Following an extensive redesign, refurbishment and rebranding, the iconic Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel has reopened this week.
Now known as The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, the 5-star hotel, which is owned by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, has undergone a huge transformation inspired by Princess Valaya Alongkorn, daughter of Chulalongkorn, King Rama V (1853 – 1910) and the aunt of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX.
Now featuring a blend of contemporary and authentic Thai design elements, the opulent hotel welcomes guests with a grand staircase, sparkling chandeliers, and an engaging blend of Thai and European design style that is influenced by the spirit of Princess Valaya Alongkorn, who lived during a period of Thai history when Western influence and social reforms led the modernisation of the southeast Asian kingdom.
The 374 refurbished rooms and suites at The Athenee Hotel incorporate elements of local culture and royal heritage. Classic furniture, a sophisticated palette of white, grey and maroon, and elegant Thai motifs on fabrics are complemented by the renowned Luxury Collection bed, contemporary comforts such as an illy espresso capsule machine, and the latest wired and wireless technology.
The renovation project also includes a refreshed design and layout of The Rain Tree Café with the addition of the period-styled Valaya Room, The Secret Garden and The Bakery.
The Athenee Hotel outdoor pool area and function space on the 4th floor have also been redesigned as a tranquil oasis in the heart of downtown Bangkok.