments, traditional Thai influences are incorporated to make a visit to the spa unforgettable.
For parents looking for a little “me” time, children can spend the day at the Kempinski Kids. Club, an enjoyable place for children to hang out while their parents enjoy the marvels of the hotel's facilities. The extensive services include baby-sitting, especially prepared meals, entertainment, games and activities.
Guests staying on the Executive Floors and in Suites will enjoy access to the Executive Lounge. Located on the 17th floor, the lounge offers personalized check-in and check-out for Executive Floor guests, as well as providing business centre services. It is also equipped with small meeting rooms allowing guests to hold meetings. Complimentary beverages like beer and house wines will be available throughout the day, and a buffet breakfast, lunch snacks and an afternoon menu with
Thai and European hot dishes, followed by an evening snack buffet of beautifully presented tapas in individual portions, will be served daily.
A variety of outlets will ensure that no culinary wishes are left unfulfilled! Head to the Brasserie Europe for fine European cuisine, or to the Sra Bua (.Lotus.) by Kiin Kiin restaurant for contemporary Thai dishes. An especially trained Tea Master will help guest celebrate the tea service at The T Lounge, which offers the finest tea from all around the world, as well as fancy cocktails and Champagne. For pre-dinner drinks, long conversations with friends and to wind down after a long day, the 1897 bar offers the right venue with a wide choice of finest spirits.
Bangkok has so much to offer that guests should always calculate enough time to see everything. From the colourful floating markets, to simple everyday life, to the breathtaking Grand Palace, which gives insight into Thailand's rich culture and history – there is something to suit everyone's preferences. Learn how to cook authentic Baipai Thai, or discover the bustling city in the comfort of a private limousine.
A BTS (sky train) stop and a short walk away is the Jim Thompson House. Jim Thompson is widely known as the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. The house, which was Mr. Thompson's home, consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses, teak structures that were purchased from several owners and brought to the present location from various parts of Thailand. The construction of the Thai house was completed in 1959. Many of the houses are at least two centuries old. Among others, visitors can experience the Thailand of a bygone era with Jim Thompson's beautiful and eclectic collection of art and artefacts from Thailand.
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